Ben a passionate educator, problem solver, and life long learner. He comes to The Batey Foundation with a background in international education and non-profit project management. Over the past 10 years Ben has worked with International non-profits and developed programs in over 30 countries including regions of the world such as East Africa, Central America, South America, South Asia, and East Asia.
Ben strongly believes in the importance of developing globally conscience and competent youth, as well as working to create equal access to education among the communities which in we work. This pillar of The Batey Foundation's work is what drives his to day to day working at TBF.
Ben holds a bachelors degree from Muhlenberg College in Political Science, with minors in Anthropology and Sustainability Studies, and is also a certified Wilderness EMT and Divemaster. He enjoys any excuse to be outside and loves to connect people to their food by growing and sharing hard to find heirloom varietals. Ben is from Berkshire County MA, but can currently be found living in Brooklyn, NY.
Program Director, DR
Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Leyri has been working with cross-cultural programs and engaging in community service for several years. Leyri is a passionate believer in cultural exchange and community service. Leyri has worked with a range of community organizations from Visions Service Adventure, Global Glimpse, Friends Around the World and The Batey Foundation. He began studying English while still in high school but is mostly self-taught. He is a passionate photographer who loves to capture the world around him. He believes that through honest open conversation, people from different cultures can learn from one another and deepen friendships and understanding. Leyri is also creative and works both as an artist as well as in community service work.
Leyri manages both in country programs and the Scholarship Program for The Batey Foundation. Leyri is a year round connection between the Foundation and local communities in the Dominican Republic. Leyri is an integral part of all the work we do here at The Batey Foundation, and is truly dedicated to the mission of TBF!
Operations Assistant, USA
Ashlea started as an intern at The Batey Foundation in 2016, and came on as a staff member in in 2017. She will be graduating May 2019 with a BSW from the University of New Hampshire. Currently she is deciding about where she wants to go to grad school in the Fall.
Ashlea was able to take her first trip to the Dominican Republic with The Batey Foundation this past March 19'. She loved every moment of it, and was thrilled to finally see all what all of her work here in the States go towards in the DR. Although there were many amazing moments, her favorite part of the trip was being able to meet our scholarship students.
Ashlea loves working for The Batey Foundation because it takes students from all over the world and enables cross cultural connections, shining a light on different circumstances people live in and aids in teaching gratitude. Ashlea is honored to work with such an amazing team that has an impact on peoples lives both in the Domincan Republic and the United States!