The CARE Project Staff

Johnnie Sexton, Founder and Executive Director

Johnnie Sexton, Doctor of Audiology, has worked with children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing for 33 years as a teacher, speech therapist and audiologist. In recent years, he has devoted his time and energy to redefining counseling for families who have children and adults experiencing challenges with hearing and professionals who serve them. He owns and operates a private practice specializing in educational audiology services.



Xris Kessler, Media Director

Xris Kessler was educated at the Art Academy University of San Francisco and has been the creative force behind the development of The CARE Project components. He is well-known for his beautiful paintings and sculptures. He is responsible for the following

  • Videography
  • Film editing
  • Creating the original music score
  • Designing all packaging
  • Overseeing the production aspects
  • Original art design

Jorge Ceja, Hispanic Liaisonjorge photo

Jorge Ceja is a Behavior therapist at A Small Miracle Raleigh. He has obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from California University of Channel Islands. Jorge has worked with children and adults along the autism spectrum and also has experience with other disorders/disabilities. Jorge will be the Hispanic Liaison for The CARE Project.






John DiDonato, Technology Specialist

Together with his wife, Cathleen, and two year old son, John Thomas, the DiDonato family’s first experience with The CARE Project was participating in the 2013 family retreat at Bald Head Island. John assists The CARE Project in all technological aspects, specifically developing the foundation’s website.