SOL Staff

Annie has worked for the last 21 years in various capacities with Seeds of Learning. She began as a work group volunteer in 1994, and later returned to work as an intern during a semester abroad program in 1997 and the summer of 1998. In 1999, Annie began full time work with Seeds of Learning as the Program Administrator [. . .]

Gail is originally from Sonoma, California. She first became involved with Seeds of Learning as a high school student. Over the course of four years, she participated in 8 work groups and volunteered in SOL’s office. This life-changing experience led her to pursue degrees in Community Studies and Latin American Lat [. . .]

Daniel began working with Seeds of Learning in 2001 as the El Salvador In-Country Coordinator. He has traveled extensively in Central America and facilitated group immersion experiences in the region both with SOL and Whitworth University. He enjoys knowing that SOL empowers authentic change and development in people in [. . .]

Sandy was born and raised in Sonoma Valley. In May of 2015, she graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Sociology. Sandy has a passion for nonprofit work and is also an employee at La Luz Center, a Sonoma-based organization that provides essential skills to educate and empower the local community. Sandy i [. . .]

Patrick was born and raised on the rural Mendocino Coast in Northern California by his parents, Sammie and Wendell Rickon. His family was active in many local faith-based communities, including the Antioch Fellowship and the Mendocino Presbyterian Church. He was also very involved in youth activities. Throughout his chil [. . .]

Urania was born in Ciudad Darío, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Her family comes from a tradition of many generations of teachers. She grew up in this environment and fell in love with this worthy profession at a young age. Urania started her teaching career in 1983, working as a Promoter in Early Education, and later was appoin [. . .]

Izayana was born in Ciudad Darío, Nicaragua. She is the fifth of ten children born to her parents, Maximiano Carcache (deceased) and Maria Nelly Pastora. Both of her parents and many of her relatives were teachers, so Izayana grew up among a tradition and family of teachers. With this example and with great pride, Izaya [. . .]

Karla’s work with SOL began when she was selected to receive a college scholarship.  As a student, she gave back to SOL by developing a number of projects in the Learning Resource Center. Her main focus was tutoring children, although she also coordinated crafts activities and games. She also spearheaded a Reading Cor [. . .]

Danilo Solis Jose Calero was born and raised in Ciudad Darío. He studied in primary school at the Centro Escolar Rubén Darío, and later began working in masonry, which is his speciality. He started working with SOL in May, 2011, and has hosted many international work group volunteers. He is now the foreman for constru [. . .]

Jorge began working with SOL in 1996. He previously worked for the municipal mayoral office of Matagalpa, where he taught classes for over 16 years. This is where he acquired the knowledge and skills to work with children and youth of different ages. Jorge has also worked in public schools, such as Las Calabazas, the Fra [. . .]

Ever since he was a young boy, Aurelio has liked carpentry and masonry. He first began working with SOL when the Learning Resource Center was undergoing renovations in 2000. Since then he has worked with SOL on a number of construction projects, including school construction and building maintenance. An accomplished carp [. . .]

Richard’s first job was as an apprentice mechanic at the Oscar Benavides Company in Sebaco, Nicaragua. He was drafted into the Nicaraguan army and was trained in various military techniques. Eventually his superiors noticed his skills as a mechanic, and had him trained in handling and maneuvering tanks and heavy transp [. . .]

Hector is from the community of Las Delicias, Nicaragua. He has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Northern Nicaragua. Hector received a scholarship from SOL to complete his university studies, and was the first person from his community to earn a college degree. As a student, Hector voluntee [. . .]

Wendell was born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua in 1994 and raised in Ciudad Dario. He has been involved with Seeds of Learning as a volunteer practically since he was born.  He has seen SOL develop through many of its stages of growth and SOL has seen him grow and develop in many way as well.

Wendell is currently earni [. . .]

Yuris is from Las Jaguas, Nicaragua. With the support of a scholarship from Seeds of Learning, she earned her high school diploma and a degree in Public Accounting at University of Northern Nicaragua. As a scholarship student, she also coordinated educational projects for the children in her local community, most of whic [. . .]

Pedro previously worked a security guard at the local water company in Ciudad Darío. He has also taken courses and been trained in handling fire arms and safety.  Pedro is from the community of Las Delicias, and first worked with SOL after Hurricane Mitch. In the aftermath, international volunteers and members of the L [. . .]

Norberto has been dancing since the age of three, when he began lessons at a dance school run by his father. He has gone on to dance with numerous groups and regularly participates in local events and festivals. Over the last four years, Norberto has taught dance classes at several local schools. He joined the SOL team i [. . .]

Mina graduated from the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington D.C. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design. Her professional career experiences include advertising, production, design, and tourism and hospitality. She has worked for companies such as The Miller Group Advertising (Los Angeles [. . .]

Chamba was born in El Salvador, and is a Canadian citizen.  For more than 25 years, he has dedicated his life to the arts, education and social and community development in Canada, USA and Central America. The combination of his talents and academic studies have given him the opportunity to work in different fields, inc [. . .]

Ileana was born in Matagalpa in the community of Waswali. She is currently studying Social Work at the Juan Pablo II University. Ileana started working for SOL in 2013, where she provides administrative and accounting support. This is her first time working with a non-profit organization. Previous work experiences includ [. . .]

Marvin was born and raised in Matagalpa. He has worked in construction for over 14 years, and has learned his trade through experience. His first job was the construction of the “Margot” theater. Previous jobs include the constrution of the Clínica Santa Fe, the Normal School Jose Martí, the processing building for [. . .]

“Cruz” was born in the community of  Yasica Sur, San Ramon, Matagalpa. He’s been a volunteer firefighter for over 7 years. He started working for SOL in 2011, helping volunteer groups to mix the cement and lay the bricks. He volunteered for two years for “Jovenes Emprendedores” in the creation of youth leaders [. . .]

Jorge was born and raised in the city of Matagalpa.  He is a trained interpreter and volunteer group leader.  He spent four years working with different non-profit organizations in Nicaragua, such as VIDA (Volunteers International for Definite Adventures), AJWS (American Jewish World Service) and Living Water Internati [. . .]

Marlon was born and raised in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. He was brought up on a farm and helped his father with dairy and sugar cane farming. He graduated with a high school diploma from the Miguel de Larreynaga School in Matagalpa.

In 1982, he and his family moved to the US on a work visa, to escape the civil war in N [. . .]

For more than 30 years, Julián has worked in the fields of popular and formal education, community development, capacity building, facilitation of processes, communications, fundraising, and other development-related fields. He has worked for a number of public institutions (including the Ministry of Education and the S [. . .]

Casey is originally from Texas, but fell in love with Nicaragua since first arriving in 2008. He spent five years working with development projects on the Caribbean coast. He now leads volunteer groups for SOL by day, and writes Nicaragua travel books by night. In his free time you will find him either in the kitchen per [. . .]

Dimas is a multi-faceted person: farmer, builder, and musician! He is from the rural community of Los Brasiles, in the municipality of Ciudad Dario. He first began working with SOL as a volunteer during the emergency caused by Hurricane Mitch. He knew little about construction at that time, but learned very quickly and e [. . .]

Silvia Martínez is from the small community of Mesas de Acicaya, Nicaragua. She began traveling to the nearby capital city of Managua for her studies when she was 11 years old, and recently completed her degree in Social Communications at the Central American University. Silvia previously worked with Cáritas Nicaragua, [. . .]