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.
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.
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 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.