Board of Trustees

 

Jennifer Millett-Barrett, Director

President of Dream On International

Previous to her current role at Dream On, Jennifer established and was the president of Orphans’ Heroes, a US-based 501(c)3 non profit organization that facilitated a variety of projects in several African countries.  Through Jennifer’s leadership, Orphans’ Heroes was an integral partner in the construction of a children’s home and two schoolhouses; brought clean water and electricity to villages; initiated innovative sex and health education classes in schools; organized a safe house for girls who were victims of sexual violence; provided safety, witness protection, and holistic care for children involved in legal cases; made it possible for children to attend school through educational sponsorship; and founded a residential home for teenagers rescued from human trafficking and abuse. In her role as president of Orphans’ Heroes, Jennifer has collaborated with officials in government institutions and agencies, tribal elders, and private NGOs to advance the well being of women and children.

In August of 2010, Jennifer was recognized by queens and chiefs of the Volta Region in an elaborate ceremony and was named a Development Queen of Hohoe. She was honored with the traditional name of Mama Dziwornu by Paramount Chief Togbe Gabusu VI.  In 2013, Jennifer was also honored with a humanitarian award from the National Council of Ghanaian Associations and the Ghana Consulate of New York. Previous to Jennifer’s humanitarian work, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in social work from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialty in photography from the University of New Mexico. Jennifer is also a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  She is currently attending Columbia University to earn a MA in Human Rights Studies. Jennifer and her husband, Bill, adopted their sons — Mensah, Koku, and Godsway — from Ghana.


Tatiana Kotlyarenko, executive director

Tatiana currently holds the position of Anti-Human Trafficking Advisor at the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Previously, Tatiana established and was the Executive Director of the Enslavement Prevention Alliance – West Africa (EPAWA), an NGO based in Ghana that was at the forefront of combating human trafficking in Ghana and across the West African Region for nine years. In its first three months of existence, EPAWA was responsible for a national anti-human trafficking Red Card campaign in partnership with ILO during Cup of African Nations 2008 and participated in the rescue of 60 girls from a child brothel “Soldier Bar,” generating local and international awareness of the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children in Ghana and lack of proper resources to assist the victims.

Tatiana has extensive international experience, and has specialized in project planning and implementation in partnership with government institutions, civil society and UN agencies, as well as protection work, particularly in the West African region.  This includes investigations and rescue operations, victim protection planning, and shelter management. She has provided training to law enforcement, immigration, media, civil society, academic institutions, and the health sector on various aspects of human trafficking.  Furthermore, Tatiana has worked in the areas of advocacy and policy development in victim protection and assistance to vulnerable populations, as well as training and experience with Gender Based Violence (GBV) issues, and expertise on addressing issues of commercial sexual exploitation.  She has built dynamic relationships with international and local media, and development partners to raise awareness, generate visibility, and ensure assistance to vulnerable populations.

Tatiana holds a MA in Human Rights and Economic Development with Honors from Columbia University and a BA from Brandeis University. Her MA thesis focused on “Supply and Demand Dynamics of Sex Trafficking in Russia.” Tatiana has taken part in a CNN documentary titled “Innocence for Sale” in Cambodia, released in 2010 and another story for the CNN Freedom Project in 2014 that focused on slavery in West Africa.


Bill Barrett, Director

Bill has had 22 years of experience in education as an administrator, teacher, coach, curriculum coordinator, and counselor. Currently, Bill is the Division Head at Rippowam Cisqua School and oversees the day-to-day operations of grades 5 – 9, which gives him the opportunity to interact and problem solve with students, parents, faculty, administration, and board members. Bill has exceptional communication skills and is a regular speaker at a wide range of school functions. He works with the CFO in support of the division budget, leads the administrative team in setting a direction for the school, and works with the Director of Advancement on fundraising efforts. Bill spearheaded a school-wide character education program and a plan for professional growth and development of the faculty and staff.  Bill has been to Ghana several times, and even organized a trip for students to volunteer at a school that was funded by Dream On. Bill has a M.S. Ed in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University, a M.A. in Special Education from the University of New Mexico, a M.B.A. in Business Management from Iona College, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.


Brandon Millett, Director

Brandon Millett is an award-winning communicator, writer, producer and media entrepreneur. Brandon is currently an Owner and Executive Vice President of American Way Productions, a full-service film production and distribution company, CEO of the GI Film Group, which supports military-themed film and television projects and Co-Founder and President of the GI Film Festival, a national non-profit organization dedicated to tell the stories of American veterans.  The GI Film Festival is now in its tenth year of operations. As a communications and media professional, Brandon has advised a variety of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit start-ups. Brandon's media campaigns have earned coverage from virtually every major news outlet worldwide, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian, to name a few. As a spokesperson, Brandon conducted hundreds of interviews on national radio and television programs from Dennis Miller to NPR’s To the Point to Fox and Friends, while his written work has appeared in numerous top publications, including The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and the Baltimore Sun. Brandon previously served as Director of Communications at the nation’s largest government watchdog organization.