PROGRAM DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHT
Maria de Jesus Zepeda
Maria has served as FSD's Country Director in Nicaragua since 1998. She is a licensed social worker and psychologist, with a specialization in clinical attention and attention to families. Maria has a post-graduate degree in forensic psychology, and in 2011 she received her master's degree in Social Politics, Rights, and Leadership for Children and Adolescents. She completed a course on "facilitation for facilitators" that has helped her with the many leadership roles she has taken on. Maria’s professional history demonstrates a dedication to her community. She was hired by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health to manage community health education programs and direct the Department of Social Work in the Hospital of Ciudad Sandino. She also directed a program geared at preventing interfamilial violence and promoting reproductive health for the Fundación Mejia Godoy, financed by USAID. She has extensive experience developing projects and facilitating projects for health educators, midwives, and volunteers who work in public and community health. With the help of FSD volunteers, Maria works to help organizations improve the quality of life in Nicaragua. Her focus is empowering women, promoting community development, and supporting organizations in Nicaragua develop sustainable community projects.