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. Each month our President, Secretary, Treasurer, 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.


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LESLIE LAWTON,
Treasurer
Contact Leslie at treasurer@enrichri.org

Leslie serves as a member of the Board, Treasurer and Program Manager of ENRICHri.
She and her family have been active members of ENRICHri since January 2011.
Prior to becoming a homeschool mother, Leslie worked in corporate finance and the managed futures industries.
She graduated magna cum laude from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and computer information systems.
As a passionate supporter of parental choice in education, Leslie feels lucky to have found ENRICHri.  She is grateful for the support and programming it made available to her family during those early years.
She is now proud to serve the organization and help provide the same benefits to new and existing members.



Member-at-Large, Public Relations Team


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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 are excited to help further promote ENRICHri’s values and mission.


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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.


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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

     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.