Catherine Armstrong, President
Catherine received her BA in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2010 with minors in French and Psychology. During her time at Dartmouth she interned with non-profits in Atlanta, New York, and Johannesburg. Her senior thesis investigated the relationship between tobacco farming and educational decisions by school-aged children in Malawi. Her time at Dartmouth helped Catherine develop a passion for international development, specifically in the realms of youth empowerment and education. After graduation, Catherine served as a consultant for World Partners in Ghana for one year before joining the WPE Board of Directors.
Rebecca Beasley-Cockroft, Advancement Director
Rebecca graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 with a degree in Mathematics and Latin American Literature and is fluent in Spanish. From a family of educators, Rebecca has been supporting teachers in the classroom from an early age. She has worked since college in the nonprofit sector supporting individuals seeking to further their education in a variety of different contexts. In her work, she has developed strong partnerships between organizations, managed programs and marketing campaigns, conducted grant research, and assessed program efficacy. Rebecca oversees all of World Partners in Education’s fundraising and outreach efforts as the Advancement Director.
Jennifer Bordeau, Treasurer
Jen grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006 with a BA in Geography. In addition, almost a quarter of Jen’s coursework at Dartmouth was in mathematics. After graduation, Jen moved to Boston and applied her love of numbers and interest in nonprofit health care administration to a position in finance at Partners HealthCare. Jen joined the WPE board as Treasurer in 2010, where she has been applying her knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management. Jen is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgetown University.
Katy Briggs, Programming Director
Katy grew up in Pownal, Maine and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2010. She majored in Psychology and received her elementary teaching certificate through the Dartmouth Teacher Education Program. Through her coursework and extracurricular activities, Katy became interested in the issues surrounding education. In particular, she is interested in the process of establishing the foundations for academic success, such as literacy and numeracy. After graduation, Katy served as a consultant at one of WPE’s partner schools, NAP Academy. Katy now leads our Programming Committee.
Dana Charles McCoy, Monitoring and Evaluation Director
Dana graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006 and received her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University in 2013. Dana currently works as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, where she studies the multiple influences that childrens’ cultural contexts, schools, neighborhoods, and families have on their development. She is also interested in the creation, refinement, and evaluation of interventions that promote positive growth and development for young children around the world. Dana is currently leading WPE’s monitoring and evaluation effort and works closely with the Programme Director to continually improve the LitTRAC professional development curriculum.
Jamie Hwang, Human Resources Director
Jamie graduated from Dartmouth College in 2010 with a BA in International Relations. She first became interested in vulnerable populations worldwide while interviewing North Korean refugees for an independent research study in Seoul, South Korea. Jamie also participated in the Selamata Project, teaching English and a Poetry curriculum to AIDS orphans in Betel, Ethiopia and Dartmouth’s DarDar program, teaching and mentoring HIV/AIDS-infected youth in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Having developed a passion for improving access to quality education, Jamie served as a consultant for World Partners in Ghana for one year after graduation. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University’s The Fletcher School. She plans to specialize in Human Security, Development Economics, and International Education Policy. Jamie is currently directing WPE’s human resources department. She enjoys traveling, singing, and dancing.
Benjamin Schwartz, Country Director and Co-Founder
Ben grew up in Columbia, Maryland in a family passionate about education. Ben graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006 with a major in international relations and a minor in education policy. Following graduation he moved to Ghana on a Lombard Fellowship from the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth to better understand education in developing communities. While there, Ben encouraged other volunteers from Dartmouth and elsewhere to join the efforts. Together they helped raise funds to start a library and computer lab at Manye Academy with laptops donated by graduating seniors. Encouraged by these successes and the energy and excitement of the volunteers, Ben started World Partners in Education to serve developing communities by encouraging local investment in innovative educational programs.
Olga Teye-Tope, Programme Director
Olga holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Cape Coast, from where she also received a diploma in Educational Psychology. Olga Teye-Topey has about fifteen years of working experience with international non-governmental organizations in various capacities. She has worked with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Overseas Processing Entity of the Church World Services, a US Refugee Resettlement Agency, and Oxfam GB Liberia. She later worked with Right To Play as Regional Training Officer for 1 year 10 months and campaign for female education (camfed Ghana) for two (2) years as education programme manager. In addition, She has gained a lot of experience in issues around Child Rights and Child Protection, Gender and project management. She is married with a child, and likes reading, singing, listening to music. She speaks English, Twi, Ga, Fante and reasonably fluent French.
Anna Zelinsky, Programme Director
Anna graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006 with a BA in Anthropology, minor in Psychology, and Elementary Teaching Certification. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Anna lived for five years post-graduation in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a small archipelago in the Central Pacific. First as a teacher, and then as a director of the Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Programme, Anna cultivated a passion for international education development. Anna joined the World Partners team in early 2012, and is serving as Programme Director, creating and piloting the WPE Literacy Intervention Programme for Ghanaian primary school teachers.
Chris Sorenibe, International Community Center Coordinator
Chris grew up in Lawra, Ghana. He graduated from Gbewaa College of Education (University of Cape Coast) and was awarded a diploma in teaching. He also obtained a diploma in Human Resource Development in 2007 from the Institute of Commercial Management, Bournemouth, England. Chris worked with the Ghana Education Service teaching Social Studies, Integrated Sciences, and Mathematics at the Junior High School level. In 2002, he moved to the Kingdom of Swaziland where he taught at Kashile High school from 2003-2004. During his 10 years living in Swaziland, Chris worked with a number of educational institutions teaching adults in the areas of development, human resource management, organizational development, and leadership development. His 13 years of experience in the education sector, his passion for development, and his belief that education is important to development are all reasons he could not resist the chance to work with WPE as the International Community Center coordinator.
Caitlin Crowe, Co-Founder
Caitlin grew up in York, Maine and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 with a geography major and public policy minor focusing on social justice. She participated in three Dartmouth study abroad programs including a Dickey Center internship in Ghana at Manye Academy. During her time at Manye, Caitlin saw the difficulties and importance of providing a quality education in underserved areas. Upon her return, Caitlin became one of the founding members of World Partners in Education. After graduation, Caitlin moved to Boston and spent two years on the private equity and venture capital lending team at Silicon Valley Bank. Following her time at SVB, Caitlin spent almost two years as an Investment Banking Analyst at Raymond James. She is currently a Portfolio Manager for the Non Profit and Healthcare Division at Citizens Bank in Boston. Caitlin enjoys freelance photography, traveling, figure skating, running, and social entrepreneurship.
Emily Tregidgo, Intern
Emily grew up in New York City and is a sophomore at Dartmouth College. She is an Economics and Environmental Studies double major. At Dartmouth she is a member of the Varsity Equestrian Team, a member of Cover the Globe, and a First-Year Peer Mentor. With WPE, she will be helping with marketing and data management.