Caitlin founded DreamCatchers when she was 15 years old. She had started volunteering at a local hospice at age 12, and wanted to do more for the patients to serve them in their final months. She came up with the idea for DreamCatchers, and has grown it to over 15 states since then. Caitlin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a dual major in entrepreneurship and film/theatre, and has since moved out to LA to pursue a career in film and speaking. Recently, in 2018, she has begun running DreamCatchers, working to take the foundation to new heights with the rest of the leadership team. Along with running DreamCatchers, Caitlin is building a career in speaking on generations, stemming from her passion for bridging generational gaps with DreamCatchers. She has spoken across the country on DreamCatchers and on bridging generational gaps in the workplace and the world.
Director of Operations & Business Development
Having spent the bulk of her career to date in talent acquisition both in the retained search world and within her own consulting firm, Elaine has focused on building relationships, working within tight timelines and creating the best possible candidate experience. During that time, she has had the pleasure of being on the board of several non-profit groups – including YMCA of Orange County and most recently, Westlake Village Junior Women’s. Now, she’s fulfilling her own dream – having been touched personally by the work of Caitlin and her team. She will be partnering closely with our student chapters, healthcare partners and Dreamers and is so excited to be here!
Chief Financial Officer
Kent Linton is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Economics with minors in Finance and Spanish for the Business Professions. He has been actively involved in DreamCatchers since his Junior year of high school in Noblesville, IN where he developed a club in a Community Service class. He wanted to continue with this mission into college, so started his own student organization at UNC where he recruited an executive board of 12 individuals, partnered with a local hospice in Raleigh, NC and granted a number of dreams. Alongside his ambitions to grant 6 dreams this upcoming academic year, he is unbelievably grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve as the CFO of DreamCatchers on a national level. Given that this position aligns with his career aspirations, he is confident that he has the knowledge and drive to leave a lasting legacy in this position and subsequently take DreamCatchers to new heights. With the addition of this new executive team, there is truly nothing that can stop DreamCatchers’ future mission and growth.
Katie is a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman Sachs and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she studied Finance and Economics. During her college career, Katie also studied Investment Theory at the London School of Economics. Katie previously served as the Vice President of DreamCatchers and traveled across the country with Caitlin to identify new markets, increase collaboration between administrations and expand the organization’s footprint. She is excited to be an Advisory Director on the leadership team and looks forward to the opportunity to help promote and grow the Dreamcatchers mission with strategic initiatives. Katie is originally from Milwaukee, WI and is now based in Chicago, IL.
Director Of National Outreach
Katherine Vangaever is a junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, double majoring in International Relations and French with a minor in Economics. She is interested in public policy and creating positive change through the DreamCatchers organization. She has been involved with DreamCatchers for almost five years, running a club in both high school and college. She is excited to be the National Director for Outreach and Development for DreamCatchers, as she wants more people to experience the joy of making someone’s last Dream come true! DreamCatchers is an incredible organization that brings people together of all ages and backgrounds to form a more connected community.
Sierra Lopez is a graphic designer from Ventura, California. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a BA in Advertising and Graphic Design. During her Senior Showcase she met Caitlin and history has written itself since then. She is taking on the position of Creative Director at DreamCatchers. Sierra is excited for this unique opportunity to help Caitlin and the rest of the team with the creative integrity and visuals of the organization. She has been looking for a good cause to volunteer her time and a way to express herself, now she gets to do both!
Director Of Media and Marketing
Matt Rowland is a student at the University of Iowa studying Economics and Marketing. He has taken on the role of Director of Media and Marketing because of his interest and experience in fundraising and sales. Matt led the Burlington High School chapter of DreamCatchers during his time in high school, taking the club to the top- they raised the most money of any chapter nationwide under his leadership. He looks forward to continuing to grow alongside DreamCatchers as we expand our mission across the country.
Director Of National Partnerships
Sophia Busacca joined DreamCatchers when she was just 15 years old as she brought the club to her hometown of Bakersfield, CA. Her club was one of the very first DreamCatchers clubs established following founder Caitlin Crommett’s original club idea. During her three years as the President of her high school chapter of DreamCatchers, the club fulfilled over 30 Dreams. DreamCatchers was the reason she chose to become a nurse. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2018 and began her nursing career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Neurocritical Care Unit. She has since rejoined DreamCatchers as part of the national leadership team because of the impact that DreamCatchers had on her life and the patients who gave her great perspective.