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.
HUNTER LACEY, Media Manager
Hunter Lacey is a writer, photographer, and digital strategist who has loved Touch A Life since she first heard of them in the summer of 2015. After an internship with TAL that summer, she knew she wanted to pursue a career that would contribute towards a more compassionate world. Following her college graduation from Pepperdine University, she lived and worked in Lima, Peru for an organization that empowers women to lift them out of poverty by employing them as well as offering business classes and mentorship. In her time there, she discovered that her passion for visual storytelling could marry her desire to make a positive impact through her work. Hunter has been working in visual storytelling since 2017 and specializes in sharing stories that communicate the innate dignity and value of individuals who have been marginalized.
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.
KWAME DADZIE, GHANA ART CENTER DIRECTOR
Frank Obrempong Kwame Dadzie was born Kumasi, Ghana and lived with his parents until late 1999 when he moved in American missionaries, Rev David Vespa and his wife Rev. Maryann. During that time he served them in various ways and in their church. They helped to deepen his relationship with God. During that time he enrolled in an art school called College of Art and Industry in Kumasi and graduated in the top of his class. In 2004 he studied graphic design and computer networkin
In 2009 Kwame met Touch A Life staff members in Kumasi and began helping them develop humanitarian projects. He began to see a vision for his role as it evolved, and he utilized his skills as a professional artist (specializing in paintings) to start assisting in the Connor Creative Art Center. In 2013 he joined the Touch A Life Staff as the Ghana Art Center Director, overseeing all Art Healing programs for the children at the Care Center.
Kwame currently owns an advertising agency. He is married to his wife Jennifer and they have two beautiful children, Kelly and Christopher.
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.
MILLICENT KAFUI SOSU, TRAVEL & LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
As the Travel and Logistics Coordinator, Millicent will be responsible for liaising with the head-office in the United States of America to create a smooth and relaxing travel experience for in-coming visitors into the country. She reports to the management team in the head-office of the organization in the United States of America and the In-Country Director, Mr. Bernard Fianku. Specifically, Millicent will lead our efforts in these areas:
- Key logistics point of contact for trip arrivals into Accra
- Managing the incoming travel budget and trip logistics
- Liaising with and being an active presence during the visitor’s time in the country.
- Coordinate and oversee In-Country travel
- Manage Accommodation bookings when required
- Plan social interactions to give variety to travelers when required
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.