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 […]

  • Ian O’Connor, Office Manager

    Ian O’Connor recently earned his Master’s Degree in International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic at the University of Edinburgh. His undergraduate degree is from Marymount Manhattan in International Studies. He has worked as a translator at the Thistle Foundation and as an intern at the Unitarian Universalist UN office. He is interested in […]

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