Global ARCH / Staff

Kate Doherty-Schmeck, Executive Director

Nahimeh Jaffar, Project Manager

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Kate Doherty-Schmeck, Executive Director

Kate is Global ARCH’s first full-time Executive Director. Her experience includes working in various areas of healthcare, beginning with her journey in public health, patient safety and quality, international health, and most recently US value-based care. The proudest and most impactful area of Kate’s career was managing the International Quality Improvement Collaborative for Congenital Heart Disease (IQIC) and multiple global projects at Boston Children’s Hospital. This role provided her the opportunity to collaborate and travel internationally to healthcare centers specializing in care for CHD and RHD. Throughout her travels and career, Kate has consistently been reminded how passion, dedication, and collaboration impact this work. She truly believes there is no limit to what can be accomplished and that the most powerful voices are the patients and their families. Kate has seen the impact of congenital heart disease in her family including her brother and other family members. 

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.