Meet our team

Amplio Network is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. We also have a country office in Ghana. If you would like to discuss a project or request a Talking Book demo, please contact us.

Rabiya Abdul

Product Manager

Rabiya was born and brought up in south India. She completed her bachelor’s degree in computer science and worked with Accenture as a software engineer. She moved to the U.S in 2013 to gain business knowledge and completed her MBA degree in finance. As a project manager for the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, Rabiya created a report on the hardware and software assets utilized by the State of Oregon. She also worked as a senior business analyst for Avanade, a Microsoft partner. She created a product roadmap for NEOGOV’s talent management suite and launched their Analytics product to help organizations identify the effectiveness of their business processes. Rabiya enjoys painting, traveling, and playing video games.

Bea Covington

Global Partnerships Director

An economist and data-driven leader, Bea worked for USAID, International Finance Corporation, and private sector clients. She has extensive experience building and scaling public/private partnerships. In the Peace Corps, Bea taught and developed teacher training programs in Morocco and Togo. She received her MAg in natural resource economics and MS in adult education and communication at the University of Florida. Bea has designed participatory engagement methodologies and tools to engage communities in conflict areas. For her work in Afghanistan, she received awards from the US Department of State and USAID. Prior to joining Amplio, Bea helped farmers and private landowners adopt and implement conservation practices in Washington State.

Lindsay Dakan

Global Partnerships Program Manager

Lindsay is an international development professional with experience living and working in Asia and Africa. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she taught English at a university in Nanchong, Sichuan Province, in China. She then worked with NGOs in Uganda for four years. She has expertise in program monitoring and evaluation, and is passionate about women’s empowerment and gender equity. She earned her MA in sustainable international development at Brandeis University and a BA in philosophy and human rights at Trinity College. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys yoga, cooking good food, hiking, and cuddling with Kavuyo, her rescue cat from Uganda.

Toffic Dapilaah

MEAL/Partnership Development Officer

Toffic Dapilaah supports Amplio Ghana with data to inform program decisions and partnership development. He joined the team in 2013 as a field coordinator and served as a field manager, prior to advancing to his current role. Toffic is a graduate of USAID’s Young African Leadership Initiative in public sector management and entrepreneurship. He likes to play, watch, and discuss football. (His favorite teams are Hearts of Oak in Ghana and Chelsea FC in England.) Toffic holds a BA in business management from Zenith University College. He is pursuing an MSC in project management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Michael Dakura

Information Technology Officer

Michael Dakura has been supporting Talking Book technology since 2016. Prior to joining Amplio, he did community research and data collection in rural communities in Northern Ghana focusing on socio-economic and health issues given locally available resources and community needs. He also worked as a data officer at Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans and as a systems/network administrator at St. Joseph Knowledge Centre—one of the first ICT centers in the Upper West Region. Michael has a BS in Commerce from the University of Cape Coast, a Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Sunyani Polytechnic, and an Advanced Diploma in Computing from IPMC Ghana. 

Fidelis Awonodomo Da-uri

Senior Content Manager

Fidelis Da-uri volunteered for the first Talking Book pilot program in Jirapa District in 2008, and later joined the organization as a full time staff member. He designs and produces engaging, locally relevant audio content for programs in Ghana. Fidelis has produced songs, dramas, interviews, and endorsements messages about maternal and child health, integrated soil fertility management, gender and rural development, sustainable agriculture, child protection, WASH, nutrition, climate change, and more, working with partners such as UNICEF, CARE International, and Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He also composes music and plays the xylophone.

Bill Evans

Senior Software Design Engineer

Bill is a veteran of the software industry. He started out supporting room-sized mainframe systems for the healthcare industry in 1978. At Microsoft, Bill was a founding member of the team that created the .NET development environment, and he later worked on the Kindle reader at Amazon. From large mainframe computers, to the smallest embedded processor, Bill has programmed professionally in more than a dozen computer languages and dabbled in many more. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. When not programming, or reading about programming, Bill enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading science fiction.

Erin Inclan

Erin Gould Inclan

Communications Director

Erin has over 20 years of experience leading strategic communications for mission-driven causes. Early on, she led content creation and community engagement for an AOL startup, Microsoft, Group Health, and various marketing, public relations, and diversity consulting firms. At Simmons College, Boston, she developed the voice and messaging for award-winning websites, publications, and a $1.2M branding campaign that increased university-wide enrollments. Prior to joining Amplio, Erin consulted for higher education and nonprofits. She has a BA in cultural studies and communication from The Evergreen State College.

