Please feel free to connect with any one of us via Facebook or via email at to discuss ideas or provide feedback as we are always open to listening and evolving our SPARK community. 


Vanessa Roland | President

My family joined SPARK in October of 2015 when we moved back to my hometown, Cincinnati, from San Francisco. We moved back to Ohio to be closer to family and have a better work/life balance to support our children's self-directed learning. In SF I helped start a youth education program centered around urban farming, permaculture, and sustainable life skills which is experience I love bringing to the SPARK community.

I have two children, 5 and 8 years old, who thrive in the mixed age, follow your passion environment at SPARK. I try my best to learn and grow with the kids while they inspire me to stay present, playful and curious in life. Along with being a homeschooler/homemaker, I am a freelance graphic designer which I from home. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, wildcrafting, foraging, traveling and connecting with mother earth as much as possible. I am honored to have such an integral role in the cultivation of SPARK.


Abby Schymanski | Vice President

I am a mom to two boys, ages 4 & 7. Our family joined spark last year, in 2017. I fell in love with the supportive community, the opportunity to learn through play, and the ability for my kids to follow their passions and interests.

In addition to being a homeschooler, I work as a nurse practitioner in palliative care and hospice, helping patients with serious illness navigate their healthcare choices and providing support. I enjoy practicing yoga and being outdoors as much as possible.


Dawn Burgan | TREASURER

I’m a mama to a 6 year old and a 3 year old. Before joining SPARK, two years ago, I knew I wanted to try homeschooling, but I wasn’t sure our family had the right resources to succeed. SPARK has given us community, a new learning environment, and confidence to continue. 

When I’m not homeschooling I love traveling with my family, reading, and also own a photography business.


Cassandra Hunt | Secretary

I'm a mama to 3 kiddos ages 7, 6, and 4. I'm an engineer by training and at heart. Now that I'm emerging from the fog of a house full of babies, I'm re-falling in love with reading, creating, and spending time with friends. One of my favorite things about SPARK is connecting with other inclusive, homeschooling parents.

2019-2020 will be my family's 5th year at SPARK and I feel like I've watched my children grow up in this community. The beautiful space and myriad of inspiring offerings are amazing, but they can't top the friendships my kids and myself have made here.

Delayne Thornburg | offerings chair

I am a mom to three girls - 15 years old, 10 years old and 8 years old. When my oldest was 8, we began the journey of homeschool and have never looked back. We spent years looking for a community that resinated with what our learning philosophy was and in 2017 we found SPARK. This is now the place we call home.

In addition to homeschooling my three, I am a nanny to two amazing kids and work as a Children's Pastor at Legend Community Church. I love to spend time baking, reading and exploring with my husband and kids.