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Our Staff


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.

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Sandi Suni

Accounting (part-time)

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.


Daniel Baumcratz

Research and Marketing Assistant (Intern)

Daniel is currently completing his Master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh's GSPIA program, with a concentration in Human Security and a minor in Security and Intelligence Studies. He has chosen Building New Hope as the organization to complete his internship with and is fully dedicated to assisting with any task that is thrown his way. Daniel comes from a small farm town about two hours north of Pittsburgh, and got his Bachelor's degree from the nearby Clarion University. 



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.



Karla Vanessa

"Escuelita Yo Puedo"

Is a native of Granada, joined Escuelita Yo Puedo in 2007 as part-time teacher. In 2010 started working full time  Karla, who holds a degree in primary education, is proud of changes that the teachers have made over the years to improve their ability to meet each student’s learning needs. She believes that adults also need to learn from children who teach us how to live and to enjoy life’s every moment.


Norma de los Ángeles

"Escuelita Yo Puedo"

Joined Escuelita Yo Puedo in May of 2017. Norma holds a degree in psychology from Universidad Centroamericana. She teaches to first, second and third grade during the morning. She previously worked at the National Education and Human Rights Forum and volunteered for children and adolescents.  Her greatest motivation at Escuelita Yo Puedo, is to work directly with the children, who are the present and future of the nation, transmitting values and knowledge.


Mabel Carolina

 "Escuelita Yo Puedo"

Born in Managua, Mabel holds a degree from Normal María Massarrello School.    The objective in our after school is to carry out complementary activities to the school activity, to support, complement, deepen the knowledge that children bring from the classroom. Together with the support of the kids parents and our daily work, the students learns to be responsible for their own educational progress.



Luis Armando

Interim Head Teacher "Quinta Los Chavalos" 

Luis has been an educator with Building New Hope for fifteen years; he has been nurturing children and adolescents for nearly twenty years! Before joining BNH, he has worked with child street vendors and youth struggling to overcome drug addiction.  He currently tutors students in second through sixth grades. He is grateful for the opportunities and support that BNH has provided him

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