Steering Committee

Financial Director

Michelle Hontz, of Raleigh County, is a second-generation homeschooler and the Financial Director for REACH.


Michelle, a homeschooling mother of five, has served on the REACH Steering committee for three years. She also helps lead the REACH program intended to serve the community, called outREACH. Coordinating free carwashes as well as Christmas caroling at the local assisted living facility are ways Michelle has helped work against the disconnect that may inadvertently happen when families choose to homeschool.


Michelle also teaches piano and believes strongly that homeschoolers benefit from investing in one another.



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Administrative Director

Lisa Jenkins, of Raleigh County, lives deep in the mountains in a cedar home with her coal-miner husband and their four children.

After earning a B.Sc. in Education, Lisa invested several years in the public schools, which has left her with a deep respect for her fellow educators.

Lisa has homeschooled for eight years, serving on REACH's Steering committee for the past six. She serves through submitting grant applications, maintaining REACH's website, along with various other duties.

Advocating for educational choice is a natural fit for Lisa, as it allows her to share her perspective from her time in both sectors.


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Membership Director

Jaime Ward, wife of Nick and mother to five, has served on REACH Steering Committee for the past seven years.


A resident of Summers County, Jaime serves as the REACH High Committee Liaison supporting the effort to provide scheduled activities for those 12 and up, and also serves as Membership Director.


Jaime has homeschooled eleven years, graduating her eldest in 2019, and is committed to supporting REACH as it aims to meet the growing needs of southern WV homeschoolers.



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Elementary Events Director

Rachel, of Raleigh County, is the blessed wife of David and mother of three.


In addition to her roles of wife and mother, Rachel is a licensed RN. She currently works, part-time, in a local emergency room, as well as Hospice House. 


Rachel and her family are entering their 5th year homeschooling. This is her first year serving on the REACH Steering committee.


Rachel is a recent breast cancer survivor. This battle left her with a profound appreciation for her family, as well as the memories they have been able to create together. In her role as Elementary Director, she looks forward to planning future REACH events that will create precious memories for group members as well as their families.

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Educational Director

Brandy, of Raleigh County, lives with her husband and two daughters. She and her family are very involved in their church, which has become an extended family to them.


She graduated from WV Tech and Concord University with degrees in business. After working several years in various accounting departments, she decided to stay home to focus on her family. Homeschooling has been a natural progression of this journey; and she has enjoyed homeschooling these past three years.


This is Brandy's first year serving on the REACH Steering committee. She looks forward to serving as the Educational Director. Brandy, has been active with REACH's co-op for the past two years, assisting with duties, as well as teaching classes. She looks forward to planning future co-ops.

God is the center of Brandy's home and her girl's education. She appreciates how REACH co-op not only focuses on expanding their education, but setting the  focus on God.


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Media Director

Laura Meadows is a wife to Chad, mother to three, and resident of Fayette County.


With two boys already in their high school years, and a daughter in 5th grade, she finds keeping life simple is a must in order to stay focused on her roles as pastor’s wife, mother, and educator.


Laura has served on the REACH Steering committee for two years. She publishing REACH's monthly newsletter, as well as directs all marketing for REACH.


Legislative Liaison

Jamie Buckland is a resident of Mercer County, where she lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and four children. 


Jamie is Executive Director and Headmistress of Appalachian Classical Academy, a tutoring program for homeschoolers. She also works with homeschool group leaders as a professional consultant.


Most recently she was appointed as REACH's Legislative Liaison, working to bridge the gap between parents and representatives. Reach Jamie at