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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. Liz resides full time in the Dominican Republic and is available for speaking engagements.

Liz can be contacted at:, +1 612-442-5974 (US) or +1 809-676-4071 (DR)

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 the Operations Manager. The Operations Manager oversees the daily functions of the Youth Development Center in a leadership role for all of Dove Missions programs, including our voluntourism, conducted at the Youth Development Center. She is responsible for ensuring the center is a safe and encouraging environment for the youth to gather for activities and have access to the services provided.

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


Lauren Belardinelli, Volunteer Coordinator

Lauren plans individual and groups trip for our volunteer program! She started vacationing in the DR in 2005 with family. After coming for many years she felt like there was more she can do for the community to get more involved and more to learn about life outside of a resort. When Lauren first discovered Dove in 2018 and volunteered she knew right away it was something she wanted to be part of and immediately wanted to do more. 

Lauren resides in Connecticut in the USA and would love to help you, your family, friends, or colleagues set up for you next visit with Dove Missions! If you want to learn about more ways to get involved after volunteering let us know! She can be reached at