Our Team



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Lisa Dewey is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Wide Open Wings, responsible for overall vision, strategic planning and mission fulfillment. She is an American who has lived in India, Nepal and Cambodia where she has devoted her life to the assistance of animals, children and communities facing extraordinary challenges due to remote location, cultural repression or lack of economic opportunities. She has taught English as a second language, speaks several languages herself, and has built everything from websites to toilets, schools to invaluable relationships. She is highly adept at at maneuvering around sensitive cultural environments and is well known among the kids and communities with whom she works for her fabulous and ever-ready cheerleading skills.

Mary Reed is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Wide Open Wings, responsible for overall vision, strategic planning and mission fulfillment. She is an American who has lived in India and worked in Africa, where she coordinated healthcare partnerships between global and local NGOs, businesses and governments to significantly expand capacity for community-based organizations. She is a former Washington D.C.-based clinical research director and global nonprofit program director, specializing in creative team building and network collaborations. Mary is well known for her love of dancing, especially under trees with kids jamming to a beat sounded out on overturned buckets.

Holly Lucille is a founding board member of Wide Open Wings, responsible for community networking and collaboration strategies. She is a naturopathic physician based in Los Angeles and a nationally recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine. She is a passionate advocate for education aimed at holistic well being and devotes her life to educating people about investing in themselves. She runs a successful high-profile business and works with a wide range of networks and clients around the world. Holly is well known for her upbeat, can-do leadership and an infectious love of fun that she sometimes channels on stage when she moonlights as a bass player in a country/rock band.

Dr. Amy Staples is a member of the board of directors of Wide Open Wings, advising the organization and its partners on education-related strategies in complex settings. Amy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Co-Director of the Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language and Learning. Her particular expertise is in literacy, inclusion and educational and assistive technology for emergent and marginalized learners. When not raising the educational standards of the masses, Amy can be found cheering on her favorite women’s soccer team or competing with WOW co-founders in a friendly treasure hunt called Finding Photos of Amy Staples. (No winners yet.)