What We're Made Of
We are a company staffed by passionate individuals who seek to connect with other passionate people as we work and serve those affected by the discrimination, poverty and heartache of our world. While the reasons for these problems are, many there is only one real solution – for every one of us to get involved; for each of us to bring our gifts, talents, skills and abilities to bear to improve all our lives. It is even better when we take these innate or learned abilities within us and infuse them with the passionate desires of our hearts. This is what Hammer and Chisel is about, why we work and what we invite you to be a part of, whether in service or giving.
Peter Le Roux
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Le Roux serves as Chief Executive since 2013 and is a co-founder with Dorian Botsis. He is a passionate school teacher with over 25 years’ experience in camping, international trips, biology and school administration. His passion for teaching is only outweighed by his passion for young people. He is equally at home speaking to a single student about their future as he is speaking in front of thousands about the beauty and importance of teaching.
Chief Operations Officer
Dorian serves as the Chief Operations Officer of Hammer and Chisel International and is the co-founder along with Peter Le Roux. Dorian has worked with young people in churches and non-profits for over 20 years. He has run camps and international trips and is passionate about seeing young people achieve their God given potential. He speaks powerfully about leadership, transformation and service.
Riaan Van Niekerk
Lauren-Jayne Van Niekerk
Peter Holscher has worked in the hotel and conference hospitality field throughout much of his career managing event, restaurant, lounge, banquet and sales teams. He has been a sort after consultant specializing in hotel and café startups from Boston, MA to the Caribbean. He is also a regional speaker on the topics of Creating Welcoming Spaces, How to Launch a Successful Facility Rental Business and Café Startups 101.
Currently, Peter is employed by Grace Chapel, a nondenominational church headquartered in Lexington MA with over 4000 weekly attendees. As Director of Campus Operations, Peter oversees the Crossroads Café, offers support to all ministries and special campus construction projects, collaborates with the Facilities Team, handles all event rentals and contracts as well as manages the look & feel of all buildings across all campuses.
Brianna has been teaching biology and English for seven years in Texas, New Hampshire, and currently, Washington. She is committed to helping students acquire a love of learning and achieve success. She advises an extracurricular robotics team and helps lead summer trips for high school students to different countries. Having travelled to more than ten different countries, she appreciates the importance of high school students developing a worldview that includes an understanding of the global community and the needs of others outside of the United States. To learn more about Brianna check out her teaching website.
John is an adjunct professor at Vermont Technical College and Community College of Vermont. He regularly facilitates trips to China and is a ski instructor. In his spare time he serves as President of the Mississqoi River Basin Association. His ability to serve others and his commitment to education are obvious. He recently received the prestigious Vermont Governors Award for environmental excellence. To learn more about John check out the Mississqoi River Basin Association website.
Peter Le Roux – M.Sc. (Marine); Higher Diploma in Education
Peter is a high school teacher in South Africa at Elkanah House where he is the Head of Biology and Social Outreach. The social outreach arm of the school was started by Mr. Le Roux in 2009 and is now putting more than 80 children a week into service and uses a senior student volunteer team of over thirty. He regularly runs interactive camps for students so that they can experience the environment in a hands on fashion. He is committed to seeing people of all ages and backgrounds grow in learning and service. He is a gifted communicator and passionate about introducing all people to the beauty and diversity of our natural world. To learn more about Pete check out his school website.
Reverend Dorian Botsis – MTh (Systematic Theology)
Dorian is the Pastor of Spiritual Growth at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, MA. Dorian is personally passionate about social justice, reconciliation and the work of and for peace. He speaks regularly at churches and schools on a variety of subjects, especially the need for people to engage in helping others. To learn more about Dorian check out his church website.