President: Chris Weatherholt
Christy Weatherholt was raised in South Africa and met her husband of 20+ years, Robby Weatherholt, at Southeastern University in Lakeland. She graduated from SEU with a B.A. in Music Education. Together they have served in full time ministry since 1995. They have been blessed with four children - Jessica (14), Kylie (12), Makayla (4), and Joshua (2). Christy has taught in public & private schools, been a private music instructor, and served as a worship & arts pastor at various churches. She has been homeschooling for 9 years and loves to help and encourage others in their homeschooling journey.
Special Needs Director/Secretary: Leslie Bowen
Leslie Bowen was born and raised in Michigan but has called Florida her home for the past 20 years. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A.A., and has been teaching art for the past several years. She has three daughters who have been a joy to her. Her oldest daughter will be a sophomore at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee this fall. She considers it a privilege and a blessing to be able to homeschool her two other daughters age 16 and 13. After teaching and observing the different needs of each of her children, Leslie had a strong desire to help the homeschool community identify and utilize various learning resources that are available to homeschool families.
Treasurer: Elaine Nord
Elaine has been married to Cliff Nord for 18 years. Their "love" story is HIS story. It's a powerful testimony of perseverance and trust . Another dream come true, was the day she found out she was pregnant with her daughter, who is now in 4th grade. She has been passionately homeschooling her since she was 5 years of age.
Elaine and her husband are ordained ministers who have served faithfully in the capacity of leadership within the local church community and as well in several established ministries. Elaine is a very passionate person. Her passion is her family, praying, helping others reach their full potential through discipleship, reading, singing and spending time with those she loves ..to name a few.
Jr./Sr. High Director: Jennifer Dowell
Jennifer Dowell grew up in the Northern VA/DC area. She met her husband Jesse, serving on a mission trip. They have been married for 20+ years and have been homeschooling for 16. They have three children: Aiden (19) is a homeschool graduate with numerous science awards, who is currently studying Computer Science at UF. Rachel (16) loves to research and present on fascinating scientific subjects! She currently interns at the Oceanographic Center, is dual enrolled IRSC, and plans to study medicine. Erin (11) enjoys writing stories, drawing, & learning about animals.
Jen is a freelance writer, artist and fitness instructor. She has written and directed plays for homeschool groups and has volunteered in the community offering various classes for elementary, middle, and high-school aged students for over ten years. Currently, she is writing for a national homeschool organization, tutoring with Classical Conversations, and teaching Pilates at Christi’s Fitness. Jennifer is excited to provide support and encouragement to IRHSA families!