People at Planet Aid
Board of Directors
Dinorah Vences is Planet Aid’s Human Resources Generalist. She assists with the daily functions of the human resources department and provides support to Planet Aid’s current and future employees through recruitment activities, benefits coordination, and interpreting company policies. She also helps Planet Aid local offices implement employee engagement activities.
Dinorah joined Planet Aid in 2016 and has been key to helping develop the human resources department since March 2018. She enjoys working with employees in an organization that fuels worldwide environmental and developmental progress.
“The employees at Planet Aid are dedicated and compassionate about their efforts to make this world better for the less fortunate,” she said. “Because of this, I am constantly growing and developing personally and professionally.”
Robert Gray is a public health specialist who works with Planet Aid's Partnership Office. As a member of this team, he spends the bulk of his time collaborating with other organizations in the global Humana People to People network—mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia—to conceptualize new development projects and secure funding to expand programs in health.
Robert has been working in global public health for more than 20 years, during which time he has been based in multiple countries including China, Uzbekistan, Laos, and Myanmar. During his impressive career, he has helped design, implement, and evaluate projects that prevent and treat malnutrition and diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and more among some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
“Local NGOs in the Humana People to People global network are already doing some incredible work in public health,” Robert remarked. “For example, in countries including Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, DRC, and many more, these programs are helping extend life-saving HIV treatment to those who need it most. It is an honor to work with the local HPP members and play a small role in helping design and secure funding for projects that save lives.”
Chris Larock is the Donation Center Manager of the Planet Aid Donation Center in Rhode Island. He is in charge of the day-to-day operations at the center, scheduling curbside pickups, and working with the local community to host charity and donation events.
Chris has been with Planet Aid since April 2016. His previous experience includes serving six years in the United States Army. He enjoys working directly with the local community and appreciates the bond his team shares.
“Other than serving six years in the Army, working for Planet Aid is the best job I’ve ever had. I don’t consider the people I work with co-workers—I consider them family. Keith Gregory is a boss you can always count on and is always there to help,” he said. “When I got out of the Army, it was hard for me to find a job, but Planet Aid welcomed me with open arms and, for that, I’m truly grateful. It’s always a great feeling when someone is donating items and they greet you by name and thank you for everything you and Planet Aid has done for the community.”
Roger Durst has been with Planet Aid’s office in Western Pennsylvania for over nine years. He started as a driver and was then promoted to Territory Manager. Roger’s primary responsibilities include working with the community to find sites to place our yellow donation bins, maintaining existing sites, providing excellent customer service to site hosts, and addressing any issues that may arise such as overflow and dumping at the bins.
The consummate team player, Roger also contributes by running routes if drivers are busy and painting bins. What Roger enjoys most about his job is Planet Aid’s mission. “I love what we’re doing to help others,” he said.