Staff

Alexandra Spieldoch

Executive Director

Alexandra Spieldoch has close to 20 years of experience working in the field of international development. Before her role as Executive Director with CTI, she served as Global Coordinator for the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture. She worked for ten years as an international policy analyst at the Center of Concern in Washington, D.C. and then as a program director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in Minneapolis. She studied at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as the University of Caen in Normandy, France. She received a certificate in business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen. Ms. Spieldoch received an M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her B.A. is from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a major in French literature. Through her work, she has traveled extensively throughout Africa and Latin America, and has published numerous articles on food security, human rights, and agricultural development. Currently, she also serves as a lead advisor on gender and food security with the Institute of Development Studies.
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Lee Stephenson Birkhold

Development Director

Lee Stephenson Birkhold has more than twelve years of fundraising success and spent the last four years at Feed My Starving Children as a Major Gift Officer. Before transitioning to non-profit development, Lee served as the Development Director of the HRCC and the Senate Victory Fund. In addition to donor care, she managed marketing appeals, events, golf tournaments, and even a mini golf tournament. Lee loves to travel and has led several donor trips to Haiti where she attempted to learn and speak Haitian Creole. Her most recent travels were with her family to Italy.
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Meghan Fleckenstein

Communications Director

Meghan joined CTI in 2009 after recieving her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Michigan State University. She manages CTI's communications, media relations and grantwriting.
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Wes Meier

Program Director

Wesley Meier graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. After graduation Wes decided to take the road less traveled and signed up to serve as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, Central America. He served in Nicaragua for two and a half years working with rural farmers to develop appropriate technologies. While he was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he also formed Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS) International, an NGO that promotes low-cost appropriate technology which generate income, improve health, and reduce impact on the environment. EOS International is one of CTI's main partners in Nicaragua, aiding in the promotion and implementation of the Water Chlorinator. After returning from the Peace Corps, Wes worked as an engineering consultant focusing on healthcare construction.
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Mounir Njah

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Mounir has spent the past 20 years working as a Mechanical Design Engineer in Minnesota and Tunisia. Mounir initially joined CTI as a volunteer where he had the opportunity to use his passion for developing new technologies to benefit impoverished communities. Mounir is fluent in English, French and, Arabic, and is originally from Tunisia, where he received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Engineering School of Monastir. 
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Aliou Ndiaye

Senegal Project Manager

Aliou Ndiaye has many years of experience working with small farmers, Senegalese governmental organizations, international NGOs, and the private sector. He has worked as an advisor on agriculture and rural development with the Senegalese agencies SAED and ANCAR, training farmers to improve crop productivity, connecting them to the market and facilitate access to capital. Before joining CTI, Aliou worked as a Value Chain Manager for a USAID funded project focusing on sorghum and millet in Senegal. Aliou has a degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) at University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar. Aliou is also a Geographic Information System specialist and has used this skill to gather important agricultural data throughout Senegal.
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Jamie Steele

Communications & Development Associate

Jamie Steele is the newest member of the CTI team, joining in March 2014. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota she is currently completing a Bachelor's degree in Communication from St. Catherine University, and looks forward to graduation later in 2014. She brings over ten years experience in public and non-profit organizations with an extensive background in administrative support, special events and operations. Most recently, she served as a Communications Consultant for a Virginia Beach, VA based startup, and prior to that she served as the Administrative Assistant for the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation where she was responsible for managing their annual black tie gala as well as multiple donor related activities. Prior positions include that of Executive Assistant for UnitedHealth Group and Operations Supervisor for Park Nicollet Health Services. She has volunteered several times in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, most recently working to support community healthcare, food sustainability and education initiatives in Bouzy, Haiti.
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