Whether it’s in person or online, it’s always fun when North Carolinians for Home Education board members and leaders have an opportunity to get together! We love serving you, and we enjoy one another’s company. Although we serve in different roles at NCHE and in different geographic regions across the Old North state, our experiences are consistently relatable.

We divide North Carolina’s 100 counties into nine regions, and each region has a regional liaison. Our volunteer board meets four times each year to hear from our regional liaisons about what is going on in their area, to plan events and activities, to discuss what is happening in education on state and national levels, to pray for you, and to grow in our mission to help families homeschool with confidence and joy. In the first blog post in this series, we’ll get to know four of our leaders.

Matthew McDill and his wife, Dana, live in Clemmons, NC with six of their nine children. Matthew has been in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years and is now the executive director for North Carolinians for Home Education. He earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and authored the book Loving God: A Practical Handbook for Discipleship. Matthew loves to teach from God’s Word, especially on topics related to family relationships, discipleship, parenting, and home education.  Fun fact: Matthew loves to play basketball!

Dana McDill enjoys homeschooling and loves encouraging other mothers on their homeschooling journeys because homeschool is not for the faint of heart. She and Matthew have graduated 3 of their children, and they are still homeschooling their 6 youngest children. Dana is real about the joys and challenges of homeschooling. She is a beloved speaker at the NCHE Mom’s Retreat and our annual Thrive! Conference. She has a BS in math education. Fun Fact: Matthew and Dana’s first date was on her birthday.

Spencer Mason and his wife, Debbie, homeschooled their four children starting in 1981. Spencer has served on the NCHE board for thirty-two years—serving in several different positions, including twice as president. He now serves as law and policy director. With his help, NCHE maintains a respected voice on both sides of the aisle in the legislature. In addition to his board position, he is now serving as the NCHE executive office manager. Fun Fact: Spencer is a great story-teller.

Debbie Mason has been an NCHE board member since 1988. She homeschooled her four children, and directed a large homeschool support group for over 22 years. Now her five grandchildren are homeschooled! She is the NCHE events director and has coordinated the NCHE conference speakers/workshops since 1990. She was the editor of the GREENHOUSE from 1995-2015. Debbie has a BS in secondary education, mathematics and a MEd in counseling. Fun Fact: Debbie is also the unofficial NCHE historian.

Are you a new NCHE member? We’d love to meet you! Introduce yourself in the comment section below, or email us at nche@nche.com. Thinking of becoming a member? Start here.