Tom Affleck<br />
SchoolBOX Founder
Tom Affleck
SchoolBOX Founder
tom@schoolbox.ca
Tom Affleck has lived and worked in Guatemala, Peru and Nicaragua. It was an unexpected encounter in Nicaragua, however, that sparked the SchoolBOX dream. In 2006 he gave two girls notebooks and pencils. One of the girls’ father said to her “now that you have a notebook and pencil you can go to school this year”. Tom saw his work building SchoolBOX as an opportunity to live out his faith and to break the bonds of poverty for thousands of children.
Jon Tam<br />
SchoolBOX Executive Director
Jon Tam
SchoolBOX Executive Director
jon@schoolbox.ca
Jon was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. His career includes a commerce degree in marketing, an MBA and work experiences from Canada, Australia, Holland and Belgium. In 2010, Jon joined SchoolBOX when he gave up his business lifestyle to move to Nicaragua, an inspiring story that won him CTV’s Amazing Person Award. Jon helped shape SchoolBOX through his communications, marketing and business development expertise. He became Acting Executive Director in 2018 transitioning to Executive Director in 2019.
Sarah Kerr<br />
SchoolBOX North Director
Sarah Kerr
SchoolBOX North Director
sarah@schoolbox.ca
Sarah joined SchoolBOX in the fall of 2007 as volunteer project intern, helping to build our first school. Sarah fell in love with the children of Nicaragua and has been working to ‘Make Education Possible’ since. In March 2013, she became executive director. “I love SchoolBOX because everyone can make a difference. For the price of a latte, we can help a child go to school. It’s just so simple.” In 2019, Sarah became Director of SchoolBOX North, where she aims to bring the SchoolBOX model back home to empower Canadians to get a basic education.
Ronald Chavarria<br />
Country Director, Nicaragua
Ronald Chavarria
Country Director, Nicaragua
ronald@schoolbox.ca
Ronald Chavarria personifies what SchoolBOX is trying to achieve. Having grown up in abstract poverty, Ronald broke the poverty cycle by staying in school and getting an education. At age 8 he began working to pay for his school supplies. Fortunately Ronald managed to stay in school, receiving scholarships and support for his hard work and academic performance. Ronald has been with SchoolBOX since the very beginning, and works everyday to help thousands of kids get a basic education.
Jo Danaher<br />
Financial Manager
Jo Danaher
Financial Manager
finance@schoolbox.ca
Jo Danaher is our cheerful financial wizard. She keeps all of our SchoolBOX finances in order, and makes sure that we are meeting the highest standards for a charitable organization. Jo enjoys seeing the amazing power that the SchoolBOX community of volunteers and donors has to impact the education of so many children in Nicaragua.
Jazmin Lopez<br />
Program Manager, Nicaragua
Jazmin Lopez
Program Manager, Nicaragua
jazmin@schoolbox.ca
Jazmin Lopez grew up in Managua, Nicaragua in poverty. Supported by her sister and single mother, she was able to beat the odds and finish high school and complete university. She met and married SchoolBOX Operations Manager, Ronald Chavarria, and has been a volunteer since 2007. Education created hope for Jazmin, and in her role as Program Manager, she strives to provide children in Nicaragua a chance at a better life.
Ilham Reda<br />
Marketing & Community Outreach Manager
Ilham Reda
Marketing & Community Outreach Manager
ilham@schoolbox.ca
 Ilham Reda was raised in the Caribbean and has first-hand experience of the struggles that many children in Nicaragua are facing nowadays. Before joining SchoolBOX, she worked in marketing and was a school teacher in remote areas. Her new role as Marketing and Community Outreach Manager will allow her to continue her life-long mission of facilitating education in communities in need. She is a living witness that by “making education possible”, students can secure a better future.
Carlos García<br />
Program Coordinator, Nicaragua
Carlos García
Program Coordinator, Nicaragua
carlos@schoolbox.ca
Carlos started with SchoolBOX as a driver, but was keen to get more involved. He is now our Program Coordinator for the Supplies 4 Success and Books 4 Kids programs. Carlos spends endless hours preparing educational packages and libraries for partner schools. Carlos feels very fortunate to be able to visit so many of our partner schools and see the impact they have firsthand. 
Aracely Guevara<br />
Assistant Accountant, Nicaragua
Aracely Guevara
Assistant Accountant, Nicaragua
Aracely is the newest addition to our team in Nicaragua, but she brings nearly a decade of accounting experience to our team. She has chosen to focus her career on empowering Nicaraguan-based charities. Aracely’s faith is very important to her, and she strives to serve God and the people around her in everything she does.
