Executive Director and Board of Directors
Chelsea Whitby, Executive Director, [email protected]
Chelsea Whitby has been working in education in one way or another for the past 20+ years. She started out in severe special education and then went on to get her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language Literacy. When she decided to homeschool her kids 8 years ago she discovered her love for alternative education and hasn’t looked back. Chelsea lives with her two boys (8th and 6th grade), her fantastically patient husband, an eternal puppy aussiedoodle, and an angry senior cat. She loves to read about everything, do yoga, pretend she’s a professional author and artist, and have deep existential conversations with anyone who will listen.
Liz Moore, Board Chair, [email protected]
Ever since she was a young girl, rounding up her younger siblings to play school in the basement, Liz has been passionate about education. After growing up in Bountiful, Utah, she and her husband, Rob, spent most of their twenty-five years of marriage on an adventure, first moving to the Pacific Northwest, then off to Texas, Florida, and now returning to their Davis County roots. They are blessed with two sons still at home, two adult daughters who have flown the coop, a son-in-law, and a darling grandson (and one on the way!), who lives much too far away while they are stationed in Florida with the Air Force. Liz's homeschooling journey began ten years ago while living in Florida when a couple of friends approached her with the idea of starting a homeschool group together. She jumped in, and was hooked! In her spare moments, she enjoys spending the warmer months in her garden, and her winters dreaming of warm Florida beaches. Liz and her boys can’t wait for the adventures ahead as they connect with you in this new co-op.
Shannah Tanner, Board Secretary
When Shannah isn’t at home she is either shuttling her children to their extracurricular activities with an audiobook playing along the way, or executing her latest “big idea” excursion. As a homebody and a traveler at heart (these don’t have to be conflicting qualities) she wants to do and see it all at her family’s pace. After growing up in the Portland, OR, area, when Shannah married her husband she had never been farther east than the Colorado-Utah border, but after attending grad school in upstate New York, she realized just how much she was missing beyond the doors of a formal classroom. Now as a certified teacher and mother of four, she wants to experience all the possibilities of the world right alongside her students. Shannah’s love for discovery means she over-researches, loves to ask questions, and has become a perpetual student. In her fifth year of homeschooling, she can honestly say that the world is at our fingertips, either captured in a read-aloud on the couch or an exploration of the French countryside, the flexibility of homeschooling has opened endless doors of opportunity.
Rob Moore, Board Treasurer
Rob Moore was born in California and has lived in Utah, Washington, Oregon, Texas and Florida. He married his wife, Liz, in 1997 and has four children, a son-in-law, one grandson, and another on the way. A graduate of the University of Utah, he is currently the CEO of AccessVR, an immersive learning and technology company. Rob loves to solve real-world problems with technology and always has new gadgets that he is playing with. A homeschool supporter for the last 10 years, he has seen first hand the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of homeschooling. He is excited to embark on the ConnectEd journey with his wife Liz and the other founders, teachers and students!
Janel Cottle, Board Member over Events, [email protected]
Janel was born in Michigan and has lived in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, and California. She married her husband Jeff in 2003 and after 2 years of living in San Diego, they decided to move to Jeff’s home state of Utah. She and her 2 teens started their homeschooling journey 2 years ago and wish they had started sooner. Her oldest son just graduated, and her 15-year-old will be attending ConnectED. Janel is a full-time working homeschool mom. They have 2 Goldendoodles (one is a service dog) and a Shih Tzu. She likes to stay busy, loves spending quality time with her family, her happy place is being in the mountains with nature all around her, and she enjoys crocheting when time allows.
Jacquie Smith, Board Member over Fundraising and Marketing, [email protected]
Hello, I'm Jacqueline Smith, but I go by Jacquie. I'm Connected Co-op's Marketing and Fundraising Director. I'm a part-time working, military wife and this will be my 10th year homeschooling my 3 children (ages 15, 11, and 8). We have lived all over the nation, and Japan, and the military is what has brought us to Utah. Each homeschool year has looked different for us over the years and many states, but I'm excited to be joining and being a part of a brand-new, startup co-op. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors and with my family.
Andrea Ventilla, Board Member over Parent Support, [email protected]
I am excited to work with this Co-op and especially with children. We have three girls and I have been homeschooling for 9 years, this is going to be our tenth. My oldest girl, Fanni, will be in 9th grade part time in our local jr highschool. My middle daughter, Flora, will be in 7th grade and would like to be part of the acting for movies class with ConnectEd. My youngest, Zsofi, will be in Davinci Davis as a 5th grader. We have lived in Davis county for 10 years, before that we lived a short time in Austin, Texas and also in Rexburg, Idaho. In my spare time - when I think I have some??- I like reading, hiking and gardening. I am looking forward to working with you all!