Executive Staff / Board of Directors

MEDA Executive Staff

MEDA’s strength is found in its staff — a group of individuals who are expert in their fields of responsibility and dedicated to MEDA’s mission. You can reach all of MEDA’s staff by calling 1-800-665-7026 or by email: meda@meda.org

Allan joined MEDA in 1987, and has worked in various capacities within MEDA’s international programs since that time. He was appointed President in 2002. Allan has also worked with the International Development Research Centre, Mennonite Central Committee, and Home Hardware Stores Ltd. He has lived and worked in Tanzania and Bangladesh, and his travels have taken him to more than 65 countries. Allan holds an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo.

GERALD MORRISON, Chief Financial Officer
Gerald joined MEDA in 1997, serving as Finance Manager and then Controller prior to his appointment as CFO in 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.A. in Accountancy from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining MEDA, Gerald worked in public accounting for four years. He has completed internal audits, set-up accounting and financial systems and performed consultancies in more than 10 countries.

KIM PITYN, Chief Operations Officer
Kim joined MEDA in 1990 and has worked in various capacities in the organization, including Vice President, International Operations and Director of Human Resources (2003-2010), and Project Director of the Rural Small Business Development Program in Haiti. Her work has taken her to more than 40 countries. Prior to joining MEDA, Kim worked as a Regional Manager with the Contact Human Resource Group. She has an Honours Business Degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario; a Human Resource Professional Association of Ontario designation; and a Certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University.

GERHARD PRIES, President, Sarona Asset Management Inc.
Gerhard Pries joined MEDA in 1993. He serves as Founding President of Sarona Asset Management, and Co-Founder and Director of MicroVest Capital Management. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of MEDA, Founding Chairman of MicroCap Capital Management and Latin America Challenge Investment Fund, and Founding Director of International Association of Micro Finance Investors. He cut his teeth equally at PricewaterhouseCoopers and at the feet of Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity.

DAVID WARREN, Chief Engagement Officer
Dave Warren supervises a staff of 16 in MEDA’s Member Engagement area and serves on the organization’s executive leadership team. Before coming to MEDA in 2013, Dave was VP of core markets and philanthropic planning at Everence Financial Advisors and the Mennonite Foundation, where he managed 110 financial professionals. He was formerly Chief Development Officer at public broadcaster WITF in Harrisburg, PA. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is a certified fundraising executive. Dave is President of the Susquehanna Valley Planned giving council, a member of the board of directors at Philhaven Behavioral Health in Mt. Gretna, PA, and serves as Co-Chair of the Board of the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church in Grantham, PA.

 MEDA Board of Directors


Debbie Sauder David, Chair
Executive Director, Sauder Village

Albert (Bert) Friesen, Vice-Chair
President/CEO, Medicure Inc. & Genesys Venture Inc.

James Schlegel, Treasurer
President, RBJ Schlegel Holdings

Dale Beachey, Secretary
Owner, Dale Beachey Financial & Management Consulting

U.S. Regional Directors

Bryce Bergey, Northeast
Vice President, Univest Corp.

Dale Beachey
, Gulf States
Owner, Dale Beachey Financial & Management Consulting

Debbie Sauder David, Great Lakes
Executive Director, Sauder Village

Kevin Dorsing, North West
CEO/Partner, Royal Ridge Fruit

Laura Stephenson, West Coast
Owner, 4D Concepts

Pat Vendrely, North Central
President/CEO, TGI Systems Corp.

Phyllis Pellman Good, Seaboard
Sr. Editor/Co-ED, Good Enterprises, Ltd.

Tim Penner, Prairie
President /CEO, Harper Industries

Yvonne Sieber, Mid West
VP of Advancement, Hesston College

Canada Regional Directors

Peter Dueck, Midwest
Co-President, Vidir Machine Inc.

John Schroeder, Pacific
Owner, Valleybrook Gardens Ltd.

Abe Fehr, Eastern
President/Owner, Uni-Fab

Janelle Unrau
, Western
Principal, Stun Collective


Alex Hartzler, Pennsylvania
President, WCI Partners, LP

Dallas Steiner,
President/CEO, Venture Products Inc.

Donovan Nickel,

Gary Leis, Ontario
CEO, Leis Pet Distributing Inc.

Joyce Bontrager Lehman, New Hampshire
Technical Advisor, Access to Finance

Michael Horsch, Germany
CEO/Owner, Horsch

Sid Burkey, Nebraska
President/Owner, Burkey Farms

Zachary Bishop, Colorado
Vice-President, D.A. Davidson and Co.