Nora Tobin

Executive Director (US)

moved back to Iowa to serve as Self-Help’s Executive Director in 2013. Originally from Clive, Iowa, she earned a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University and is a recipient of the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award as well as a member of the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. While at Iowa State, Nora pursued her interests in the field of international development by completing internships focusing on food security 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 by leading student groups on service trips to Uganda and Honduras. Nora spent worked in the field of international education, administering exchange programs between universities in the USA and Africa through International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) before continuing her own education abroad as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Nora earned a Master’s in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin where she focused on the impact of tourism on economic development in post-conflict areas. Nora is a member of the Cedar Falls 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 non-profits, 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)


Paul Simon Anane

Young Adult Training Center Manager (Ghana)


Dominic Boakye

Young Adult Training Center (Ghana)


Benjamin Antwi

Young Adult Training Center (Ghana)