Nicholas Ducote, Community Director
Nicholas Ducote is cofounder and Community Coordinator at Homeschoolers Anonymous. He grew up in a homeschool family immersed in an array of local, state, and national homeschooling movements – namely CHEF of Louisiana in elementary and ATI in middle school and high school. After high school, he worked at Bobby Jindal’s congressional office. He attended his first Communicators for Christ conference (CFC) in 2003, and credits homeschool speech and debate for kindling his passion for teaching. This passion inspired him to share the values of inquiry and critical thinking. He toured with CFC from 2006-2007 and, in college, he taught debate in Jordan and Afghanistan – helping to organize the first internationally sanctioned debate tournament in Kabul. He had a fellowship with the National Center for Policy Analysis, a free market think tank in 2009, and spent the summer covering Congress in Washington, DC.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and his Master of Arts in History from Louisiana Tech University. He has been published in a number of subjects, including Louisiana’s economic and regional history, communication theory, and US energy policy. Currently, he works as a Funding Specialist for a civil engineering firm.
Dr. Janelle Briggs, Director of Networking
Dr. Janelle Briggs has a PhD in Speech Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her doctoral research involved the intersection of feminism, sporting culture, political theory, and ontology. She currently works as an Academic Counselor in the C.A.T.S. Academics office at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Briggs has taught courses at three institutions in Communication and Women’s studies, including Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and a senior seminar entitled Women and the Body. With over 7 years of experience working in Higher Education, Dr. B has knowledge of all aspects of the college process, from admissions to financial aid, choosing a major and making effective life/study plans, to thriving through graduation and beyond.
She has her M.A. in Communication Studies and her B.B.A. in Business Marketing from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. She is the proud mom of a 5 year old old doxiebeagle named Dewey. Dr. B loves sweatpants, coffee, and the Gilmore girls. In her spare time, she enjoys having friends over for dinner, couch cuddles with the pup, and exploring downtown Tucson.
Shaney Swift, Director of the Mary Project
Shaney Swift was homeschooled pre-K through high school, mostly in Texas, with a small stint in California. She received her Citation award in the Awana program in 2008 and interned with Awana in July of 2009. She also competed in NCFCA speech and debate for two years and has taught multiple debate classes. After graduating from high school, she attended Baylor University, where she graduated with her Bachelors in Business Administration, cum laude, in May 2012.
While at Baylor she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the largest international business honors society. She also served a two-year term on Baylor Student Court and was elected President of multiple student organizations. She also spent a year as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for McLennan County. She has ten years of experience in inner-city ministry through Mission:Possible! Austin, and also volunteered at a battered women’s shelter in Austin. She currently lives in Chicago, where she works as a massage therapist, is involved in Holy Trinity Church (Hyde Park congregation), and enjoys running and yoga. She blogs about faith and social justice issues at ShaneyIrene.com.