Champions

Dazzle Africa Champions are committed to the operational funding and problem solving to sustain and forward the mission of Dazzle Africa.

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Dazzle Africa Champions

Dazzle Africa Champions are individuals or companies that passionately support both the mission of this organization and its dedicated team. They know from experience their annual operating donation to Dazzle Africa ensures the aligned results they want to accomplish in their giving goals will be completed with excellence. 

Champions receive an annual presentation by the Executive Director that rolls out the next year’s business plan for individual buy-in as well as biannual reports with financials, marketing and operating plans, and measured results that have been achieved.

Champions also receive discounts on safari travel as well as special opportunities to spend time in the field with our conservation partners. Finally, Champions are placed on an “on-call” status to support the Dazzle Africa Executive Director with any support she may need that falls within that Champion’s realm of expertise.

We are honored to have the unwavering support of these powerful individuals and companies that share our goals and fund our operations for the win-win-win. Champions are publicly recognized when they join us on safari, attend our events, as well as in media communications. 

If you would like to become a Dazzle Africa Champion please email stacy@dazzleafrica.org to learn more. Champions support Dazzle Africa with an annual operating donation of $10,000 or more.

Caroline Jones

Champion Since 2018

Caroline Jones is a co-founder of Dazzle Africa. Caroline’s roots are in primary education and she currently serves the needs of children’s education, clean water development, and animal protection in the United States and in Zambia. Caroline sits on the board of the Willits and Jones Foundation and in her off time, you may find her with family and friends in Texas or Florida. Wherever she is, she is spreading joy and laughter.

Crystal Gordon & Alyssa Yatsko

Champions Since 2018

Crystal Gordon is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Air Methods. Previously, Crystal was in private practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC compliance matters, and corporate governance.  She received her law degree from the University of Denver and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Santa Clara University.

Alyssa Yatsko is a co-founder of Crichton Yatsko Property Tax Advisors where she specializes in tax protests and appeals for commercial property owners.  Prior to her work with PTA, Alyssa practiced law for a regional law firm in Denver. Currently, her work is seasonal, which allows her to spend much of her time at home with their three young children.

Crystal and Alyssa fell in love with Zambia after a Dazzle Africa safari in 2017 and understood the difference they could make in the community with Dazzle Africa’s partnership.

Dana Balaban

Entrepreneur
Champion Since 2016

Dana Balaban is a native of Las Vegas and with her family, owned a transportation company,

Desert Taxi Cab, in Las Vegas for over thirty years. She grew up in the midwest in a farming community and spent much time in nature where her love of animals and nature started. She has always enjoyed helping other beings in need and has a special love for protecting and rescuing animals.

In 2009 Dana and her longtime friend Zoe Larner formed a 501c3 nonprofit organization called Arts A Cause. Their goal is to “share, care and create hope”  she combined her love of photography and philanthropy by donating her printed photography to Arts A Cause to sell through art shows and on their website to raise money for their charity.

Dana was introduced to Dazzle Africa by co-founder, Joanne Hardy, and attended her first Dazzle Africa safari in 2016. Going on safari was always a dream of Dana’s and that she could go with a charity was a blessing that she is grateful. Her experience while on safari was life-changing. She finally understood that the poaching situation in Africa was the problem of the world and that we need to find answers and solutions to stop poaching before more species become extinct from poaching. After falling in love with Zambia and seeing the need to get involved now to save these animals and support all the “local residence” human and animals, she was honored to become a Champion member of Dazzle Africa and their conservation, education and clean water projects. They are a charity worth getting behind because they are doing hands-on work for all the right reasons. I am honored to say I am a part of a charity that is really making a difference and giving themselves fully to these critical projects.

Heidi & Howard Osterman

Conservation & Podiatrist
Champion Since 2016

Life-long committed conservationists and activists for wildlife, children and rural African communities. Heidi Osterman is a District Leader for the Humane Society of the United States and spends countless hours protecting the environment and wildlife. Howard is a Podiatrist in Washington D.C and loved by his clients for his skills, talents, and compassion. Both are friends and safari guests of Dazzle Africa.

Joseph Stallings

Attorney at Law
Champion Since 2016

Joe was born and raised in New Bern, North Carolina, a small coastal town. He attended

undergraduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was Morehead Scholar, North Carolina Fellow and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and attended law school at the same institution where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He graduated with honors.

Following law school, Joe practiced law on Wall Street. He then moved back to his hometown and practiced law there until he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Joe is a senior partner at his Raleigh law firm.

Community service is also important to Joe. He was elected by the North Carolina Legislature to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors which oversees the sixteen universities in the North Carolina system. Prior to that, he served on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He additionally has chaired a local United Way Campaign and has served on numerous non-profit boards.

Joe was introduced to Dazzle by his longtime friend, Stacy James. After many conversations, Joe decided that it was important for him to go to Zambia with the Dazzle team. He fell in love with the warm, intelligent and resilient Zambian people. He became committed to creating opportunities for Mfuwe school kids, many of whom walk miles each day to and from school. His Zambian experience also taught him that the African wildlife would thrive if humankind would just stay out of their way.

Joe believes that ultimately what matters are wholesome relationships and his commitment to making a difference for others. He wants Dazzle to continue to transform Mfuwe and then extend its mission to all of Zambia and beyond.

Kristi Overgaard

Fan of Mother Earth
Champion Since 2016

Dazzle Africa is “on mission” for Kristi Overgaard. Her belief is that a harmony is meant to exist between the planet and the people and animals who inhabit it – a natural balance. This was the reality for Kristi Overgaard growing up on the plains of Montana. In her surroundings she was able to see the inherent beauty and design in nature. Nature and design would not just be a part of her life. It would be her destiny finding its expression across multiple professions and philanthropic ventures, from her position as the youngest Vice President of Marketing at the Howard Hughes Corporation and the founding of creative agency One11, to her senior executive post as Chief Awesomeness Officer at Switch a world-renowned green-powered technology infrastructure company. Now with the creation of the ONIYA healing and renewal retreats, Overgaard Consulting and The Overgaard Foundation, Kristi continues to foster and promote our innate ability to rise to the challenges we face as individuals and as a global community and solve them through creativity, design and nature’s intelligence. 

Lacy
Miller

Real Estate Development
Champion Since 2016

Lacey Miller is a native of Las Vegas and currently lives in New York City and Las Vegas. Lacey works in commercial land development and has a special affinity for animals. After traveling to Zambia and seeing the incredible work Dazzle Africa is doing, she became committed to being part of it. Zambia has become a very special place to her and making a difference by helping the wildlife and people thrive is a huge passion.

 “There isn’t a better organization or group of people I would want to be part of. The commitment to Zambia and the expansion I’ve seen over the years of giving back to the community in all the different ways Dazzle Africa does has been such a blessing to watch and be part of.”

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