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Sheri Few is the Founder and has served as President of SC Parents Involved in Education since June 2000. She expanded into a national organization: US Parents Involved in Education in 2014 and continues to serves as President. Sheri led the fight against Common Core in SC that ended with her candidacy for SC Superintendent of Education where she narrowly lost. She was endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Sheri is known for her expertise on Common Core, Critical Race Theory and education policy in general, and has been a featured speaker for national and local conferences and radio shows. Her most recent project is as Executive Producer for the USPIE film titled Truth & Lies in American Education set for release toward the end of 2021.
Sandy Torosian was born and raised in California where she has been an instructional aid for 25 years. Her fight for children began in 2013 after watching "Building the Machine", and in 2014 she founded Parents Against Common Core. As an active member of Fresno County and City Republican Women Federated, she has spoken out against Common Core issues, including AP U.S. History, at Tea Party Action Nights locally and statewide and has published articles in both her local and hometown newspapers. Sandy is the President of California Parents Involved in Education (CAPIE) and she frequently gives presentations in her state on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Critical Race Theory.
Johnnelle Raines is a Christian wife and mother of four who is blessed with 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She graduated from Sacred Heart College in Belmont, NC and earned a teaching degree in Elementary Education. After teaching 1st grade in public school for 6 years she went on to Western Carolina University to receive her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught in NC for 30 years and retired in 2003. She and her husband moved to SC to live on property that’s been in her husband’s family since the Civil War. She enjoys gardening, canning, boating, camping, traveling and is an avid reader. After retiring from teaching she became an advocate for educational reform and joined SC Parents Involved in Education as an activist to end Common Core. She also is presently the Leadership Director of a grassroots group “Conservatives of the Upstate” in SC. She continues being an activist in helping USPIE fight the good fight. Her love of children and love of God keeps her motivated to continue the battle for quality education.
Jackie McNeely is the mother of four children; two boys and two girls who graduated from government schools. Both of her boys served in the United States Marine Corps, and both served over seas on multiple deployments. Jackie's twin girls are married and living in Charleston, SC. Jackie went back to school late in life to obtain her nursing degree and has been employed with her local hospital and a local hospice, which is her passion. She fells blessed to work from her home as a registered nurse for Humana while she enjoys her three of eighteen grandchildren who live on the same property. Jackie is married to Ryan McNeely who is a local contractor and they are currently building their own home. Jackie is an avid hunter and gardener and loves to spend most of her time outdoors.
Helen Lukens is the wife of Brigadier General (Ret) Leland K. Lukens. She was a supportive wife throughout his military career while raising their three daughters. The family spent 8 years in Europe and lived in several states around the country. Her husband is a highly decorated retired Air Force fighter pilot who served two tours in Viet Nam. Helen was involved with Officers' Wives' Clubs and did a lot of entertaining to support her husband's career. When her husband retired, Helen went to work and was employed with two companies in her home town and recently retired after working 30 years. She and her husband enjoy their retirement lake home and their 9 children and 6 great grandchildren.