Our Team

Joyelle Naomi is the founder of Denver Independent School (DIS) and Black Homeschooling Sustainability Initiative (BHSI). She is a 2020-21 Moonshot edVentures Fellow. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, and is a home-based educator and co-founder of Kulan Village Homeschool Co-op. Passionate about encouraging more families to homeschool, she began to lay the groundwork for DIS, realizing that many underrepresented groups, like BIPOC students and students with different needs, don't always have the resources necessary to sustainably homeschool. A proud Denver native, Joyelle loves the Colorado outdoors, homeschools her two wonderful children, and is a die hard Trekkie!

Joyelle Naomi

Founder/President/CEO

Lielt Bedilu

Secretary

Artis Patterson

Vice President/Treasurer

Vernon Jones

Development Advisor

Monique Schuler

Development Advisor

David Yirdaw

Development Advisor

Leah Horton

Development Advisor

Monique Schuler

Development Advisor

Serenity

Junior Advisor

J.B. 

Junior Advisor

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