US TEAM

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Nora Tobin

Executive Director (US)

Nora 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.

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Susan Cornforth

Administrative Assistant (US)

Susan 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!

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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.

 

NICARAGUA TEAM

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Jorge Campos

Country Director (Nicaragua)

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Lucia Vega Galeano

Program Operations Manager (Nicaragua)

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Yolanda Fletes

Micro-Credit Program (Nicaragua)

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Orlando Montiel Salas

Clean Water Program (Nicaragua)

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Alfredo Aleman

QPM Agriculture Program (Nicaragua)

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Mario Barberena

QPM Agriculture Program (Nicaragua)

 

GHANA TEAM

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Benjamin Kusi

Country Director (Ghana)

Benjamin joined the SHI team in 1998 to develop his engineering skills after receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, and has continued to take on greater leadership positions within the organization ever since. Benjamin earned a Masters’ degree in Human Resource Development from University of Cape Coast, focusing on the support of humanity through provision of services to the poor and marginalized. Helping the disadvantaged has always been of upmost importance to Benjamin, and he finds his work at SHI to be very fulfilling in regard to service. He is also an active member of the United Methodist Church of Ghana and enjoys daydreaming and watching movies in his free time.

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Victoria Yamson

Program Manager (Ghana)

Victoria earned her Bachelor’s at the University of Cape Coast and is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Development and Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. Victoria is driven to help women through all forms of empowerment, and believes that through empowerment of women and girls, the mission of SHI can be fulfilled. She has worked closely with the micro-credit program since 2008, and helped develop and launch the teen girls clubs in September 2016. Victoria was awarded the Merry Fredrick Leadership Award in August 2017 for her dedication to the mission of Self-Help International. In her free time, Victoria enjoys dancing and laughing.

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Elizabeth Adu-Opoku

Micro-credit Program Officer (Ghana)

Extending help to people who need it most is where Elizabeth finds fulfillment. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Agribusiness Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, Lizzie has been able to assist SHI in its mission of alleviating hunger by helping people help themselves in rural Ghana. Her favorite past time is reading.

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Jesse Jackson Sarkodie

QPM School Feeding Program Officer (Ghana)

With a passion for nutrition, Jesse has found an ideal position for himself as Self-Help International’s nutrition officer with the school feeding program. Not only is he able to share his vast knowledge of nutrition with communities, but he’s also able to serve others, which of great importance to him. Jesse is a graduate of the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana with an emphasis in nutrition. He is a member of many organizations including the Ghana Nutrition Association and PENSA (Pentecost Students Association). In his free time, Jesse enjoys researching and reading.

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Nancy Ansah

QPM School Feeding Assistant Program Officer (Ghana)

Nancy joined the Self-Help International QPM team in 2014 after completing a diploma, and is continuing to work toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from Presbyterian University College. Nancy has found her work at Self-Help International to be a great fit with her passions for helping to feed young children and improving the lives of teens. Outside of work, Nancy is involved in Plant A Smile Foundation, Agriculture Students Union, and Methodist Youth Fellowship. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son, Kofi.

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Dominic Boakye

Young Adult Training Center (Ghana)

Dominic loves working with agriculture and teaching new practices to improve the lives of farmers in rural Ghana. He enjoys football and listening to the games while he works in the fields and test plots. Dominic is never found without a smile and his radio!

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Benjamin Antwi

Young Adult Training Center (Ghana)