The Indiana Foundation for Home Schooling is governed by a Board of Directors composed of home educators with years of practical experience home schooling, and community leaders with a passion for improving and expanding opportunities for all home schooled students, including disadvantaged students.
The motivations of the organization's founders and board members is Christian faith-based, but its services and resources are offered without regard to anyone's religious affiliation or belief, in an effort to encourage Indiana families in their home education experience. Our board of directors have a statement of faith and it is listed on the bottom of this page.
Lenora Housman, President, Lenora Housman is a veteran homeschool mom and support group leader. She is a member of the Marion county 4H Advisory Board and 4H Club Leader and Volunteer in Marion County. Lenora is an LPN at St. Vincent Hospital with 30 years experience. Having taught her special needs daughter from kindergarten through high school, Lenora believes homeschooling is a viable option for any child facing learning challenges.
Michael Jarrell, Vice President. Michael Jarrell and his wife, Robyn, homeschool their youngest daughter who is in 7th grade. Michael understands the vital role the father has in educating his children. He lives his life following his family's motto-J.O.Y. Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last. Following this motto has allowed him to become a better father and educator ensuring his daughter's education is solid. He is a retired disabled Army Veteran with over 20 years of service. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and MBA from Oakland City University.
Francesca Plett, Board Member, Francesca Plett is currently homeschooling her four children ages 5-16 and was exposed to both traditional public school and homeschool as a child. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Over the past 15 years, she has been an active leader with La Leche League in Pennsylvania and Indiana. Currently she is a leader and board member with the Marion County 4H group. In addition, she volunteers in childcare with a church sponsored English As A Second Language tutoring program and also at the Downtown Life Center as a Support Services coordinator.
Charlene Brown, former President and current Treasurer. A founding member of the IFHS Board of Directors, she and her husband, Kevin, have been homeschooling since 1990. They served as Region 6 Representatives for the Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE) for three years. Charlene has provided leadership for several local support groups, served on education panels and committees for various organizations, and authored the book, Resource Guide for Home Educators in Central Indiana. Their oldest daughter graduated in 2003 from their homeschool (K-12) and has graduated from Belmont University. Their youngest daughter graduated in 2009 (K-12), has spent a year in language immersion in Guatemala and Mexico, and started at Vincennes University in the fall of 2010. Professionally, Kevin is a Firefighter and Charlene is a Realtor® with Carpenter Realtors in Indianapolis.
ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS Include:
Linda Malcak and her husband graduated their son from their homeschool and he attends IUPUI. She currently works for Pearson Education as the Director of Editorial Services, and she owned and managed her own business for over 20 years. Her professional affiliations include the American Society for Training and Development and the Indiana Manufacturer's Association. Linda received her Bachelor's degree and Graduate Certificate in Management from Indiana University, and co-authored the book Communication Basics, which was published in 2004. She has served three years as our Graduation Chairman.
Christopher and Lynette Stubbs both served as board members and have homeschooled since 1999. They are the parents of one daughter and five sons. Christopher graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and has 26 years of design experience in the automotive and consumer electronics industries. Lynette graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Home Economics. Frequently, the Stubbs family are involved in community service projects with their church congregation.
Andy Hutton was homeschooled in Indianapolis from 7th-12th grade and was active in many homeschool clubs and activities. He graduated from Indiana University, Purdue University in Indianapolis with an undergraduate degree in Marketing and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a master's degree in Business Administration. Andy and his wife, Jacky, have two children. Their oldest is a preschooler so the Hutton's are looking forward to being active participants in the Indianapolis homeschool community for many years to come. Professionally, Andy manages the global eMarketing strategy at BioStorage Technologies.
Jerrilyn Gainer, former President. Jerrilyn and her husband, Marvin, lived as missionaries in Mexico for ten years and homeschooled their children from 1994, until they each graduated high school. She has worked for the City of Indianapolis as the Partnership and Contract Coordinator as well as a Spanish Interpreter/Translator. She served on the Mayor’s Commission for Latino Affairs. She served as a Co-Leader of the Haven Home School Group for several years. She and Marvin founded the BurdenBearers Education Center (BBEC), located in the Historic Old Northside of Indianapolis. BBEC provided the opportunity for homeschoolers to take group classes and also served as a Language Center, providing Language and Cultural Training, Spanish Translation, Interpreting, English as a New Language, and Latin American Tours.
Joyce Johnson, a pioneer in the Indiana home schooling movement since 1983, is a founding board member of the IFHS, one of the original founders and former Executive Director of the IAHE, and former editor of The Informer. Joyce co-authored the field trip guide, This is My Father’s World. Joyce is the Executive Director of the Starfish Initiative, which cultivates promising low-income youth into leaders through an intensive program designed towards college graduation. She and her husband, Judge Ken Johnson, have homeschooled their four children. Ken serves on the Board of HSLDA.
Derek Redelman is President and Founder of Redelman Consulting, a public policy research and advocacy firm specializing in education issues, and a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research. Through his firm, he also serves as Executive Director of the Indiana Non-Public Education Association. He has done volunteer work for the Mental Health Association of Marion County; the Arden Neighborhood Association; the Indianapolis Downtown Rotary; Indianapolis Public Schools; and the Methodist Hospital Beacon Society. The Redelmans have homeschooled their school-aged daughter in the past.
Kris Woodward, and his wife, Julie, started homeschooling in 1997. Kris owns a Business Furniture company. He has served as lay-pastor at Calvary Temple of Indianapolis for 13 years, and is active in the Family Life Ministry. He serves as President of the Calvary Temple Home School Group. The Woodwards have four children who are currently being home schooled. He actively encourages every family with children to do the research and consider home education as an option for their family.
Connie Pulliam, a founding board member of the IFHS, home schooled her children from junior high through high school. She and her husband Roger co-founded the Youth Activity Club (YAK), a statewide club for home schooled teens that is now in its 15th year and annually sponsors a Christian Prom. Connie previously worked as the Office Manager for the IAHE where she enjoyed encouraging parents who desired to begin the adventure of home schooling. She is currently the Director of Human Resources for the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation, a public policy organization that promotes parental choice in education. The Pulliam's three grown daughters have begun home schooling their grandchildren.
Charlotte Ramsey, homeschooled her daughter (K-12) who graduated high school in 2003 and has since graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Charlotte was actively involved in several support groups during her home school years and has been a “go to” person for those interested in getting started in home schooling. She also served as Graduation Chairman for two of the statewide graduations. She has worked as a Program Coordinator for the Tobias Leadership Center. Charlotte currently works for IU Oncology, assisting families with children that have cancer.