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Team and Board of Directors

WEST began in 2009 and is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization offering tutor-based weekly classes for home-educated students in 5th through 12th grade.

Our class schedule allows parents and students to choose from a variety of tutorial courses taught by skilled and passionate tutors.

WEST allows for 90-minute academic sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at two different locations in Maple Grove, MN.

WEST is led by a team and Board of Directors


WEST Team

Robin Fraser, Director

Robin desires to support homeschoolers as they seek to teach and influence as well as love and empower their children.  As a homeschooler herself, Robin sees the need for homeschooling families to have educational options. Opening the doors of WEST has been a long time vision of Robin’s. She enjoys using her leadership experience and skill set at WEST.

Robin holds a degree in education – has taught in the inner-city public schools at the middle/junior high level.  In 1993, Robin won the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher of the Year Award for Wisconsin. She has also served as an inner-city youth director, worked in the corporate world and has served in church:  council member/teacher/event planner/ministry lead and more.

Robin is a home educator of 16 years.  She is the founder of the homeschool co-op Fellowship In Christian Homeschool Education (FICHE), co-founder of WEST and has earned certification as a Spiritual Director.

She and her family live in Maple Grove where they serve in their church, neighborhood and wider community.

Robin’s heart is to engage, encourage and empower parents and students in a variety of ways – one being WEST.


Kathy Hanson, WEST Office Assistant

Kathy began homeschooling when she and her two daughters wanted to spend the year touring with her musician husband. That was nine years ago! They enjoyed homeschooling so much that they never went back.

Kathy graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Elementary Education degree. She spent 8 years teaching kindergarten in St. Louis Park prior to moving to northern Minnesota to help develop an Outdoor Education program at Camp Shamineau. This was a perfect pairing of Kathy’s love for teaching & students with a love of the great outdoors.

Kathy, her husband Joel, and two girls live on a hobby farm in Greenfield where they share their lives with 5 goats, 15 chickens, 2 cats and one dog. They are passionate about growing things not only in the ground but also in people. They love gathering groups to worship, mentoring young musicians & families, and providing space for others to slow down and listen.

Kathy loves watching the friendships and relationships that develop at WEST and she is excited to be a part helping WEST serve homeschooling families.


Amy Fleigle, Registrar

Amy began homeschooling her girls in 2013 when they realized they loved learning together and thought homeschooling might be a good fit. They all embraced the home school community and have never looked back. So far it has been an amazing journey. She is excited to join the WEST Team and is looking forward to helping more families on this journey.

Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin ~ Eau Claire with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse at both North Memorial Hospital and Children's Hospital before staying home with her girls. 

Amy's heart and passion is people and serving others. She has served in a variety of roles in her church, community, and home school co-ops. She loves seeing the smiles on the students' faces at WEST and is passionate about encouraging friendships and fellowship among them.


Julie Burkstrand, Treasurer

Julie Burkstrand has been a part of the homeschooling community since the year 2000.  She is pleased to join the WEST team and hopes to encourage fellow homeschoolers in their journey.

After graduating from Bemidji State University, Julie worked as an exercise consultant for 5 years at a local health club, before leaving that position to be a stay at home mom. She and her husband, Todd, have four children and have made their home in Osseo, MN for the past 27 years.

Julie has served in a variety of roles in her community, church, and homeschool co-op, the latest of which has been on the leadership board as treasurer for the past 9 years.


Tiffany Pavlish, Website Communications

Tiffany Pavlish has been a part of the homeschooling community since 2005.  She is thrilled to be a part of the WEST team and continue supporting the homeschool community by maintaining WEST's website and encouraging families on their homeschool journey.

Tiffany graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus with a degree in Business Education.  Currently, Tiffany also teaches a Computer Applications class for WEST during Fall semester. Tiffany and her husband, Andy, have four children and have made their home in Rogers, MN since 1996.

Tiffany has served in a variety of roles in the homeschool community and church encouraging women to forge ahead even when life seems bleak.


Board of Directors

Robin Fraser, President

Robin desires to support homeschoolers as they seek to teach and influence as well as love and empower their children.  As a homeschooler herself, Robin sees the need for homeschooling families to have educational options. Opening the doors of WEST has been a long time vision of Robin’s. She enjoys using her leadership experience and skill set at WEST.

Robin holds a degree in education – has taught in the inner-city public schools at the middle/junior high level.  In 1993, Robin won the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher of the Year Award for Wisconsin. She has also served as an inner-city youth director, worked in the corporate world and has served in church:  council member/teacher/event planner/ministry lead and more.

Robin is a home educator of 16 years.  She is the founder of the homeschool co-op Fellowship In Christian Homeschool Education (FICHE), co-founder of WEST and has earned certification as a Spiritual Director.

She and her family live in Maple Grove where they serve in their church, neighborhood and wider community.

Robin’s heart is to engage, encourage and empower parents and students in a variety of ways – one being WEST.


LeAnn Liberator, Secretary

LeAnn is excited to be a part of what WEST is doing for the homeschooling community! WEST brought many options to her journey homeschooling her two boys for several years. She has served many roles teaching and leading in multiple homeschooling groups. She has served as a tutor to both Wings and WEST and believes in the support these organizations bring to new and experienced homeschool families. 

LeAnn is honored to serve on the WEST board. 

Currently, LeAnn is building a business bridging animals to youth and young adults.  She is grateful for every opportunity to sow into the lives of others.


Sheri Simmer, Treasurer

Sheri Simmer is pleased to serve on the WEST Board of Directors. She has been part of the homeschool community for over 20+ years and appreciates WEST and its mission to come alongside parents in their homeschool journey.

After her time at Northwestern College in Roseville, MN, Sheri spent many years in administrative and executive assistant work in Minneapolis. She and her husband started a home business in which Sheri has helped in various roles over 25+ years.

Sheri has served in a variety of teaching roles with homeschool groups. Her and her husband, Jack, live in Buffalo and have five children.


Gail Gray

Gail Gray watched other families around her start homeschooling and witnessed good character qualities in the children and a lifestyle that supported a desire to build a strong Christian foundation in children. She jumped into homeschooling in 2007 when her oldest started Kindergarten and has been homeschooling ever since. Her 4 kids have enjoyed being involved at both Wings and WEST for many years.

Gail graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stout with a degree in Retail Marketing and Management. Her and her husband and 4 children have lived in Maple Grove since 1999. Their family actively serves in the homeschool community, and in their church.

She enjoys encouraging homeschooling families and is excited to be a part of the WEST board.