Board of Directors

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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD | Andre DeBussey

Andre’ graduated from Michigan State University with a BS degree in Public Affairs Management. He recently retired from The Coca-Cola Company after 36 years in a variety of leadership roles. On one of his international assignments with Coca-Cola he lived with his family in Kingston Jamaica. It was during this time that he and his wife developed a passion for helping those who were living in poverty in the Caribbean.

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TREASURER | Bryan Bullington

Bryan Bullington has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Architecture from Texas A&M University. For seven years, Bryan was involved in consulting and business processes for companies in the energy sector. He is currently, a business partner and franchisee for Chick-fil-A, Incorporated (CFA) serving on several Advisory Councils for CFA Corporate. He wanted to be involved in Streethearts for the following reasons: to mentor and build up Haitian leadership, affect the lives of the young men/boys of Streethearts by reinforcing the hope of Christ and providing a vision of hope and productivity for their communities, and help raise financial support for long-term stability of the organization.

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SECRETARY | Susan Pelczynski

Susan Pelczynski, IIDA, LEED AP is a Principal at SKB Architecture and Design with leadership experience as Assistant Director at Hickok Cole Architects and Interior Operations Director at SmithGroup. Ms. Pelczynski leads the Business Development efforts at SKB and is the liaison to the marketplace for the Washington DC/Metropolitan region. With more than 25 years of experience, Susan is a certified professional in her field and has obtained accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

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MEMBER – FUNDRAISING | Rita Schulte

Rita A. Schulte is a licensed professional counselor in the Northern Virginia/DC area. She is the host of Heartline Radio where she talks about the cutting edge mental health issues affecting all of us out there today. Her books include; Shattered – Finding Hope and Healing Through the Losses of Life (Leafwood) and Imposter – Gain Confidence, Eradicate Shame and Become Who God Made You to Be (Siloam). Rita’s new book, “Think This Not That” will release in 2017.

Rita has a heart for those specifically battling obstacles in advancing their relationship with the Lord.

In addition, she has been involved with aid projects in Nicaragua and continues to advance her role in an effort to end the street kid population in Haiti.

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MEMBER – FUNDRAISING/MARKETING | Kristin Gainey Ferree (MSN, RN, FNP-C, FNP-BC, CDE)

Kristin obtained her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2010 and is dual-certified by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes as a Family Nurse Practitioner & Sub Research Investigator in Endocrinology. She is also a Certified Diabetic Educator. She started: whatdiabetes.com, and is a devoted wife and mother. Her two greatest accomplishments in life so far are her son (long story!) & being a cancer survivor. One of her main passions is Streethearts, and has been volunteering with the organization (in Haiti) for the past few years.

Kristin obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from East Carolina University’s School of Nursing (Med/Surg & Mother/Baby) at Rex Hospital.

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MEMBER – FUNDRAISING | Daniel Gibson

Dan is a founding partner of Sylebra Capital Management and has been working for the firm since February of 2011.  Prior to that, he worked at Coatue Capital from 2008 to 2011 as a Partner and Analyst. Coatue Capital is a multi-billion long/short equity hedge fund based in New York.  From 2006 to 2008, he was an associate at Calera Capital, a multi-billion private equity fund based in San Francisco. He started his career with UBS Investment bank in New York as a member of the media group from 2004 to 2006. He earned a BA in Economics from Amherst College in 2004. Dan is from Fairfax, Virginia.

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MEMBER – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Linsey Jorgenson

Linsey got her start in International aid working for an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. As Program Director, she focused on creating and implementing programs within the orphanage. In addition, she developed multiple projects within the “street” community. It wasn’t long before she realized how much time and effort were required to impact these street children that she fell in love with.

Linsey founded Streethearts in October, 2012. The model she created focuses on 6 areas necessary for children to cultivate and maintain a healthy heart – faith, nutrition, sports & recreation, safe habitat, community involvement, and education/job placement.

“Before you can help these kids make a difference in their lives, you have to provide an environment that allows them to start loving themselves and each other. Self-worth is the first step, but it takes time and patience. They need to learn and understand that they are worthy of a healthy life.”

Prior to her work in Cap-Haitien, Haiti she served as the Vice President of Marketing for Back on my Feet, a nonprofit combating homelessness through running.

 In 2009, she worked for MOI, Inc. a commercial real estate company in Washington, DC. As Manager of Marketing & Business Development, she was responsible for generating new business relationships, launching re-branding efforts, and executing large-scale corporate events.

Linsey is a graduate of East Carolina University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.

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MEMBER – OPERATIONS | Emily Davis

Emily is currently studying for her B.S. in Psychology with minors in Family and Non-Profit Studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Emily has participated in mission trips in VA, PA, WV and in 2010 Emily found her calling in Haiti. On her first trip she volunteered at an orphanage, medical clinic and learned about the culture. Emily met Linsey during her first trip to Haiti and was intrigued by her tenacity to support the kids in Haiti and wanted to work with her. She has returned multiple times working within the Cap-Haitien community and loves the people she meets each time. As God will provide she will be in Haiti as often as she can!