Martha Holley Newsome
President & CEO
As a child, Martha dreamed of traveling the world to salve the wounds of suffering people. Over the years, that dream took shape, starting as an undergraduate at Wheaton College when Martha travelled to Cameroon. Driven by her faith and commitment to service, Martha has spent the past 30 years helping people who are pushed to the margins. At just 33, Martha served as a country manager in Mozambique in the aftermath of the country’s bloody civil war. She’s spent more than two decades in leadership positions for international nongovernmental organizations, implementing high-impact programs that have served hundreds of thousands of people. Martha is a sought-after speaker, appearing before the United Nations and various global health initiatives. She has an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Listen to Martha share the story of what motivates her life’s work.
Chief of Operations
With a varied and wide-reaching background, Jon came to Medical Teams International in 2014 looking to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. Giving up a corporate job at Microsoft, where he served in several strategic leadership roles over his 17-year career, Jon joined Medical Teams during the Ebola crisis in time to implement fundraising and communications efforts. A former diplomat stationed in the Dominican Republic, Ireland, and Russia, Jon has an affinity for building meaningful relationships and partnerships that maximize impact. He is a firm believer that all people have value and is deeply committed to restoring health and wholeness to those in need.
Executive Director, U.S. Programs
Cindy began her career as a nurse entrepreneur, owning a small nursing education business and working in clinical research for a medical device software start-up. She has years of experience working with non-profits, building high functioning teams, fundraising, developing strategies and supporting processes and systems. Cindy joined Medical Teams in 2015 as Director of Advancement, leading the Philanthropy Team supporting both US and Global Programs. Cindy brings this rare combination of health care, management and fundraising to help lead our US-based Mobile Clinic Program into the future. Having lived in Africa and having worked for several international organizations in relief and development, Cindy has developed a deep passion for serving vulnerable populations. In her new role, Cindy brings all this experience to the U.S. Programs in addressing dental and other health care needs of people in our own communities.
Vice President, Marketing & Development
Described by his colleagues as “hungry, humble, and smart,” Mike brings extensive strategic leadership skills and non-profit philanthropy experience to Medical Teams. He worked in development for International Justice Mission (IJM) for 11 years, playing an instrumental role in growing the organization from $18 million to $70 million in private income. Prior to his time at IJM, he earned his MBA at Santa Clara University. The last few years, Mike joined Habitat for Humanity in Portland, directing its development team and overseeing major gifts, annual giving, corporate, foundations, digital marketing, and a capital campaign.
Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance
Humanitarian aid vehicles and services were a familiar sight for Sam as a child growing up in war-torn Lebanon in the 80s, so when he joined Medical Teams in 2022, it was a full-circle moment. Sam has more than 17 years of international development experience in various sectors. In addition to leading the functions of finance and accounting, Sam led change management efforts, established finance departments in multiple countries, designed financial and operational workflow processes, and headed risk mitigation initiatives. His career took him to several exciting international posts in Turkey, Ghana, Iraq, and Lebanon, and he oversaw the financial management of development programs in Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Rwanda, and Madagascar. Sam lives with his wife, three children, and their dog, Pepper, in Maryland.
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