Leaders’ Forum (members only)

Global ARCH / Leaders’ Forum (members only)

June 7 at 7 a.m.EST – This month we’ll be hearing from Mirela Dezman who leads A Big Heart For a Little Heart in Croatia, and Martha Camargo who leads Amigos do Coração Goiás in Brazil, followed by a discussion. Our monthly Leaders’ Forum is a fantastic opportunity to learn from others, to give and get support, and to share ideas. It’s a great way to network too! The sessions are open to all Global ARCH member organization leaders, and are held the first Friday of the month at 9 a.m. EST on Zoom. Video and call-in options are available for most countries. Registration is required. If you would like to give a short presentation (5-10 minutes) about your organization, please email info@global-arch.org.

Nahimeh Jaffar 

Nahimeh Jaffar has worked as a certified Project Manager (PMP) in various fields, including Public Health, Biotech, and Pharmaceuticals, working within clinical settings such as hospitals and clinics. In addition, she worked with global communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, supporting various social impact projects. Ms. Jaffar has been involved in preventive health initiatives in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control (CDC, USA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, USA).


Ms. Jaffar holds an MBA in Business Development from the Swiss Institute of Higher Management, Vevey, Switzerland, and a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Affairs from California State University, Northridge, USA.

Amy Verstappen, President

Amy Verstappen has been a patient advocate and health educator since 1996, when her own challenges living with a complex heart defect led her to the Adult Congenital Heart Association, where she served as president from 2001 to 2013. She has served as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the International Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease, and worked with congenital heart patient and professional groups throughout the USA and the world.  Ms. Verstappen received a Masters in Education in 1990 and a Masters in Global Health in 2019.