Board of Trustees

 

Jennifer Millett-Barrett, Director

President of Dream On International

Jennifer is the founding president of Dream On International. Her nonprofit work has taken her to several African countries, with a particular dedication to West Africa, where she has facilitated life-changing projects for more than ten years. Through Jennifer’s leadership, Dream On has established a number of community-based programs aimed at the prevention of human trafficking, sexual violence, and other human rights violations afflicting children and women. Through her leadership, Dream On initiated and maintains various protection programs, including witness protection for children involved in legal cases, safe houses for girls who were victims of sexual violence, and a long-term residential home for children and teenagers. Jennifer has collaborated with officials in government institutions and agencies, tribal elders, and private NGOs to advance the well being of women and children. She has been recognized with honors, including being conferred the title of Development Queen of Hohoe, Ghana by Paramount Chief Togbe Gabusu VI and a humanitarian award from the National Council of Ghanaian Associations and the Ghana Consulate of New York.  Jennifer is currently serving as an expert on country conditions in Ghana for asylum cases that will soon go before the US Department of Homeland Security and US Citizen and Immigration Services. Jennifer holds an MA in Human Rights Studies with honors from Columbia University. She is also a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Jennifer and her husband, Bill, adopted their sons — Mensah, Koku, and Godsway — from Ghana.


VINCENT KWARULA, director

President of Kwarula Society for Kenyan Education

Born in rural Shihalia, and raised in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, Vincent was in his words “one of the lucky ones.” A natural athlete with a passion for playing soccer, Vincent’s ability enabled him to rise through the ranks and become captain of the national Kenyan soccer team, earning 90 caps and a place in two World Cup Qualifiers. His ability on the field of play resulted in a scholarship to America.

Today Vincent can be found inspiring young players in the art of the beautiful game in New York and Connecticut. His love of soccer is equaled by his passion for education. Vincent received his Master’s Degree in Education at Manhattanville College. His joy for learning and his belief that knowledge is power is evident in the classroom as a teacher and in his humanitarian work in his home country of Kenya.

Vincent is the president of the Kwarula Society of Kenyan Education (KSKE) where he has transformed the lives of children in his ancestral village and beyond. In 2011, Dream On partnered with KSKE to install a borehole, above ground water tank, and electricity in Shihalia. Through this partnership, KSKE and Dream On discovered a shared interest in the development of programs that prevent at-risk children from become victims of systemic poverty, human trafficking, and child labor. Vincent’s upbringing, experience with traditional leaders and government agencies, hands-on approach, and devotion to building children’s futures strengthens our leadership at Dream On.


Bill Barrett, Director

President of St. Mary’s Academy

Bill has had 24 years of experience in education as an administrator, teacher, coach, curriculum coordinator, and counselor. Currently, Bill is the President of St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, CO, a private K – 12 school which focuses on the values of faith, community, justice, and respect and provides the foundation for students to be powerful agents of change. Prior to his current position, Bill was the Division Head at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of grades 5 – 9. Bill’s experiences in education have given 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 school's budget, leads the administrative team in setting a direction for the school, and works with the Director of Advancement on fundraising efforts. Bill has spearheaded many enriching initiatives such as school-wide character education and professional growth and development programs for faculty and staff.  Bill has been to Ghana several times, and 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. Brandon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in psychology and communication.