Amanda Lane, Executive Director
Amanda Lane is the Executive Director at Collateral Repair Project, a small refugee aid organization serving urban refugees in Amman, Jordan. Amman is the new, temporary home for refugees fleeing from Iraq and Syria, as well as Sudan and Somalia. She is an accomplished international development professional with extensive experience working in international community development, refugee relief, and the nonprofit sector in the Middle East, U.S., and Africa. At Collateral Repair Project, Amanda manages an international staff that provides emergency assistance and community-building services for urban refugees and impoverished Jordanians. She heads the organization’s fundraising efforts and is responsible for program-planning, partner relations, and communications. As a consultant on international development program evaluation and design, Amanda helped international governmental and nongovernmental organizations assess their ongoing programs and she designed culturally appropriate programs in close consultation with potential stakeholders. She headed up British Council Jordan’s governance and youth programs, designing and managing projects around the country that emphasized community engagement, human rights, and sustainability. Before coming to Jordan, Amanda consulted for nonprofit boards of directors in Seattle, made a number of short documentary films and promotional films for nonprofits, served on the board of directors of the Arab Center of Washington, and served in the Peace Corps (Cameroon, ’93-95).
Melinda Wells, President
Melinda Wells is a Director on the International Operations Team of the Canadian Red Cross. She has nearly 20 years’ experience working with refugees, humanitarian issues, gender-mainstreaming, and protection in humanitarian contexts. She lived and worked in Jordan for three years contributing in various capacities to the Syrian Refugee response including as the head of the Humanitarian Unit for UN Women. She is the CRP Board President and supports the team on grant-related fundraising and program design.
Hind Katkhuda, Secretary
Hind is a renewable energy enthusiast. She currently lives in San Francisco and works at Recurrent Energy, one of the largest solar project developers in the US. Over the past nine years, Hind has volunteered in different capacities to help refugees resettle in the US. Her work includes volunteering with the IRC to set up homes for families relocating to Connecticut, to tutoring kids English at a shelter in San Francisco to aid integration. As a Jordanian, she’s very excited to contribute and give back to her country by being a a part of CRP. Hind has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale and an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford.
Monica Greco, Treasurer
Monica Greco became involved with CRP while on her Fulbright year in Jordan, where she was researching Roman Military History and studying the Arabic language. Monica graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Classics and Public Policy from The Woodrow Wilson School. She served as CRP’s Operations Director before returning to the US to work for Bridgewater Associates in Connecticut. Currently serving as Board Treasurer, she recently graduated with an MSc in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford.
Ghazwan Altaee, Member
Former Director of Programs, Ghazwan Altaee serves as a current board member for CRP. Ghazwan obtained a degree in Administration and Economy from The University of Baghdad, Iraq. Owning a business in his home country until violence threatened the life of his family, Ghazwan fled to Amman, Jordan. He became involved with CRP in 2009 and went on to become a beloved community member and leader of the organization. Though resettled to the United States in 2015, Ghazwan is still an indispensable member of CRP, conducting Skype interviews and speaking engagements to raise awareness of the plight of urban refugees in Jordan.
Tara Sutton, Member
Tara Sutton is a journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work in conflict zones has won many awards, including an Amnesty Media Award, Common Wealth Broadcasting Association’s Rolls Royce Award for Exceptional News Feature, and a two-time finalist for the Rory Peck Award for Bravery in Journalism. She brings years of Middle East and refugee experience with her, having lived in Iraq and Jordan and covered post-conflict issues from Liberia to Colombia. She works on strategic planning and fundraising for CRP and serves as a current board member. Her two recently released videos for CRP, “Little Refugees” and “Welcome to CRP,” have accurately portrayed the current refugee crisis in the Hashemi Shamali neighborhood of East Amman.
Therese Hartwell, Member
Therese Hartwell was living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia when she learned of CRP. As chair of the Dhahran Women’s Group’s Philanthropy Committee, Therese felt that the organization should be assisting their neighbors in the Middle East in countries from which refugees were fleeing and in the primary host countries to which they were escaping. In seeking such an organization, Therese discovered CRP and was subsequently able to also involve the local American women’s group to which she belonged as well as the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) in CRP’s cause. After living in Saudi Arabia for 10 years, Therese has returned to her hometown, Houston, and continues to work on refugee issues. Therese has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a JD in practiced law and worked in nonprofit management before becoming a “professional volunteer.”
Rosemary Nuri, Member Emeritus
Rosemary Nuri first heard about CRP while working with other humanitarian organizations in the Middle East region. She was instantly drawn to the mission of CRP because of the direct connection the organization has with its refugee population in East Amman, especially through its community center. Now retired, she currently serves in the capacity of board member. A graduate of The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a BA in Philosophy, Rosemary has dedicated her life to cross-cultural understanding. After living with her family in Iraq for thirteen years and becoming fluent in Iraqi Arabic, Rosemary returned to the US and worked with international students and scientists through a 120-member multi-national/lingual Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia.