About the 2019 Memory Mission

Our digital press kit provides information on the upcoming Lifetouch Memory Mission trip to Juncos, Puerto Rico, including details on the volunteers, the trip schedule, when to catch volunteers on Facebook live, and past Memory Mission trips, as well as the press release below. 

Lifetouch’s 16th Mission Trip Will Help Rebuild Puerto Rico School Damaged by
2017 Hurricane Maria

Nearly 45 Educators and Lifetouch Employees from Across North America to Participate in the Lifetouch Memory Mission
January 21 – 28

Eden Prairie, MN  (December 6, 2018)  — Lifetouch, the leader in professional photography for schools and families, is leading its 16th Memory Mission of educators and employees to help rebuild a Puerto Rican school damaged by Hurricane Maria last year.

Nearly 45 educators and Lifetouch employees from across North America will travel to Juncos, Puerto Rico, from January 21 – 28, to offer their assistance to Colegio Bautista.  The school is home to 120 students from kindergarten to 9th grade. The rebuilding process is underway at the school and to help with these efforts the Memory Mission team will be rebuilding the school’s sport court and an exterior property wall that protects the school grounds.

“Since 2000, the Lifetouch Memory Missions have been gathering volunteers and money to support areas in need around the world,” said Jan Haeg, director of the Lifetouch Memory Missions.  “This trip which includes our partners in education along with our employees is not only transformative for the communities we serve, but also for the volunteers who are selected every year to participate. Lifetouch Memory Missions change lives and we couldn’t be more proud to be going to Puerto Rico with this group of energized volunteers to make a difference for this school and its students.”

In addition to the repair and rebuild efforts, the students and staff of Colegio Bautista will have their portraits taken by Lifetouch volunteer photographers on Thursday, January 24.

“It’s a process we’ve perfected since 2000.  Once photographs are taken they are uploaded to our Chattanooga lab for processing. Glen Hawkins, our lab manager, will fly down with the students’ photographs allowing the volunteers to hand deliver them to the students and parents on Sunday,” said Amy Klein, director of sales support at Lifetouch.  “Having their portraits taken will be a rare experience for many of these students and their families. It’s a truly special and unique component of the Memory Mission trips we look forward to providing.”

Since 2000, Lifetouch has organized 16 different trips, traveling to eight different destinations in need around the world for a week of intensive volunteer service. Nearly 500 volunteers have devoted over 100,000 hours to Lifetouch Memory Mission projects in eight different locations.

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About Lifetouch

At Lifetouch, Inc., our purpose is to help families make memories and share them with others. For more than 80 years, Lifetouch has been the professional photography company of choice for schools and families. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN., the enterprise is organized around four primary business units operating in local communities across North America.

Built on the tradition of “Picture Day”, Lifetouch captures smiling faces from preschool through high school graduation, as well as sports, special events, seniors and yearbooks; and also serves customers in JCPenney Portrait Studios and Church communities.

Lifetouch is also proud to be a part of the Shutterfly family of brands.

Panel 1

Volunteers

This years’ volunteers represent 23 states and three Canadian provinces. From Alabama to Washington, volunteers are listed below, alphabetically by state.

From Alabama

Frances R. Finney

Frances R. Finney

Principal

Grantswood Community School
Irondale, AL
Associations: National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. CST

From Arkansas

Donna Moody

Donna Moody

Director

Childcare Network #192
Conway, AR

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 1:00 p.m. CST

From Arizona

Kristi Sandvik

Kristi Sandvik

Superintendent

Buckeye Elementary
School District
Buckeye, AZ
Associations: American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 1:00 p.m. CST

From California

Christian Aponte

Christian Aponte

Territory Manager

Lifetouch
San Diego, CA

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. CST

Janel Wiley

Janel Wiley

Sr. Merchandising Manager

Shutterfly
Sunnyvale, CA

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m. CST

Sarah Lew

Sarah Lew

Yearbook Representative

Lifetouch
Hayward, CA

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. CST

From Canada

Diane Smith

Diane Smith

Tech Support

Lifetouch
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 12:30 p.m. CST

Garry Tink

Garry Tink

Principal

Joane Cardinal-Schubert School
Calgary, Alberta

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 2:00 p.m. CST

John Hamilton

John Hamilton

Principal

Bliss Carman Middle School
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 a.m. CST

From Iowa

Chad Shook

Chad Shook

Elementary Principal

Lawton-Bronson CSD
Salix, IA
Associations: National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. CST

Hoang Bui

Hoang Bui

Secretary and Treasurer

Iowa PTA
Des Moines, IA
Associations: National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. CST

