Once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler? “We homeschool our kids,” the pastor declared. He then posed the question, “Does anybody else?” Rebecca was quick to raise her hand. Then she realized that she hadn’t actually homeschooled in a number of years. She and her husband Ed had graduated of their youngest child in 2006, thus completing 22 years of home education, graduating all five of their children from their homeschool.
She first began serving CHEA while it was still a fledgling organization in 1986 by opening mail and filling requests for information and materials. As her family grew, both in size and number, she could no longer cover the mail and materials requests, though the whole family remained involved as Annual Convention staff running the Used Curriculum Exchange.
Rebecca served for 15 years as a private school satellite program (PSP) administrator and several years on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, she currently serves as Support Network Director overseeing CHEA’s statewide network of homeschool groups, writing a bi-monthly newsletter for leaders, and organizing leadership conferences that are held in conjunction with our Conventions. Rebecca is also the author of “Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled” a devotional for homeschoolers. She counts it a privilege to still be serving the homeschool community after all of these years. Yes, once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler.
John McGowan, Esq.
Chairman of the Board
Steve has had the pleasure of being associated with CHEA for 29 years, serving on the board of directors for the last seven. Before becoming a board member, he and his wife Susan served on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. They believe that CHEA plays a crucial role in training and encouraging parents as they seek to provide a Christian home education for their children.
Steve and Susan have two children, both of whom were homeschooled from birth and are now married. Their daughter is a practicing attorney. In addition to her Juris Doctorate, she holds two bachelor degrees, one in pre-medicine/cell biology and the other in English with a minor in Bible. Their son has his bachelors in business and masters in business administration; he works in finance for an aerospace company.
Steve is employed as a director of program management for a local aerospace company and has educational experience in chemistry, physics and business.
Steve and Susan serve on the board of directors of a Christian private school for home educators they founded in the late 1980’s in their hometown of Thousand Oaks.
Helping with homeschooling with their two grandchildren is fun and fulfilling; it is a life style that they all cherish: “raising children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Charity studied business and accounting at what is now The Master’s University. After graduation, she began her career in public accounting and went on to become licensed as a CPA in California and Florida. Over the years she has also used her accounting skills in industry, non-profit organizations, teaching for a vocational college, and currently serving small business clients.
Charity has been involved in the homeschooling community in various capacities since 1990 when they began formally educating their five children: finances; Board member; used curriculum sales; prayer chains; and more. After 25 years their youngest child graduated and Charity now serves as administrator of the private school satellite program (PSP), Cornerstone Christian School, in which their children were enrolled.
Charity began volunteering at the CHEA convention in 2016 working at the Support Network booth in the Exhibit Hall. In 2019 she transitioned over to the area of finances, desiring to use her giftedness to help CHEA make an impact on the lives of those who choose to privately home educate their children.
Charity enjoys spending time with family, working on jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles, and reading.
Homeschool graduates themselves, Andrew and his wife, Jenny, have homeschooled their two daughters (who are now in middle school and high school) from the beginning. He is honored to serve on CHEA’s Board of Directors, especially since CHEA was such an integral resource for his parents as they homeschooled him. Andrew currently works as a systems engineer at a social media company. He loves board games, philosophy, and coffee, sometimes all at once.