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Paul Zangue
Executive Director

Prior to coming to work for Breaking Ground, Paul was the manager of the Foreke-Dschang branch of MC2, the microfinance division of Afriland First Bank. In his tenure at MC2, Paul served as the advisor to several volunteers from the Peace Corps’ Small Enterprise Development program. Paul has extensive experience working in community development, having served with both SAILD (Services d'Appui aux Initiatives Locales de Développement) andBINUM (an association of small farmers from the Western Region of Cameroon). Since 2008, Paul has served as a project manager and regional representative for Breaking Ground in the West Region, overseeing the Menouet River Bridge Project and the construction of the Keuleng Preschool and Community Center. Paul has a Masters in Agribusiness from the University of Dschang and grows coffee in his home village of Litieu. He and his family live in downtown Dschang.

 

Marie Nguele
Ground Coordinator 

Marie joined Breaking Ground in 2013 to take up the field position of Ground Coordinator. Originally from the capital city, Yaounde, Marie has studied at both the University of Dschang and the University of Yaounde. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Sociology and focused her Masters work on population development. In 2011, she worked with Breaking Ground to conduct a series of focus groups and facilitated discussions to raise awareness about agricultural technique in the Lebialem Valley - where she now works to support the Women’s Entrepreneurial Program for the rural women in the region.   

 

Etienne Fouejio
Volunteer Director, Breaking Ground Football 

Since 2007, Etienne has served as the volunteer director of Breaking Ground Football. Originally from the village of Bafou in the West Region of Cameroon, Etienne now lives with his family in Ngaoundéré where he works for the Delegation of Sports and Physical Education. He works tirelessly for Breaking Ground Football, managing the network of volunteer coaches, organizing games and tournaments, and serving as a coach himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lindsay Clarke
Co-Founder, Chair of the Board of Directors

Lindsay is a graduate of Wesleyan University and an alumnus of The School for International Training’s Culture and Development program in Cameroon. At Wesleyan, Lindsay received her BA in Sociology and French Studies, focusing her studies on post-colonialism, globalization, and the impacts of imperialism in Cameroon. Upon her graduation from Wesleyan, Lindsay was the recipient of the Christopher Brodigan Award for public service in Africa. In 2006, she lived in the Cameroonian city of Dschang and taught English at a primary school in the rural village of Doumbouo. Lindsay received a dual Masters in World and International History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics in 2012. During her studies, she conducted research in Bamako, Mali, and wrote her dissertation about the efforts of the Malian state to settle nomadic populations. Lindsay teaches middle and high school History and French at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, where she lives with her husband and two step-daughters.

Sarah Oxford 
Co-Founder

While volunteering for Breaking Ground in 2007, Sarah Oxford, founded the Women's Entrepreneurial Program(WEP) and Breaking Ground Football in Ngaoundéré. A recipient of Victoria University's (Melbourne) International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Sarah is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology, examining the impact of youth soccer programs in developing nations on gender relations within the community.  In 2012, as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, Sarah completed an MA with distinction in African Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. She received her BA in Third World Studies and French Literature from the University of the South (Sewanee, TN). In the Spring of 2004, Sarah participated in the School for International Training program in Cameroon.  Visit her blog to read about her experience as a Ground Coordinator in 2007-2008.

   

Corky Clarke
Treasurer, Member of the Board of Directors

Corky, Lindsay’s father, has served as Breaking Ground’s Treasurer since our founding in 2006. He tracks our contributions and expenses, manages our bank accounts and all donations, and makes money transfers to Cameroon when necessary. Corky received his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and is the National Accounts Executive for Verso Paper. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and sailing. He and Carla relocated to Portland, Maine from the Philadelphia area in 2008.

   

Mark Dean
Secretary, Member of the Board of Directors

Mark Dean is an attorney who lives and works in Concord, New Hampshire.  He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied African history, and Northeastern University School of Law.  Mark is active in Habitat for Humanity's Global Village affordable housing program.  He had the chance to visit Cameroon this year, traveling with his son Sam to participate in a Global Village building project near Bamenda in Northwest Cameroon.  While in country, he was able to travel with Breaking Ground's Paul Zangue and visit a number of Breaking Ground projects.

 

   

Alden Blair
Environmental Health Coordinator, Member of the Board of Directors

 Alden Blair has lead a fairly nomadic life. Since graduating from  Wesleyan University  in 2001 he has worked in the U.S. Congress on issues of international migration and health, served as Area Coordinator with the organization Village Health Works in rural Burundi, and sailed around Cape Horn in a wooden ship he helped construct. To better advocate for his belief that health, not simply the absence of disease but a whole physical, emotional, and mental well-being is a basic human right, he sought out and received a Masters Degree in Public Health and the Environment from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is excited to have joined Breaking Ground and looks forward to seeing the programs grow in scope and effectiveness.

 


 
 

 

   

Nathan Spence
Member of the Board of Directors

Nathan Spence served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the West Province of Cameroon from October 2005 to December 2007. As an Agroforestry Extension Agent in the villages of Bandrefam, Batoufam and Bangang-Fokam, Nathan’s work centered chiefly on sustainable agriculture and the environment. His projects ranged from reforestation and fruit tree nursery establishment to organic soil improvement and erosion control. Passion for the farmers of Cameroon and a belief in their will to succeed led him to continue his work through Breaking Ground, this time focusing specifically on coffee production. He served as a Ground Coordinator from July 2008 to July 2009. He holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

  

 

 


 

 

Théophile Sobngwi
Member of the Board of Directors

Théo is the Director of the Research Institute for Development (RIDEV). Breaking Ground is proud to have partnered with RIDEV to improve our methods of program, project, and community assessment, and to obtain greater access to communities throughout the West and Center Regions of Cameroon. Théo is a trusted advisor with extensive experience working in community development in Cameroon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Sarkissian
Member of the Board of Directors

In the Spring of 2007, Holly stepped foot in Cameroon for the first time as a student of the School for International Training program in Cameroon. During this time, she researched women’s power in the household and domestic violence. She received her BA in International Studies from Brandeis University. In 2010, Holly volunteered for Breaking Ground’s Women's Entrepreneurial Program (WEP), taking photos and video footage to highlight the stories of 32 women entrepreneurs who received grants from BG to start or expand their own business. Since then, Holly has managed projects in 6 countries and at the United Nations. Currently, Holly works with a nonprofit fundraising firm in New York City and is excited to support BG’s strategic partnerships and the Cameroonians whose lives they touch.