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Devoted to Children employs a full-time Haitian staff of six people to care for our children, providing jobs for locals.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Founder

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KRISTIN O'CONNELL is the Executive Director and Visionary for Devoted to Children. It is because of her big heart, courage and ongoing leadership that Devoted to Children has been started and is changing lives. Learn more about Kristin's inspiration to found the Devoted to Children organization.

Board members

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KRISTIE BUEHNER spent the first 14 years of her career building and leading sales teams for technology companies before starting her own very successful technology consulting company, Metro Communications. In the past few years she has transitioned her time and career to focus on her passions of health, wellness, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Kristie is the founder of Healthy Bliss Health Coaching and uses her unique approach to inspire others to live the greatest life they can envision for themselves. Her entrepreneurial endeavors include building and managing Silver King Coffee, the only drive-through coffee shop in Park City, Utah and Float Park City, the first sensory deprivation float spa.
From its inception she has played a key role in organizing, funding and leading the Devoted to Children Foundation. She has a deep love for the organization, the children and staff in the D2C home and the Haitian people. Kristie is an avid traveler, and has a love for the mountains and the ocean. She resides in Park City with her husband and two children.
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ALLISON LAMB is the Financial Director for D2C and takes care of the accounting and tax aspects of the organization. She graduated from Bentley University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a master's in Taxation. She worked as a CPA before deciding to stay home and take care of her three kids. Allison became involved in D2C in its very early stages and has been to Haiti with the organization many times. Her daughter Shannon Lamb interned at D2C over the summer as a high school senior and has also become invested in the foundation.
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AMY HART is a mother to four beautiful boys and considers her most important life work to be dedicated to her children and the children of this world. She loves the D2C organization. Amy feels it a blessing to be aligned with an organization providing and sustaining change, growth, education, and a work surrounded by so such love. Amy is an Interior/Exterior Designer who has owned and operated her own design firm for 16 years. She is also a licensed Yoga teacher and loves to share her love of yoga.
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CHRISTY MORRISON, a Truckee/North Tahoe resident since 1988, stands out as a leader in the area’s real estate market. Her proactive business approach keeps her consistently ranked in the top 1% of local agents. Her mission is to bring buyers and sellers together in order for them to reach their investment, financial, and personal goals. Christy has found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting her clients first.
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SHEILA BRENNAN CAPPARIS is a stay-at-home mother of twin boys and two daughters. I have been an active volunteer at all of my children's schools and additionally volunteer as a teachers aide at ECLC, a local school for children with special needs. I look forward to continuing my growing relationship with the D2C kids and with the Devoted to Children organization.
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PATTI DARWIN recently joined the board of D2C. Patti participated in one of the Seva trips to Haiti in 2015 and fell in love with the kids. Patti is a Corporate Event planner with over 17 years experience. Currently she works for Sompo International in New York City.  She is passionate about seeing live music and skiing. She is a lover of fashion and the arts and tries to take advantage of all NYC has to offer.  She dreams of retiring to the mountains one day. Patti lives in Brooklyn, NY with her sweet puppy Lewis.
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CHRISTINA HAYS is the director of Star Communications, a PR media firm she founded 16 years ago. Prior to that she worked in field journalism in over 15 countries producing economic country reports for magazines such as The Economist, Newsweek, Business Week and Elle. She recently completed a 3-year certification in Holistic wellness coaching & Intuitive studies and hopes to empower individuals through heath and wellness. She resides in Hawaii with her 2 children and husband and in Fall 2017 they will be relocating to Spain. Christina is honored to be a part of Devoted to Children Foundation and looks forward to being a part of the children’s positive development through education, nurturing and respect, so they may grow to be positive examples in their community.
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KAREN POWERS is a mom, seasoned licensed real estate broker in Massachusetts, social media marketer and is involved in local charities. Her passion lies in helping others whether it be finding their dream home or supporting their personal endeavors. Joining D2C is a natural fit for Karen. In her spare time you will find Karen on the sidelines of a field in a hockey rink cheering on her girls. Karen earned her bachelor's degree from Providence College.
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RANDI JO TAUREL lives in Park City, Utah. She is a yoga and mindfulness instructor for the Park City School District (teachers and students Pre-K through high school). She and her daughter Chloe have been involved with D2C for several years and have visited the kids in Haiti twice (so far). Chloe looks forward to growing up with the D2C family and helping any way she can.

Staff

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DIANE GAILLARD is our Haitian American In-Country Director who manages the D2C Family Home, staff, and community projects. She lives in the the home with our children and oversees their well-being while providing a positive American influence.
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MADAME NICOLE JEAN ELIE been with D2C since its inception. Born in Haiti, she is our head nanny who is responsible for the children and the entire upkeep of the D2C Family Home including cooking, laundry and cleaning. She lives in the home with our children and keeps all the girls' hair beautifully braided.
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MADAME GERTRUDE JEAN is the second nanny in charge with the same responsibilities of cooking, cleaning and laundry. She is a Haitian native and lives nearby with her own family. Madame Gertrude is famous for her fresh baked bread.
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CLAUDE PLAUMITE is one of our full-time security guards who provide 24-hour security protection for the D2C Family Home. He also supports Diane with administration and drives the kids to school and activities. Claude can often be found playing soccer with the boys.