Board of Directors
Jim and Ruth Brinker
Jim and Ruth live in the Twin Cities where they home educate their three daughters. They love homeschooling because it provides more time together as a family and the flexibility to educate their children as God leads them. The Brinkers enjoy traveling around the United States learning about history and geography and trying regional restaurants. Jim grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. He is an account manager for an electronic distributor. In his spare time, Jim likes to cook, read, do household projects and volunteer in grassroots politics. Ruth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota. Besides being a homeschool mom, she loves volunteering with the girls’ activities and serving as a children’s ministry coordinator at their church. They are members of a local support group, Northern Lights Home School Association, where Ruth served previously as director. The Brinkers joined the MÂCHÉ Board of Directors in fall of 2009. They are excited for the opportunity that God has given them to serve other homeschoolers and learn from them. Jim and Ruth enjoy working with MÂCHÉ’s social media, commencement and support group encouragement.
Doyle and Amity Fritts
Doyle & Amity live in Ham Lake, Minnesota with their four children. After sending their two daughters to public school, they decided to bring them home to begin their homeschooling adventure, where they could learn together as a family and provide them with a Christian worldview. Homeschooling has allowed them the flexibility to teach according to the needs and interests of each of their children and tailor their learning experience to their specific gifts. In addition to homeschooling they enjoy travelling, camping, and boating - when schedules allow. Doyle works in the security software industry as a pre-sales engineer. Amity chose to leave the education workforce and apply her elementary education degree to teaching their children and others at their homeschool co-op. All of the family serves in their local church in a variety of ways including nursery, sound/tech, kids programs, and setup.
Jerry and Molli Ophoven
Jerry and Molli met when Jerry was a police officer and Molli was an RN. After 8 years of marriage and 10 years as a law enforcement officer Jerry graduated from William Mitchell College of Law. When their first child turned three in 1994, they were invited by a friend to attend the MÂCHÉ conference and to consider homeschooling. Inspired, they took up the call to disciple and educate their children at home and have been blessed to graduate all four from homeschool high school. They were founding members of the Pioneers Homeschool Group in Grand Rapids and Molli currently co-leads an outreach support group. Jerry has served as MÂCHÉ’s legal advisor for the past 6 years and Molli has served as assistant conference director. Both are passionate about encouraging homeschooling and believe it to be the best way to disciple children in the principles of the Word of God as well as encourage family unity. They live on a lake in Northern Minnesota and enjoy all things water. Molli loves to garden, bike, read, and play piano. Jerry likes to fish, hunt and walk with their English golden retriever.
Seann and Stephanie Dikkers
Interim Executive Director
Seann and Steph Dikkers live in White Bear Lake, MN. They serve the LORD with their lives wherever and whenever they can! They have two children both homeschooled K-12 and now adults. Pastor Seann leads a small Calvary Chapel church plant (allingospel.com) and podcast providing chapter by chapter teaching. Dr. Seann is an author, researcher, home appraiser, and education specialist. He taught American history for ten years, served as a public high school principal for four years, and trained teachers as a professor of education. Stephanie taught pre-school prior to homeschooling the kids and now works with Seann in the family business and volunteers for MACHE. Both have seen education from a variety of forms and are convinced that homeschooling is the absolutely best option for children's learning. The Dikkers' are hikers, cooks, readers, worship musicians, board gamers, and enjoy traveling when they can get in the time.