María Soledad Cabezas
Soledad brings a wealth of experience working with businesses and nonprofits, including several Pittsburgh-area NGOs. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. A native of Ecuador, Soledad is our first multilingual director, a quality that is increasingly important for our work in Central America and the United States.
Sandi has been involved with Building New Hope for over 13 years, first packing coffee, then packing off two kids as BNH volunteers in Granada. Their experiences highlighted BNH’s important role in Nicaragua. After 21 years as a homemaker and homeschooling mom, she started with BNH in 2011. Sandi was deeply moved visiting the schools and projects in Granada; hope was truly being built through BNH’s partnerships. Sandi served as Interim Director from April – December 2014 and currently serves as accountant for BNH. Sandi has a BS in Accounting from Valparaiso University.
Head Teacher "Quinta Los Chavalos"
Mario earned a Masters degree in Primary Education in 1980. He has worked with BNH for 15 years and is the lead teacher at Quinta Los Chavalos. Before that, he worked in public and private schools in rural and urban Nicaragua. Mario believes that education is the most important vocation one can have because teachers carry the responsibility of turning children and teenagers into thinking citizens of both Nicaragua and world.
Head Teacher "Escuelita Yo Puedo"
Ivañía joined Escuelita Yo Puedo staff in 2008 after earning a degree in education. She currently serves as the program’s lead teacher. Ivañía loves her work; her greatest satisfaction comes from seeing students achieve academic success. She also loves music and her four daughters.