"If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and imagination that characterize children before they are deformed by adult society."Jean Piaget, PhD

Leadership Team

Some kids still believe dreams come true

David L. Haskell
Chief Executive Officer

David Haskell strengthens social entrepreneurs inside hard places as Dreams InDeed’s co-founder and CEO. His resolve to empower those in hard places started as a graduate student stunned by an explosion in Beirut. David has thirty years’ entrepreneurial experience directing six start-ups and four turn-arounds, including as founding director of Habitat for Humanity in the Middle East and East Africa. His best teachers have been the mentally challenged, genocide survivors, garbage sorters, HIV/AIDS widows, street children, and subsistence farmers. David has shared their wisdom at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Monitor Institute, Social Enterprise Alliance, Social Venture Partners, and at the American University of Beirut, Adelphi, Berkeley, Duke, Harvard, Notre Dame, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts, and Wheaton. David earned a Harvard MPA in Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; a UCLA MA in Applied Linguistics; and a Wheaton BA in Communications magna cum laude. A Pforzheimer Nonprofit Fellow at Harvard and Fulbright Scholar at University of Jordan, David received an Outstanding Teaching Award at UCLA.

Richard F. Speck
Vice-President of Operations

After an early experience serving a community of people with leprosy in Nepal, Richard’s passion has been to create the context for the marginalized to experience all they are created to be. As VP of Operations, Richard is responsible for developing and directing Dreams InDeed’s operational capacity and resources. Richard has over twenty years of management experience ranging from for-profit administration of a healthcare group serving 25,000 lives with a $16 million budget to a non-profit urban community development initiative impacting 1200 lives a week with 30 staff, a $2.2 million budget, and 1000 volunteers per year. Richard holds a Master of Public Health from University of Missouri, an MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas, and a BS in Biology from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Janice Hayashi Haskell
Vice-President of Program Development

Janice’s passion to empower the marginalized grew from her heritage scarred by Hiroshima’s devastation and U.S. internment of Japanese-American citizens. For over twenty years, Janice has tapped the power of love and wisdom to elicit transformative potential – from life-coaching Stanford students and innovating curriculum with abused children in the USA to strengthening street children mentoring and support of the mentally challenged in the Middle East. As Dreams InDeed VP of Program Development, Janice develops indigenous social entrepreneurs, weaves strategic networks, and assesses mapped outcomes. Janice earned her MA in International Affairs from Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, an MS in Education summa cum laude from Portland State, and a BA in Psychology cum laude from Lewis and Clark.

Brian J. Wakley, MBA
Europe Area Director

Brian loves a daunting challenge, whether cycling a 100-mile race or grappling with a wicked problem. His Dutch relatives’ example of harboring WW2 refugees inspired him early on. Then, three pivotal years living in a Ugandan mud hut taught newlywed Brian and his wife how to strengthen local leaders to overcome legacies of conflict and trauma. Brian applied those insights as an executive of a peace and reconciliation agency engaged in five post-conflict countries of Africa and Southeast Asia. For over two decades, Brian has guided start-ups, strategic change, and collective impact, leaving a legacy of local leaders and lasting transformation. In addition to the school of hard knocks, Brian earned his MBA in Business Administration and BEng in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.

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