Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, the largest state advocacy organization for home school families in the country. As a leader for more than 30 years, Tim has been instrumental in developing the home school community into a recognized political force in Texas.As an authority on home education and parental rights, Tim has testified before numerous Texas legislative committees. He regularly engages with state and federal government agencies, such as the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Social Security Administration. He has testified as an expert witness on home education in various court cases, and was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on a parental rights advisory committee to Child Protective Services.Tim has also been a leader in the Republican Party in Texas for more than 20 years, including representing Texas on the Republican National Committee from 1996 to 2004.Tim holds a B.A. in political science from Texas Tech University and is passionate about protecting the fundamental constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.
Stephanie Lambert was home schooled before home schooling was officially legal in Texas. Her parents had a vision for instilling strong values and providing a quality education to their four children. This included joining in the fight to make families free to home educate.Stephanie’s childhood is filled with memories as a THSC volunteer in her family’s home. Her time on staff with THSC then began with event planning, touching thousands of lives each year. She went on to serve as THSC’s Director of Events and Director of Development, and is now the Executive Director of the organization.Stephanie has a passion for empowering and encouraging parents to raise their children to know Christ and to be the next generation of leaders our country needs. She lives in Lubbock and serves in her church, reads, decorates, snowboards and travels in her free time.
Jeremy Newman became Director of Public Policy for THSC in Fall 2013. Jeremy is a home school graduate and has been involved in home schooling from an early age when his family moved to Texas from California. The third of six children, Jeremy now lives with his wife, Addi, and son, Wyatt, in Dallas where he teaches Lincoln-Douglas debates in the NCFCA, a national home school speech and debate league.
Nathan Macias is a native of San Antonio, earned a BS in civil engineering from Texas A&M in 1982, and has three Master’s Degrees: MBA, MPA, and MEd. He is a retired Lt. Colonel, USAF, and commanded several units while on active duty both overseas and state side. Nathan served as a Texas State Representative for Comal, Kendall, Bandera, and Gillespie Counties from 2007 to 2009, where he was a member of the public education committee. He is currently executive director of The Torch of Freedom Foundation, offering the nation’s premier youth leadership training through Patriot Academy. He also serves THSC as an Advisory Board Member. Nathan and Susan, his bride of 32 years, have seven children from ages 28 to 14, four children-in-law, and one beautiful granddaughter. They have home educated their children for 23 years using a multitude of curricula, and led a small support group while serving in the Air Force. Their children now serve in a variety of vocations, including a firefighter, political consultant, youth pastor, and photographer.
As a writer, public policy analyst, and lobbyist for the Texas Home School Coalition, Stephen has been working for THSC since 2015. A homeschool graduate himself, he passionately believes in fighting for families’ rights to homeschool. Stephen credits his leadership training, character development and determination to his 10 years spent with the Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Stephen and his beautiful wife Emma live in Austin, Texas, with their two Labrador Retrievers. In their free time, they love spending time in their community, discovering new restaurants and coffee shops, and exploring the great outdoors. They worship and serve at The Austin Stone Community Church in downtown Austin.
Joshua Newman, a home school graduate and avid writer, is passionate about bringing the Christian worldview into state and national politics. He served on multiple political campaigns in the 2014 election, and during the 2015 legislative session, he was the grassroots coordinator for the THSC Watchmen. Joshua joined THSC as chief legislative analyst in 2015.
Chris Parrish served on the THSC board of directors for 10 years, and currently serves on THSC’s Advisory Board.Beverly Parrish hosted Smoothing the Way meetings for new home schooling moms for eight years. She continues to support home schooling families by offering tutoring, and through her company Learn Your Way and the Davis Dyslexia Correction program. Beverly speaks on a variety of topics at THSC Conventions and other home school conferences.Chris and Beverly began home schooling their seven children in 1990. Three of their sons are grown and married, and they have two granddaughters. Chris and Beverly served in leadership positions in CHEACT while living in Austin, and later in Houston they hosted informational library meetings for new home schoolers. Chris and Beverly love to encourage families in this great adventure of home schooling!
Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, is a frequent writer, speaker and blogger on special education homeschooling issues. Peggy is the former Special Needs Team Lead for THSC (Texas Home School Coalition), the Special Needs Coordinator for MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) and Area Coordinator for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.Peggy is also certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader. Peggy’s homeschool journey started when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Now with 14 years of homeschooling under her belt, she thanks God for all the experiences He has given her so that she can encourage other special needs homeschooling parents.Peggy and her husband Doug live in Conroe, Texas, where they still homeschool the youngest of their three children (20, 18 and 12).
Don Stroud is Chief Marketing Officer of IDMyPlan, and serves on the board of the Christian Home Education Association of Central Texas. His most significant honor is being husband to Karen for over 30 years and dad to their four children.Karen Stroud treasures learning subjects again for the first time as she home schools her children, and encouraging other moms in their calling to shape the hearts and minds of future generations.Don and Karen Stroud began home schooling their oldest child when she turned four. Blessed with four children, they are now in their 20th year. Their oldest daughter and son received National Merit Scholar and National Merit Commended designations, respectively, and both recently graduated from Texas A&M University with honors. Their younger two daughters are in high school and serve as attorneys and presiding judges in the Williamson County YMCA Teen Court, adjudicating real Class C misdemeanors.Seventh and fifth generation Texans respectively, Don and Karen have a deep appreciation for the values of responsibility, independence, and the freedom of Texas parents to personally direct the education of their children. The Strouds are lifetime members of THSC.
Kyle Workman is a devout Christian, father of four home schooled children, a construction consultant, and volunteer servant. Kyle is a board member of the Central Texas Chapter of Folds of Honor, a national non-profit in support of veterans. He is politically active as president of the Leon County Sub-Regional Planning Commission and as an advocate for Texas private property rights through a non-profit he co-founded. Kyle is a lifetime member of THSC, as well as a member of the THSC Advisory Committee.
Ashley Lawson is the customer relations manager for THSC. She loves the Lord and her family with all her heart, and she loves being a part of the amazing homeschool journeys of Texas families. Ashley is currently homeschooling, and runs a small business with her husband. She has served as treasurer and director of her homeschool co-op, school board trustee and secretary, VBS director, as well as serving with various church committees. Ashley and her husband Mike have six children and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Keith Conn believes in the value of homeschooling for its merits and as a small-scale version of the entrepreneurial spirit that made this country great. In 2018, Keith and his wife Jana will be celebrating 25 years of marriage. They have five children and started homeschooling their oldest child more than 20 years ago. Keith applies their homeschool commitment to his personal and business tag line: <strong>Work Hard. Work Smart. Get it Right. Get it Done.</strong>
Michael Berry is Deputy General Counsel for First Liberty Institute, a non-profit law firm that protects religious freedoms for American citizens. Michael joined First Liberty in 2013 after serving for seven years on active duty as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps.Among Michael’s numerous positions within the Marine Corps, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. Then, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy from 2009-2012. Most recently in 2017, he graduated from Command and Staff College where he was named a Distinguished Graduate. Today, Michael continues to serve as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve. As Deputy General Counsel for First Liberty Institute, Michael has participated in some of the nation’s most high-profile religious liberty cases. As a recognized subject-matter expert on religious liberty within the military, Michael has testified before Congress and he is routinely invited to speak across the nation. Michael has been featured on TV outlets such as Fox News and Good Morning America and in print publications such as “Time,” “The Washington Post,” “Dallas Morning News,” “Atlanta Journal-Constitution,” “Houston Chronicle” and many others. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from The Ohio State University.
Ben is involved locally in the Rockwall community and is an advocate for family rights and individual liberty. A master electrician by trade, he spent 15 years in the construction industry before becoming a lawyer.
Ben Weible is the dad of two homeschooled daughters and the husband of an incredible homeschooling mom, Mary. Ben is involved locally in the Rockwall community and is an advocate for family rights and individual liberty. A master electrician by trade, he spent 15 years in the construction industry before becoming a lawyer. His practice includes professional liability and commercial litigation work with a focus on construction disputes.
Ben is a lifetime member of THSC, serves on the THSC Advisory Board and assists with the vetting of local candidates.