Our Team - Project Change
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Our Team

Cheryl-Dene Spring

 

President & Co-Founder
Cheryl-Dene is an attorney, entrepreneur, business owner and philanthropist in Florida, U.S.A.
Born and raised in South Africa, Cheryl-Dene came to the U.S. at the age of 18 with a keen passion and determination for success. Prior to her journey to America, Cheryl-Dene spent several years in an orphanage and group home for children located in Pretoria. It is here that she decided to dedicate her life to children placed in similar orphanages.
In 2015 she founded Project Change – a grassroots organization dedicated to woman and children who are victims of war and physical/sexual abuse.
Some of the subtle but imperative changes she has implemented are ensuring siblings are not separated; changing the names of orphanages to names that inspire, and ensuring every child has access to education and clean water. Cheryl-Dene continues to draw on her own life experiences to inspire lasting and sustainable changes.
Anne Reinstein

 

Vice President & Board Member
Anne Reinstein, CPA, is a tax accountant in private practice in the South Florida area since 2000.
Through her travels to third world countries, she has become an advocate for charitable causes that benefit children in the community and abroad.
In addition to her support to local charities and working as an animal advocate, she has spent time in India volunteering as an English educator and sponsors a children’s orphanage in her native Peru.
Dorian Vinderine

 

Secretary & Board Member
Dorian was born and raised in JNB, South Africa.
She began a professional career within the hospitality industry in 1983 and has since held positions in both the Indian and Caribbean Oceans. In 2000, Dorian moved to the United States, and has spent the last 16 years helping with various charities, volunteering at a safe shelter, and looking for a niche to give back.
Dorian has always had a passion and willingness to help those less fortunate whether it be animals or humans.
Her determination and commitment are just two of the many attributes she brings to Project Change.
Carmela Sanchez

 

Director of Education
Carmela Sanchez brings over 20 years of education experience to Project Change.
Known in the community for her outgoing personality, ability to connect with her students, and teaching ability, Ms. Carmela continues to raise the bar in the educational arena.
Graduating from Nova Southeastern University with her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she went on to receive her Directors Credentials and Certification in Special Needs.
Ms. Carmela designed a curriculum used by Project Change to help teachers in developing countries teach literacy, math and science by using their limited resources.
By incorporating a Montessori approach in the third-world classroom the students help teach and continue to be challenged daily. Ms. Carmela continues to utilize her education and experience to make a difference in lives of many.
Alex John

 

African Ambassador
Alex John was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania, to a mother who faced many financial and social difficulties, due to her husband’s desertion. His father was the main bread winner, so after his departure the family fell on very hard times. Alex had to quit school at a very young age to begin his new life’s journey – a mountain porter for Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He was just 17, but this was his only way to support himself and his mother. self and his mother.
After two years of being a porter, Alex saved enough money to enroll in his first ‘Tour Guide Class’, and after another 2 years he became an assistant guide on the Mountain. In 2006, he had a chance meeting with Anne Reinstein, who was so impressed with him that she sponsored him to take his higher outdoor leadership and wildlife management course at Mweka College (CAWM) and later in Sweden to further his studies. Not only is Alex now a mountain and safari guide in East Africa, but he is also Vice Chairman of the Kilimanjaro Guides Association, which ensure the mountain guides and porters have rights. Alex has also always volunteered his time, spending it with orphans, helping them with the little things they need, and sharing his food with street children of Arusha and Moshi, the town he spent so much time in.
Alex has always dreamed of providing assistance to the kids in communities that he grew up in, and has now joined Project Change as our African Ambassador spreading the word globally.
Lauren Britz

 

Photographer
Lauren Britz is a South African born American. She grew up in beautiful South Africa, lived in the UK and eventually settled in South Florida, USA at the age of 25. She has a degree in Professional Photography and Media Studies and a background in Photojournalism.
Lauren owns Lauren Britz Photography, focussing mainly on commercial photography, as well as Through Open Eyes, an ongoing documentary photography project that documents her adventures around the world. She also owns Fat Goat Production, who curate and sell the beautiful work of South African Artists and has also spent 7 years teaching Photography to high schoolers at a prep school in Delray Beach, Fl.
Lauren deals in the art of essence. She strives to capture the very essence of her subjects, whatever and whoever they may be. She makes invisible energy come to life. With many years of experience, Lauren has developed the unique skill of seeing beyond the flesh and matter, creeping into the energy of her subjects.
“Capturing images is not just a click of the button, it is a collection of elements that create a magical moment in time… a beautiful frozen memory, even the difficult ones.” ~ Lauren Britz