Dove Missions is a registered charity in the United States, as well as in Canada.


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Liz Rooney, Executive Director and Founder
In 2002 Liz Rooney founded Dove Missions USA as a voluntourism organization.  Liz is a connector, guiding volunteers in a transforming life experience while building relationships and serving the poor.  She started Dove DR’s Youth Development Center in 2007 to help street children. Liz is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives, and is accountable for overseeing operations of the three branches organization, DOVE Missions Canada, DOVE Missions USA and DOVE Missions Dominican Republic. Liz resides full time in the Dominican Republic and is available for speaking engagements.
Liz can be contacted at:

Juan Gonzalez, Driver
Juan is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of all DOVE Missions programs and implementing organizational strategies that best support DOVE's mission. Juan also oversees all the activities at the Youth Development Center, and supervises all staff, volunteers, and assists with community relations., Juan is a retired police officer and lives with his wife and 3 children in Munos.


Martina Hiresova, Operations Director
Originally from Slovakia, Martina now resides in Puerto Plata. Fluent in Spanish and English, she is well suited to the role of Field Director. A “people person”, Martina is responsible for providing all the resources needed by volunteers when in the field. By using her extensive knowledge of the Dominican Republic, she ensures that visiting volunteers fully understand the role that DOVE Missions plays in the lives of children in Puerto Plata. 

Lee-ann Marks, Child Sponsorship Coordinator
Lee-ann is responsible for coordinating our child sponsorship program. This includes communicating with current sponsors and providing updates about their child. She also manages matching up new sponsors with a sponsor child, and coordinating all the logistics such as the paperwork and payments.

Lee-ann resides in Canada and can be reached at


Anna Casale, Volunteer Specialist

Anna plans individual and group trips for our "volun-tourism" program. She started vacationing in the DR in 2008 and felt she was supposed to get more involved with the community after coming to Puerto Plata a few times a year. Anna volunteered with Dove Missions in 2015 and knew right away this was a perfect fit for her to get involved. 

Anna resides in West Virginia in the USA and would love to help get you, your family, your friends, or colleagues set up for your visit with Dove Missions! She can be reached at