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Program Director, DR

Leyri Garcia

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!

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Program Director, USA

Ashlea Greenlaw

Ashlea started as an intern at The Batey Foundation in 2016, and came on as a staff member in in 2017. She graduated in May of 2019 with a BSW from the University of New Hampshire. Currently she is working on her MSW from University of New Hampshire and will finish this winter.

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 what all of her work here in the States goes 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!

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Partnership Developer, DR

Marie Fanela Celestin

Marie has worked in the humanitarian world for 10 years. She has collaborated with local, International NGOs and the Ministry of National Education as well as private universities in Haiti. She has been a professor of education sciences and multi-sector project manager in extreme poverty in Haiti.

She began working with TBF in January of 2020. She is our advisor in partnership development. In our intervention, she brings her experiences and her desire to change the lives of those living in the bateyes. Currently, she is implementing a livelihood program project to support the development of income-generating activities that aim to strengthen the financial independence of 30 women in Batey San Luis and Naranjo.