Mario Moran<br />
Construction Foreman, Nicaragua
Mario Moran
Construction Foreman, Nicaragua
Mario is a good-tempered, funny guy who started working for SchoolBOX in August 2009. He is responsible for a four-member construction crew, as well as helping the community volunteers. Mario worked on the construction of classrooms at the Ruben Dario public school where his three sons attend. “I know through education my children can achieve more than I could ever accomplish”.
Xotchil Calero<br />
Library Program Coordinator, Nicaragua
Xotchil Calero
Library Program Coordinator, Nicaragua
Xotchil has a major in Social Work and has worked with nonprofits for over 15 years, specifically with community development projects focused on children’s education. She is the Library Program Coordinator for SchoolBOX.
Her family is very important to her, and she is very close to her two nieces. Xotchil is grateful for having the opportunity of being part of the change within Nicaragua working through SchoolBOX.
Norman Palacios<br />
Program Assistant, Nicaragua
Norman Palacios
Program Assistant, Nicaragua
Norman is a driver with almost 2 decades of professional experience. He understands the roads of Central America, as he was previously a truck driver. He is a loving father of 3 and has been married for over a decade. Norman works hard to deliver construction and educational supplies to our partner communities all around Nicaragua.
Maykol Chavarria<br />
Infrastructure Coordinator, Nicaragua
Maykol Chavarria
Infrastructure Coordinator, Nicaragua
Maykol is the newest addition to our team and a trained engineer. He makes sure that our building plans are designed with precision and care to ensure safe school conditions for our kids. Maykol is a patient teacher and enjoys working on-site with SchoolBOX volunteers.
Dennis Pinell<br />
Construction Supervisor, Nicaragua
Dennis Pinell
Construction Supervisor, Nicaragua
Dennis Pinell is hasn’t stopped working with SchoolBOX since he started as a volunteer. He was introduced to SchoolBOX as he helped built his children’s school within his community. He then joined the SchoolBOX team as a welder and is now the construction supervisor. He has been on the job for SchoolBOX in over 80 classroom builds.
Carlos Munguía<br />
Construction Officer, Nicaragua
Carlos Munguía
Construction Officer, Nicaragua
Carlos is a construction officer and is one of our hardest working team members. Carlos joined SchoolBOX when we built the La Cenicera school in El Sauce. He is passionate about being there for anyone who needs help. He has two children and his youngest son is learning in a SchoolBOX built classroom. Carlos is also grateful because his youngest son has received educational packages from SchoolBOX since preschool.
Carlos Olivas<br />
Construction Officer, Nicaragua
Carlos Olivas
Construction Officer, Nicaragua

Carlos Olivas started his career with SchoolBOX as a construction assistant. He was still a construction apprentice when he began volunteering for SchoolBOX during the construction of the Los Salgados School in his community. His father donated the land to build the school and he volunteered in the construction process. Carlos has gained a lot of construction experience and is now a construction officer for SchoolBOX. He has two young children, and enjoys working for SchoolBOX as he is making an impact in communities very similar to his own.

Gerzan Olivas<br />
Construction Officer, Nicaragua
Gerzan Olivas
Construction Officer, Nicaragua
Gerzan is Carlos Olivas’ brother and he was introduced to SchoolBOX by volunteering on the construction of the Los Salgados School in his community. He remembers volunteering his services to dig holes for SchoolBOX and remarked, “I think, it was the hardest part of the process, but I am happy that I helped”. He officially joined our team when we built Cristo Rey School in Tipitapa and he is grateful to be part of a team where he can be part of the solution for impoverished communities.
Jacinto Ruiz<br />
Construction Officer, Nicaragua
Jacinto Ruiz
Construction Officer, Nicaragua
Jacinto is physically the strongest person on the SchoolBOX team. He joined our team during the construction of the La Cenicera School. Although tough on the outside, Jacinto is quiet and kind. He has a great sense of humour and is always smiling. He loves building schools and has worked in construction since he was 16 years old. He loves working for SchoolBOX as he is making a huge impact for the children of Nicaragua.
Amber Hall, Chair<br />
Owner, Equator Coffee Roasters
Amber Hall, Chair
Owner, Equator Coffee Roasters
Amber joined the SchoolBOX board in 2013 before her second trip to Nicaragua with SchoolBOX. Amber and her husband Craig run a fair trade coffee company called Equator Coffee Roasters and have been corporate sponsors of SchoolBOX for years, donating proceeds from every pound of coffee sold to helping kids in coffee communities in Nicaragua.
Jennette Affleck<br />
Retired Teacher, co-founder of SchoolBOX
Jennette Affleck
Retired Teacher, co-founder of SchoolBOX
Jennette has been involved with early childhood education for her entire professional career. Jennette has taught in Boston, Toronto, the Ottawa Valley, and Monteverde, Costa Rica. Jennette is SchoolBOX’s longest serving Board member, has participated in 7+ school builds in Nicaragua, and was an integral part of our organization since its infancy.