From Illinois 

Dawn Guthrie

Dawn Guthrie

Photographer

Lifetouch
Elmhurst, IL

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. CST

From Louisiana

Rob Fleshman

Rob Fleshman

Sales Professional

Lifetouch
Deridder, LA

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. CST

From Maryland

Esther Parker

Esther Parker

PTA Volunteer

Brockbridge Elementary
Laurel, MD
Associations: National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Glen Messier

Glen Messier

Principal

Mechanicsville Elementary School
Sykesville, MD
Associations: National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 9:30 a.m. CST

From Michigan

Bill Burgess

Bill Burgess

VP of Strategic Sourcing

Learning Care Group, Inc.
Novi, MI

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 11:30 a.m. CST

Eric Cardwell

Eric Cardwell

NAESP President and Elementary School Principal

Besser Elementary
Alpena, MI
Associations: National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. CST

From Minnesota

Amy Klein

Amy Klein

Director of Sales Support and Trip Leader

Lifetouch
Eden Prairie, MN

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m. CST

Donnie Koshiol

Donnie Koshiol

Videographer

River Street Creative
Eden Prairie, MN

Heather Dehn

Heather Dehn

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

Lifetouch
Eden Prairie, MN

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m. CST

Jan Haeg

Jan Haeg

Director of Memory Missions

Lifetouch
Eden Prairie, MN

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Julie Phillips

Julie Phillips

National Learning and Development Specialist

Lifetouch
Eden Prairie, MN

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m. CST

Salad Hilowle

Salad Hilowle

Mail Associate

Lifetouch
Eden Prairie, MN

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 12:30 p.m. CST

From Missouri

Chris Gaines

Chris Gaines

AASA President and Superintendent

Mehlville School District
St. Louis, MO
Associations: American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m. CST

Courtney Houseman

Courtney Houseman

Operations Specialist

Lifetouch
Grandview, MO

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 12:30 p.m. CST

Kim-Marie Graham

Kim-Marie Graham

Board of Education Member

Liberty Public Schools
Liberty, MO
Associations: National School Boards Association (NSBA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. CST

From Mississippi

Todd Boucher

Todd Boucher

Principal

Popp's Ferry Elementary
Biloxi, MS
Associations: National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 11:30 a.m. CST

From North Carolina

Neal Millsaps

Neal Millsaps

Regional Sales Director

Lifetouch
Lewisville, NC

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 12:00 p.m. CST

From New Jersey

Rose Acerra

Rose Acerra

President

New Jersey PTA
Mercerville, NJ
Associations: National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Terri Prudhomme

Terri Prudhomme

District Sales Manager

Lifetouch
Toms River, NJ

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. CST

From New Mexico

Deb Moya

Deb Moya

Assistant Principal

Albuquerque Charter Academy
Albuquerque, NM
Associations: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. CST

From New York

David Hoffman

David Hoffman

Assistant Principal

Greece Central School
Rochester, New York
Associations: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. CST

From South Carolina

Erica Page

Erica Page

Assistant Principal

Pelion High School
Pelion, SC
Associations: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m. CST

Luke Clamp

Luke Clamp

Principal

River Bluff High School
Lexington, SC
Associations: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 8:00 a.m. CST

Tabithia Engle

Tabithia Engle

Staffing & Training Manager

Shutterfly
Fort Mill, SC

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m. CST

From South Dakota 

Dan Leikvold

Dan Leikvold

Superintendent

Lead-Deadwood School
District 40-1
Lead, SD

Facebook Live: Friday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. CST

From Tennessee

Glen Hawkins

Glen Hawkins

Lab Manager

Lifetouch
Chattanooga, TN

From Texas

Carla Windfront

Carla Windfront

NSBA National Black Council Chair

Crosby ISD
Crosby, TX
Associations: National School Boards Association (NSBA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. CST

From Utah

Mary Nielson

Mary Nielson

President

Utah School Board Association
Sandy, UT
Associations: National School Boards Association (NSBA)

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. CST

From Virginia

Gabriela Iturri

Gabriela Iturri

Meetings Coordinator

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Alexandria, VA

Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 23 at 1:30 p.m. CST

Ivelisse Castro

Ivelisse Castro

National Service Representative

National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA)
Alexandria, VA

Facebook Live: Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Panel 2

Schedule and Facebook Live

Nearly 45 educators and Lifetouch employees from across North America will travel to Juncos, Puerto Rico, from January 21 – 28, to offer their assistance to the Colegio Bautista school.  The school is home to 120 students from kindergarten to 9th grade. The rebuilding process is underway at the school and to help with these efforts the Memory Mission team will be rebuilding the school’s sport court and an exterior property wall that protects the school grounds from future hurricanes.

Schedule in Puerto Rico 

Monday, January 21
Team orientation in Atlanta.

Tuesday, January 22
Team arrives in Puerto Rico.

