Executive Committee – About

 

Tara Hernandez, Membership Director & Creative Director

When Tara isn't hard at work taking care of GHF members, her days are filled homeschooling her two children, training the family dog, and occasionally reading email.  In her free time (what's that?) she knits, spins yarn, reads, and does art and science projects with the kids. She also enjoys virtual 'dates' with her husband in the World of Warcraft.  You can reach her here.

 

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Robert Bachmann, Financial Manager

Robert is a retired Army veteran who went back to school for business and accounting, receiving his MBA from St. Martin's University at the ripe old age of 56. The work he did in the military was every little boy's dream: blowing things up. He spent most of his career as an explosives expert and has now brought his ability to master complex interrelated details to GHF. For fun he enjoys genealogy, shooting inanimate objects (at a range), and playing with longswords. He has step kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and some cats.

 

Sarah Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, GHF Press

A lover of words and learning, Sarah Wilson enjoys reading, writing, and editing. As the founding and managing editor of the GHF Press division of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, Ms. Wilson has taken great pleasure working with new and experienced writers, helping them find their voices and express the powerful messages they have to share with the gifted and 2e community. Secretly, Ms. Wilson's favorite part of editing is reading a book before anyone else.

Ms. Wilson is the former editor of California HomeSchooler, the bimonthly magazine of HSC, a long-time Cub Scout volunteer, a former writer for the San Jose Homeschooling Examiner, a sporadic blogger, and a freelance editor. When not editing against deadlines, driving all around the Bay Area in pursuit of the plethora of educational opportunities, or volunteering with several non-profits, she loves traveling, watching clever comedies, and hanging out with her family and friends. You can reach her here.

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Madeline Goodwin, Director of GHF Online Classes

Madeline received her Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies and Biology from Southern Oregon University, graduating cum laude in 2014 and graduated from the Master's of Environmental Studies Program at Evergreen State College in 2016.  She has interned at the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, the League of Women Voters of WA, and the Thurston Climate Action Team. She also volunteers for the WET Science Center. THE MAKER MOM article "Meet Climate Change Champion Madeline Goodwin" featured her work in understanding climate change. Currently, Madeline owns and operates Master Minds, a Lacey, WA-based online and in-person private tutoring and mentoring service that specializes in atypical students and recently ran for City Council in Lacey, WA.

As a homeschooler, she began taking university classes at 13, enrolling full-time as a fifteen-year-old sophomore in Fall 2011. She worked as a research assistant in her academic department for two semesters; she was an intern at the Geos Institute, a nonprofit organization and consulting firm that uses science to help people predict, reduce, and prepare for climate change; and she served as the ECOS liaison to SOCAN. Madeline spent a year as an intern for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), with a special interest in environmental policy; a semester as Secretary for the Josephine County Renewable Energy Task Force, and she completed Junior Volunteer training at Wildlife Images, a rescue and rehabilitation facility for wild animals of all kinds. She has also provided testimony for the Oregon state legislature on gifted education and dual enrollment, and been interviewed on radical acceleration and early college for #gtchat on Twitter. She co-authored US Public Education Policy: Missing Voices. She also serves as Legislative Chair for GHF.

 

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