Learn more about our staff below, or learn about our founding story.
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.
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
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.
Ruka is in charge of Create Change’s Rural Community Development department and has mentored over 5,000 youth in career guidance, business development and leadership. She holds a degree in Integrated Development Studies from University for Development Studies and has worked with organizations like ACDI/VOCA – Zambia, CAMFED and Northern Girl Initiative (NGI). Ruka participated in the maiden edition of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Fellowship, 2014. She is the National Chairperson for Camfed Alumni, Ghana.
Yvonne is currently the Girls Education Officer at Create Change. She is an advocate for education who has for the past three years worked to create opportunities where young people can thrive. She holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ghana, an Alumni of Teach for Ghana and an Alumni of Global Girls Education Fellowship.
Abdulai A. Bohimdimbanda, Create Change’s cafe and bakery manager is a caterer by training and holds a Higher National Diploma in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management from the Tamale Technical University. He has worked in the hospitality industry in different capacities for over ten years. Before joining Create Change Alfred was teaching for the Ghana Education Service. He has worked for World Vision, USAID, Electoral Commission of Ghana, Bonvi Ghana and VectorLink.
Abdul Ganiu is in charge of Create Change's culinary and bakery training programs. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management from Tamale Technical University where he finished first in his class and has experience of working in the catering industry within Tamale. Ganiu’s passion is to see people excel through technical skills and his focus is to ensure that every student leaves Create Change ready to lead and also to promote the value of technical and vocational career pathways.
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.
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.
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.