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. Her role as Vice President and Treasurer for the Board as well as Executive Director for the organization ensures that fundraising meets or exceeds projections and that our project costs fall in line with budgets.

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. Selina is a graduate of Rice University.

Denice Brooks

Director of Development

Denice Brooks joined Project Schoolhouse in 2018 as Director of Development. Denice has vast experiences in international funding as well as national funding with expertise in strategic fundraising for global brands. Denice spent 11 months in Johannesburg South Africa with the late President Nelson Mandela assisting his ANC Office with school funding for the children in the Soweto township.

Thomas Barker

Director of Nicaragua 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.

Nicaragua Team

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Maria Ines Bracamonte

Nicaragua Operations Coordinator



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Manuel Selva Garcia

Head of Construction


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Jairo Bracamonte

Carpenter


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Mario Sepulveda

Carpenter