Michelle's passion and dedication to humanitarian work began in 2004 when she was introduced to Airline Ambassadors and realized that she could use her travel benefits as an American Airlines' flight attendant to participate in relief efforts around the globe.
Having been adopted at the age of three after having been in numerous foster homes, Michelle vowed to be a voice for children, especially orphans in impoverished areas.
Michelle's experience includes disaster relief travel to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Haiti and New Orleans and humanitarian work in Mexico and Kenya. In 2005, she traveled with Patch Adams to Sri Lanka, after the devastating tsunami, delivering aid to and visiting refugee camps and hospitals. In 2006, Michelle's role as a Mission Coordinator with Airline Ambassadors allowed her to lead a team of volunteers to Kenya, where they installed a playground, set up a feeding program, delivered supplies and painted the Caroline Wambui Mungai Home.
In addition to relief travel, Michelle has used her fundraising and event planning skills to benefit the causes she loves. In 2007, Michelle was the coordinator for "Celebrate Hope," a fundraiser benefiting children in Ambo, Ethiopia. In 2008 Michelle was the coordinator of the Starlight Foundation "Winter Wonderland" event, a spectacular holiday event for terminally ill children based in the United States. She has also been a "top fundraiser" for Dignity U Wear, which provides new clothing to families and children in need around the United States. Michelle has also volunteered to assist at a number of events at The United Nations, including the Millennium Development Goals Awards with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
In 2012 Michelle journeyed back to Kenya. While in the rural villages, she saw their desperate situation and how most of these smaller villages in rural areas do not receive much assistance or aid. Michelle made it her mission to do something for them, but something sustainable. The Pillowcase project came about when she had heard of pillowcase dresses. That is when she had her "aha" moment and thought of how she could make this a sustainable project in the villages. She is passionate about empowering women and the education of children.
Kirstin was invited to become the executive director of The Pillowcase Project in 2014 and brings years of experience in fundraising, organizing humanitarian missions, and a passion for helping others. Kirstin has been in the airline industry for 16 years starting as a flight attendant and now as a flight service manager for American Airlines. In 1999, Kirstin became a member of Airline Ambassadors International, an organization which provides opportunities for flight crews to use their travel benefits to volunteer on humanitarian mission trips. At AAI, Kirstin traveled all over the world with volunteer groups, hand delivering aid to orphanages, hospitals, and communities in need. For the last 12 years she has acted as a medical escort for AAI, traveling with children coming to the US for medical care that their families cannot afford or is not available in their home countries. In 2005 she became a mission coordinator and led multiple missions to orphanages in the Ukraine. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Kirstin organized fund raisers and for 6 years led regular volunteer trips working with the Saint Bernard Project, a non-profit organization that uses volunteer labor to rebuild some of the most devastated communities in Louisiana.
Kirstin met TPP founder, Michelle Campbell, while working together on an event for the Starlight Foundation. When Michelle announced her trip to Kenya, she jumped on board.
“Watching Michelle’s vision for this project unfold has been exciting. Participating in the first trip to Kenya and witnessing the impact that this organization has already had is humbling. I am so blessed to be a part of an organization so filled with love and with a goal of providing direct, sustainable results to communities in need.”
Kirstin holds a degree in Health Science and Community Health Education and is a nationally licensed massage therapist. She currently lives and works in Dallas, TX but travels as often as possible!
With over 16 years of experience in non-profit management, including as an executive director and board member, Genelle possesses a wealth of knowledge andskills in the areas of board development, communications coaching, public relations, strategic planning, developing strategic partnerships, and more. Genelle’s career highlights include helping launch the National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities in 2005, co-authoring “Best Practices for Mentoring Youth withDisabilities,” and traveling throughout the United States presenting on issues related to mentoring, youth development, and transition.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ElderSource, which provides services for older adults within 7 Florida counties. She also serves as the National Center Director for Partners for Youth with Disabilities, where she trains organizations to expand engagement and inclusion of youth with disabilities. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Educational Psychology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard University. Genelle was chosen as one of the Top 20 “Women of Influence” in 2011 and “40 Under 40” in 2012 by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
She lives in Orange Park, Florida with her husband, a math and science teacher, and their two young daughters. In her free time, Genelle enjoys hosting gatherings in her home for friends and extended family, family weekends away at the beach and Disney World, and activities in their neighborhood, like watching her oldest daughter play soccer. Other interests include musical theater, finding treasures in antique stores, and following politics.
Executive Board Member
Jessica Doyle joins The Pillowcase Project Board with over 10 years of experience in education. She has taught grades second through fifth and uses hands-on lessons to engage students of all abilities and backgrounds. She has taught primarily in areas of significant need, including environments with primarily students from low-income backgrounds. Her love of teaching about environmental friendliness has earned her much recognition, including Duval County Schools Green Champion 2012 and 2013, Environmental Champion for the city of Jacksonville in 2013, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful award winner for her previous school Ruth N. Upson, and top three Green Schools finalist in the state of Florida 2013, Lead Teacher of the Month and Lead Teacher of the Year. She is currently teaching ESL adult education classes. She loves getting the opportunity to work with students from all over the world.
Her experience in international humanitarian work includes leading a project with her fourth grade students after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Her students collected 36 boxes of aid as well as the money to ship the aid and donate to an orphanage. Jessica spent her spring break that year in Haiti teaching English to the children in the Orphanage.
Jessica has also worked to serve the community in which she resides. She spent three years on the Riverside Relay for Life committee, as survivor chair, co-chairman, and chairman, working with others dedicated to the American Cancer Society.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
She lives outside of Detroit, Michigan with her husband Scott and her two dogs, Hendrix and Coco. In her free time enjoys reading, being outside, tennis, and coffee.
Executive Board Member
Alejandra Pikulski joined The Pillowcase Project’s Boards of Director on January 2015. Even though Alejandra had a rewarding career in the banking industry for over 10 years, her passion has always been fashion, especially the skill of sewing. Therefore, when the opportunity became available, Alejandra pursued her dream and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from The Art Institute of Jacksonville.
Alejandra believes women should be economically empowered to improve their lives and the lives of the people they love. Education and learning a skill is the key to earning an honorable living. Therefore, when Alejandra learned about The Pillowcase Project, she immediately became involved with the organization. The Pillowcase Project represents both of Alejandra’s passions – sewing and empowering women.
Currently Alejandra serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for ElderSource Institute, where she trains professionals and individuals on several evidence-based programs for falls prevention and caregiving. Additionally, Alejandra has been developing a fashion brand – Allie & Orietta, with the purpose to set aside a percentage of the sales to build a scholarship for single mothers who want to continue their higher education.
In her free time, Alejandra enjoys going to the beach with her husband and daughter. Alejandra also enjoys sewing, designing, photography, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Eunice Adhiambo Ochieng
Director of The Pillowcase Project Team, Kenya
Eunice Adhiambo Ochieng is the leader of the Pillowcase Project in Kenya.
Eunice is a seamstress and has devoted her time to training other women in her village to sew and to create clothing for the children in the village who are in dire need of clothing and assistance. Eunice has been able to register TPP as a nonprofit organization that is recognized by the country of Kenya. She regularly visits schools and communities to identify children and widows in need and has created a system to not only provide them with pillowcase dresses but also other support they need.
Eunice’s dedication to this project has contributed directly to its success and has turned it into a very positive movement in her village of Anjech. She and her husband, Pastor George, host women and children regularly and have set many goals for the improvement of their village through the Pillowcase Project. Eunice stays very busy sewing, assisting with the church and caring for her 4 children. She and Pastor George are truly the leaders in their community and have become “parents” to all they assist.