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Program Staff

Program Staff

LeAnne Campbell, PhD. – Executive Director and Founder. LeAnne has 25 years of experience working with schools and communities in the Dominican Republic and US. She has both a Masters and Bachelors degree from Cornell University in Human Service Studies and a PhD from UNC Chapel Hill in “Culture, Curriculum and Change”. In addition to serving on the faculty at Mississippi State University and Nazareth College, she taught at Duke University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. On the international front, she founded and directed a family literacy program, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. More recently, she founded and directed an international non-profit known as the Global Leadership Institute.


Maestro Hector Blanco- Artistic Director. Hector is a professor of visual arts and the lead muralist in “ROOTS: Social Histories through Murals”. Graduating with honors from the National School of the Arts (ENBA) in Santo Domingo, Hector has made a powerful impact on the public landscape of his community. Through his leadership role in the Caribbean’s largest mural project, Hector oversaw the development of 300 large, inspiring murals. He founded and directed MARHMI (Movimiento Artistico Hermanas Mirabal), an artistic collective of over 200 artists. Currently, Hector resides in the province of Las Hermanas Mirabal in the city of Salcedo, Dominican Republic, where he serves as the director of artistic development for Transcending Borders


Radhames Blanco – Adviser for Adult Education/Dominican RepublicWith two degrees, one in Adult Education and the other in Agricultural Development, and with over 40 years of experience in community development, as the Provincial Director of Social Programs, Director of Rural Education, Provincial Coordinator for Public Schooling, and leader in “Farmers to Farmers”, Radhames is a force to behold. Since the age of 12, Radhames has held over 30 leadership positions throughout his province. With expertise in community development, Radhames plays a vital role in developing and organizing the Transcending Borders school projects and partnerships.


Carlos Veras – Adviser for the Social Histories through Art and Environmental Projects. Born in Salcedo, Carlos has painted since the age of twelve. It wasn’t until attending the fine arts school in Santiago, Escuela de Bellas Artes de Santiago, that his hobby blossomed and matured into what it is today. Having been one of the initial artists for the Caribbean’s largest mural Route, Carlos has utilized art to explore what it means to be human in relation to the environment and technology. Having traveled several times throughout Europe and having participated in several mural events with the Social Histories through Art Project, in the US, Carlos brings a lot of creativity and energy to his work.  


Nelson Disla – Web Developer & Recruiting Specialist. Student intern from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is studying Arabic and Creative Writing, Nelson is responsible for developing and maintaining the Transcending Borders website. He also assists in coordinating the recruitment of students within the United States. Being fluent in Spanish and after having spent long periods of time in the Dominican Republic, Nelson provides potential students with valuable insight and feedback.


Yolcy de la Cruz – Adviser for High School Partnerships/Dominican Republic. With a degree from La Nordestana in General Education and a certificate in International Exchanges, Yolcy is currently the Vice Principal and Social Studies teacher in Tenares High School. Having developed several partnerships for US teachers and Dominican teachers, Yolcy understands the procedures and processes used to create global classrooms. Having taught for 12 years in Tenares High School, Yolcy is excited about working with US and Dominican students to further develop ideas and projects to be used in the curriculum development project.