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Our Team


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Our Team


 
 
 
 

OUR TEAM


 

Learn more about our staff below, or learn about 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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TAMISHA PARRIS
YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Tamisha has dedicated her life to inspiring others to reach their highest potential. With a background in philanthropy, youth engagement, business strategy, program design & coordination, and project management, Tamisha brings a unique mix of skill and expertise to the youth program. Her heart’s desire has always been to find ways in which those of us whom have the means use them to help those that have the potential, desire and will but lack the opportunity.

 

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.

 
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Our Team in Ghana


Our Team in Ghana


 

EUNICE AKPEERE
COUNTRY DIRECTOR

Having grown up in Tamale, Ghana, Eunice is very familiar with the challenges that children, especially girls in rural communities, face when it comes to access to relevant quality education. With over seven years’ experience working with and managing Create Change’s Girls’ Education program, as well as a Masters degree in NGO Management, Eunice has developed the relationships, experience and knowledge to lead our operations in Ghana. 

ZAKARIA SHAIBU
HEAD OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Zak is the Finance and Administration Director for Create Change in Ghana, and is in charge of ensuring every donor dollar is spent efficiently and correctly. His passion has always been for his work in finance to help people climb out of poverty and he has a strong track record of assisting organizations stand out among their peers in the area of fund management.  

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HUZEIMA MAHAMADU
PROGRAM COORDINATOR

As a former sponsored student of Create Change who was able to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Human Settlement Planning, Huzeima understands the importance of Create Change’s programs.  She is now responsible for overseeing the implementation of both theGirls’ Education and Rural Education projects.  Huzeima is excited about the opportunity lead girls’ empowerment programs, and is passionate about seeing the girls she works with develop into leaders.   

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KAILAN ABDULAI MOHAMMED
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Kailan is a native of Tamale, who holds Higher National diploma in Accounting at the Tamale Polytechnic and a level 5 management Consultancy Certificate. He is very passionate about entrepreneurship and business development and have volunteered as a Management Consultant with SME and with Challenge Worldwide and International Service. Kailan is passionate about skills training and employment and working towards self-sufficiency and economic growth.

MARY DRAMANI
ASSISTANT FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (PROGRAMS)

Mary has worked with Create Change for many years, initially as an intern with the Girls’ Education program.  She now holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and plays an important role bridging the gap between the Girls' Education program and finance department, ensuring girls receive support when discussing tough topics like financial aid.  

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GLADYS SHAIBU
ASSISTANT FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (SOCIAL ENTERPRISE)

Gladys is one of the participants from Create Change's “For our Daughters” Vancouver Speaking tour in 2011.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance from the University for Development Studies and is now overseeing the financial management Create Change's Social Enterprises.  Once a sponsored student herself, Gladys has a passion to help girls get to be educated like her.

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BEATRICE DIDONGO
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MARKETING OFFICER

Beatrice is a former sponsored student, who had the chance to travel to Canada in 2011 as part of Create Change's 'For Our Daughters' speaking tour.  Beatrice plays a key role in the set up of Create Change's girls' training schools, and planning out their marketing strategies.  Having grown up in poverty herself, Beatrice understands the importance of providing girls with both education and skills training to help them escape the cycle of poverty.

 

MEET OUR GHANA YOUTH TEAM 

 Meet the inspiring young women who are leading Create Change’s programs in Ghana, empowering rural communities and girls living in poverty to help themselves, their families and communities to climb out of extreme poverty.