Pam Cope, Co-Founder
Pam Cope is the Co-Founder of Touch A Life and the author of Jantsen’s Gift, a powerful memoir published in three foreign markets. Pam and her husband Randy have four children and have been committed to a life of purpose since losing their oldest son in 1999. That life of purpose has been organically taking shape in the most creative ways.
From the streets of Saigon to the adventures of West Africa, Pam firmly believes that the world can be changed one child at a time. Her word for 2017 is intentional. Pam lives in Neosho, Missouri, with her husband and TAL’s Co-Founder, Randy. She has four children – Jantsen, Crista, Van & Tatum.
Jan Osborn, Executive Director
Jan Osborn has been involved with Touch A Life as a supporter and volunteer for the past five years. As Legacy Partners, Jan and her husband Scott donated the funds to build Zachary’s house, in honor of their son. Jan provides much needed support to Touch A Life’s Dallas-based team, while also traveling to Ghana several times per year.
Jan has served on various nonprofit boards throughout the Dallas area and chaired events for Preston Hollow Elementary, Dallas Christian School, CARE Dallas, The Elisa Project, Connecting Point of Park Cities, Pink Day, Dallas Women’s Foundation and Nexus.
John O’Toole, CEO
John has served as the Touch A Life Executive Director and then CEO since 2011. John is an Associate for Executives in Action and also serves as Executive Vice President of WLX, a company specializing in platform truck transportation. John co-founded the Cal West Tariff Bureau and Association, a nonprofit organization servicing the transportation industry. He brings over 30 years of executive-level experience to the Touch A Life team. John lives in Irving, TX, with his wife Linda and has two grown children and six grandchildren.
Rachel Brown, Development Director
Rachel Brown has served as the Director of Project Development for Touch A Life since January 2009 and in 2016 was named Director of Development. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University with a degree in Journalism and it was at her alma mater where she met Pam Cope. After traveling to Ghana with Pam in August 2008, Rachel was brought on board to manage special projects, craft donor communication strategies, and organize volunteer efforts for the organization. Rachel’s role has evolved and, like the other staff members at TAL, she wears a lot of hats. She loves meeting & engaging new supporters, leading trips to Ghana for volunteer groups, and dreaming up new ways to share TAL’s story. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, baby girl, Ruby, and their adorably large English mastiff.
Mary Martin, Communications Manager
Mary graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations and has eight years of marketing experience. She joined Touch A Life in 2013 to manage digital communications and expand the TAL community online and now oversees communication and marketing for all TAL programs.
Mary is passionate about helping organizations create a brand that reflects the good work they are doing in the world. She lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband and their two young boys, Lucas and Elijah.
Bernard Fianku, Ghana Country Director
Bernard was born in a small village along Lake Volta in Ghana and was sent to live with an aunt and her husband at the age of nine. During that time he was subjected to child labor until he was able to move and continue his education. Bernard went on to attend International Theological Seminary where he studied faith-based counseling in addition to biblical studies. He earned a degree in counseling and certificate in addiction, grief, and behavioral therapy and later went to the University of Ghana to study economics and sociology. Bernard was on staff as director at various child support and schooling organizations from 2003 until he joined the Touch A Life team in 2009. Bernard was named TAL’s Ghana Country Director in 2013 and lives in Ghana with his wife, Irene, and their young son, David.
Kwame Dadzie, Ghana Art Center Director
Frank Obrempong Kwame Dadzie was born Kumasi, Ghana and lived with his parents until late 1999 when he moved in American missionaries, Rev David Vespa and his wife Rev. Maryann. During that time he served them in various ways and in their church. They helped to deepen his relationship with God. During that time he enrolled in an art school called College of Art and Industry in Kumasi and graduated in the top of his class. In 2004 he studied graphic design and computer networking.
In 2009 Kwame met Touch A Life staff members in Kumasi and began helping them develop humanitarian projects. He began to see a vision for his role as it evolved, and he utilized his skills as a professional artist (specializing in paintings) to start assisting in the Connor Creative Art Center. In 2013 he joined the Touch A Life Staff as the Ghana Art Center Director, overseeing all Art Healing programs for the children at the Care Center.
Kwame currently owns an advertising agency. He is married to his wife Jennifer and they have two beautiful children, Kelly and Christopher.
Nana Amoako-Anin, Life Academy Director
Nana Amoako-Anin is originally from Ghana, and spent much of her childhood in West Africa, before calling the Washington D.C. area and New York City her home. After graduating from Columbia University, she became a Manhattan District Attorney, worked as a Wall Street banker, pursued her creative side as an artist, model, and fashion designer, and then found her true calling as a yoga teacher and wellness entrepreneur.
After the birth of her daughter, she and her husband moved their family back to Accra, Ghana, where Nana opened the Bliss Yoga Accra studio, nestled in the Movenpick Hotel, Accra’s premier luxury hotel. Nana leads the Life Academy team from a place of wholeness and wellness, while providing valuable insight into the Ghanaian job market and necessary professional skills.