Media Development

Our Staff

Joan Mower

Head of Development, Voice of America

Joan MowerJoan Mower is head of Development at the Voice of America (VOA), the largest U.S. international broadcaster.

She oversees special broadcasting and training projects around the world. In 2007-2008, she worked at the Department of State, handling public affairs on Sudan and Darfur. She has done extensive media training and public speaking in the United States and abroad. Previously, she was the acting director Public Relations at VOA and the Communications Coordinator at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).
She joined the BBG after serving as the director of international programs/Africa and Latin America at The Freedom Forum/Newseum. At the foundation, she promoted press freedom, working with journalists, governments and the private sector. She is also a former Foreign Service Officer.

Mower began her career as a journalist with UPI. In Washington, she worked for the Associated Press, covering the State Department, Congress and the White House. She graduated from the University of California/Berkeley with a degree in political science, and she holds an M.A. in African Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Gustavo A. Win

Senior Development Officer, Development & International Media Training

Gustavo WinGustavo A. Win has been involved in international broadcasting with the Voice of America since 1984.

Since 2001, he has been working as Senior Development Officer for the Development and International Media Training unit managing multiple projects in geographically dispersed areas.

He has full oversight responsibility for different international training projects in a wide variety of topics from Health Journalism to Ethics in Journalism. He developed and implemented health journalism workshops in Senegal, Kenya, India, Argentina and Bolivia. He is also responsible for journalism workshops about Ethics in Journalism, Freedom of the Press and International Broadcasting in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, and Uruguay.

He has traveled extensively in Latin America, Central America, Western Europe, Africa and West Asia. He is fluent in Spanish and English and has good conversational and reading knowledge of French and Portuguese.

He began his career in radio and television in his native Uruguay, working as an independent producer/anchor for SODRE, Uruguay’s official radio and television network (Servicio Oficial de Difusion Radiolectrica) in 1972.

Brian Armstead

Senior Development Officer, Development & International Media Training

Brian ArmsteadBrian Armstead has 34 years of radio and television experience, and has served in roles at VOA as varied as radio production to executive assistant to the VOA Director. Brian has also served as Marketing Officer for South Asia and the Caribbean, and travelled extensively to secure new affiliations for VOA, many of those now crucial in areas such as Pakistan and Kurdistan.

His work in Bangladesh was the basis for his role as Acting Chief of the Bangla Service, where he has worked to retool editorial content on the Web, radio and television.

Brian began his professional radio career as a broadcast engineer with NBC, and has worked with a variety of major media outlets over the years, including The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, Radio One, XM Satellite Radio, and The Baltimore Sun.

He holds a dual degree in Radio, Television and Film and Health Education from the University of Maryland.

Melissa Havens

Administrative officer, Development & International Media Training

Melissa HavensMelissa Havens, is a career administrative officer with wide experience in handling financial projects here in Washington and overseas. As the Administrative Officer assigned to manage and monitor all financial transactions related to the office, she is familiar with the challenges and intricacies of doing business in various continents and setting up payments in locations with different currencies, financial systems and support services. She is the point of contact for vendors, contractors and U.S. embassies around the world doing business with our office.

She began her career with the U.S. Federal Government at the Voice of America Engineering Directorate in 1987.

Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

Inna Dubinsky

Development & International Media Training

Inna DubinskyInna Dubinsky has been with VOA’s Russian Service since 1993, as a host of the live daily radio call-in show which was one of the most popular Russian Service programs for 10 years. With the inclusion of television service at VOA, she became a video journalist. As the media continued to evolve, she took the role as the special correspondent and assignments editor of the Russian Service Internet webpage.

With Ph.D. in Foreign Language Communication, Inna came to VOA from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, where she was a Russian Coordinator and Russian Area Studies lecturer. She continued her collaboration with DLI on educational projects such as Russian curriculum development and foreign language training techniques research. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.