Carolyn F. Lane, Ph.D., President
Carolyn received advanced degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She co-founded Discovery Montessori School in 1990. She was an Adjunct Professor and later led the endowed scholarship program at the Univ. of North Florida. She returned again as Director at Discovery in 2006. She has served on many Boards including Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Beach (President), Dignity-U-Wear, Helping Hands and the Women and Girls Health Initiative (founding director, President). Carolyn co-founded DMW in 2008 (with her son Austin) to use photography as expression of personal diplomacy to connect cultures and with a deep desire to help build esteem in the kids in need around the world.
Austin Lane, Vice-President
Austin graduated from New York University with a degree in Management and Marketing. At NYU he was active in entrepreneurship and social enterprise, including developing a student run business generating 100K in its first year, resulting in Club of Year in 2007. Since college he has applied his skills with the VC funded Internet startups Sosauce & Muse Games. He has traveled extensively and shares the vision of DMW. He has been responsible for much of the brand direction, product and design development.
Erica Hurtt is currently VP for Communications at The Clearing House and was previously Senior VP for Communications at the Financial Services Forum. Erica’s reporting earned her several awards from the National Television Academy, the Associated Press, the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation. She also has experience in public relations and marketing and has worked as a public information officer. She holds a B.A. from Loyola College and an M.S. from Northwestern University. Erica is a proud mentor of a teenaged girl through Hope and a Home. She is a member of Washington Women in Public Relations and serves on its pro bono committee. Erica’s love of photography, travel, and children also leads her to volunteer with Dog Meets World.
Kimberly has a wealth of experience from her earlier corporate life including a focus on creating strategic partnerships and alliances to accomplish stated goals. She has cultivated deep roots in the women’s empowerment, socially-conscious enterprise and peacebuilding realms and finding resonance with causes that speak to her heart and to the needs of all humanity. She was recognized and honored as a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Humanitarian Award, presented by Women’s International Center and the Living Legacy Awards. She and her husband Brent Bisson are founders of The Peace Leadership Institute and The Peace Company. Well traveled, Kimberly has witnessed first hand the incredible value of the printed photograph as a means of acknowledgement and affirmation. She serves on Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peace Building, the Restorative Justice Association, US Women Connect and others.
Carolyn Wallace Ettlinger has a career in non-profit management. Carolyn created and led the Jacksonville Housing Partnership, a housing non-profit for seventeen years. She has extensive experience in special events, having created two large community-wide events in Jacksonville. She currently is consulting for nonprofits and providing interim executive director services. Carolyn brings valuable insight and experience from the nonprofit sector to the operations of DMW.
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Praise for DMW
"Participating in Dog Meets World was a truly magical experience, bringing joy and wonderment to all I met."
John Carr, Phodographer across South America
"Dog Meets World unleashes the power of photography as a diplomatic and personal tool in building connections among the people of the world. It embeds a memory in photographer and subject alike."
Prof. Patrick Fleming, Fulbright scholar & Phodographer Cambodia & Kyrgzystan
"You will never know just how important that photo will be long after it is taken and given."
Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner Jacksonville Jaguars
"Dog Meets World went over fabulously in my village. It is a perfect option for Peace Corps volunteers like myself. I like the Foto dog mascot, kids like it, and it is a representation of the peace and the ideas of the project."
Kristen Woodruff, Phodographer Costa Rica
"The kids are absolutely loving Dog Meets World. For a majority, these were the first images of themselves that they have ever owned."
Marti Johnson, Phodographer Uganda