ENRICHri works to promote and protect homeschool interests in Rhode Island. Each year as the General Assembly introduces bills the Advocacy Team monitors the progress of dozens of those bills. We watch for and respond to legislation that could affect homeschooling families on a state and district level.
Melissa has been a member of ENRICHri since 2010. Her teenage son has been homeschooled since birth and is now taking dual enrollment classes at community college. Melissa served on the Executive Board in various positions for 5 years before moving to the Member Advocate position. Since 2015 Melissa has filled the role of Homeschool Liaison for the Newport Naval Base, bringing her experiences as a native Rhode Island homeschooler to incoming families.
Melissa’s life revolves around her son’s extensive Pokémon TCG tournament travel schedule and enjoying his teen years.
Melissa brings a wealth of passion and leadership in creating community connections to ENRICHri.
Assistant Member Advocate
Donna lives in Coventry, RI with her husband Richard, grandson, and a menagerie of animals. Their family joined ENRICHri in 2013 to build community when their grandson was three, having decided homeschool was the path they would choose for his education.
She has always had a passion for advocacy having served on Federal Women’s Rights Committee, as a Rape Crisis Center Advocate and now ENRICHri’s Advocacy team.
Donna is a work-from-home pet groomer and enjoys all things homesteading.
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 mission.
Anna Sousa Webmaster / Technology Director
Anna lives in Cranston, RI with her husband, Daniel, and two children. They joined ENRICHri in 2017. Anna has been working in the IT field for many years with a specialty in data analytics.
Anna is happy to be sharing her technical knowledge with ENRICHri. Both Anna and her husband also enjoy teaching and are active participants in ENRICHri cooperatives. In her free time she loves to hula hoop with her children and play the Fife.
Pawtucket Cooperative Director
Jessica lives in Pawtucket with her husband Adam and two children. They have been homeschooling for 5 years and joined ENRICHri at the beginning of their journey. Jess is a work at home mom, running an in-home daycare and hand crafted decor business. Before becoming the Pawtucket Co-op Site Director, she played an active role in the co-op as assistant director and teacher. She enjoys books, the beach and all things crafty!
Director of Wildschooling
Once upon a time a couple of intellectual hippies made a baby among the eucalypti near the pacific coast where, they later would say, they went to “pick up her soul” from the sea otter she was in her last life. Hippie mum discovered John Holt’s “How Children Fail” in the Mills College library’s education section, and Larkin Leaf Trainor’s future was determined. Guided by Holt and other brilliant thinkers, (ask her mum who) and with the help of the internet in its toddlerhood, Larkin and her siblings grew up among a radically unschooling tribe/community, its membership scattered across the US and internationally as well. Nowadays, Larkin lives an unschooling-principled lifestyle with her numerous offspring, cultivating close and supportive relationships, encouraging their lifelong learning habits and supporting their varied interests and passions, as well as continuing to develop her own skills and feed her passions, as an entrepreneur, lady-farmer, and seeker of knowledge and power through mothering and home-making.
Director of Wildschooling
Stacey’s learning journey began before she had children to teach. She was always searching for a better way to live. More peaceful, loving, and present. A way of gratitude and connection to family and the universe.
When her daughter was born, she knew that she wanted to impart to her all that she had learned about life, love, and Spirit. She and her husband, Jeff, decided the best way to do that was to homeschool. Thus began their family’s adventure.
Another child and some more learning about herself and what felt right for her family guided her to child led education.
Her desire to give back to the universe leads her to help guide Wildschool and with love and support from family and friends, to continue the journey towards a joyful tomorrow.
Warwick Campus Co-Director
Tina lives in Warwick and has three kids and a dog. They’ve been homeschooling in various forms for about 7 years, and Tina works part time as a family manager and does freelance marketing work as well.
In her “free time” you can usually find her at her kids’ rehearsals or hiking a good trail.
Warwick Campus Co-Director
Jennah Hubbell and her daughter Aaralyn have been members of ENRICHri since they started homeschooling in 2015. The Hubbell Family, along with their dog, Charlie, and cat, Zeus, reside in Greenville RI. They have been active in first the Coventry co-operative, and most recently the PBGC Tuesday co-op. Jennah has taught several classes and enjoys volunteering within our community.
Lisa Cronkite Sinkler
Lisa lives in Exeter, RI with her husband Knowles and their two boys. Their family joined ENRICHri in 2019 when their homeschooling journey first began. Lisa has a background in health management consulting and research.
Tired of the hectic “hamster wheel” of life, Lisa and her family are thoroughly enjoying the peace, quality time and opportunity for exploration and learning that the homeschool lifestyle offers.
Lisa is an avid equestrian and when she’s not at the barn, you can find her on the slopes skiing or enjoying the beautiful beaches of RI.
Portsmouth Campus Director