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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves to govern the affairs of BHEA as a non-profit organization. The Board currently consists of twelve members, each of whom coordinate various functions within our group. Board members are volunteers and serve for a minimum term of three years.

Sarah Small
Interim President/Vice President & Membership Coordinator

Sarah has been homeschooling since 2000 and has been an active member of BHEA for all those years. In the past, she has served in various positions on the board including newsletter editor, communications coordinator, and administrator. She and her husband, Randy, have three kids who have grown up in the BHEA community. Jesse, homeschooled beginning in 2nd grade, is a graduate of Belmont University. Laurel, homeschooled all the way, is attending Lipscomb University. Duncan, currently in 11th grade, is their last student at home. She and her family attend Maryville Vineyard Church.

Melanie Hoffman
Ministry Coordinator

Melanie joined the board in June of 2017. She began homeschooling in 2005, when her oldest child started kindergarten. She's been a BHEA member for 10 years. She and her husband, Mark, have two children. Morgan is 16 and Meredith is 12. They make their home in Alcoa and attend Everett Hills Baptist Church. Melanie says, "I am so thankful for the support and encouragement I've received through BHEA. The biggest blessing has been the invaluable friendships made by our whole family. In the same fashion, it is my prayer that I will be able to minister and support others while serving in this capacity.

Rebecca Sardella
Treasurer and Secretary


Rebecca joined the board of directors as Treasurer in June of 2017 with 6 years of homeschooling experience under her belt. She is married to Jeff and they have one daughter named Marianne. Rebecca is an instructor in BHEA's Enrichment Program. She describes herself as a "history nerd to the core"!! Rebecca has served as treasurer in various other positions in the past. We are thankful for Rebecca and her willingness to serve. We are excited about the wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm she brings to this role.

Rachel Myers
Teen Coordinator

Rachel has been serving on the board as Teen Coordinator for 6 years. She and her husband, Mitch, have 2 children, ages 19 and 14. They have homeschooled for 13 years and make their home in Maryville. Rachel and her family attend Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Knoxville. Rachel says, "We have an amazing group of teens and I really enjoy working with them!"

Wendy Hicks
Enrichment Team Coordinator for Preschool through 8th Grade







Wendy and her husband, Jimmy, have two boys, ages 15 and 11. Their oldest son attended public school kindergarten for only eight weeks in 2005 before the family decided to homeschool. They relocated to East Tennessee in February of 2010 and attend Cornerstone Church of Knoxville. In addition to serving on the Enrichment Team, Wendy is a past coordinator of BHEA's Mom's Night Out events. Wendy loves serving on the Enrichment Team because she loves the program and the wonderful ministry BHEA provides to our homeschooling community.

Leanne Phagan
Enrichment Team Coordinator for High School

After being a part of the Enrichment Team since 2014, Leanne Phagan became our High School Enrichment Coordinator in 2016. Leanne has 4 children, two of whom are attending college while she continues to homeschool two remaining high schoolers. Leanne’s family is very active in 4-H and the Knoxville Ambassadors sports program. Leanne and her family attend Sevier Heights Baptist Church. 

Allison Elder
Activities Coordinator

Allison Elder is beginning her sixth year with BHEA and has been homeschooling since her son, Ethan, began kindergarten. In addition to serving as Activity Coordinator, Allison and her husband, Martin, have co-instructed sessions in the Monday Enrichment program and have helped to lead BHEA Cub Scout Pack 442. Her family makes its home in Maryville and attend Fairview United Methodist Church. Allison is "grateful for BHEA, which has provided valuable homeschool guidance from year one." She adds,"the support and encouragement of BHEA members and the wonderful activites of BHEA have been a blessing for our family."

Laurie Leslie
Communications Coordinator or 

Laurie has just completed her 14th year with BHEA. She and her husband, Glen, have three boys. Tristan, age 21, graduated from BHEA and will begin his senior year at Maryville College this fall. Grant, age 18, graduated from BHEA this May and will be attending Lipscomb University in the fall. Devon, age 11, is a rising 6th grader. Both Glen and Laurie have served on the council of BHEA in the past. Laurie has been the voice at the other end of the infoline for many years, helping prospective and new homeschoolers get the support they need. Empowering parents to take charge and bring their families home again is among her greatest joys. She has served BHEA variously as the Communications Coordinator, newsletter editor, webmaster, and more. Laurie is currently co-sponsor of the Beta Gamma chapter of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Honor Society, and the group discount coordinator for Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). She and her family are members of Seventh Day Christian Assembly in South Knoxville.

Scott Prichard
Security Coordinator