About IMA

History

IMA’s medical outreach 1983-1992

As a young Newport Beach mother of two, Tina Sechrist Randy was watching a documentary regarding poor birthing practices in Africa. Her heart was moved as she compared her modern birth experiences to that of the African mothers dying of preventable diseases and infections during childbirth. Armed with her limited knowledge of Lamaze, basic instrument sterilization procedures and a determined heart, Tina, along with her sister Sheri Ciotti and friend Mary Ann Heaps planned their first trip to Abak, Nigeria.

IMA’s first opera9ons outside the United States were established in Abak, Cross Rivers State, Nigeria, West Africa in 1983. Following this, a medical outreach program in was ini9ated in India. IMA’s African opera9on consisted of a birthing clinic in Abak. The clinic served to help reduce the needless deaths occurring in the community by both mothers and babies due to poor birthing prac9ces and lack of access to health care.

IMA’s school in Guatemala 1993-present

After devoting 9 years to the Nigerian project and handing the IMA compound over to the people of Abak, The founders of IMA felt a new tug on their heart for the war torn country of Guatemala. Marry Anne Heaps took up the challenge to learning the culture, language and geography of Guatemala City. Leaving behind family and friends she set out to study and prepare the way for the next IMA project. While Guatemalans had access to basic healthcare, proper education seemed to only be accessibly by the very wealthy. IMA’s founders were shocked to learn while visiting Guatemalan orphanages that while giving up a son to an orphanage was considered an act of mercy, girls were kept home as a source of income through begging, child labor or prostitution. Following IMA’s mission to help women and girls wherever their programs existed, It was clear their next project needed to be a school for girls to help break this cycle of poverty and exploitation. IMA began its mission to educate impoverished girls in 1993 and added a grade each year until a full first through sixth grade elementary school was established.

Voluntary Staff

Jamie Randy

Jamie Randy

IMA president

Jamie took her first volunteer trip to Guatemala in 2003 and fell in love with the mission of IMA. She began volunteering with IMA and joined the board of directors specifically to grow IMA’s educational philosophy and teaching practices. She stepped into the role of president of IMA in 2010. She is an educator and mother of four little girls which helps fuel her passion to help the girls at IMA. Jamie is an advocate for girls’ rights, social justice and education. She leads IMA’s team in the U.S., with her husband, Jason Randy, and dedicated volunteer staff.

Pam Capone

Pam Capone

Sponsorship coordinator

Pam is a long time supporter of IMA’s work in Guatemala. She was first introduced to IMA through co-founder Tina Randy. Pam took her first trip to the school in 2008 and promptly fell in love. She stepped into the role as sponsorship coordinator at that time, and as sponsorship coordinator, she matches students with sponsors.  Pam is an intricate part of IMA’s communication between sponsors, donors, and the work in Guatemala. She is the author and backbone of our email blasts and social media updates. She takes annual trips to the school in which she updates all student information and distributes profiles, photos, videos and student work to sponsors throughout the year. Pam is a mother to two grown children, an author, an actor, and a passionate advocate for IMA’s work in Guatemala.

Sandy Lee

Sandy Lee

Volunteer and Trips coordinator / Board Member

Sandy and her family were first introduced to IMA through a short term missions trip with Jamie and Jason Randy. At the time, her two young children were oohed and awed over by the IMA girls. Now her two pre-teen children are also getting involved with IMA. Hudson has volunteered on three trips and Sayanna has helped with the newsletter, led fundraising projects, and co-led her first volunteer trip to the school with members from Mosaic church this past year. Sandy joined the board of directors and then stepped into the needed role of missions trip coordinator. She has led and participated in many trips to the school and has bridged a relationship with Mosaic church in Los Angeles. Sandy is a pediatrician who offers a health perspective to the board in making decisions for the school. Sandy is passionate about serving others, specifically in times of great need, and has traveled to different parts of the world for disaster relief. She has involved her kids in this passion through authoring children’s books of her experiences and aiding them in finding their own ways to serve others.

John Capone

John Capone

Technology director / Board Member

John was introduced to IMA through co-founder Tina Randy and his wife, Pam Capone’s, enthusiasm. He joined the board of directors in 2009 in order to offer business insight and advice to the organization. He then began volunteering as IMA’s technology director in 2010 in order to support IMA’s student database and has since taken on many of website and scheduling responsibilities. John is the father to two adult children. His relationship with his daughter is what prompted him to invest in IMA’s mission to provide a better life to young girls living in poverty. John loves to travel and surf and has been integral in helping IMA form professional fundraising relationships.

Jason Randy

Jason Randy

Business manager / Board member - Chairman of the board

Jason’s first trip to Guatemala was a gift given to him by his aunt, co-founder Tina Randy. He was 19 years old and excited to travel. Little did he know, this trip promising fun and adventure would change the course of his life. Jason shortly took a follow-up trip and began leading teams to the school to volunteer. He joined the board of directors and then moved into the role as business manager. Jason is a father of four little girls and works in the Silicon Valley as an engineer at Tesla. He is passionate about education, music, and growing in community.

Michelle Lepak

Michelle Lepak

Board Member

Michelle was introduced to IMA by co-worker, Jamie Randy. Her husband joined a volunteer trip soon after and both have been committed to IMA’s mission since. Michelle joined the board of directors in 2012. Michelle is a school psychologist and educator who provides educational expertise to the board of directors. She has provided important feedback to the board regarding educational practices, organization, and structure in schools. Michelle is a mother of both a young and grown daughter and a new grandmother. She is passionate about education and IMA’s mission in Guatemala.

Liz Bottrell

Liz Bottrell

Liz is a physical therapist and photographer who got involved with IMA in 2015 when she joined a short term volunteer trip through Mosaic. During that trip, she served as a photographer and videographer of an arts camp. Deeply moved by her first trip, she has committed to telling IMA’s story through picture and video, as well as, helping with fundraisers and forging connections for IMA. She led a trip in 2016 that provided teacher training in personalities and teamwork while her team taught the girls arts and sports. Liz has a great passion for the work being done at IMA and has committed to help further IMA’s reach and influence by improving IMA’s ability to share its story via website and social media updates.

Kelsey Gooden

Kelsey Gooden

Newsletter Editor

Born in Maryland, Kelsey’s passion for acting and teaching lead her to Hollywood, CA where she began attending Mosaic church. After a her first mission trip to IMA in Guatemala with Mosaic, she felt called to continue to help IMA in anyway possible. She now works in various capacities for IMA, including writing the newsletter, where she is able to combine her love for art and education to help spread the blessings that IMA pours into the young girls of Guatemala.

In addition to our directors and board members, IMA is grateful for the committed and passionate volunteers who keep IMA running in various capacities: Sue Clineff, Jessica Morrissey, Sandy Capone, Frank Ciotti, Lydia Knowles and Henry Ha.