ICEP is operated and governed by volunteer board members who live and work in the Portland area. Each of our board members use their a unique and vibrant skill sets to make a difference for children around the world.
DAVID JONEs, President
Dr. David B. Jones, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, professional and academic career spans over 35 years, and includes employment as a wilderness counselor for young people with behavioral/substance abuse issues, an outdoor recreation leader for people with disabilities, an advocate/researcher for the importance of play for children with disabilities and those who have experienced trauma, a wilderness/nature-based tour leader, recreation therapist and a faculty/researcher. In addition to his teaching role, Dr. Jones is helping to provide play opportunities for Haitian and Afghan children through ICEP's initiatives. He has been ICEP Board Member for eight years and the President of the Board for four years.
BRI DOSTIE, vice president
Bri Dostie has been a part of the ICEP team since 2014, identifying with the significant role of play in children’s cognitive development and the importance of responsible international assistance through partnership with local communities. Bri is proud to be a part of ICEP’s growth and sustainable play space projects. Following her graduation from the University of Southern Maine, Bri has worked at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and currently as a Manager on the Faculty-led and Custom Program Development team. This work ties in closely with her passion for facilitating learning and growth opportunities, ultimately taking form in the development of study abroad programs focusing on community engagement, cultural understanding, social responsibility, and volunteerism. Bri enjoys spending spare time exploring through travel, fly fishing, birding, hiking, camping, and fine arts.
Lisa is a senior at the University of Southern Maine. After a hiatus from college where she homeschooled her three children, Lisa returned and will graduate in May, 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Archeology. Her focus at USM has been wetlands ecology and sustainability education. Lisa visited a friend in Haiti in January of 2017 and left wanting to help the people and environment of Haiti. Together with Thanex Louis, she helped found an organization called KSD: Konbit for Sustainable Development, with the goal to assist Haitian people with environmental and humanitarian issues.
Jarvis Thanex Louis
Thanax is a graduate student in the Policy, Planning & Management program at the Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, Maine. Thanex committed much of his undergraduate education in Environmental Science to learning strategies to solve some of the most urgent environmental problems in Haiti, his home country. As a co-founder of Konbit for Sustainable Development and a background in international diplomacy, Thanex believes that children’s experiences are part of what shapes national and international development. The mission of the International Childhood Enrichment Program is what drew Thanex to the organization, and aligns with his work on sustainable and environmental development.
Christiana Rein currently attends University of Maine School of Law. She has studied and lived abroad in Italy earning a degree in International Affairs. She returned to Portland, Maine in 2015
to attend law school. Since then, she has also worked at the Council of International Educational Exchange in assisting with the placement of international high school students throughout the United States. Identifying with ICEP’s mission in providing an opportunity for children to play to overcome trauma from both natural and human-made disasters, she is proud to be helping communities abroad through local initiatives in Maine.