Board meetings are held once annually and once every quarter along with a few special meetings to oversee the operation of the Co-op and to pray for WCHC families. WCHC Board members have homeschooled children enrolled in Co-op or are currently teaching at WCHC.
Nominees must have actively participated in WCHC for at least one Co-op session. Board vacancies are filled by unanimous approval of current Board members. If you’d like to let us know that you’d be interested in serving on the board, please email us!
Sami Coy – President
My family joined the Co-Op fall of 2015 and have been blessed by this community of friends! I wanted to do my part to ensure the future of the Co-op, so when a board position became available Winter of 2015, I jumped at the opportunity. I homeschool my 6 children and understand that my family is my first priority. I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve on the board with my children at my side. It is important to me that my children see me serving others outside of the home and that they have the opportunity to do the same. I am honored to serve the Co-Op as the President. it brings me joy to work with the other board members and team leaders to cast vision, problem solve, curate community, connect those who have needs with others who are passionate in teaching, and seeing God’s hand in all of it! I am grateful for this Co-op and pray that I will serve them well.
Kyli Erickson – Secretary
I was born and raised (and met my husband) here in Washington State, so after 5 brief years in the military it was easy for us to choose where to plant our roots. We moved here in the winter of 2013 when we still had 1 child who was only 4 months old. We both knew that more than anything, we wanted our children to be raised in an environment that agreed with our worldview. After looking into different alternative schools, private schools, etc. we realized that the vision that we had for the lives of our children would be nigh unaffordable. Not to mention in the interim we would be paying for all our children to go to daycare while I worked. None of this sounded appealing to us so we made the (courageous!) decision to homeschool ourselves. Both of us attended public school, so although we knew this was something we wanted we had no idea where to start! Thankfully I discovered WCHC through my sister in law and immediately signed up my oldest. We were instantly welcomed into the community and I found a fellowship among these women that I hadn’t realized I needed. We have now been attending for 3 years and I couldn’t say enough about what a tremendous blessing it has been to our family. The community, the encouragement, the experience that these wonderful ladies have to offer is astounding and we are so grateful to be a part of it!
Deanna Littrell – Member-At-Large
I’m an Oregon girl who moved here In 2014 when my husband wanted to come
back to his roots to raise our family. I have four kiddos and we are coming up
on our third year at WCHC. My husband and I agreed on homeschooling because we
wanted our children to have the freedom to play more and worry less. Learning
should be fun! This year will be my first year as a Board Member and I am so
excited! I have been blessed with wonderful friendships and opportunities to
glean from others at this co-op.
My personal hobbies include dancing, reading non-fiction, and having heart-to-heart conversations on my friends’ couches while eating copious amounts of sweets. As a family, we enjoy being out in nature and are looking forward to doing more road trips!
Sandy Zimcheck – Public Relations
There are a lot of things I love. I love my husband Zach and my 2 boys more than words can describe. I love my dog. I love anything that involves nature whether it be hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, snowshoeing, kayaking- the list goes on and on! I love to sing and play my guitar. I love education. If you had asked me 15 years ago if I would consider homeschooling my children I would have laughed and said ”No way!”. Because at that time I was teaching kindergarten at a christian elementary school and had every intention of my children attending a school like mine. The longer I taught however the more my opinions changed. I saw families struggling with overwhelming schedules and deadlines. I also observed many students experiencing academic burnout by the age of 9, which was heartbreaking. So when my first son was born we moved back to the northwest and I decided to stay home with him. My life was so different and refreshing as compared to when I was teaching in a classroom. A couple years later my second son was born and I knew that it was time to think about school for my oldest. I kept dreading the thought of the rushing, and the rigid scheduling that I associated with classrooms. So I decided to homeschool my oldest for kindergarten (I was a kindergarten teacher after all right?!?!). My son and I had so much fun together and I was able to tailor his instruction to meet his individual needs. We had freedom in our schedule and we able to go on fieldtrips more often than any classroom I had been in! After that first year homeschooling, we never looked back and have been loving the flexibility and freedom we have found with homeschooling ever since! We discovered the Co-op 2 years ago and it has added so much to our lives. My boys have found so many wonderful friends and truly love learning and interacting with everyone here at Co-op. I have found an amazing support system of mother’s who understand the challenges and the joys of homeschooling our children. God has blessed us in so many ways through this wonderful community of home educators. I am so honored to be serving as a board member this year and am looking forward to what this year has in store!
Mary Simino – Treasurer
Messy Mary was one of my nicknames growing up, and although I appreciate clean and tidy and strive for it in my life, there is something super satisfying to me about making big messes! If you want someone to splatter paint jeans with and you love digging a mud hole just for the fun of watching kids enjoy life, I’m your gal. I lived in 8 states before moving to Wenatchee, having grown up primarily in Albuquerque New Mexico in the 90’s when gang violence was at its height, and Albuquerque was known to have one of the worst public school systems in the Nation. I decided right then as a kid that I wanted to homeschool when I had kids. Now that I’m here and living that life with my girls Faith and Emily, I can tell you it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I met my amazing husband, who puts up with my astounding messes and takes life in stride, while living on the coast in southern Oregon. He was a fish biologist and a small town guy who had never known what it was like to be bullied in school or wonder if the kid next to you had a gun. He probably thought my idea to homeschool was crazy, but over time I think I’m winning him over. And, I hope you all can see when you walk into our co-op, why this messy sort of thing is God’s work!