Nora Tobin

Executive Director (US)

joined Self-Help as Executive Director in January 2014 after earning a Master’s in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Originally from Clive, Iowa, she earned a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University and is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, and a member of the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. Nora’s previous work focused on food security and youth development with the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, promoting public health and community development at the Office for Institutional HIV Prevention in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and administering international exchange programs between universities in the USA and Africa in Washington, DC.  Nora served as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Dublin, Ireland, where her research focused on the impact of tourism on economic development in post-conflict areas. She is a member of the Cedar Valley New Generations Rotary Club and volunteers as a coach and judge for the Iowa State Bar Association’s Mock Trial program.


Susan Cornforth

Administrative Assistant (US)

joined Self-Help in 2015. She recently completed her MA in International Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and worked as a volunteer for a year in Bolivia in 2014. A seasoned national and international traveler, she understands that the needs are great and that the work is important, and she is delighted to join SHI staff and volunteers fighting hunger. In her free time, Susan volunteers for local hunger organizations and as a youth leader for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. She is a voracious reader who enjoys spending time with family, and she sings in a local rock’n roll cover band just for fun!


Jacqueline Steinkamp

Development Director (US)

After serving as a communications and policy intern for Self-Help International in Nicaragua in the summer of 2016, Jackie joined Self-Help’s US operations and now serves as the Director of Development. Originally from Warwick, Rhode Island, Jackie moved to Virginia to pursue her education where she received a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Politics & Affairs from George Mason University, with minors in Spanish and Non-Profit Management, and began working toward a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Having volunteered at several nonprofits, she enjoys learning about how the public, private, and voluntary sectors can work together to help others through sustainable practices. During her fellowship at the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), she learned her passion was in international development, and further became particularly passionate about empowering women during her time working with Self-Help Nicaragua. When she’s not working, Jackie enjoys giving back locally through the Cedar Valley Rotary Club.




Jorge Campos

Country Director (Nicaragua)


Lucia Vega Galeano

Program Operations Manager (Nicaragua)


Yolanda Fletes

Micro-Credit Program (Nicaragua)


Orlando Montiel Salas

Clean Water Program (Nicaragua)


Alfredo Aleman

QPM Agriculture Program (Nicaragua)


Mario Barberena

QPM Agriculture Program (Nicaragua)




Benjamin Kusi

Country Director (Ghana)


Victoria Yamson

Program Manager (Ghana)


Elizabeth Adu-Opoku

Micro-credit Program Officer (Ghana)


Nancy Ansah

QPM School Feeding Assistant Program Officer (Ghana)


Jesse Jackson Sarkodie

QPM School Feeding Program Officer (Ghana)


Dominic Boakye

Young Adult Training Center (Ghana)


Benjamin Antwi

Young Adult Training Center (Ghana)