The MEDA Team - Strategic Engagement

Strategic Engagement

BETHANY NUSSBAUM, Senior Development Officer

Bethany joins MEDA with nine years of fundraising experience. She recently comes from Central Christian School in Kidron, Ohio, where she provided leadership to fundraising and marketing efforts as advancement director. Prior to that, she was a development associate and communications coordinator at Mennonite Mission Network. Bethany earned her bachelor of arts in communication and public relations from Goshen College and a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. She is currently pursuing an MBA, with an emphasis in leadership.

BOB KROEKER, Senior Development Officer

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

DEAN SHOEMAKER, Senior Development Officer

Dean is originally from Elmira, Ontario and has worked in the Mennonite Community early in his career with the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU). After leaving MSCU he worked for 5 years in the private sector for a company called GrowersFlowers Inc. (Thiessen’s Greenhouses) in Leamington, Ontario. There he was responsible for Marketing and Sales. After GrowerFlowers he worked for a non-profit Trade Association called Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc., in the areas of Business Development and then Marketing. When the Executive Director of Flowers Canada retired, Dean was promoted into that position and continued in that role for 5 years.

Dean has a passion for missions work. He has been to Haiti 14 times on short-term missions. He serves as a Director on the Board of God’s Littlest Angels Children’s Ministry Canada (GLAC), which is a baby ministry and orphanage in Haiti. Dean has previously served on volunteer boards for Active Christians With A Mission, Habitat for Humanity and was a Big Brother.

LINDA WHITMORE, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

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.

MARLIN HERSHEY, Director, Corporate and Planned Gifts

Based in MEDA's Lancaster, PA office, Marlin is 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.

MICHAEL MILLER, Senior 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.

MICHAEL WHITE, Chief Strategic Engagement Officer

Michael joined MEDA as the Chief Strategic Engagement Officer in April, 2017. He has held both not for profit and private sector roles of increasing responsibility at World Vision and in the high-tech industry. Mike has experience in facilitating reorganizations to optimally align marketing division structure with strategy as well as major donor funding. In addition, he has over 20 years of sales and high tech with a proven ability to build and lead teams as well as personally nurture strong staff and donor relationships. Mike’s commitment to sustainable development has grown along with the opportunity to visit international development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. His educational background includes an MTS from Tyndale, an MBA from Schulich School of Business and an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo.

RUTH LEAMAN, Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts Specialist

Ruth brings six years of successful fundraising experience in Mennonite education to her new role. Ruth most recently worked at Hinkletown Mennonite School, where she led a major capital campaign as their director of advancement. Previously, as an executive advancement associate at Lancaster Mennonite School, she launched an international development program.

SARAH FRENCH, Coordinator, Donor Relations

Sarah first worked for MEDA as an Impact Assessment Intern based in Nicaragua in 2013/2014 and recently she completed a cycle tour across Canada raising money for MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project. Most recently she has worked with seniors in her community at the Community Care for Seniors Association in Picton, Ontario. Sarah earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Teaching English as a Second Language from Carleton University, Ottawa.

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.