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Brandon Raab (Co-Founder)
Brandon Raab has dedicated the past 10 years to creatively working with students in a variety of settings, focusing on instilling in his students the confidence and ability to view the world around them with inquisitive eyes and coaching them in creative problem solving methods.
Brandon graduated from the University of Georgia in 1999 with a degree in teaching Science, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Literature and is a certified teacher in the United States. He has taught in Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Georgia and the mountains of North Carolina. He has also created an environmental education program for inner city students, worked as an educational river guide, led therapeutic wilderness trips for at risk students, taught special needs students and currently works for the School of Life International Foundation.
He is committed to making learning meaningful and fun and sharing with others the many things he has learned traveling and working with people from around the world. His hobbies include traveling, fishing, hiking, playing sports and enjoying life to its fullest.
Dave Elmore (Co-Founder, Athletic Program Director)
Dave Elmore has spent the last 20+ years traveling the world and working with students in a variety of settings and is known as an exceptional human being by the many who have worked with him.
Dave has worked with students in Guatemala, North Carolina, and taught students in Honduras for the past 4 years. His many experiences include leading wilderness trips for at risk youth, playing collegiate and semi professional baseball, hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, traveling with United Servants Abroad through Kosovo following the war on a problem solving mission and traveling throughout Europe and Central America. He has been trained as a certified Wilderness First Responder and possesses an ability to work with and provide inspiration to those around him.
Dave is committed to creating a lasting change in people around the world to ensure that everyone has a chance to experience a meaningful and productive life.
Mark Flanagan (Program Director)
Mark Flanagan came to Roatan in 2005 with the intention of staying for 3 months and never left after falling in love with the island! He is a SCUBA instructor, a certified ESL teacher, community organizer and an avid baseball fan.
Mark grew up in a military family and lived in Texas, Florida, Colorado, Spain, and Germany before graduating from high school. He has a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from Texas A&M University. After traveling Europe in 2001 and around the world in 2003 (South Africa, Swaziland, India, Nepal, Thailand, Australia, Hawaii, and USA) he found himself looking for a new adventure in Central America in 2005.
Andrea Rivera Sosa
Andrea Rivera Sosa was born in Honduras but raised in the United States during her early teens. She studied marine science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2006, and obtained a MSc. degree in Water and Coastal Management in 2009 at the University of Plymouth, England and University of Cadiz, Spain. She has a huge interest in understanding poverty issues in coastal communities to further implement socio-economic opportunities and successful community education and development projects. Her most recent study dealt with investigating livelihood coping strategies to extreme weather such as hurricanes in Honduras.
Her aspirations to increase environmental education and the fundamental rights to children in her country brought her to work with SOL International Foundation. She is a friendly and passionate lady who enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking, learning about different cultures and green living.
Myra Pinnace (Community Courts Supervisor)
Myra Pinnace is the youngest of SOL International Foundation staff members. She was born and raised in the community of Sandy Bay, Roatan where SOL International Foundation primarily operates. She loves and knows most of the children in her community and enjoys working with SOL International Foundation. Her presence is important as SOL International Foundation aims to empower youth and the children participating in after school activities look up to her as role model. Myra can be found at the Julio Galindo, Jr. Community Courts each night playing with the kids and supervising the activities.