Executive Leadership Team
Rick Santos is the President and Chief Executive Officer. In the last four years at IMA, Rick has led IMA through a period of transition that has included significant organizational growth and visibility.
Before coming to IMA, Rick had over two decades of experience in faith-based relief and development work. He has been responsible for providing leadership to large and complicated relief and development programs in the field and has served as a senior manager at the headquarters of two different global development organizations, where he provided strategic guidance and helped developed new areas of focus.
Rick has a decade of field experience in Asia, and has worked with faith-based and secular organizations in nearly every part of the world. He has prioritized local partnerships and capacity building as a key ingredient to development work. Rick holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from George Washington University.
Jim Cox is the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this position, Jim served as the Country Director for IMA Tanzania. Prior to IMA, Jim worked in senior leadership capacities for almost 10 years with the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Jim has been working in the field of international relief and development for 20 years, serving senior management positions in the field and at headquarters.
Jim holds an MA in International Politics and Economics.
Dr. Dragana Veskov
Dragana earned her Master of Science degree in Public Health, specializing in Infectious Diseases, and a Bachelor of Science in the medical field from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. As a Medical Doctor with 25 years of diverse experience in Public Health in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, Dragana has built relationships with donor communities and secured funding from USAID, DFID, EC, NORAD, SIDA and private donors.
Since June 2010, Dragana was the Director of Chemonics International’s Central and Eastern Europe region. Among her various responsibilities, she served as the senior official of high-profile health technical assistance programs, negotiated contracts, became intricately involved with Tuberculosis fundraising and secured new business opportunities.
Previously, she served as the Senior Technical Advisor for John Snow Inc, became an officer with the World Health Organization in Botswana leading the way on HIV/AIDS programs, founded EURO Health Services in Botswana, and greatly enhanced the National AIDS Control Program at the Ministry of Health Botswana.
Rev. Amy Gopp
The Rev. Amy Gopp is the Vice President of External Relations. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with two decades of experience in faith-based relief and development. Previously, Amy served as the Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care at Church World Service and as Executive Director of Week of Compassion, the relief, refugee and development fund of the Disciples of Christ.
A passionate global activist for girls and women’s rights, education and empowerment, Amy is one of the key leaders of the interfaith We Will Speak Out U.S. coalition and campaign to end sexual and gender-based violence.
Amy received her BA in International Relations at the American University in Washington, D.C. For many years she lived in the war-ridden former Yugoslavia with Mennonite Central Committee, serving as a peace activist. Amy completed an MA in Conflict Resolution at Antioch University and an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Amy is a contributor and co-editor of Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics and Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations and the author of numerous articles and devotionals.
Senior Management Team
Imran Babayev is the Director of Accounting. A Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of professional experience, Imran comes to IMA from Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore where he was the Overseas Accounting Manager for nearly eight years and Finance Director in Haiti for seven years. Imran also held positions in BP Exploration, International Rescue Committee, and Executive Power of Baku city in Azerbaijan.
Imran is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Management from the UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He earned a B.S. in Economics from Azerbaijan State Economic University.
Randa Canawati is the Director of International Finance. A proven financial team leader with over 13 years of professional experience, in organizing, managing, training and tapping into the optimal utilization of staff to ensure robust financial compliance. Knowledgeable on managing all financial aspects of small to large scale USAID grants/sub-grants and applied knowledge of USG policies and regulations.
Randa comes to IMA from Catholic Relief Services where she was managing the largest portfolio in CRS –East Africa region for 3.5 years and a Finance Director for 3.5 years for Catholic Relief Services Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza field offices. Prior to joining Catholic Relief Services Randa was the CFO for one of the largest NGOs in Palestine “Diyar Consortium,” which is a Lutheran-based, ecumenically-oriented organization serving the whole Palestinian community, with emphasis on youth, women and the elderly.
Randa holds a MSc degree in Regional Development Planning & Management from University of Dortmund, Germany, as well as a BA in both Accounting and Business Administration.
Susan Y. Duberstein
Susan Y. Duberstein is a Senior Technical Director for Programs. She plays a leadership role in managing IMA’s technical and programmatic mandates. Susan brings more than 12 years of experience in design, administration, and management of public health projects funded by CDC, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other private donors.
She offers expertise in supporting diverse country program portfolios to strengthen local capacity for delivery of high quality HIV/AIDS services and in building capacity of supply chain management of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and family planning commodities. Susan’s team supports IMA’s centrally funded projects and country program portfolios to effectively design, implement, and track project outcomes, as well as identify and share lessons learned and best practices.
Prior to joining IMA in June 2013, Susan held positions with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, John Snow, Inc. (JSI), and Social & Scientific Systems. Susan earned her Master of Arts degree from American University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Spanish from Drake University.
A contributor to Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations, he previously served as director of marketing and communications for Church World Service. Matt spent 13 years as a journalist, primarily producing stories for National Public Radio and its member stations across the U.S. His work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Voice of America and numerous other outlets.
Matt has attended graduate course work in media studies at Syracuse University and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
Mary Linehan is the Senior Quality Improvement Director.
He then spent nearly a decade conducting audits at investment banks in the U.S. Before joining IMA in November 2015, Ron spent five years managing audits for Catholic Relief Services in over a dozen countries.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Miami University in Ohio and a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College in New York. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Laura A. Shahi
Laura A. Shahi is the Senior Director of Business Development. She helps develop an annual strategy for managed growth of the nonprofit’s diverse health portfolio through USG and other bilateral donors, foundations, member agencies and the private sector.
She offers more than 14 years of experience in proposal development, project management, capacity building and strategic communications in the public and private sectors with diverse constituents. Laura specializes in writing health proposals in maternal and child health, family planning/reproductive health, health systems strengthening, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, particularly in Asia and Africa.
With the help of her team, Laura creates and mentors others in effective proposal development processes through IMA and works across departments to build engagement and proposal opportunities. She increases IMA’s success rate for new awards through development of consistent, high-quality and competitive proposals.
Before joining IMA in August 2010, Laura held positions with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, as well as Chemonics International in Washington, DC.
Laura earned her Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Veronique S. Tropper is a Human Resources leader with more than 24 years of experience. For the past 15 years, her focus has been in international development supporting programs funded by USAID, DFID, Kfw and other donors.
Veronique has a strong understanding of the complexities involved when working for government donors and complying with regulations and labor laws.
Prior to joining IMA, she was the Director of Human Resources Operation for Abt Associates Inc, Sr. Manager of Human Resources at Finca International, Director of Human Resources for Meridian International Center and also worked for global commercial entities such Wartsila and Accor Hotels.
Nino Willsea is the Senior Director of Contracts and Grants.
Updated March 18, 2017