Our Team


Joyelle Naomi


Joyelle Naomi is the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Denver Independent School (DIS) and Black Homeschooling Sustainability Initiative (BHSI). She is a 2021 Camelback Fellow and 2020 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!

Board of Directors

Antoinette Massey-Board Chair

President & CEO at ANM Innovative Solutions, LLC

Founder & Chief Executive, The JEKL Foundation for STEAM Education

Charles Gilford III

Deputy Director of Council Relations and Special Projects at City and County of Denver

Eric Rowe

Principal, Prep Academy (Denver, CO)

David Yirdaw

Lead Pastor, Anchor Church

Michelle Quattlebaum

Founder, Creative Conversations, Parent/Community Liaison at Denver Public Schools

Leah Horton

DIS Parent Representative

Advisory Council

Antwan Jefferson

Associate Professor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of  Colorado Denver

Vernon Jones

Executive Director, Northeast Denver Innovation Zone

Director of Operations & Strategy, FaithBridge Denver

Monique Shuler

Senior Consultant/BA at BlackFin Group

Danyell Lewis

Independent Consultant  & Racial Justice Advocate

Jonathan Bateman

Student Advisor

Serenity Bateman

Student Advisor

Alex H.

Student Advisor

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