The MEDA TeamMEDA’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.
ALLAN SAUDER, President
KIM PITYN, Chief Operations Officer
GERALD MORRISON, Chief Financial Officer
MICHAEL WHITE, Chief Strategic Engagement Officer
AMIE MCPHEE, Senior Director, Corporate Finance
CYNTHIA ATKINSON, Senior Manager, Corporate Administration
HELEN LOFTIN, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Role at MEDA - Since 2006 Helen has held various management roles with MEDA both in the field as well as at headquarters operations. In her current role as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Helen is responsible for the development and delivery of MEDA’s corporate marketing and communications strategy. She works to ensure that strong messaging is used to accomplish MEDA’s goals with individuals, corporations, foundations, institutions, employees and multilateral agencies. Helen’s leadership of the marketing and communications team directly supports MEDA’s business partnerships and contributes to the integration of a private sector focus.
Experience ‒ In her 20+ previous years before joining MEDA, Helen co-managed the successful family contracting business and consulted for many small businesses in Canada in a diverse range of industries. Helen is a graduate of business administration studies and holds a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.
Languages ‒ English and French (basic)
IRENE BURNS, Senior Director, West Africa/MENA Programs
Role at MEDA - As Senior Director of the West Africa/MENA region of programs, Irene provides direction and management to achieve overall success for development of MEDA’s work in that geographic area. She ensures an environment that allows for effective delivery of contracts and consulting assignments, including effective staff management, visiting programs and managing consultants. Irene also encourages MEDA’s technical leadership by ensuring that all team members are actively participating in one of our technical teams and contributing, as appropriate, to consulting opportunities, publications, and industry contributions while exploring new and innovative products and development of tools. In addition to this, she undertakes new business development for the West Africa/MENA team.
Experience - Irene has an extensive background in international development, including an MBA in International Business. She has 20 years of experience managing and implementing projects in small and medium-sized (SME) enterprise development, value chain competitiveness, capacity building, business enabling environment, and regional trade and investment in developing and transition countries for USAID. She has worked as a Senior Development Specialist in private sector development and economic growth. Her extensive experience managing USAID programs includes positions as Chief of Party (COP), Acting Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), and Team Leader for over 7 years with DAI. She brings a deep understanding of USAID project management rules and regulations, policies and procedures, including financial management and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, reporting, staff management, operations and management of multiple field offices. Most recently, she was a Director for DAI in Washington.
JERRY QUIGLEY, Senior Vice President, Programs
Role at MEDA - Since 1990, Jerry has worked in various management positions with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). Jerry is currently Senior Vice President of Programs at MEDA, providing oversight to MEDA's three geographic areas of focus; West Africa/MENA Programs, Eastern Southern and Central Africa Programs, and Global Programs. He has served on numerous boards including several years as chair of the board of IMON microfinance bank in Tajikistan, chair of the board of Agro Capital Management in Ukraine and the chair of IMON Foundation in Tajikistan. Jerry is a seasoned consultant having executed a wide array of assignments including business and marketing plans, program designs and evaluations.
Experience ‒ For nearly twenty-five years, Jerry has successfully integrated the disciplines of business and development through practical entrepreneurial experience, progressive management roles and numerous consultancies. Jerry has founded and managed two commercial enterprises for development organizations with a wide range of successful business activities. Jerry Quigley is a graduate in economics and development studies from the University of Guelph.
LINDA JONES, Senior Director, Global Programs
Role at MEDA - Linda Jones is the Senior Director, Global Programs responsible for developing and overseeing MEDA’s programming in Asia/Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and cross-regional. These programs cut across MEDA’s core technical areas in market systems and financial sector development: sustainable agriculture, financial inclusion, investment and blended finance, empowerment of women, youth workforce development, and the business of health. Linda leads a talented and experienced management and technical team on the design and implementation of groundbreaking projects in challenging environments.