Wednesday, January 23
The first day of the rebuild. The team will help with facility painting, building a sport court and exterior property wall to protect the school grounds.

Thursday, January 24
Picture day! In addition to the rebuilding work, volunteers will take individual portraits and classroom group pictures of the students of Colegio Bautista.

Friday, January 25
The rebuilding efforts continue. 

Saturday, January 26
The team visits homes in Juncos, Puerto Rico to learn more about the lives of the students at Colegio Bautista. Rebuilding efforts also continue. 

Sunday, January 27
Picture delivery day! Volunteers deliver student photos to the families at Colegio Bautista. 

Monday, January 28
Team returns home. 

Facebook Live Schedule 

Each volunteer is scheduled to connect with their community back home via Facebook Live. Volunteers will update their community with rebuilding progress, their experience in Puerto Rico and what they’ve learned so far on the trip. 

Facebook Live schedule for participants in Puerto Rico (download) 

Panel 3

Past Missions

19 years of service

Since 2000, Lifetouch has organized 16, week-long trips, traveling to eight different destinations around the world for a week of intensive volunteer service. 

By the numbers 

  • More than 100,000 volunteer hours 
  • Almost 500 volunteers from 47 states and 5 Canadian provinces
  • Photographed and delivered 5,350 student and family photos
  • Ran 8,075 miles (that’s Chicago to Los Angeles, roundtrip, twice) in three years to raise funds for trips

A look at past trips

2011, 2012, 2014-2018 – Dominican Republic

Joined by educators from around North America, Lifetouch Missions have built two school campuses in Constanza, Dominican Republic. The team built three two-story buildings and a cafeteria, which provides space to learn and grow to more than 400 students.

2010 – Arizona

Volunteers traveled to Navajo Nation to construct a footbridge to connect
two parcels of land divided by a deep ravine so children could get to school safely. The original footbridge had deteriorated so schoolchildren were walking along the nearest highway to get to school.

2007 – Haiti

Volunteers traveled to Haiti to build a school in Fosse Capois. The team helped raise funds and enough money was received to build the Lifetouch Family School. Additional donations received were used for a lunch program and wells for clean water. Since 2000, Lifetouch employee-volunteers have built K-8 schools in twelve Haitian villages.

2006 – New Orleans 

Lifetouch Memory Mission volunteers provided on-site assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The team assisted with clearing debris and rebuilding efforts.

2003, 2004 – Appalachia 

Volunteers spent time in West Virginia (2003) and Tennessee (2004) repairing homes. Many homes were deteriorating and lacked running water, central heating and other basic necessities. Additionally, Lifetouch set up complete portrait studios in community centers, where families gathered to have their portraits taken, most of them for the first time.

2002 – Jamaica 

Lifetouch Memory Mission volunteers traveled to Catadupa, Jamaica for a week to construct a new roof for an early childhood education and care center. The center provides shelter, protection and food for children whose parents worked several hours away.

2000, 2001 – Kosovo

The Lifetouch Memory Mission has taken volunteers twice to help the elderly and widowed rebuild their homes in a village ravaged by war in Kosovo. The volunteers also took portraits of community members to be used for identification cards.

Panel 4

Resources

Press Releases 

Photos from Juncos, Puerto Rico site visit for media use (click image to download)

A covered area provides shade for the students to study and take a break during recess at Colegio Bautista in Juncos, Puerto Rico.
A covered area provides shade for the students to study and take a break during recess at Colegio Bautista in Juncos, Puerto Rico.
Photo credit: Lifetouch
An example of the condition of a classroom after the hurricane.  This building will be torn down.
An example of the condition of a classroom after the hurricane. This building will be torn down.
Photo credit: Lifetouch
Their sport court was destroyed during Hurricane Maria.  During the 2019 Lifetouch Memory Mission volunteers will mix and pour new concrete for a brand new sport court floor to the school.
Their sport court was destroyed during Hurricane Maria. During the 2019 Lifetouch Memory Mission volunteers will mix and pour new concrete for a brand new sport court floor to the school.
Photo credit: Lifetouch

Photos from past missions for media use (click image to download)

Picture Day at Delfin Santos Pinales School in Constanza, Dominican Republic in 2012.
Photo credit: Lifetouch
Photo of the school under construction in the Dominican Republic
Photo of the school under construction in the Dominican Republic in 2017.
Photo credit: Lifetouch
Student in the Dominican Republic receives her school photos.
Student in Costanza, Dominican Republic receives her school photos in 2011.
Photo credit: Lifetouch 
Photo of the final construction of school in Dominican Republic
Photo of the final construction of a school in Rio Grande, Dominican Republic in 2018.
Photo credit: Lifetouch