Free the Kids Board of Directors announces its select of Frank Irr as the new Executive Director of Free the Kids.
Free the Kids is a nonprofit organization that works to raise funds and awareness for Pwoje Espwa Sud, or “Project Hope,” a 125-acre village and home to 300+ orphaned and vulnerable children in Les Cayes, Haiti. Over 1200 children attend Espwa-sponsored schools.
According to Interim Board Chairman, Neil Dunnavant, “Frank’s leadership was a catalyst for quickly mobilizing food aid to Espwa village and the surrounding community, and to beginning repairs within days after Hurricane Matthew destroyed much of the village.”
The category 4 storm directly hit southwestern Haiti in early October 2016 causing major damage to homes, schools and crops in southwestern Haiti. Pwoje Espwa is a staple in the community, employing nearly 300. The organization is providing assistance to the local community where no government assistance is offered.
Frank Irr served as chairman of the Free the Kids board from February to October 2016. He joined the board in February 2014. Prior to joining the board, Frank traveled frequently to Espwa to help build and train the Haitian administration staff.
Frank is a founder and senior partner with AIM Consulting Associates. Before forming his company he served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master’s degree in telecommunication systems management. Frank first met Father Marc Boisvert, founder of Free the Kids when they were stationed together in Kodiak, AK.
Frank and his wife Kathy live in Norwich, CT. They have two grown sons. Frank is a native of Yuma, AZ.