Our Team

Project Schoolhouse has a hard working talented team in both Nicaragua and the US

USA Team

Selina Serna

Executive Director

Selina brings a graceful yet firm, quiet accountability to Project Schoolhouse. Serving on the board since 2013 when a trip to Nicaragua inspired her to become involved, she has been increasingly engaged until taking over the Executive Director role in 2019. Formerly a long-time team member of Whole Foods Market, Selina knows the importance of balancing social good with successful business models. Selina has served as Financial Controller for Whole Foods’s UK expansion, Assistant Controller for US Southwest Region and, most recently, Sr. Coordinator for Growth and Business Development until leaving in 2019 to focus full time on Project Schoolhouse. Selina is a graduate of Rice University with a degree in Economics.

Thomas Barker

Director of Operations / Founder

Thomas Barker, or ‘Tab’ as he is commonly known, founded Project Schoolhouse in 2004. The ideology behind Project Schoolhouse’s approach to development comes from an Economics degree from Carleton College, further work in Argentina on a Fulbright Grant, followed by many years abroad traveling and studying. Always working to minimize outside impacts while leveraging local initiative and knowledge, Tab works to turn scarce resources into sustainable development projects.

Renata Aleman

Development and Communications Coordinator

Renata is the Development and Communications Coordinator for Project Schoolhouse. Renata was born and raised in Nicaragua and moved to Pittsburgh, PA with her family in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Allegheny College. Prior to Project Schoolhouse, she led Digital Marketing and Communications efforts for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. She is committed to social justice and community service, as evidenced by her volunteer work in educational programs for under-served youth during her time as an undergraduate student. Renata is deeply committed to Project Schoolhouse’s mission and helping her home country of Nicaragua.

Nicaragua Team


Maria Ines Bracamonte

Nicaragua Operations Coordinator


Manuel Selva Garcia

Head of Construction


Jairo Bracamonte



Mario Sepulveda