Experience - Linda is a globally recognized expert in the field of inclusive economic development, with a focus on the integration of vulnerable populations into market systems and financial sectors. Recently rejoining MEDA, Linda has held senior positions at the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, the Coady International Institute and Open Text Corporation. As a consultant, Jones has advised on a wide range of bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental development programs, with extensive experience strategic development, field research, building the capacity of program teams, and training policy makers and practitioners through recognized institutions such as the ILO, Boulder Institute and CGIAR among others. Jones has contributed to building the inclusive economic development field as a volunteer in key areas such as: co-founding and chairing the Canadian Forum for Impact Investment and Development; serving as a board member and chair of the SEEP Network (DC); advising the Eurasia Foundation on women’s enterprise development; publishing extensively from articles in peer-reviewed journal to books and reports; and serving as editor of the Enterprise Development and Microfinance Journal. Jones holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology and Linguistics from McMaster University in Canada where she received numerous awards for academic excellence including a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada graduate fellowship.
MARCIA SCHEFFLER, Senior Director, Human Capital
RACHEL HESS, Senior Director, Eastern, Southern and Central Africa Programs
Role at MEDA - As Senior Director, Rachel leads MEDA's ESCA program,
- supporting a team of development professionals to implement projects that facilitate sustained change
- developing program strategy
- coordinating new business development
Across the region, MEDA delivers business solutions to poverty by drawing on expertise in market systems development, empowerment of women through economic advancement, integration of youth into employment and business, inclusive financial systems development, investment and blended finance.
Experience - Rachel has extensive experience with programs designed to reduce poverty through inclusive economic development, both internationally and in North America. With MEDA she has managed programs focused on assisting women to improve production and business skills to more effectively participate in viable market systems. Her specialities include market systems analysis to identify opportunities for greater inclusion of women and other marginalized groups and monitoring of market-based interventions. She has conducted project evaluation, market analysis and project design assignments in a range of international settings and has lived in Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tanzania. She has also directed a Women’s Business Center committed to assisting women to start and grow businesses in south central Pennsylvania. Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia.
Language - English
SCOTT RUDDICK, Senior Director, Security
Role at MEDA - Scott Ruddick, is Senior Director, Security. Working closely with project offices, he manages global security systems for MEDA’s programming. He undertakes risk assessments; manages field security teams; oversees crisis management and recovery planning; and develops and delivers security training for MEDA staff. He is also responsible for case management of security investigations.
Experience - Scott has extensive experience in protective security; risk analysis; security management; and crisis planning in an aid and development context. Previous to MEDA, Scott was a consultant in international development; an adjunct faculty member at York University's Schulich School of Business and Royal Roads University; and spent a decade in a variety of front line law enforcement roles. His practitioner knowledge is underpinned by Board certification in security management, an MBA and graduate diplomas in security management, law enforcement and investigative techniques.
Scott has activity contributed to building the aid and development security field. He serves on the Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council of ASIS International, where he is Associate Editor of the Council newsletter. He is a volunteer with the Canadian Interagency Security Advisory Forum.
THOMAS DIXON, Senior Director, Business Partnerships
Role at MEDA ‒ Thom takes an entrepreneurial approach to design, test and integrate organization-wide methodologies for MEDA to partner with the private sector in finding business solutions to poverty. His primary focus is on partnering with businesses that engage global business models to generate sustainable livelihoods for poor families.
Experience ‒ Thom’s background includes ten years in program management and project advisory roles in Tanzania, ten years of food manufacturing experience in Costa Rica, two years as a strategic management consultant in northern Europe, and freelance consulting on private sector strengthening in sixteen nations on three continents. He pioneered new business models in East Africa by linking smallholders to global pharmaceutical companies in cultivating the feedstock critical to manufacturing malaria treatments, empowering African farmers to participate in producing cures for illnesses that primarily impact Africa. Recognizing government’s influence on the private sector in developing economies, Thom has persistently sought to educate policy makers on the impact of their decisions on business and health. Thom holds a B.A from Earlham College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Languages ‒ Thom is fluent in English and Spanish; he has limited conversational French and Swahili.