Shana Falb is the President of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of Puentes de Esperanza. She holds a Masters in International Affairs/Sustainable Development and has been coordinating volunteers, projects, and community involvement in Jiquilillo since 2011.
Nathan Yue has lived and worked in Nicaragua since 1998, with 16+ years in Jiquilillo. He runs Rancho Esperanza, the hostel operating as a social enterprise in Jiquilillo, where the programs began. He is a founder of the Board of Directors and a present and guiding force of Puentes de Esperanza.
Maynin Somarriba is from El Viejo and has been visiting family in Jiquilillo since she was a little girl. She holds a university degree in Youth, Citizenship, and Community Development. From the age of 12, she has been leading youth groups, and has five years of experience working with a Nicaraguan organization in sectors involving children, adolescents, and youth. Maynin has been heading our youth education programs since June 2016.
Nate and Shana are supported by our other Board Members:
- Marissa Ambrosi (treasurer)
- Richard Hallows (secretary)
- Jess Curto
- Meg Ervais
The ongoing success of our projects has been achieved through the work of many more talented, inspirational, and just plain hard-working people over the years.
This website was also a team effort and we’d like to thank the following for their help:
- Adrienne, Alkis, and Nick Hum for their help designing our identity.
- Kevin “Popito” Gallagher, Méleen, and Oriana for digging out and allowing us to use their photographs.