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.
DR. DOROTHY NYAMBI, CEO/President
MICHAEL WHITE, Chief Strategic Engagement Officer
KIM PITYN, Chief Operations Officer
GERALD MORRISON, Chief Financial Officer
AMIE MCPHEE, Senior Director, Corporate Finance
BRENT STEINMANN, Senior Director, Finance, Field Operations and Risk Management
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.
KATIE TURNER, Senior Director, Global Programs
Experience ‒ Katie has over 10 years of experience supporting private sector led development projects with a focus on SME investment and agribusiness development . She has strong field experience coupled with extensive knowledge of gender, technology adoption and microfinance as they apply to rural development. Katie holds an Honours BA in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Post Graduate Degree in International Development. She has worked in Armenia, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Vietnam.
Languages ‒ Katie is fluent in English and Spanish. She is learning French.
LINDA JONES, Vice President, Partnerships and Innovation
Role at MEDA - Linda’s leads a team whose efforts are focused on leading business development partnerships in collaboration with all regions. In addition, she is responsible for coordinating MEDA’s Technical Teams with an emphasis on technical innovation, technical direction and technical positioning.
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.
Languages - English
MARCIA SCHEFFLER, Senior Director, Human Capital
MICHAEL MILLER, Senior Director, Resource Development
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.
TAMMY BENDER, Senior Director, Marketing
Role at MEDA - Tammy joined MEDA in 2018 as Sr. Director, Marketing. In her role, Tammy is responsible to develop and deliver MEDA’s corporate marketing strategy while strengthening MEDA’s brand. She leads the marketing team to generate income through direct and indirect efforts.
Experience - Tammy is a seasoned strategic communications and marketing professional with diverse experience spanning media relations, stakeholder communications, advocacy, social and digital media. She has held communications management roles with the Ontario and Canadian governments in the economic development sector as well as a global think tank focused on international governance. She hold a bachelor’s degree in English- Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo.