Board President & Founder

Matthew Toms

Matthew began studying, working, and living in Latin America in 1996. He first saw poverty with his own eyes in early experiences in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, and was shocked, saddened, and overwhelmed by what he witnessed. Through his work in Latin America he came to have a better understanding of the human rights abuses and the oppression that occur inherently with these types of poverty, as well as the complexities of development and relief work and the difficulties in changing this reality. Over time, his work became focused predominantly around exposing high school, college, and graduate students to the abysmal living conditions, harsh realities, and severe abuses of human rights that occur on the bateys of the Dominican Republic and ultimately founded The Batey Foundation to help address these challenges. Matthew lives in Bethlehem, NH with his wife and 2 children.


Meglyn LaVoie

Meglyn Lavoie loves numbers. She is the business manager for the White Mountain School and the treasurer for TBF. She stepped onto the Board because of the profound life changing experience her step-daughter had on two service trips with TBF,  inspiring her to become the compassionate young woman she is today. 

Board Member

Jan Wojtasinski

Jan began his work with The Batey Foundation as a participant on a service trip in the spring of 2008. After working with The Batey Foundation on a photography project in the winter of 2011, Jan began to volunteer as a member of the Board. He is currently the Director of Marketing for the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Jan advises The Batey Foundation on technical projects, marketing strategy and program policy and operations.

Board Member

Chelsea Desrochers

Chelsea began her journey with The Batey Foundation in June of 2011 as a student participant on a service trip. She began serving on the Board of Directors as a public health professional in 2014. Chelsea is currently attending Boston University and working towards her Masters Degree in Global Health. Most recently, she served this past summer as an intern for The Batey Foundation 2015 and completed a needs assessments for Batey Naranjo.

Sarah Fisher
Board Member

Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher has a Master of Public Administration Degree from University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree in Spanish from Middlebury College, where she earned Highest Honors for her thesis on a feminist movement in Bolivia. She spent a year studying abroad in Spain and Argentina. She worked at a non-profit educating and empowering girls in the Dominican Republic for three years, most recently as the Administrative Director. Sarah also spent 10 months in Brazil as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and spent a year as the Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator and Grants Associate at a non-profit serving an indigenous community in Guatemala through Princeton in Latin America. Sarah is currently the Economic Justice & Community Partnerships Manager for the County of Los Angeles, working on economic and workforce development.