OUR TEAM


 

Learn more about our staff below, or learn about our board of directors and our founding story.

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SHANNEN O'BRIAN
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For the majority of her adult life, Shannen has been working to solve gender inequality, specifically in Ghana’s northern region.  Upon seeing the corruption, inefficiency, and lack of participation of people living in poverty in development, she decided to start a charity dedicated to transparency that would include the views of young marginalized women in its program design. Based on this mandate, Create Change was founded in 2008.  Read more of Shannen and Create Change’s founding story here.

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JESSE CATHCART
PROJECT MANAGER

With a passion for design and a diverse background working with government, in the construction sector, and as a policy analyst for non-profits, Jesse Cathcart assists in turning programs and enterprise concepts into reality.  Jesse has an aptitude for designing systems that ensure the smooth implementation of programs and enterprises based on his extensive experience working with our team in Ghana

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JODY KENNET
YOUTH PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Jody is a business and women's leadership coach with a passion for educating and empowering youth. She came to Create Change for the rewards from offering our local youth the opportunity to enhance their academic education with world marketing and leadership skills as well as the global impact of helping all girls get access to education.

AMY JOHNSTON
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Amy is an East Coast girl living on the West Coast. Once a primary/junior teacher, she now specializes in digital marketing. Her passion for girls’ education and social media shines through in her dedication to getting our projects heard and trending online. She enjoys travelling, photography and long walks on the beach. 

 

MEET OUR YOUTH TEAM IN CANADA

Meet the inspiring young women who are taking a lead role in Create Change’s operations,
empowering youth in their community and girls living in poverty to become change-makers as they are.