Staff Members

  • Jennifer A. Cate, Executive Director

    Jennifer brings a wealth of international experience to her role as Executive Director at HANDS, having lived in Iran, Syria, Kazakhstan and Egypt. She began working at HANDS in 2003 and has served as the Executive Director since 2005. Jennifer earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.A. from the American University in Cairo. […]

  • Ivana Veselinovic-Smucker, Director of Programs

    Ivana joined HANDS in January 2005. She lived in Egypt for more than 3 years working for one of our largest partner organizations, CEOSS, as the International Relations Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade, an M.P.A. degree from George Mason University and a Graduate Certificate in […]

  • Payal Sindha, Program Coordinator

    Payal Sindha joined HANDS in 2015 after receiving her B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution in Africa from American University. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in program support and development, including a grassroots organization in Nairobi, Kenya that empowers women and children living […]

  • Rhodessa L. Bender, Staff Accountant

    Rhodessa brings more than 20 years accounting experience to the HANDS family. She holds certificates from the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and has broad experience with accounting for nonprofits, authors and publishers, health and wellness industries, real estate investment and property management firms. Rhodessa earned a B. S. in Education from Northern Arizona University. […]

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