Erika Davis-Pitre and her husband Michael have 4 children – one daughter (37) and three sons (33, 31 & 24). They also have a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons(9 & 2). She splits her time between Northern California and Central Connecticut. They have been unschooling for many years and love it, so Erika is always looking for opportunities to share their unschooling joy with others.
Erika has spoken at many un/homeschooling conferences, led quite a few funshops/workshops and has hosted and participated in many round table discussions about unschooling all over the US and Canada. She especially enjoys talking about unschooling teens, sharing the joy of unschooling and celebrating diversity through unschooling. And she is a Artist Trading Card (ATC) fanatic-if you don’t know about ATCs please ask!
Jeff Sabo and his partner Ginger are the proud parents of three awesome humans, and have been unschooling for 12 years. They live their lives on the “whole life” end of the unschooling spectrum. By day, Jeff is a mild-mannered HR Director for a genetic sequencing company, but after hours he dons his Super Dad suit and enjoys gaming, cooking, music making, sharing, and laughing with his family and friends. Jeff and his family have lived in Sacramento, State College, Austin, Nashville, San Diego, and Corvallis. They currently live in Portland, OR.
Gillian Mayer, her indie-music-lovin’ husband Craig, and their 2 miracles Effie (16) & Fergus (12), live in a forest on Vancouver Island. LiG 2016 will be the family’s 12th unschooling conference since Live & Learn 2006 Albuquerque exploded their tiny minds! Gillian has ridiculously curly hair, dances with abandon, and has many excuses for why her house usually looks like a cyclone just passed through. She has only performed in the Talent Show twice (slacker), but did a presentation with a rude title at LiG 2009. Gillian and Craig pieced themselves back together in a completely different form following their firstborn’s unabashedly spirited explosion into this life! They are forever grateful to both their children for the tenacious way they continue to pull their parents (sometimes kicking and screaming) to new heights of growth, insight, and ultimately, happiness!
20 years ago Mary Lewis set out on an epic journey to become a better, kinder Mom than previous models. With the unschooling philosophy as her guide, and many many hours reading at the old unschooling dot com, she charted a new course. The other members of her quest’s cast, her amazing husband Tim, her four fabulous children, her wonderful Son-in-Law and her three beautiful grandchildren, are forever grateful. She also enjoys spreading her wings and taking in all the broken people she meets, who she happily parents along with her own brood.
After years of moving with her family around the country Mary is now settled in the breathtaking Columbia Gorge. Mary’s ongoing mission: to pursue a life led by her favorite motto: “A trend toward improvement.” Mary loves improving her skills in many areas, but her main passions are singing, photography, tutoring math, and hanging out with babies.
Tiffany Sandoval is an unschooling mom of three life-long radically unschooled kids Jade (19) Dylan (13) and Logan (4) and a wife to one amazingly handsome Peter Pan. Tiffany & Jorge run three successful businesses in Irvine CA. She became a mom at 16yr and quickly grew up. She intended to traditionally homeschool until she heard Sandra Dodd and Pam Sorooshian talk and 1st heard about Unschooling. The family jumped in with both feet and it has been an amazing adventure. They have chosen to live their lives mindfully, in freedom and with much happiness. You can learn more about the Sandoval Family at: https://xicana-unschooler.tumblr.com/
Panel and Funshop Presenters
Renita Keatley & Olivia Smith
Renita is the organizer of things and Olivia spends at least a few hours each day drawing.
Renita & Olivia are hosting the Drawing Club funshop.
Lisa lives with her husband and 2 always unschooled boys (minus two very awful preschool years) in Northern Idaho. She started writing at 40 years old, working frantically while the baby napped. She’s an introvert who enjoys a good plot twist and lots of time to be in her head.
Lisa is hosting the Self-Publishing for Fun and Massive Profit funshop.
Misty is a mom of 3, a long time unschooler, and a crafty lover.
Misty is hosting the Drinking Cup Mania funshop.