Our Board

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 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.

Brittany Lane, Vice-President

Brittany graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Psychology and Public Relations and lives in New York City. She has always had a passion for travel and for helping others. She works for Assurant in their Mortgage Department and has participated in the several volunteer opportunities the company made available. She has an artistic eye for photography and tries to bring that each time she photographs the world’s children. She has been responsible for much of the fundraising, event planning and brand direction.

Erica Hurtt

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.

Mary Elkind

Mary Elkind earned a BBA in accounting and practiced as a CPA for several years. Once Mary started a family (she now has 3 daughters in their 20’s) she became an active volunteer in church, school, and community.  Now that Mary’s daughters are grown, she is working on an MA in Spiritual and Pastoral Care at Loyola University Maryland with the goal of becoming a Chaplain in a health-care setting.  She especially enjoys the emphasis on cross-cultural understanding in her classes, and reconciliation at every level (family, society, and intercultural) is an important aspect of her ministry.  Mary sees Dogs Meets World as an excellent tool to empower others to become ministers of reconciliation by bringing human dignity and understanding across the globe.  Mary brings her background in non-profit accounting as well as her experience in organizing large charitable events to Dog Meets World.

Carolyn Ettlinger

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