dedicated to a bright future for Caribbean kids ...
Harriet Linskey, Co-Founder &
Executive Director Harriet's
responsibilities include developing relationships in the Eastern
Caribbean, fundraising, overseeing the CLASS program, setting
up the logistics infrastructure, managing finances and working
with donors, recipients, volunteers and board members. She
is a trained secondary education teacher with five years of
experience teaching English, Journalism, and Art History in
New Zealand and Japan. At a rural secondary school in New
Zealand, Harriet led the refurbishment of a dismal library
and saw firsthand how the addition of new and relevant books
can inspire all levels of readers. Before co-founding Hands
Across the Sea, Harriet was for 18 years a marketing and sales
executive. Harriet has a B. A. from Yale and a Diploma of
Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, New Zealand.
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Tom ("T.L.") Linskey,
Co-Founer & Communications Director
Tom Linskey uses his 30 years of writing, editing, and photography
experience to design and update the Hands website and create
print and video materials for Hands. T.L. also tackles hands-on
projects in Caribbean schools to help promote literacy, such
as building bookcases and creating "reading corners"
and "literacy centers" in classrooms. Back in 1986
T.L. built his own sailboat and sailed it, with Harriet, from
California to Mexico, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia
and Japan. T.L. also raced sailboats; he was a three-time
world champion crewman in the Olympic 470 class and a
member of the
1984 U.S. Olympic Yachting team. click
to e-mail TL
Kate Wallace Rogers, Program Director
A New York native, Kate Wallace Rogers draws on twenty-five
years of teaching a variety of ages and subjects, which has
prepared her well for working with educators and children
in the Eastern Caribbean. Kate's first volunteer job was at
the East Harlem Tutoring Program. "I was lucky to learn
how good it feels to support struggling readers and how much
positive impact one person can have, especially in a community
where resources are limited." During the 2012/2013 school
year, Kate volunteered for Hands, packing books in the warehouse,
and then she visited St. Lucia to meet principals, teachers,
librarians, students, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers. Kate
assessed school and library needs and how well each Hands
Wish List project had utilized past assistance. "I loved
living and working with the St. Lucians, and I look forward
to working in many more Eastern Caribbean communities,"
says Kate. "The opportunity to make a significnt contribution
to the literacy of Caribbean children inspires me immensely."
As Program Director, Kate oversees all aspects of the Hands
CLASS Program. click
to e-mail Kate
Amanda Dombach, Program Manager
A former U.S. Peace Corps
Youth Development Volunteer who devoted two years raising
child literacy levels on Grenada, Amanda Dombach was instrumental
in creating the 2012/2013
Hands Literacy Award-winning school library at Corinth
Government School, a rural primary school. As Program Manager,
Amanda will be making sure that all goes well with the 2013/2014
Hands Wish Lists shipment that's about 40,000 books,
and 100 (or so) boxes of teaching resources! And Amanda will
be bringing her successful child literacy strategies to Hands,
helping to put more and more Caribbean children on the road
to a brighter future through literacy. click
to e-mail Amanda
To operate Hands in a responsive manner while minimizing costs,
Hands receives in-kind donations of warehousing, shipping,
accounting, legal, and other professional services.
the Board of Directors...
Asplundh-Smith, Chairman, Founder,
Books Open Minds
Director of Graduate Recruitment, Framingham State University
Law school grad and event specialist with roots in Dominica
Sales Director, Fiber Optic Center, Inc.
Co-founder, Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
Co-founder, Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
Founder, Boaters for Books
Consumer Engagement Director, CVS Caremark
Peter Van Alstine,
Management Consultant and Entrepreneur
the Advisory Board...
Bardouille, Learning Support
Advisor, Ministry of Education, Commonwealth of Dominica
Founder and CEO, World Scholar and Uni-Recruitement,
Novelist and Social Development Researcher (Caribbean and England)
Learning Consultant/Literacy Advisor, B.Ed.(Hons.) M.A., Founder
Literacy and Library Specialist, Nevis
EdM, Curriculum Consultant and Writing Specialist
Senior Education Officer, Ministry of Education, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines
||our financial and tax-exempt documents...
|| Hands Across
the Sea, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization
registered in Massachusetts. Our tax-exempt Employer Identification
Number is 20-5897380.|
IRS Tax-Exempt Status Letter
Financial Statement for Fiscal Year 2012
IRS Form 990-EZ for Fiscal Year 2011
Audited Financial Statement for Fiscal Year 2011
||our annual report and informational
Take the journey! Our 2011
Annual Report features a
fun photo timeline of our voyage, messages from Hands co-founders
and board, and (of course) the three steps of our CLASS
program and what's in our (oh so exciting) future.
Hands Informational Booklet tells you just about everything
you want to know about Hands Across the Sea: our mission, where
and how we work, what our CLASS program does, what type of assistance
we send, how we choose and monitor projects, how the Wish Lists
work, and how we measure success along with photo essays
of a Hands project from each of the seven island nations (Anguilla,
Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St.Lucia, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, and Grenada) we serve.
ways you can work with Hands...
how to donate
Cash donations can be made through
a check made out to "Hands Across the Sea, Inc."
and mailed to Hands Across the Sea, Inc., 651 Orchard Street,
Suite 203, New Bedford, MA 02744.
Or you can donate via the secure PayPal interface on the Donate
to Hands page. If you have a specific school or project
you'd like to "adopt," please tell us in the Comments
section of the PayPal interface or on your check. You'll help
us fulfill the specific Wish
Lists of our recipients.
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