Board of Directors


Katheryn Culwell - President

 My husband, Mike, and I live in the foothills of the Cleveland National forest in our own little rural pocket of Southern California.   We are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children.   We were first introduced to homeschooling through our La Leche League group and knew from the beginning that we would homeschool.  We "officially" became homeschoolers in 1998 when our first child was five years old.

I was first introduced to HSC in 2000, at an outreach event. After talking with them and reading several back issues of the California HomeSchooler, I promptly joined the organization.  My family became regular campers and conference attendees.  I later went on to volunteer at the conference  and as a campout organizer for several years.

My family is active in the homeschool communities of Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. I truly feel that HSC has had a profound impact on my family's life.  We have gained so many friendships and had so many wonderful experiences at the annual conference and the many wonderful campouts.  My goal is to continue to spread the word about HSC and continue to see the organization thrive and grow.

Joanna Murphy - Treasurer

My oldest of two children led us to homeschooling in 2001 and we haven't looked back. We've all had the opportunity to grow in our love of learning as we explore our interests wholeheartedly, both as individuals and together. As I was looking for information, HSC was there with all of the nuts and bolts help I needed. When I was looking for community, we joined the campouts and have made some wonderful friends. And then we began attending the annual conference which has continued to be a major highlight and rejuvenator of the year. As my children have grown I've been able to spend more time giving back to HSC as a volunteer answering the 888 line, being a county contact, the County Contact Coordinator and now as the Treasurer. With a degree in Economics, I am completing my education in Accounting, and am happy to use my knowledge and skills in my position as Treasurer.

I live in Santa Rosa with my husband David, two children and many pets, including my horse. I am an avid trail rider and practice Natural Horsemanship, which is the equine equivalent of unschooling. I am also very active in my community and have helped to start two different homeschooling support groups. I have learned a lot along the way in this regard and am happy to discuss this anytime.

Pam Sorooshian - Board Member

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 Pam Sorooshian, and her husband, Cyrus, are parents to three grown homeschoolers: Roya, Roxana, Rose. Pam has read nearly every book ever written about unschooling. She has participated in online homeschooling discussions for the past 20+ years and has attended about 35 homeschool conferences. Pam is an economics and statistics professor and has taught at a number of different colleges and universities. She is especially interested helping parents avoid passing their own math anxieties on to their children. She also promotes peaceful family living without punishment and is a staunch defender of teenagers against common societal stereotypes.

Pam misses her little unschooling children, but adores her wonderful grown homesschooled children and considers them her best friends.

Julie Schiffman - Board Member

I have over 20 years of experience with children across the fields of public education, alternative education, homeschooling/unschooling, camp director, and child care services.  I eventually left the teaching profession because I felt like a square peg that did not fit into the system's round hole.  We've always homeschooled/unschooled our two boys (ages 6 & 8).  Our family loves all things science, Lego, camping, and swimming -- we love our homeschooling lifestyle, and feel so fortunate to be able to have the freedom of educational choice.  I am the President and founder of Marin Homeschoolers 501(c)7 non-profit association, and have been volunteering as a leader in this community for the past 5 years. I am thrilled to be working with the amazing women on HSC's Board -- thank you so much for this opportunity!