Our board volunteers their services. 100% of donations go towards DAR Scholarships.
Colette Hebert, Founder and President, is a music teacher in New York, 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 a two time Ironman finisher, ultra marathoner and loves to rock climb. Her current to-do list includes: running a 100-miler and climbing the 7 summits. Her first published book is all about how she started The DAR Project.
Brooke Hebert, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NYU, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Hunter College and completed University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. She has traveled to 14 countries through Semester at Sea and 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. She is committed to giving back to her community and consistently assisting and serving those in need. Brooke is also a Registered Nurse in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
Fred George Njegeja, Tanzanian Board Member, is an imperative resource to us on the ground in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Fred is at the orphanage daily working on daily routines with the children, feeding them, organizing staff, organizing games and activities, helping us spearhead our educational and tutoring efforts on the ground, as well as help us find orphans who wish to purse an education and scholarship. Fred helps us with our volunteers in country, helps us facilitate technology, library and clothing drive goals we have. He also helps us understand what the children are in need of. Our efforts wouldn’t be possible without Fred.
Kinyatta King, Board Member & Business Advisor, is a musician and business strategist originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Syracuse University specializing in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. He has worked in the Business and Education fields since graduate school. He loves giving back to the community and helping others. He is driven, dedicated and committed to improving the lives of others. It is a great honor having him on our team. He has helped DAR from the beginning stages with our business plans, goal driven initiatives, spearheading projects on the ground in Tanzania, East Africa and has been a true Business Advocate and entrepreneur. Kinyatta has helped bring new ideas and initiatives to fruition and has helped our children succeed and have greater academic success.
Christina Awad, Board Member, is an elementary music teacher in Northern Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Television/Radio/Film as well as a Master’s 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.
Kelvin Guevara, Board Member, is originally from Westchester County, New York. He is very involved with the local government, politics and business initiatives in his local community. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Management and has been working in the government for the past 8 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences with him to this position. Committed to giving back and helping his community, you can regularly find Kelvin helping the less fortunate in shelters in and around Westchester County, just north of New York City. He is innovative, forward thinking and one of the best strategic thinkers we have met. Throughout his professional career, he has been responsibility for managing fiscal budgets, building long term relationships with business partners and developing municipal and technologically based projects.