VACI Ghana Staff

Meet the people behind it all

Richard Kwame Ahutsi (Executive Director)

Richard is the Executive Director of VACI-Ghana, which he founded in 2000. He has a long standing experience in research and NGO management. He devotes most of his time and energy to VACI-Ghana but also is the manager of Arkworld Enterprise and the head of marketing at TCS(Technology Consultancy and Security) Solution Limited. Due to VACI's partnership with Green the Gene, Richard also serves as one of their Country Representative. Richard encourages volunteering as a means to bridge the gap between the youth from different cultures in the pathway of development. Richard is passionate about creating such opportunities for people all around the globe particularly because it is through humanitarian service that one is able to gain a deep understanding and appreciation of life while leaving a lasting impression on ones who have benefited from their services. With the efforts of Richard and the rest of his staff, VACI- Ghana was created to promote cultural integration and to also promote the benefits that the act of volunteering can provide to both the local community and the volunteers themselves. VACI's vision is to work with participants from different backgrounds and enable them to help reach out to the needy and less fortunate Ghanaians. Richard highly encourages and welcomes interested candidates to contact the VACI staff(info@vacighana.org) for more information and assistance.


Adriana Bucz (Project Director and Fundraising Officer)

Adriana has volunteered with VACI-Ghana since 2012, serving first as a Canadian Country Coordinator, and now as Fundraising Officer and Project Director. She holds a degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where she has also taught as a sessional instructor. She has worked for several years as a manager and producer in non-profit organizations, with a particular focus in the use of arts and culture to create community. In addition, Adriana has worked as a project organizer and fundraiser for a number of community organizations, as well as being an active volunteer, especially with social welfare and healthcare initiatives. For VACI-Ghana, Adriana helps to coordinate fundraising and assists with our many projects, from volunteer placements to outreach actions. Contact Adriana through mail on canada@vacighana.org


Kwaku Oppong Manu (Country Coordinator California)

Kwaku Oppong Manu is the Country Coordinator in Oakland California. He holds a Diploma and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Ghana. Currently He is the African Music & Dance instructor at East Bay Center. Kwaku has taken a knee interest in volunteering and development after volunteering stint in teaching traditional African Dance with ORPHANAGE-AFRICA, an orphanage based in Accra. This experience influences him towards voluntary works. Kwaku works voluntarily as a volunteer recruitment coordinator recruiting volunteers from Oakland California area for VACI-Ghana placement programs and projects in Ghana.


Minna Kuusisto (Country Coordinator Finland)

Minna Kuusisto is the Country Coordinator in Finland. Minna is studying in the HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Degree Programme in Civic Activities and Youth Work, in Turku Finland. She will graduate as Community Educator this year. Minna is yoga and a kettlebell teacher and works in her own company doing business with several associations and the City of Turku and the City of Kaarina. She visited Ghana in January 2017 as a volunteer worker and an intern in the House of Grace School for Deaf in Accra. Minna is a Country Coordinator in Finland and looking forward to assisting new volunteers to VACI-Ghana.
EMAIL: europe@vacighana.org


LAURA BROWN (COUNTRY COORDINATOR CANADA)

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of British Columbia, as well as a bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Victoria. She has worked for six years with marginalized and impoverished peoples in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, including roles as a Community Liaison Worker, an Outreach worker, and a Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Nurse. Laura has a long history working with non-profit organizations, particularly related to advocacy, HIV/AIDS, Aboriginal rights, and gender equality. Laura visited Ghana in 2016 and has worked with VACI-Ghana on projects related to family planning, safe-sex practices, gender roles, and the importance of education


Sheena McGee (Assistance Coordinator at University of Birmigham UK)

Sheena is a Psychology student at the University of Birmingham who volunteered with VACI in 2014. During her volunteering, she focused her time counseling at risk- students in the Hatsukope Basic School and Akame Basic School. Sheena talked to students in the schools about issues such as teenage pregnancy, contraception, drug abuse, and school drop-out and youth unemployment. After seeing the positive impact on the young people, Sheena continued her involvement with VACI and became the UK Publicity and Training Assistance Co-coordinator. She aims to promote VACI through increasing connections in Birmingham and across the UK. She is focused on recruiting more volunteers, especially for the counseling project, and preparing them for their stay in Ghana. Sheena continues to work with the Ghanaian staff at VACI and her fellow coordinators in the UK to move the organization forward.


Beatrice Torshie Torto (Communications Advocacy & Outreach Specialists)

Ms. Beatrice Torshie Torto, is the Communications Advocacy & Outreach Specialists for VACI. She holds an Masters Degree in International Affairs and a Bachelors in Law & History. She holds several certificates on communications, media training, and public relations. She has several years of experience in promoting girl-child education, women social, economic and political empowerment. She is a researcher and has published journals and articles on topical issues of development. At VACI she coordinates all external relation matters, develop advocacy and outreach strategies.


Ellis Dzakpasu(IT Resource Personnel/Administrative Secretary)

Ellis is a computer science graduate from Ashesi University Ghana who currently works as a systems administrator in a reputable Bank in Ghana. He shares similar visions with VACI-Ghana and has been working in the background with the organization on many projects. He spear headed the migration of our website and has since served as our website administrator. He was also instrumental in increasing our presence on social media platforms and the web as a whole. Due to his diligence and passion to serve, he as of last year (2013) assumed the role of our IT Resource Personnel and Administrative Secretary. Ellis amongst his other responsibilities will now be in charge of spear heading the VACI-Ghana community IT Center project. To know more about the project and how you can contribute, contact him through info@vacighana.org


Deynee K. Adoko (Assistant Program Coordinator)

Deyeen works as the Assistant Program Coordinator. Deynee, holds a professional certificate in interior decorator and also speaks French fluently Between October and December 2009, Deynee, has a great love for humanity and avail to work VACI-Ghana voluntarily because of his love for people to use his skills, teach and assist the our partner project with Abigail Vocational School to teach interior Decoration. He assists the Program Coordinator, work with volunteers in the area of orientation; take volunteers on weekend trips, and arranging host families and work place. He works with all departments when his services are needed.