Our members volunteer their services to The DAR Project. 100% of donations are put directly towards our DAR Scholarships to send Tanzania orphans to college.
Colette Hebert, Founder and President
Colette is a music teacher in Westchester County, New York. She has played in an Egyptian band on the Mediterranean Sea, taught English and music in Turkey, helped build a library in Tanzania, visited orphanages in India, and built houses in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. It was while in Tanzania where she realized she could really do something to make a difference. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Syracuse University and studied in the graduate program at Columbia University at Teachers College. Colette is also an Ironman finisher, ultra marathoner and loves to rock climb. Her current to-do list includes: running a 100-miler and climbing the 7 summits.
Brooke Hebert, Chairman of the Board
Brooke is currently in the Social Work Department at Syracuse University. She traveled to 12 countries through University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. Brooke has literally circumnavigated the globe. She has walked on the Great Wall of China, ridden camels in Morocco, crossed the Panama Canal, hiked Table Mountain in Cape Town, sky dived in South Africa, and visited temples in India. She also enjoys road trips, hiking and volunteering.
Greg Hernandez, Board Member & Treasurer
Greg graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in music business.He was part of six world-champion-winning youth performance ensembles, worked on GRAMMY-nominated recordings, and produced songs that made it all the way to the front page of the iTunes music store. With his performing talents he traveled the US and Japan sharing his love for the stage as a cast member of the TONY and EMMY award winning musical event, “Blast!” and “Blast II: MIX”. Now he is ready to take on new challenges as he continues to develop his artistry. In addition to his musical goals, Gregorio can be seen tearing up the dance floor with various hip hop crews, as well as acting alongside exciting newcomers to the NY Film scene.
Dan Grab,Board Member
Long Island, New York native, Dan graduated college in 2013 from the University of New Haven with a BA in Forensic Psychology. After working for 1 year after college with children at a residential treatment center, he moved out to Hawaii with 3 suitcases looking for adventure. Dan became a substance abuse counselor for the next year and a half. It was the best decision he’s ever made and it changed his life. He aspires to open up my own hostel in the future with a friend he met overseas. He will be moving to Asia, working at hostels, and learning the logistics in which they’re run in order to potentially buy and open his own.
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Anna Daugherty,Board Member
Anna is an Interior Designer and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional in New York City. In 2011, Anna met Founder of the DAR Project, Colette Hebert, while they were both participating in the Syracuse Ironman 70.3. In 2013, directly after finishing her first Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid, NY she joined The DAR Project to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and volunteer at a partner orphanage. While there she helped build a much needed chicken coop, distributed clothing and learning materials, and help paint the exterior of their school. The children and the experiences she left a lasting impression and she was thrilled to join the Board in 2014 to continue helping the orphaned children of Tanzania. Anna’s personal interests include World travel, triathlon, and all things adventurous.
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Kylie works in social service in New York City. She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Behavioral Studies and a Master of Science in Psychology. She discovered a love of traveling when she studied aboard in Greece during college. Since then she has been to other countries including France, Italy and volunteering in New Zealand. Kylie enjoys cooking, photography and reading.
Christina Matula, Media and Communications
Christina is an elementary music teacher in Northern Virginia and holds a bachelors degree in Television/Radio/Film as well as a Masters Degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. She volunteers her time as a producer at a public access television station where she is passionate about advocating for the arts and sharing the human condition. Christina loves to travel and enjoys taking groups of students to see all the magnificent places all around the world. In her free time she enjoys photography, dancing, martial arts and Crossfit.
James serves as our Country Director in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He is in college studying Information Technology and wants to be an IT Engineer. He is our direct connection with the children at the Chamazi Orphanage located in Dar Es Salaam, students we have in college throughout Tanzania and our partner organizations in East Africa. He also organizes our work camps that take place in Tanzania throughout the calendar year. He assists our Board and international volunteers the entire time they are traveling in East Africa.
Our Business Advisors
Kinyatta brings his entrepreneurial spirit and experience as Co-Founder and Vice President of an African 501(c)(3) not-profit, Project It Takes A Village and Haitian 501(c)(3) not-profit, Port Salut Investment Facilitation Center. His focus is on operations and strategy and he brings a broad network of potential donors. Kinyatta earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry and Marketing and his Master’s In Business Administration from Syracuse University with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Kinyatta can be found drumming when he’s not at the office.
Elyse works for Laureate International Education in the Global Products and Services Department in Baltimore, MD. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Maryland. Elyse’s mission is to see the world while simultaneously helping others and giving back to each local community. Among many amazing experiences, she has climbed the Great Wall of China, sung with an opera company in Italy, and hiked the majestic Andes Mountains. Her most challenging and rewarding experiences came while teaching Kindergarten in Moshi, Tanzania and Ayacucho, Peru. Elyse’s personal interests include travel, history, classical music, and reading.
Margaret is an audio engineer from New York City who is currently living in Stavanger, Norway. Margaret has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Syracuse University, and a Masters Degree in Music Technology from New York University. She completed an audio engineering residency at The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada. In the summers of both 2009 & 2010, Margaret was an engineer at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She is also actively involved in the Anglican Church community in Stavanger, as well as the Kirkens Bymisjon (city mission) Albertine program, which provide health and supportive services to trafficked women in Norway.
Simran Rajani, Director of Operations in Florida
Simran Rajani is an honors high school student at the University School of Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. With her roots in Tanzania and India, her birthplace being in England, and having lived in Los Angeles for 8 years, Simran has had early exposure to the wider world. She demonstrates both responsibility and desire to give back to both local and international community. Her first visit to the Chamazi orphanage has turned into her passion and her aspiration to see each and every one of the kids at the orphanage graduate and have a better life.