PAM COPE, Executive Director
Pam Cope is the Co-Founder of Touch A Life and the author of Jantsen’s Gift, a powerful memoir published in three foreign markets. Pam and her husband Randy have four children and have been committed to a life of purpose since losing their oldest son in 1999. That life of purpose has been organically taking shape in the most creative ways.
From the streets of Saigon to the adventures of West Africa, Pam firmly believes that the world can be changed one child at a time. Her word for 2017 is intentional. Pam lives in Neosho, Missouri, with her husband and TAL’s Co-Founder, Randy. She has four children – Jantsen, Crista, Van & Tatum.
JOHN O’TOOLE, CEO
John has served as the Touch A Life Executive Director and then CEO since 2011. John is an Associate for Executives in Action and also serves as Executive Vice President of WLX, a company specializing in platform truck transportation. John co-founded the Cal West Tariff Bureau and Association, a nonprofit organization servicing the transportation industry. He brings over 30 years of executive-level experience to the Touch A Life team. John lives in Irving, TX, with his wife Linda and has two grown children and six grandchildren.
RACHEL BROWN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Rachel Brown has served as the Director of Project Development for Touch A Life since January 2009 and in 2016 was named Director of Development. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University with a degree in Journalism and it was at her alma mater where she met Pam Cope. After traveling to Ghana with Pam in August 2008, Rachel was brought on board to manage special projects, craft donor communication strategies, and organize volunteer efforts for the organization. Rachel’s role has evolved and, like the other staff members at TAL, she wears a lot of hats. She loves meeting & engaging new supporters, leading trips to Ghana for volunteer groups, and dreaming up new ways to share TAL’s story. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, two daughters, Ruby and Vera, and their adorably large English mastiff.
LINDA O'TOOLE, Media Manager
Linda O’Toole has been volunteering at Touch A Life since 2010 and officially joined the team as Media Manager in July 2020. She also holds the title of Director of Recruiting for a transportation company based out of Kansas City, MO. She has always loved volunteering and remains passionate about sharing TAL’s story with others and is looking forward to traveling to Ghana soon. Linda lives in Irving, TX with her husband John and their two precious rescue dogs, Kita and Pebbles. She is also proud mom to James and Daniel. Linda loves traveling, playing golf and spending time with family.
BERNARD FIANKU, GHANA COUNTRY DIRECTOR
Bernard was born in a small village along Lake Volta in Ghana and was sent to live with an aunt and her husband at the age of nine. During that time he was subjected to child labor until he was able to move and continue his education. Bernard went on to attend International Theological Seminary where he studied faith-based counseling in addition to biblical studies. He earned a degree in counseling and certificate in addiction, grief, and behavioral therapy and later went to the University of Ghana to study economics and sociology. Bernard was on staff as director at various child support and schooling organizations from 2003 until he joined the Touch A Life team in 2009. Bernard was named TAL’s Ghana Country Director in 2013 and lives in Ghana with his wife, Irene, and their young son, David.
ESTHER YANKYERA, ORGANIZATIONAL LEAD
Esther attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where she earned a degree in real estate. She has worked in various project coordination roles and has strengths in organization, logistics and communication. Esther enjoyed volunteering for various children’s organizations and began working with Bernard Fianku to assist the high school and university students in 2017. In 2019, she joined the Touch A Life team as the University/Mentorship Lead. In this role, she is responsible for day to day support of the university students. She is uniquely qualified and caring which makes her a great fit for this very important role.
Esther assists the students with academic planning, financial budgeting, housing, compliance with TAL programming and mentorship training. She provides regular program updates to TAL stakeholders and management.
MICHAEL & PAULINA MORGAN, HEAD HOUSEPARENTS
Michael Morgan is the Director of the Care Center in Kumasi. He currently celebrated his 10 year anniversary working with Touch A Life since joining the team in January 2009. Mr. Morgan has a background as a teacher and is also a very talented basket weaver. His claim to fame is his infectious smile and always jumping in the middle of every dance party that breaks out. He and his wife Paulina are the head houseparents, and the two of them working together have created a safe place for the children to call home.