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Jim has been providing business and non-profit consulting through The Bentley Group since 2017. Prior to that, he served for nine years as executive director of ParentalRights.org, working to amend the U.S. Constitution to ensure parental rights are recognized in its text as fundamental, and three years as executive director of Home Educators Association of Virginia. Jim’s U.S. Army active duty service included years as commander of an artillery battery and as the operations officer for a deployment station during Desert Storm, and he brings his passion for systems, processes, and teamwork to his collaboration with organizational leaders. He earned his MBA and is certified as a One-Page Business Plan consultant, as well as a Certified Non-profit Executive (CNE) and Certified Non-profit Consultant (CNC) with the National Association of Non-Profits and Executives (NANOE).
Jim and his wife Vicki have been involved in the homeschool community since they began homeschooling their own children and many of their almost-fifty foster children in the 1980s. As father of eight, grandfather of twenty-three, and great-granddad to six (so far), Jim has a passion for promoting and protecting parental rights and for serving homeschool leadership.