Board of Directors
Craig Dreves, Founder and President -
Craig spent 8 years living and volunteering abroad. He taught English around the world in countries as diverse as Japan, Romania, Peru and Costa Rica. He spent nearly 3 years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where he taught English and also worked in an orphanage. More recently, he spent a year working with street children in Trujillo, Peru. Craig moved back to his home in Rye in 2005 and has been teaching middle school history and English at Rye Middle School ever since. He also teaches night courses at Westchester Community College in ESL. Craig leads a community service group called Reach Out Rye which focuses on local and international issues. He has also been taking groups on service trips for many years, including 2 Fordham University groups to Romania, 2 Rye High School groups on Habitat for Humanity trips, a church group to West Virginia, and a People to People group to France, Italy and Greece.
- For more information, check out the following links:
Kristin Orig, Treasurer -
- Galapagos Trip Article
- Cusco, Peru Trip Article
- Rye Record Article about Craig Dreves
- Time Capsule Project
- Croc Collection for Lesotho
- Dignity For All Expo at RMS
Kristin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ecuador 2004-2007). While in Ecuador, she worked as a Youth and Families volunteer for Fundacion Junto con los Ninos (JUCONI) in their Community Outreach program. She spent most of her time organizing and running developmental and therapeutic youth groups. A graduate of the University at Albany with a BA in psychology and of Fordham University with an MSEd in counseling, she is currently a high school guidance counselor on Long Island. She continues to volunteer by chaperoning a group of high school students who travel to Nicaragua once a year to implement community development projects to aid the local citizens.
Michelle Tobias -
- Kristin Orig - Guidance Counselor at Northport High School on Long Island
Michelle Tobias, a special educator at Rye Middle School has been teaching for the past 10 years. A lover of learning and life, she has traveled to Spain, Italy, Mexico, and most recently Costa Rica. Understanding and participating in different cultures is her passion, and so is empowering young people to find and use their voices. She also works hard to provide opportunities for youngsters to become agents of change and strives to light the spark of social activism in her students. To this end, Michelle created and advised the Young Activists Club at Rye Middle School and co-advised Reach Out Rye. Both clubs focused on providing opportunities for teens to become active in community service and making positive changes in the school community. She is thrilled to be part of the Voluntravel board.
Diane Beveridge -
A Rye resident and mother of two children in the Rye City schools, Diane Beveridge brings her extensive legal knowledge and parent perspective, amongst other things, to VolunTravel's board of directors. She graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a BSFS in International Politics and earned a JD from New York University School of Law. After practicing corporate law in New York City for over five years, she stopped practicing to raise a family. Diane remained active in her Manhattan community by joining the New York Junior League. Aftter moving to London, she transferred to the Junior League of London and served on various committees, primarily those involved with educating children. During her near decade in England, Diane traveled extensively throughout Europe and also visited Africa. At the same time, she and her husband began a project to develop a historic inn in the Western Catskills, and is still working on the opening of the inn and restaurant. Diane's experiences and observations while traveling and as an entrepreneur made her committed to raising an awareness in her community of the political, social and economic difficulties facing people in developing environments.
Jacqueline Beveridge -
- NY Times Article on the Beveridge's Historic Lodge in the Catskills
Jacqueline is currently a sophomore at Rye High School. On a weekly basis, she volunteers at the library in her neighboring town, tutoring grammar school age children. She is currently an officer in the Rye High School community service club, Aid For America, and is an active member of Model UN. Jacqueline also enjoys being a part of Rhythm on Rye, a high school A Cappella group, and the Rye High School Chorus and Vocal Ensemble. She also participates in Adopt a Grandfriend and VAASA, or Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse. Jacqueline has been passionate about volunteerism since Middle School when she was vice president of the middle school community service club, Reach out Rye, and she participated in Voluntravel's inaugural trip to Peru. She is thrilled to be a part of Voluntravel's advisory board.
Fiona Dogan -
Fiona is currently one of the most highly-respected and active realtors in Westchester County. She specializes in buying, selling and renting homes, co-ops, condos and townhouses in Rye, Rye Neck, Rye Brook, Harrison, West Harrison, Purchase, Port Chester, and White Plains. Fiona and her family live in Rye and participated in VolunTravel's innaugural trip to Cusco, Peru. She brings extensive marketing expertise to the organization in addition to a keen heart and mind that are dedicated to VolunTravel's mission.
Jim Dreves -
- Link to Fiona's Sotheby's Website
A Graduate of Rye High School and Middlebury College with a major in Political Science, Jim spent 25 years as an executive in advertising specializing in television time sales before retiring to enjoy life and give back to the community. He has served on the Port Chester Industrial Development Agency as a Commissioner and Chairman for more than 15 years. He has also been elected to the Port Chester School District Board of Education 7 times serving 19 years on the Board including 4 terms as President. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, Peru, and Mexico and has personally visited the Mantsase Children's Home, VolunTravel's destination in Southern Africa.
Michael Frank -
- Link to Jim's Board of Education Site
Michael Frank is married with four children and resides in Port Chester, NY. He is the founder and president of Aquarius Capital, an actuarial consulting and insurance/reinsurance consulting firm formed in 2002. Michael is an actuary with 25 years of experience, including executive management experience with insurance, reinsurance, employee benefits consulting and managed care entities. Michael provides consulting to a variety of organizations including insurance companies,accounting firms, hedge funds, government entities (towns, cities, school districts, housing authorities), and Fortune 500 companies. He is also involved in public service and volunteers with various charitable organizations in his local community.
Emily Hurd -
- Michael Frank's Business Link
Before moving to Rye in 2011, Emily spent five years working as a corporate lawyer in San Francisco. She was active in pro bono work during that time - counseling asylum seekers through the immigration process, as well as advising non-profit organizations on formation and corporate governance matters. When Emily and her family relocated to Rye, Emily decided to stay home to raise her two young boys. Emily graduated from UC Berkeley Law School where she was involved with the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Before studying law, Emily received her Masters in international policy studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her focus was Gender and Development. Her graduate work led her to Tunisia where she lived for two years and conducted research on gender policy in Arabic as a Fulbright Scholar and Boren Fellow.