Line (“Lynne”) Ngatchou 

Chief Operations Director

Line has worked with rural women’s associations in Burkina Faso, where she implemented a strategic model to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Shea butter trademark and product quality certification. Her research data is referenced in published articles on “Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP)” in Africa. In 2016, Line received the InsideNGO Excellence Award in recognition of  her outstanding contributions as an operations professional. Line holds an MS in sustainable development from Montpellier-France, a BA in tropical agronomy from the University of Florence-Italy, and an MBA in financial management. Fluent in French, Italian, and English, she enjoys movies, Zumba, travel, and good food.

Dorcas Sarpoma

Finance Officer

Dorcas Sarpoma worked with Ga West Municipal Assembly in Ghana and the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana before joining the team in 2016. She has a bachelor of commerce degree with a specialization in accounting from the University for Development Studies, Tamale. Dorcas is currently continuing her education at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana. She is proficient in English, Twi, Ga, Hausa, and is learning French.

Cliff Schmidt

Founder and Executive Director

Cliff founded Amplio (as Literacy Bridge) in 2007 to address global poverty through innovative technology, the Talking Book audio device, which enables knowledge sharing with the world’s hardest-to-reach communities. Cliff is a two-time recipient of Microsoft’s Integral Fellows Award (2010, 2014) and has received a range of awards, including the top prize at The Tech Awards (2012), a Computerworld Honors Award (2013), and Wise Award (2015) for the Talking Book program. He also was selected as a Clinton Global Initiative member, and featured  as a PBS Newshour Agent of Change. Prior to starting Amplio, Cliff was a software developer for Microsoft and a nuclear engineering officer for the U.S. Navy Submarine Force. He received a BS in cognitive science from MIT and a MS in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington. Cliff loves music and plays the tenor sax.

Jenny Smith

Executive Assistant

Jenny spent six years in Israel, working in hospitality and studying the art of crafting ceramics. She also lived on a kibbutz for a year, where she learned how to farm, herd goats, and harvest dates. The hands-on experience provided her with a wealth of knowledge in sustainable, intentional, cooperative living, art, and agriculture. In her free time, Jenny volunteers and participates at pottery and yoga studios. She enjoys travel, the outdoors, and live music. She earned her BS in human environmental science at the University of Alabama.

Simon Tang

Business Development Officer

Simon Tang holds a BA in integrated development studies from the University for Development Studies. Simon started his working career as a Cultural Officer with the National Commission on Culture, Upper East and was the officer in-charge for the implementation of the live drama phase of UNICEF’s Communication for Development program. He joined the Amplio team in 2016 as the MEDA GROW program officer and has expertise in content creation and management, design and implementation of surveys, community mobilization, and animation.

Gumah Aloysius Tiah

Ghana Country Director

Gumah Tiah is Country Director of Amplio Ghana. He has worked both locally and internationally in the development and conflict context. A leader in program development and management, his experience includes various roles with the SEND Foundation of West Africa in Sierra Leone, Population Services International in South Sudan, British Red Cross in Sierra Leone, and Swiss Red Cross in South Sudan. Gumah has led projects, teams, and M&E strategy across multiple issue areas, including  livelihoods, food security, climate change, health, WASH, disaster management, and governance. Gumah has a BS in integrated development studies and MPhil in development management.

Lisa Zook

Quality Assurance Manager

Lisa oversees monitoring and evaluation for Talking Book programs and contributes to R&D for Amplio products and services. Over the last 10 years, Lisa has designed and implemented monitoring and evaluation systems that break down the complexities of the contexts in which we work and amplify the voices of local communities in development decision-making. She splits her time between Amplio and her consulting firm, InformEd International, that specializes in M&E and program design for early grade education projects. Lisa has worked with Save the Children, RTI, World Vision, UNICEF, World Bank, and Right To Play. She is a co-founder of Seattle Evaluation Association and enjoys translating data into action through effective data visualizations and communication.  She has an MPH from University of Michigan and is a graduate of Davidson College.

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