Board Members

ENRICHri is an inclusive, non-religious community which provides support, friendship, and guidance for homeschooling families in Southern New England and promotes homeschooling within the greater community.

ENRICHri will achieve this purpose through:
Promoting the development of a supportive homeschooling community for parents and children,

Providing opportunities for relevant, affordable, real-world learning and group homeschooling opportunities, and
Advocating for our members in the community. We are a nonprofit 501(C) 3 tax exempt organization.
ENRICHri does not discriminate based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, faith,
home education philosophy or methodology, physical or other challenges.


THE BOARD
The ENRICHri Board is comprised homeschooling parents within our membership volunteering their time. Each month our President, Vice President Secretary, Treasurer, Cooperative Directors, Special Events Coordinator, and Member at Large, gather to manage the organization.


Janika Arel,
President
Contact Janika at president@enrichri.org

Janika lives with her husband and four kids in Cranston. She believes that glitter makes everything better, Monday nights belong to professional wrestling, and the only way to learn anything is to make a mess.

MICHELE MERICLE,
Secretary
Contact Michele Mericle at secretary@enrichri.org

Michele joined the board as secretary in 2017, and is excited have the opportunity to help support homeschoolers in Rhode Island. ENRICHri has been a great source of inspiration and community as her family has embarked on its homeschooling journey this past year.
Michele has a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Brown University, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island. She loves Mexican food, running, reading, cooking, baseball, traveling, and spending time with her family and their dog, Holly. Michele is looking forward to continue to learn and grow as she works to meet the needs of ENRICHri’s member families.


Amanda Burden,
Treasurer
Contact Amanda at treasurer@enrichri.org



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MARCIA SIROIS,
Cooperative Director
coopdirector@enrichri.org
Marcia lives in Riverside, RI with her husband Bryan, her 3 boys, and 2 cats. Marcia works as a Registered Dietitian and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Education.  She grew up in Warren, RI, then after living in Maine for 9 years, moved back to RI to be closer to family. They decided to homeschool and joined ENRICHri in 2014.
One of her children has autism and Marcia is very active with autism awareness and fundraising with the RI Autism Project.
Her parents own Frerichs Farm in Warren, RI and while growing up on a farm,
she has learned the value of hard work and the importance of cooperation.
Marcia enjoys taking trips with her family and watching her boys experience life and new adventures.  She and Bryan have a strong sense of community and care excited to help further promote ENRICHri’s values and mission.

                                              


                                

STACEY GORBACHEV,

Cooperative Director: ENRICHri at the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club

Stacey.Gorbachev@enrichri.org

Stacey Gorbachev is the Program Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket.  Her position is to oversee and Director our programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. She has had past positions on the ENRICHri Board, plus always volunteers for special events and is a frequent teacher in our cooperative program. Stacey is a small business owner and is currently homeschooling her two children in Pawtucket with her husband, cat, and dog. Her small business knowledge and extensive experience will be an asset to the ENRICHri Board and in her position as the Program Director at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club. 

 


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EMILY WEILAND,
Program Manager
programs@enrichri.org
Emily is new to the area and to homeschooling, but is excited to tackle these new adventures.  Emily is from Pittsburgh, but has lived in New England for the past 16 years. Her professional background is in training coordination and event planning. But her passion is volunteering, and she’s glad to find a role in ENRICHri that could use her behind-the-scenes application support experience.
She lives in Rehoboth with her husband and her two kids.


Julia Arnold,
Special Events Coordinator
specialevents@enrichri.org
Julia lives in Warwick with her husband, son , daughter, three cats, and dog. Julia has been homeschooling her son for 3 years and is elated to be a part of the ENRICHri community. Before becoming a mom, Julia attended Marshall University in West Virginia where she studied elementary and special education. Julia has been home with her children for the last 7 years, and in the past she co-ran a moms group where she coordinated events and welcomed new members.
Julia loves to organize and plan parties and is excited to be running the Special Events committee for ENRICHri.

 


 

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LARA WATKINS,
Member-at-large
elemclasses@enrichri.org
Lara is a strong advocate of lifelong learning.  She is excited to help to connect ENRICHri members from across the state in family learning opportunities.  In addition to homeschooling her two children, she is on the anthropology faculty at Bridgewater State University.  Lara grew up in RI, attended Providence College for a BA in biology, and then moved to Connecticut to complete her PhD in medical anthropology.  She has a varied work background from tutoring elementary students to surgical research to program evaluation for health and education initiatives.  She returned to RI to be closer to her family and shortly thereafter started a branch of her own!  Now many of her happiest days include learning next to her kids and oftentimes from them!


  
Beth Daley,
Vice President
bethdaley@enrichri.org

     Beth joined the board as Vice President in 2017. She is lives in Greene, R.I. with her husband and three children. Beth is a music educator and taught in public school until her eldest turned one.  It was then she decided to homeschool.  ENRICHri has been a great resource for support and community for Beth and she is excited to work with others as her family begins their first ‘official’ year of homeschooling. 

   Beth has a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island and maintains her teaching certification for music grades K-12. Beth coaches students in private music lessons and is a member of The American Band.

   When it’s time to put the day to day responsibilities aside, Beth enjoys playing music, attending concerts, reading, writing, sampling craft beers and home-brewing with her husband, bacon, and simply spending time with her family creating sweet memories. 

   Beth is honored to be serving on the board for ENRICHri and she is looking forward to working with members as the group continues to grow and encourage one another.