The founding board members of HARO were chosen based on several criteria, not the least of which is that they have the trust and respect of many members of the communities we are building online. HARO board members not only need to have skill sets applicable to founding a non-profit, but also have demonstrated that they are invested in our future and passionate about our vision.
The board members are:
R.L. Stollar has a love for being human, communication, social media, internet activism, and human rights advocacy. He is co-founder and Community Coordinator at Homeschoolers Anonymous. Ryan was homeschooled from preschool through highschool. He spent his highschool years as a speech and debate competitor in the HSLDA-created National Christian Forensics and Communications Association and was one of the original student leaders for Communicators for Christ (CFC), now the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC). His coaching experiences in homeschool debate include lecturing and training thousands of students across the nation with CFC conferences, at a HSLDA National Leadership Retreat at Regent University, at Cedarville University, the University of Oregon, the Training Minds Ministry Debate Camp in Colorado, and others.
He has a B.A. in Western philosophy and literature from Gutenberg College in Oregon and a M.A. in Eastern religions from St. John’s College in New Mexico. His graduate essay on the Dao De Jing won him the Eastern Classics Essay Prize from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College in 2006. Ryan is the former volunteer News Editor of Eugene Daily News, a hyperlocal community news source in Oregon.
Nicholas Ducote is co-founder and Community Coordinator at Homeschoolers Anonymous. He grew up in a homeschool family immersed in an array of local, state, and national homeschooling movements – namely CHEF of Louisiana in elementary and ATI in middle school and high school. After high school, he worked at Bobby Jindal’s congressional office. He attended his first Communicators for Christ conference (CFC) in 2003, and credits homeschool speech and debate for kindling his passion for teaching. This passion inspired him to share the values of inquiry and critical thinking. He toured with CFC from 2006-2007 and, in college, he taught debate in Jordan and Afghanistan – helping to organize the first internationally-sanction debate tournament in Kabul. He had a fellowship with the National Center for Policy Analysis, a free market think tank in 2009, and spent the summer in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and his Master of Arts in History from Louisiana Tech University and has been a contributing writer to Gen Why Press. He is in the final stages of publishing his first book, a work of history profiling the Hunt family and their influence on lumber development in North Louisiana.
Andrew Roblyer was homeschooled for seventeen of his first eighteen years of life. He made one voluntary foray into the world of public school in second grade, after which he decided that he would homeschool as long as mom could put up with him. Andrew is probably most well-known in the homeschooling community for the years he spent competing on the National Christian Forensics and Communication League circuit, both as a competitor and a coach. During and after his competitive career, Andrew taught speech and debate to students across the country both individually and as a Training Minds Ministry author and coach.
In recent years, Andrew has continued to utilize that communication training in other arenas, including serving as a regular panelist for the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M, a workshop presenter at the 2012 Gay Christian Network conference, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Honorable Bards at Texas A&M, the media liaison for the Anderson family in the aftermath of the 2010 Aurora theatre shooting, and a board member of Ready to Believe: Anderson Relief Fund. Andrew holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University, where he also studied international affairs and Arabic. He is currently the Artistic Director for This Is Water Theatre, based in Bryan/College Station, TX. Andrew is exceedingly grateful to his amazing parents, especially his mom, who not only put up with him, but poured so much of her heart and soul into his education and personal development.
Shaney Lee was homeschooled pre-K through high school, mostly in Texas, with a small stint in California. She received her Citation award in the Awana program in 2008 and interned with Awana in July of 2009. She also competed in NCFCA speech and debate for two years and has taught multiple debate classes. After graduating from high school, she attended Baylor University, where she graduated with her Bachelors in Business Administration, cum laude, in May 2012.
While at Baylor she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the largest international business honors society. While at Baylor, Shaney served a two-year term on Baylor Student Court and served as President of multiple student organizations. She also spent a year as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for McLennan County. She has ten years of experience in inner-city ministry through Mission:Possible! Austin, and currently volunteers at a battered women’s shelter in Austin. She currently works at a small web design company in Austin, though she’ll be relocating to Chicago in mid-August. She blogs about faith and social justice issues at ShaneyIrene.com.
Lauren was homeschooled from Pre-K through high school, primarily in Colorado, where she was involved in a myriad of homeschooler activities ranging from Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) to Colorado Advocates for Home School Arts (CAHSA). She was also a part of the founding classes of CREDO Academy and the Colorado chapter of the National Homeschool Honor Society. In high school, Lauren competed, judged, and coached around the country in the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA), and contributed to several NCFCA sourcebooks as well. She received both the Boettcher and Coca Cola scholarships.