There are twelve voting officers on the NCHE board. Our board members are volunteers, and each member is elected annually. Non-voting members of our board include advisors elected by the board and the spouses of the elected officers.

Our board loves to meet with one another and hang out. When we meet in person, we often bring snacks, play games, and learn more about the happenings in different regions across our state. As our meetings have been restricted to conference calls in the past few months, we have still enjoyed laughter and camaraderie! We hope that the confidence and joy that we have in community with one another is something that we can share with our members as we connect with you online and in-person. In this installment in our series, we will meet three additional NCHE board members.

amanda mercancías is married to Michael and has 4 children. This is their 15th year homeschooling and her 10th year on the NCHE board, where she currently serves as homeschool helps director. In addition to her roles as wife and stay-at-home mom/teacher, Amanda also serves on the board of her local homeschool group and teaches sign language at a co-op. In all her spare time, she loves to read, plan field trips and encourage new homeschoolers! Fun Fact: Amanda organizes our Summit Conference for educating children with special needs and learning differences.

Jessica Frierson is a North Carolina native who lives in Conover with her husband, Ernie, and their children. She has homeschooled their ten children since 2000 with four graduates to date. She currently serves as the secretary at NCHE and has previously served as the Region 2 liaison. Jessica enjoys writing about homeschool life and speaking to homeschool groups, including the annual Thrive! conference. Fun fact: Jessica is a homeschool graduate!

Kathy Iandoli serves as the community relations director at North Carolinians for Home education.

IT Director The IT board position at North Carolinians for Home Education is currently vacant. If you have been an NCHE member for at least one year and you are interested in learning more about the IT director’s responsibilities, please email Kathy Iandoli at

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

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