Meet Our Board

Amanda Lane, Executive Director

Amanda Lane is the Executive Director at Collateral Repair Project. 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 has helped international governmental and nongovernmental organizations assess their ongoing programs, and she has 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 of 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.

Monica Greco, Treasurer

Monica Greco became involved with CRP while on her Fulbright year in Jordan. She served as CRP’s Operations Director before returning to US where worked in consulting in finance and economic development and now works on refugee and migration at Open Society Foundations.

She holds a BA in Classics and Public Policy from Princeton University and an MSc in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford.

Hind Katkhuda, Secretary

Hind is a renewable energy enthusiast. She currently lives in the Bay Area and is completing her MBA at UC Berkeley, Haas. Prior to business school, Hind worked to develop solar plants across the US at Recurrent Energy, one of the largest solar project developers in the country. Over the past 10 years she 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 is very excited to contribute and give back to her country by being a part of CRP. Hind received a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale and an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford.

Therese Hartwell, Board 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 her 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.”

Patrick Gaffney, Board Member

Patrick is currently the CFO of Oasis Community Partners, a non-profit whose mission to improve food access and community health in underserved urban food deserts. He is also the CFO of Good Food Markets, which is majority-owned by Oasis. Good Food Markets is a mission driven grocery dedicated to developing retail solutions that work in, and for, food desert communities. It currently has one store in Northeast DC, one under construction in Southeast DC, and two more under financing.

Patrick Gaffney has extensive experience in financial reporting and management, both as a leading equity research analyst and, more recently, as a consultant to small businesses and startups. Institutional Investor ranked him #1 for his work on Europe, Middle East and Africa Real Estate, which he covered along with US Markets for 12 years with HSBC. In addition to real estate, Patrick has experience in the consumer goods and business services sectors. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a CFA charter holder.

Michael Reeber, Board Member

Michael Reeber first learned of CRP during a trip to Jordan in October 2016.  Impressed with the community outreach of the program, its holistic approach to helping all refugees AND their host neighborhoods, he has been a supporter of CRP since that fact finding mission.  He joined the Board in 2019.  Prior to joining the Board, Michael was a founder and portfolio manager of two hedge funds.  Prior to that, he was an executive at Deutsche Bank where he worked in NYC and Tokyo, and Salomon Brothers Inc.  He received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from NYU. He lives in Westchester, NY.

Allison Monroe, Board Member

Allison is an entrepreneur, community activist and mother of four in Mckinney, Texas. She’s worked out of the Middle East since 2002 when she was a peace corps volunteer and photojournalist. In 2007, Allison founded Syraj Kids, a children’s Arabic educational global distribution company.

CRP’s mission and work align with many of Allison’s passions; Community building, job training and income creation, Arabic language education, emotional and body trauma relief work, and providing emergency assistance. Allison is honored to work with an organization making a big impact, bringing healing and stability to refugee communities. Currently, she has an edu-tech start-up company, the Language Learning Marketplace. LLM is an online global marketplace for buying and selling the best language learning products.

Tara Sutton, Board Member (currently on sabbatical leave)

Tara Sutton is a journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work in conflict zones has won many awards, including an Amnesty Media Award, Commonwealth 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, as she has 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.

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.