After serving on the CHEWV board for 21 years, Dennis and Melody Sheppard are retiring from the board this month. They are the second-longest serving board couple in the history of CHEWV. For more than a decade, they directed the annual statewide CHEWV conferences. They’ve capably filled the roles of Fine Arts Director, webmaster, and media director, serving also as secretary for a time. Melody, who volunteered hundreds of hours to make the launch of our comprehensive website a reality and brought CHEWV into the dynamic world of social media as well, will remain our Facebook Coordinator.
The Sheppards’ wisdom and creativity, keen insight and tireless hard work, have significantly benefited West Virginia homeschooling families. They were among those who led the successful legislative effort to allow parents with a high school diploma to homeschool through high school. With so many issues and options influencing home educators today, Dennis and Melody stand out in their focus on strong Christian and Constitutional values, as well as a remarkable commitment to “keep the main thing the main thing.”
Fellow board members will miss their lively humor and generous hosting of meetings and retreats. The CHEWV community would like to express their appreciation for the years of ministry that the Sheppards have given. We also thank their children, Michael, Morgan, Sam and Ryan, for their contributions and the sacrifices they have made. Please enjoy our pictorial tribute to their years of service.