Sasha is a creative problem solver, organizer, and facilitator. 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 retaining core values and building robust, resilient operating systems. Sasha’s professional practice is rooted in collaborative problem-solving, engaging collective wisdom to create high impact solutions, and building strong networks with in organizations and communities and between diverse stakeholder groups.
Her experience includes, 10 years working on the nonprofit and philanthropic sides of the social sector as a consultant and as senior leadership for mid-sized nonprofit organizations and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. She is also passionate about cultivating visionary leadership among young adults, deepening connections with the natural world and remote places.
Sasha enjoys running long distances, climbing vertical rock faces, capturing fleeting moments on film, playing in the waves, and really any excuse to be active and outdoors. She is a collector of cookbooks and cameras, a caretaker of bees and devoted student of language,and rural places.
Program Director, US
Paddy has been involved with The Batey Foundation for five years. He has worked as a trip leader, served as a member of the Board and most recently accepted the role of US-based Program Manager. In this capacity, he will work to oversee trip logistics, develop policies, procedures and revise the trip curriculum. He is currently pursuing an MSW at Simmons College while also working to improve his bachata skills. He currently lives in Somerville, MA.
Program Director, DR
Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Leyri has been working with cross-cultural programs and engaging in community service for a several years. Leyri is a passionate believer in cultural exchange and community service. Leyri has worked with a range of community organizations from Visions International, Global Glimpse, Friends Around the World, and The Batey Foundation. He started studying English while still in high school but he was mostly self-taught. He believes that through honest and open conversation and communication, people from different cultures can learn from one another and deepen their friendships and understanding. Leyri is deeply creative, and has worked as an artist as well as community service work.
Leyri manages in country programs for The Batey Foundation and is a year round connection between the foundation and local communities in the Dominican Republic. Leyri is an integral part of all Batey Foundation programs, and is truly dedicated to the mission of the Batey Foundation!
Scholarship Coordinator, DR
Griselaida (Gris) Perez Fransua began working with the Batey Foundation in the spring of 2016 as the Scholarship Coordinator. Gris brings a wealth of experience from living in the communities served by the scholarship program and from her experience teaching and working with youth.
She is thrilled to be working with the Batey Foundation to grow the scholarship program and deepen connections between students, their sponsors, and the local community.