Board of Directors and Staff
Lisa has studied Mason since providentially hearing of her from Ranald and Susan Macaulay at a Rochester, MN L'Abri Conference in the summer of 1982 while an undergraduate education major at Covenant College. Upon returning to school that fall, she found a few of Mason's volumes in the college library and was entirely swept up in what she recognized as a much needed antidote to the decidedly mechanistic approach to teaching prevalent in most teacher education programs and even Christian education practice in those days. She was blessed to find a school some years later (Intown Community School) that employed Mason's methods and has enjoyed a career of teaching, learning and sharing Mason's ideas and practice with those who endeavor to bring a "sane" education to children and families in diverse settings. Lisa lives in Cincinnati with her husband Matt who is a PCA pastor and two dachshunds who preside over home security. She is a catechist in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children's spiritual formation program at Faith Presbyterian Church, and the director of Great River Learning, a non-profit organization that brings Charlotte Mason education to Cincinnati in the forms of classes for homeschooled children, in-service training for schools, and educational rehabilitation to students of all ages, shapes and sizes. Lisa serves as chair of the board of the Charlotte Mason Institute. She holds a B. S. in Early Childhood Education from Covenant College and a M. Ed. in Literacy Instruction from Georgia State University. email@example.com
Kelli has been involved in the Charlotte Mason Community for over 15 years. She currently facilitates the Peoria area Charlotte Mason Study Group and enjoys studying and discussing those vitalizing ideas on education and life. She is also privileged to be involved in a few Charlotte Mason Institute projects and is excited about all the research, development, training and support that CMI brings to our communities! She has a passion for sharing the beauty and breadth of ideas in a Mason educational approach with others through speaking, mentoring, consulting, and supporting educators. Through God’s abundant grace, her children were home educated through high school graduation and are currently university undergraduate or graduate students. In her studies over the last few years, she has been encouraged and challenged to consider the magnitude of this relational education, ‘a liberal education for all’, that Mason aims to place before children with ‘minds astonishingly alert’. firstname.lastname@example.org
Just like so many others, Kerri was introduced to the life-giving principles of Charlotte Mason through the reading of For the Children’s Sake. She and her husband, Scott, along with their five children (ages nine to nineteen) are growing in their ability to live out these principles on their direct-to-consumer farm in Franklin County, NC. Besides leading a monthly CM study group for moms in North Raleigh, she and the kids regularly enjoy rescuing used, living books wherever they can be found for the purpose of finding new loving homes for them. Kerri is currently assisting in the development of a high school curriculum for Mason's Alveary. She holds a B. A. in Sociology from Wheaton College. email@example.com
Brendan has been providing corporate training for companies, governmental agencies, finance institutions and non-profit agencies in the area of overall wellness. Topics have included personal finances from budgeting, credit reports, identity theft, building savings and first time homeownership. Brendan has also taught workshops on Ethics and Values in the Workplace, Communications Skills, Having a Positive Attitude, and Sleep Basics. He has his personal trainer’s certification and enjoys working out and hiking. He has served as an intermediary for the Virginia Individual Development Accounts program, an 8:1 savings program to help new businesses and first time home buyers. He conducts webinars on the national level for consumers on financial and corporate matters. Audiences have included United States Department of Justice, Harvard University, Federal Reserve Bank, National Basketball Association, National Football League, New York Times, Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and Federal Housing Administration.
Brendan has organized and led teams to work with disaster relief victims on the domestic and international level. Trips have included Russia, Kosovo and the Dominican Republic. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Business Administration and is a home school dad of over 20 years.
Dr. Carroll Smith
Dr. Carroll Smith was introduced to Charlotte Mason at a L’Abri conference in the 1970s. While a young middle school teacher working within a mechanistic educational system that he saw neither inspired nor engaged his students, he attended Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s presentation on Mason and knew that the ideas of Charlotte Mason were what was missing in his professional training to become a teacher. He will always be grateful to Susan for then sending him Mason’s book, An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education, which gave him the scope and framework of Mason’s ideas. From there the seeds of ideas given by Mason in her various books have slowly taken hold and have grown year by year as Carroll worked as a middle school teacher, school principal, professor of education and university dean. Over the decades of working with children and teachers, teaching undergraduate and graduate education courses including philosophy of education courses, and helping to establish CMI as an accrediting agency, he finds that CM gets the ontology of children correct and thus, subsequently develops a philosophy of education and methods of education that match to the child as a person. He founded the educational nonprofit, The Charlotte Mason Institute, to promote the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason and cherishes the relationships that have gown over the years through a collective camaraderie with people interested in seeing education from a very different paradigm. He enjoys reading, gardening and discussing ideas with friends. He and his wife, Andra, have two adult children and live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Roanoke, VA. He enjoys speaking on Charlotte Mason’s theories and practices wherever he is asked. Carroll holds an undergraduate degree in Intermediate Education (grades 4 - 8) and a master’s in School Administration from East Carolina University, and a doctorate of education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. He is the Executive Director and Founder of the Charlotte Mason Institute.
Laurie Vigorito and her husband Brendan have been home educating their children for over twenty years. After reading, For the Children’s Sake, in the late 1990’s they realized that the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education aligned with their hearts desire for the education of their children. Laurie has started an Alveary Co-Op in Roanoke, Virginia and has been blessed in seeing the fruit it is bearing. Over the years Laurie has been involved in functions and event planning. She is currently the Conference Director for Charlotte Mason Institute. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin Hancox lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Mark, and a good natured Chesapeake Bay retriever named Hoppie. She has two married daughters, seven beautiful grandchildren. Robin holds a BA degree in Human Resources Management and a Master's degree in Human Resources Development. She retired from her full time human resources software consultant position in October, 2015. She helps with home schooling three of her grandchildren, enjoys sewing, quilting, reading books and traveling with her husband. She currently serves as the part time administrative assistant for CMI.
Dr. Jennifer Spencer
Dr. Jennifer Spencer has been an educator for eighteen years in public, private, and home schools. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, a masters in Elementary Education, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She was lucky enough in 2009 to be part of the team that digitized the Mason archives for the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection. In 2011, she helped found Willow Tree Community School in Shelby, NC, where she worked as teacher and principal for four years. Jen currently works from home as an independent education consultant, researcher, and sometimes-blogger at Cuppa with Jen. In the past she has served on the Board of Directors at the Charlotte Mason Institute. Jen enjoys hiking, reading, and supporting her two children in their musical endeavors. She lives in Gaffney, SC with her husband, Wes; the kids, Drew and Marley; and one sweet, spoiled, and ill-mannered lapdog, Buddy. She currently serves as the projector director of Mason's Alveary.
Dr. Cindy Swicegood
Dr. Cindy Swicegood has been involved in the Charlotte Mason Institute conference since its inception—from helping with registration to providing classical music. A pianist by profession (B.M. in piano performance from Oklahoma Baptist University, M.M. and D.M. in piano performance and accompanying from Florida State University), Cindy homeschooled her two daughters for six years, then helped give birth to Willow Tree Community School. From time to time, Cindy serves as a collaborative pianist and vocal and/or chamber music coach at Gardner-Webb University. Cindy is joyful in her celebration of God’s creativity—passion flowers, calla lilies, Michelangelo’s Pieta, all of Johannes Brahms’ chamber works with piano, and passionate artists with whom she can collaborate are some of the many blessings she receives as gifts from the Father above. Cindy is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for CMI—an organization whose leaders she has known and loved for many years. She currently serves as Administrative Assistant to Mason’s Alveary Project Manager, Dr. Jen Spencer.