LEADERSHIP & GUIDANCE 2017-10-10T14:57:39+00:00

Our founders represented the mission boards from several different church denominations who shared a common vision:
Everyone’s clinics need medicines and supplies. IMA would be the shared partner to manage these donated items, distributing them where they were needed most. Though IMA’s mission has expanded since it was founded in 1960, partnership is as important today as it was in the beginning. IMA World Health is focused on advancing health and healing all around the world – but we can’t do it alone.


Partnership with our faith-based Member agencies makes IMA unique as we strive to advance health, healing and well-being in the developing world, where faith-based organizations continue to provide large portions of available health care. Together, IMA and our 11 Members fund health programs, share resources, collaborate on projects and share a goal of advancing health and development through faith networks.

  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • Church World Service
  • American Baptist Churches USA
  • United Church of Christ
  • Church of the Brethren
  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
  • Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Week of Compassion
  • Presbyterian Church USA


Richard L. Santos
President & CEO

Jim Cox
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Dragana Veskov
Vice President, International Public Health Programs

Tracey Stevens
Chief Financial Officer

Rev. Amy Gopp
Vice President, External Relations


IMA World Health is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Member Agency and At-Large representatives.

Lisa Rothenberger

Vice Chair
Dr. Gregg Sylvester

William C. Clarke III

Sarah Newhall

At Large Executive Committee Member
Bjorn Sorenson

Members of the Board
Frank E. Dimmock
Sonya Funna Evelyn
Dr. Deborah McFarland
Martine Polycarpe
Dr. Samuel Mwenda Rukunga
Shannon Trilli
Abagail Nelson