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Kathy Faller - Founder

As the volunteering at the kids schools declined, Kathy was looking for a new endeavor to put her energies into.  Their family had been doing annual home builds with another group and this seemed to be a worthwhile activity.  Little did she know that 10 years later she would be making weekly donation deliveries, learning Spanish and organizing building teams.


Michael Clayton - Board Member

Michael began his journey with Casas de Luz with helping to Kathy deliver weekly donations in 2011. Since then he has sponsored three homes and is responsible for our Repurposing with a Purpose program. He also started a program delivering household items to previously homeless mothers.


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Eileen Hahn - Board Member

Eileen's involvement began in 2009 with a home build. Three years later she built a community center supporting the Cumbres Community, hosting a breakfast club and other education programs. Eileen contributes her leadership in moving Casas de Luz forward. 


Kirsten Chaplin - Immersion program director

Kirsten has been involved with CDL for about 4 years, funding a house in 2014. She is passionate about developing cross-cultural relationships and making a lasting impact on families in Mexico. Kirsten's goal is to increase youth involvement in Casas de Luz and guide students through eye-opening experiences.


Jason KNAPP - BOARD MEMBER

Began working with Casas de Luz in 2013 and got the bug. Jason since then has been a huge driving force for getting technology into communities in Tijuana. 


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SARA APPLETON-KNAPP - BOARD MEMBER

Her first build was in 2009 and since then the Knapp family has been a major life force of Casas de Luz. Sara is Casas de Luz's number one networker, she helps to find build sponsors, identifying donations, and spread the word.


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Robin Sales - Board member

Robin has been involved with the Casas de Luz program for 10 years. She has built many homes in the colonias of Tijuana. There is no joy greater than helping a family to have a safe and dry home.  Robin speaks Spanish fluently and enjoys sharing the experience with the families.


Kevin West - Board Member

The Director of Business & Technology at SensorMetrix. Kevin started with Casas De Luz in January 2010 helping to build a roof on an orphanage.  After this experience he was hooked. In his opinion Casas de Luz offers a unique and deeply meaningful experience with its focus on family and immersing its volunteers in the community. 

Katelynn August: Head Intern Katelynn has been involved with Casas de Luz since 2016 and is now a Head Intern. After her first cross cultural connection experience she fell in love with the organization and the positive atmosphere. It is evident to her through several builds and other activities bonds with families, friends, and even strangers are created as they share something so special. In June 2017 she will sponsoring a homebuild and can't wait for the program to continue to grow.

Katelynn August: Head Intern

Katelynn has been involved with Casas de Luz since 2016 and is now a Head Intern. After her first cross cultural connection experience she fell in love with the organization and the positive atmosphere. It is evident to her through several builds and other activities bonds with families, friends, and even strangers are created as they share something so special. In June 2017 she will sponsoring a homebuild and can't wait for the program to continue to grow.