Our Team

PAM Van Dorn, Founder & Executive Director

Pam Van Dorn is the Founder and Executive Director of Touch A Life and the author of Jantsen’s Gift, a powerful memoir published in three foreign markets. Pam has been committed to a life of purpose since losing her 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. Pam lives in Northwest Arkansas and she has four children — Jantsen, Crista, Van, and Tatum.

RACHEL BROWN, Chief Financial Officer

Rachel Brown has worked for Touch A Life since 2009, and she was named the Chief Financial Officer in 2023. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University,  and it was at her alma mater where she met Pam Van Dorn. After traveling to Ghana with Pam for the first time, 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 now handles financial and compliance-related matters for the organization, and she still loves creating new ways to tell TAL’s story. Rachel lives in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, three daughters, and their adorably large English mastiffs.

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Angie Dickerson, Director of Communications

Angie Dickerson is a Registered Nurse by trade and serves Touch A Life as Director of Communications, where she handles donor relations and social media. Angie has been married to Kevin for 20 years, and mom to four pretty cool kids. Angie and her family began traveling to Ghana in 2012 and soon she discovered her passion for caring for women and children, as well as advocating for medical and human rights. Angie made the jump into the full time non-profit world in 2016, focusing her work in Ghana, the birthplace of their youngest son.

As her kids have grown older, Angie has found incredible joy in this new season of life, being able to travel more and serve Touch A Life and survivors of human trafficking around the globe. Angie loves filling her time with her kids’ sporting events and musical theater shows, travel, and sweet time with her family.

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Natalie Dickerson, Content Curator

Natalie Dickerson serves as a Content Curator, sharing the stories of Touch A Life students and Care Center events.  Natalie began her college career in Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!), but recently transferred to Belmont University in Nashville to pursue her main love: songwriting (along with a minor in Music Business so she doesn’t freak her parents out too much). Natalie first traveled to Ghana in 2012 to bring home her youngest brother and has now been to the Care Center several times since. While at the Care Center, she loves nothing more than singing and playing songs with the kids.


Bernard Fianku 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.

Selorm Nyamalor, Director of mental health & psychosocial support

Selorm Nyamalor is a well-seasoned educator with almost a decade’s experience in leading and coordinating various learning projects. Passionate about educational innovations, Selorm has been involved in the Ghanaian educational not-for-profit sector where for more than five years she served as the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Project Lead, and later as the Programs Coordinator, for Pencils of Promise. Selorm lead her team in implementing many innovations in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), mental health, and reproductive health in more than fifty communities.

Selorm is proficient in research and monitoring, program evaluation, and general project management. She holds a Masters in Educational Innovations and Leadership Science (MPhil) and is enthusiastic about education that yields holistic transformation to the mental, social, and emotional needs of the learner.


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.

Bernice Dogbey, Ghana Country Administrator

Bernice Dogbey graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, majoring in journalism. She grew up in a care center similar to Touch A Life’s and that has encouraged her to volunteer with various non-profit organizations since age 16.

Bernice has worked in multiple non-profit organizations as content creator, editor, and soft skills trainer and coach with community youths to promote sustainable employment and financial independence. Before joining Touch A Life, she worked as an office administrator and executive assistant.

Daniella Gyedu, College Outreach Coordinator

Daniella Gyedu has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon, in 2017. She has gained years of experience in interpersonal skills, communications, organizing, as well as administrative work. Daniella loves social work and volunteering.

As an administrative assistant for Touch a Life, her roles include the day-to-day sorting and organizing of files and reports, engaging in problem-solving activities to support teamwork, and building rapport with donors to facilitate lasting relationships and growth.

Israel Agbovi, Media Content Provider

Israel Agbovi is a fourth-year student in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He is studying Business Administration with International Business as his major. Israel wants to be a college professor after acquiring a Masters Degree. He loves to write poems and take photos in his free time, making him the perfect choice for the person to capture images that Touch A Life can use in promotional materials both online and in print.