Founder and Director Jean Hatcherson, PhD, is an avid adventure traveller and international volunteer, with trips spanning 90 countries on six continents. Since 1977, in addition to teaching cultural anthropology at Connecticut universities for eighteen years, Jean has volunteered on numerous international humanitarian missions to dozens of countries on three continents. This includes managing surgical missions (cleft lip and palate, orthopedic, cardiac, urological and burn reconstructive surgery); escorting orphans from abroad to their new homes in the US; bringing supplies to refugee camps and orphanages abroad; and traveling with student and lay volunteers to paint, mend, teach and play with children in bustees, bateys, schools and orphanages. For a complete list of organizations and activities, please see the "Personal Perspective" page on Jean's personal blog by clicking here.
Our vice-president is Kira Wallace, RN. She works in the emergency room at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. A talented singer, craft maker, and mural painter, Kira has volunteered on multiple trips to Bulgaria and India with Corawill. Here she is in 2018 with a young cleft lip patient on a mission with Smile Bangladesh in Khulna, Bangladesh. Kira is also critical part of our fund raising team.
Attorney David Yerkes serves as secretary/treasurer and master painter on volunteer trips abroad, including India, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Ghana, and Cape Verde. Here he is hard at work in Vratsa, Bulgaria.