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.
Dorian serves as president of Hammer and Chisel Inc and is a co-founder. Dorian has worked with young people in churches and non-profits for over 25 years. He has run camps, international trips and is passionate about seeing young people achieve their potential. He speaks powerfully about leadership, transformation and service.
Graham is a passionate teacher who believes in the power and authenticity of building into students through trips. She leads selected trips, pouring leadership and development into the students on the trips. She works as a teacher in Arlington, MA and has exceptional talent and ability to connect, train and teach powerfully.
Lauren is a dynamic educator with a passion for helping those advance their education successes. She loves engaging with students on trips and opening their eyes to their abilities and the opportunities they have in front of them. She works as a Speech and Language Pathologist in Arlington, MA district and is committed to guiding her students towards completing a successful school career and finding the right career path for them.
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 works at Grace Chapel, a nondenominational church headquartered in Lexington MA with over 4000 weekly attendees. As Director of Operations, Peter oversees operations of all 5 campuses, including Technology, Communications, and Administration.
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.
Dorian is President of Hammer and Chisel. He also serves as the Campus Pastor at Faith Community Church in Framingham, MA. Dorian is personally passionate about social justice, reconciliation and the work of and for peace and currently a doctoral candidate for Theological Ethics (Leadership Development). 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.
John is a lifelong entrepreneur, who believes doing the right thing, over the long run, is always the most profitable thing. As a youth with a paper route and caddying at a local golf course, John discovered an appetite for working for himself. Engaging others to work with him began during the summer months through his college years, selling souvenirs at Saratoga Springs horse racetrack in upstate New York. Other entrepreneurial ventures include owning Subway franchises and a Betterliving Sunroom dealership before establishing Esler Companies, Renewal by Andersen’s largest national affiliate in 2004. While leading Esler Companies, John focused attention on structuring the organization around its core value of love, and to be a business in service first to teammates, second to customers, and third to the community. John is especially proud of establishing the company’s philanthropic arm, Window of Giving, which enables team members to give back to those in need within the communities where they live and do business.
Upon retiring from Esler Companies, John and his wife Jeanne established the Esler Family Foundation to support local, national, and global organizations that advance leadership development, entrepreneurism and wellness for youth. Philanthropic pursuits also include Babson College, Worcester State University, The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Strong Minds and Young Life, and EforAll.
John’s passion for entrepreneurship is now channeled to mentoring others as a member of the Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board at Worcester State University, as chair of an effort to bring EforAll to Worcester, MA, and with business students at Babson College, where he earned his MBA.
John and Jeanne have two teenage children and reside in Sutton, MA.
John Little dedicates his life to education, science and preservation of our natural resources. Whether teaching science at the local high school, Vermont Community College, or Vermont Technical College, he believes in challenging students to go further, and learn more than they thought possible. He has been awarded several accolades over the past decades including The Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Vocational-Technical Education (1992), Teacher of the Year in the district (1994), Outstanding Vermont Teacher Award (1995), as well as the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Education (2009). During the early 2000’s, he worked as a Teacher/Facilitator for the Governor’s Institute of Vermont’s Asian Studies Outreach Program. For a half dozen years, he helped prepare select students from Vermont and then traveled with them for three-week trips to China.
In addition to his professional duties, John Little is the president of the Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA). This is a local nonprofit organization which has been monitoring the quality of the local rivers and streams, revegetating stream banks, and connecting local farmers with expertise and volunteer labor to better protect the water quality within the watershed. You can go to the organization’s website for details at www.mrbavt.com. During the early 2000’s, The MRBA spearheaded a ten year effort to get 46 miles of our local rivers designated as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. This culminated in 2014 when the US Congress passed, and the President signed into law, an Act admitting the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers into the National Register of Wild and Scenic Rivers. This designation brings funds for a coordinator to organize and administer the annual appropriation that now comes to our locale. Please check out this group’s work at www.vtwsr.org. In 2015, because of his leadership in obtaining National Wild and Scenic status for the local waterways, John was awarded the FRANK CHURCH WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS AWARD. This is given annually by the River Management Society, and it was the first time it had been awarded to anyone outside the National Park Service.
During his spare time, John can be found at his hillside home in Vermont, skiing, hiking, gardening, cooking or working on firewood. If not, he is likely paddling his canoe somewhere on the rivers of New England or Quebec. He loves to travel, and believes it is imperative for our young folks to be exposed to different cultures across the globe. Understanding between cultures leads to greater problem solving! Today’s youth become tomorrow’s voters and leaders.
To learn more about John check out the Mississqoi River Basin Association website.