SID BURKEY, Chief Engagement Officer
Sid is a long-time supporter of MEDA and served on MEDA's board of directors from 2005-2011. From his base in Nebraska, Sid provides leadership and strategic direction for MEDA's resource development, marketing, association engagement and MEDA Europe teams. He is also a member of the Sarona MEDA Investments Board and the Sarona Frontier Market Fund Board.
Sid has collaboratively founded, co-owned and co-led three technology-based businesses in the fields of animal genetics, production agriculture and electronic monitoring and communications. After selling two of these family businesses, he now has more time to participate directly in his MEDA passion. Sid considers it a privilege to be part of MEDA – an organization that creates entrepreneurial, sustainable solutions for the poor and disadvantaged, and also encourages the application of faith principles in the workplace for its members and supporters.
Resource Development team
MARLIN HERSHEY, Director of Resource Development
Based in MEDA's Lancaster, PA office, Marlin leads the Resource Development team in major campaigns and in the promotion of planned giving. An experienced development and planned giving officer, most recently with the Mennonite Foundation, Marlin has earned the designation CAP – Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy – through The American College. He is a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute of William & Mary College in Williamsburg, VA.
MARION GOOD, Regional Director of Resource Development
A long-time MEDA supporter and participant, Marion was a member of the MEDA board of directors for seven years, including four years on the executive committee. She joined staff in 2011. Marion served in management positions with Mennonite Savings and Credit Union for 15 years. She was a founding member of the Waterloo Region ASSETS+ Program (WRAP), and has also been a board member with Children and Family Services, Wellesley and District Board of Trade, and Wellesley Community Health Centre.
BOB KROEKER, Regional Director of Resource Development
Since joining MEDA in 1993, Bob has been raising funds in Canada and the US for MEDA’s international programs from his base in Winnipeg. In 2005, he completed a short-term consulting development assignment for a MEDA project in Egypt aimed at improving the lives of working children. He has organized and hosted several tours to MEDA projects in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Paraguay, Haiti, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tanzania. Prior to joining MEDA, he spent 27 years with Great West Life Assurance Company in internal auditing, computer software development and computer project management.
MICHAEL MILLER, Regional Director, Resource Development
Michael has an extensive background in sales, marketing and financial advising. From 1991 to 2010, he worked for Mennonite Mutual Aid in Goshen, Indiana – nine years as regional sales manager/regional vice-president, and the past 10 years as regional representative/vice president with the Mennonite Foundation/MMA Trust Company. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Working from his home office in Kansas, Michael is responsible for the US Mid-West territory.
MELISSA STONER, Regional Director, Resource Development
Melissa joined us in July of 2012 as regional director, resource development based out of our Lancaster office, while continuing to live in Philadelphia. Melissa brings with her more than five years of management and fundraising experience, as she worked as charitable services program director for Friends Fiduciary Corporation. Previously, Melissa worked for Zion Mennonite Church, Circle of Hope Network and Mennonite Central Committee. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Messiah College, followed by training in Fundamentals of Fundraising, Damascus Road Anti-Racism and Non-Profit Management. In 2010, she obtained the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy certification.
MAUREEN CRAWFORD, Manager, Donor Relations
Maureen Crawford received her Administrative and Policy degree from Trent University. She worked in the telecommunications industry with Bell and IBM for 20 years in customer service and sales. For the past 10 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector, helping to lead the restructuring of a large national organization. Maureen joined MEDA in 2009 as manager resource development, where she focuses on donor stewardship.
HILDA PRIES, Database Administrator
Hilda has served as MEDA's database administrator since 2008, prior to which she was an occasional advisor to MEDA's database needs. In addition to her work with MEDA, Hilda is an independent bookkeeper with several companies and non-profits as clients. She has served on the boards and committees of numerous community organizations.
HOWARD GOOD, Vice President for Association Engagement
Howard leads the development of products and services for MEDA members and supporters who wish to engage with MEDA’s mission, values and programs. Howard began his work with MEDA in 1993 when he managed the first ASSETS (A Service for Self-Employment Training and Support) program and began to replicate the ASSETS model in 25 communities in North America. From 1980-1993 Howard served with Mennonite Central Committee in Uganda, Congo and in the US. Howard has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Goshen College and a Masters in Public Administration degree from Penn State University.
WALLY KROEKER, Director of Publications
Wally joined MEDA in 1985 as editor of The Marketplace. Previously he worked for the Regina Leader-Post, Saskatchewan Business Journal, Winnipeg Tribune and The Christian Leader. Wally has a BA from Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS, and an MA from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA. His books include God’s Week has Seven Days (Herald), Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians, with Ben Sprunger and Carol Suter (Herald), and an online career guide, You’re Hired! (available for download on MEDA’s website).
CAROL EBY-GOOD, Coordinator, Association Engagement
In 2005, Carol joined MEDA’s Association Engagement department, coordinating MEDA’s annual Business as a Calling convention and outreach to MEDA chapters. Previously, she worked in human resources with Mennonite Central Committee (1991-2005), based in Akron, PA, and with Evangelicals for Social Action, in Philadelphia, PA, from 1988-1990. Carol holds a Masters of Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in business administration from Eastern Mennonite University.
SHEILA BRUBAKER, Administrative Assistant
A native of Lancaster County, Sheila joined MEDA in May 2012 as administrative assistant for the Lancaster office. Sheila holds a B.S.Ed. Math degree from Millersville University and has worked in the business sector for six years as a mortgage loan processor. She has also worked in assistant roles for non-profit organizations, including Mennonite Central Committee, Ten Thousand Villages, and most recently in donor relations with Bible Centered Ministries International (2005-2012).
LINDA WHITMORE, Communications Manager
Linda has been working to expand MEDA's reach and visibility and develop high-impact resources to increase understanding, support and enthusiasm for MEDA's work since joining the organization in 2007. In addition to producing monthly electronic newsletter MEDAzine and other communication functions, she has assumed responsibilities in marketing, managing direct mail fundraising initiatives and producing a range of donor communication materials. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Linda holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and an Honors BA in Anthropology.
STEVE SUGRIM, Multimedia Designer
Steve Sugrim is an award-winning international photographer, producer and writer based in the MEDA Waterloo office. Travelling to such places as Tanzania, Morocco, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, and Haiti, he takes his cameras to record and tell the stories that need to be heard. He has captured moments like millions of migrating monarch butterflies on the verge of extinction, struggling families living on the sides of mountains, rebuilding efforts after a devasting earthquake, to hopeful Moroccan youth starting their careers. In his 'spare time', he opened up a daycare center to provide quality care for over 100 local children in need. Steve is also an accomplished music producer / bass player, with several CDs and music videos (some on iTunes). He has published several books, including a recent children's book called 'Fender Finds A Way.'
TITUS HORSCH, Director MEDA Europe
Upon joining the organization in 2008, Titus started MEDA’s first office in Europe, in Neuwied/Rhein, Germany. Following an education in farming, Titus spent five years as an agricultural entrepreneur. At the same time, he studied business, and holds an MBA from the Fachhochschule Ludwigshafen. Before his work with MEDA, Titus served as a CEO for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.