The OCEANetwork Board of Directors and its advisors is comprised of an all-volunteer group of homeschool parents with a common mission: to support, encourage, and equip homeschoolers in Oregon so that they can educate with excellence and train their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
YOU are OCEANetwork. It is our privilege to serve you.
OCEANetwork Board of Directors
Ken and Shelli Wanvig
Chairman of the Board, Exhibit Hall Coordinators, Bookkeeper, and E-mail Correspondent
Ken and Shelli had the privilege of homeschooling their four children all the way through the school years. While it began as an affordable education choice, they realized that homeschooling could be so much more than just doing school at home. It was an opportunity to point their children to the God of the universe in every subject and to build a closer relationship with them during the time spent together. By God’s amazing grace, Ken and Shelli are now seeing the fruit of their labor and they remain passionate about encouraging younger families through the parenting and homeschooling journey. They have been serving on the board of OCEANetwork since 2004.
Jim and Heather Church
Board Secretary, Conference Speaker Coordinators, and Phone Message Respondent
Learning alongside their three sons and one daughter, Jim and Heather have been homeschooling since 1998. Their sons are all homeschool high school graduates, and the pilgrimage continues with their daughter. They are grateful for the Oregon homeschool community, and have been blessed by the ministry of OCEANetwork during their home education adventure. Serving with OCEAN gives them the opportunity to support a cause they consider of utmost importance: discipleship of the next generation for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Jeff and Amy Hamel
Jeff & Amy live in Albany where they are raising their four children with a Christ centered home education. They started their home school experience by visiting the OCEAN Conference and found great encouragement and resources there! OCEAN has provided leadership not only in this conference but in Salem with monitoring legislature and introducing bills to give more freedom to home schooling. This opened up their hearts to serve the home school community and most recently to humbly serve on the board. Amy enjoys the daily interaction of learning and discovery with their children. Jeff is passing on his heart for small business and the entrepreneurial spirit. Together they are training the hearts of their children toward obedience to God!
Dennis and Jan Washburn
Dennis and Jan are blessed with six children they are educating at home with a biblical worldview and a desire to live joyfully for Christ. Because the Lord’s timing is always perfect, and because OCEANetwork was there to encourage them, they began this journey of home educating their oldest child in 2004. They have a heart to cheer on young families to consider the many blessings of trusting the Lord through home education and biblical discipleship. Dennis and Jan have been married for over 20 years and live near Corvallis, Oregon. Dennis is in business development with a software company. Jan manages an active home with children ranging in age from pre-school to college. Together, they regularly experience the joys and trials of everyday life as they follow the Lord in raising and educating their family.
Additional Key Roles
Peter and Joyce Padilla
In Loving Memory of Peter Padilla
We are so thankful to Joyce who continues to devote much time and energy to blessing OCEANetwork and homeschooling families in Oregon with her helps and support!
Having a heart to serve homeschoolers, the Padillas became actively involved in the home education movement around the early 1980s, when their eldest son was just an infant. By 1990 they had joined the leadership team of their local homeschool support group, Polk Christian Home Educators. They continued to serve locally for the following decade. In the fall of 1994, along with their four young sons, the Padillas began serving on the newly formed board of OCEANetwork. In 2006, just as they should have been nearing the end of their formal homeschooling days, they adopted three young boys and their homeschooling journey continued. Peter Padilla went to be with the Lord in August, 2017. He will be sorely missed, but we rejoice that he is with his Savior. His wife, Joyce, continues to be a great help and encouragement to OCEANetwork and homeschooling families for the glory of God.
Lobbying efforts and Secretary
Rodger and Karen have four children, all graduated as homeschool students. They are life-long Portlanders. Over the years they have recognized the need to be vigilant and watchful in Salem as well as in local politics. Rodger shares in the OCEANetwork lobbying efforts in Salem.
Dick and Dorothy Karman
Founders of OCEANetwork, Advisors to the Board
Dick and Dorothy started homeschooling their two children in 1983. They enjoyed the many benefits of home educating – especially the spiritual encouragement that God provided. They founded OCEANetwork to share that support and spiritual encouragement with other families, serving home educators in Oregon since 1984. They also were founding members of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership (beginninghomeschooling.com). Best of all, they are grandparents of four homeschooled grandchildren (so far).