Sasha Tracy

Board President

Sasha Tracy

Sasha Tracy is a creative problem solver, organizer, facilitator, and mediator. She works with leaders, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and communities across New England to create consensus-driven models for change. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersections between place-based values and resilient systems. Sasha’s professional practice is rooted in collaborative problem solving, engaging collective wisdom to create high-impact solutions that address the root causes of conflict and build strong networks within organizations and between diverse stakeholder groups. Her experience includes over 10 years working on the nonprofit and philanthropic sides of the social sector, engaging in both consultant and senior leadership roles for mid-sized nonprofit organizations, as well as for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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Board Member & 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.

Bianca Lora

Board Member & Interim Treasurer

Bianca Lora

Bianca is the daughter of two Dominican immigrants. She first learned about TBF’s work in high school at the White Mountain School. She holds a Master of Social Work from Hunter College and an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. Bianca has held various roles in the nonprofit, community organizing, and union world. Most recently, she worked in local politics, serving as a senior legislative aide to Councilmember Evan Glass in Montgomery County, Maryland. She is excited to merge her personal background and professional experience for such an important cause.

Joanne Hazel

Board Member

Joanne Hazel

Joanne is a Dominican born educator with several years of experience working with the Haitian community in the Ingenios and Bateys of San Pedro de Macoris.  As the daughter of a medical doctor and political activist she spent the greater part of her childhood accompanying her mother to Saturday clinics and food drives within Haitian communities. Joanne has spent many years working with non-profit organizations in her home state of New Jersey and the island of Anguilla where she was raised.  She is currently the assistant principal at a charter school in Harlem NYC and is working towards the completion of a Masters of Educational Leadership at Boston college.  Joanne is eager to bring her knowledge of the Haitian/Dominican community and her dedication to service to the Batey Foundation.  She intends to lend her knowledge, voice and collaborative capacity towards the implementation of regenerative programs for the upliftment of Haitians with the Bateys of the Dominican Republic.

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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.