Dina Bell-Laroche<br />
Executive Coach, Sport Law & Strategy Group
Dina Bell-Laroche
Executive Coach, Sport Law & Strategy Group
Dina has been involved with SchoolBOX since 2012. In 2013, she led a team of youth to Nicaragua to participate in a school build and returned to Canada committed to making a difference. Dina’s experience in facilitation and strategic communications has been an asset to SchoolBOX. Dina believes that education really opens up opportunities for students in Nicaragua and strives to use her skills to create change.
Parker Armstrong<br />
Student, Bachelor of Engineering at Carleton University
Parker Armstrong
Student, Bachelor of Engineering at Carleton University
Parker has been involved with SchoolBOX since 2014 and since then has been on three SchoolBOX trips; two volunteer trips and one as an engineering intern in Nicaragua. Parker brings optimistic and youthful energy to our Board of Directors, and is passionate about ‘making education possible’ and empowering the children of Nicaragua to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Natalie Gunn<br />
Co-Owner, Oxford Learning Centre Kanata
Natalie Gunn
Co-Owner, Oxford Learning Centre Kanata
Natalie was born with a passion for education, helping people and travel. Looking for a new volunteer project, she joined the Equator Coffee Roasters team and visited Nicaragua for a classroom build in November 2016 and proudly joined the Board of Directors in late 2017. Natalie is co-owner of the Oxford Learning Centre Kanata and committed to supporting children to reach their full potential.
Peter Donnelly<br />
Former KPMG Partner
Peter Donnelly
Former KPMG Partner
Peter proudly joined our Board of Directors in 2019. After participating in the international volunteer program to build a school in Nicaragua in 2013, Peter decided to become more involved with SchoolBOX due to his avid passion to remain active in his community, support educational initiatives, and contribute to ending the cycle of poverty by empowering education in Nicaragua.  
Sarah Dale-Harris<br />
LexisNexis Canada Inc. / Lawyer
Sarah Dale-Harris
LexisNexis Canada Inc. / Lawyer
Sarah has been involved with SchoolBOX since 2010. She travelled to Nicaragua to help build the first Shirley Case School in 2011, returned in 2012 to work on the second Shirley Case School and was a member of the Board of Advisors from 2011 until she joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Sarah is a lawyer with expertise in complex transactions, intellectual property and technology law, privacy, strategy and negotiation. She also knows how to pour a mean pint of Guinness!
Kimothy Walker<br />
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Kimothy Walker
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Kimothy has spent more than half her life working for CTV in Ottawa and the Valley as a reporter, producer and anchor. That career enabled her to become a community advocate, helping countless charitable causes. In 2012, she organized the first CTV Amazing People gala to celebrate those she profiles on her regular television series. The event raised enough money to build two schools in Nicaragua, with SchoolBOX.
Eric Collard<br />
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Eric Collard
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Eric Collard is a seasoned public relations professional with close to 15 years of experience in government, NGO’s and the private sector. He co-founded OMG in 2014 with philanthropic partner Kimothty Walker. Eric has been involved with SchoolBOX for years and is the co-founder and Past Chair of the CTV Amazing People Gala in support of SchoolBOX. Eric is enthusiastic about making basic education available around the world is already planning his next trip to Nicaragua.
Jim David<br />
Founder, Trumpet Capital Corp
Jim David
Founder, Trumpet Capital Corp
Jim has been a vital supporter of SchoolBOX since the beginning. Jim travelled to Nicaragua in early 2008 to help construct one of our first schools and has been actively involved ever since. Jim is a commercial mortgage advisor and founder of Trumpet Capital Corp in Calgary, Alberta. He is passionate about yoga, and helping children in Nicaragua.
Harvey Griggs<br />
Engineer, Entrepreneur
Harvey Griggs
Engineer, Entrepreneur
Harvey Griggs has enjoyed a remarkable career as an engineer and entrepreneur. In 2008 Harvey came to Nicaragua to assist with the build of SchoolBOX’s third school. He was deeply impressed with the kindness, the generosity, the spirit and the commitment to education demonstrated by the Nicaraguans. He has been an energetic supporter of SchoolBOX ever since.
Sue Griggs<br />
Executive Coach, Educator
Sue Griggs
Executive Coach, Educator
Sue has had an eclectic career as an educator with children and adults from ages four to eighty. Much of her energy is now focused on executive coaching and advising non profits such as SchoolBOX. Sue works to ensure that both the Canadian and Nicaraguan communities continue to grow and to develop with mutual respect and caring.