Meet The Founders

Parents. Educators. Community leaders. Serial entrepreneurs. VELA is a community of visionary founders building sustainable businesses that revolutionize education. Learn more about their stories.

Brettani Shannon, Options for Education

Meet VELA Founder Brettani Shannon, an ecosystem builder in Oregon whose work supports both families seeking alternatives to conventional schooling and the founders who provide them. “I started bringing people together and playing matchmaker.”

Amber Okolo-Ebube, Leading Little Arrows

Meet VELA Founder Amber Okolo-Ebube who created Leading Little Arrows in Texas not only for learners, but also for parents. “We want the parent to feel like they can stay in this lifestyle.”

Iman Alleyne, Kind Academy

Take a closer look at Kind Academy in Florida, a microschool created by VELA Founder Iman Alleyne. “I really wanted something different for my own kids. I started realizing I wanted something different for the entire community.”

Cara Frantz, Envision Homeschool Collective

Cara Frantz, the Founder of Envision Homeschool Collective, tapped into a hidden passion to create a mixed-age learning environment on a thirteen acre farm in rural Oregon. “They’re taking ownership in their education and then, at the end, they see how it all fits together.”