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Small Acts Big Change
PO Box 1374
La Canada, CA 91011

Our Team

All board members of Small Acts Big Change including the board of directors are volunteers and do not receive compensation in any manner for their contributions to the organization.


Executive Director

Carolyn was raised in Michigan by traditional parents who taught her the value of education. From a young age, Carolyn understood the value of helping others by making philanthropy a key part of everyday life. Carolyn holds a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Anderson School at the University California, Los Angeles. Carolyn’s commitment to serving Small Acts Big Change is enriched by her broad corporate background and her decades of experience in many capacities working with a multitude of charitable organizations. Reading, traveling, philanthropy, and spending time with her family is what Carolyn enjoys most. She lives in La Canada, California with her husband and two daughters. She is a founding member of Small Acts Big Change and spearheads our projects that help the environment.


Vice President

Lauren is 15 years old. She is a founding member of Small Acts Big Change and heads up our charitable projects that help people. Lauren has volunteered for a variety of charitable organizations since she was quite young including the Ronald McDonald House, World Wildlife Fund, Happy Strays, and the Pasadena Humane Society. Lauren is a member of National Charity League, as well as the recipient of the Presidential Service Award. Close to Lauren’s heart are causes that help children.  She enjoys figure skating, rock climbing, indoor sky diving, and surfing.


Vice President/Philanthropy

Gracie is ten years old and founded Small Acts Big Change at the age of seven.  She spearheads our charitable projects that help animals and is the creator of our 9 Small Acts of Kindness campaign.  Gracie is extremely passionate about philanthropy and has been an active volunteer for a variety of charitable organizations since she was one year old including the World Wildlife Foundation, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Happy Strays, and the Pasadena Humane Society.  Gracie is a wildlife ranger for the Wildlife Waystation, Spirit Council representative and is an official animal hugger for The Gentle Barn.   She often makes presentations to groups of children on ways they can help change the world. She is the recipient of the Kohl's Cares Award, Presidential Service Award, and Young Hero Award.  Gracie enjoys singing, acting, musical theatre, horseback riding, indoor skydiving, and reading.



Beth is a senior staff member at Upper Sandusky Middle School in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. In this role, she teaches language arts, health, and coordinates service learning projects. Throughout her 29-year career, Beth has been active in the community as a volunteer for the local board of developmental disabilities; charitable fundraising for various national, state, and local agencies, including the Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, and the American Red Cross; the local food pantry; and the Life Meals Program. Beth has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Ohio News Network for outstanding community and educational contributions and local teacher of the year honors several times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Michigan State University. She lives in Upper Sandusky, Ohio with her husband and their three children. Beth’s teaching and volunteer experience lends itself well to coordinating and organizing our groups of volunteers.


Dr. Dundee

Dr. Dundee is employed at the Towers Watson Corporation as a Division Leader. He is a noted lecturer and has spoken on social prosperity, public policy, and poverty issues throughout the world. Dr. Dundee holds multiple degrees including a bachelor's in business from Loyola; a bachelor's in science from the USF; a master's of international relations from the USD; a master's of international management from Schiller University (Germany); a law degree and LL.M in taxation from USD’s School of Law; an LL.M from the University of Leicester (England); an LL.F in leadership law from Harvard Law School; a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University; and post-doctorate credentials from the Wharton Business School and MIT. Throughout his career, Mark is the recipient of numerous community service and business awards.