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 ENRICHri Board is comprised homeschooling parents within our membership. Each month our President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large, gather to manage the organization.


Contact Alyssa at

Alyssa Crowder began her homeschooling journey in 2013 shortly after moving back to Rhode Island with her husband, Andrew, and their two children. Upon deciding to homeschool, they immediately joined ENRICHri and found that it provided them with a strong, supportive community and many activities to enhance their homeschooling adventure! Since then Alyssa has filled various volunteer roles for the organization including Resource Librarian, Pinterest Editor, Assistant Cooperative Director and Business Manager.

In her position as our President, Alyssa is working closely with the Executive Board to create a sustainable volunteer management structure for ENRICHri. Alyssa comes to this position with a background as a management consultant for both private and non-profit organizations. She also holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland. Outside of her homeschool and family responsibilities and her work with ENRICHri, Alyssa practices Awesome Adulting through reading, cooking, traveling with her family and making the most of living in the Ocean State with plenty of beach time, paddle-boarding and kayaking!

Alyssa is excited about the future of ENRICHri. She is looking forward to working with our members and volunteers to continue to grow ENRICHri into the community we envision!

Contact Michele Mericle at

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.


Contact Leslie at

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

Cooperative Director
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.

Program Manager
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.