Meet the STeP UP Staff



Ned Seligman


Ned has had more than 25 years experience working with grassroots development organizations in Africa and was the Peace Corps Director in São Tomé and Príncipe for 3 years in the mid 1990's. Before setting up STeP UP, he worked for the World Wildlife Fund, World Learning, Catholic Relief Services, the American Friends Service Committee and the PeaceCorps. He received his B.A. from Yale University and a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University.


Roberta dos Santos

Roberta has worked with community-based organizations in São Tomé since 1990, when she started working for the Peace Corps as Assistant Director. Prior to the Peace Corps and STeP UP, she taught English for twenty years in São Tomé's only high school and later at the Diocesan Institute Joao Paulo II. She received advanced training in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) for three years in Buffalo, NY.


Quintino Quade

Quintino graduated from the Teacher Training Institute "Tchico Te" in 1993 and was a  teacher, first in a middle school and later in a high school in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau. During the war in that country, he emigrated to São Tomé and is working with STeP UP as secretary and translator since 1999.