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Kamal Ahmad currently serves as the President and CEO of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation (AUW). Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Ahmad has combined a career in private transactional law practice and international development. Prior to joining AUW, he was on the staff of the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. He has worked with the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation and UNICEF. In 1998, Mr. Ahmad helped launch the World Bank/UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education and Society. As a teenager in Bangladesh, he founded a series of primary schools for working children in Dhaka.

Robert Barnes is a civil trial lawyer. Through his Oklahoma City-based firm, Barnes and Lewis, Robert specializes in complex civil litigation and has acted as lead counsel in some of the nation's largest oil and gas cases. He is a nationally recognized expert in pursuing cleanup of oilfield pollution, royalty owner class action lawsuits as well as complex geological and engineering litigation. [email: rbarnes@barneslewis.com]

Cara Barnes Cara Smith Barnes graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College before launching a career in marketing and public relations. She has a passion for nonprofits, volunteering extensively in her community as well as exploring an interest in empowering women in developing countries. Before joining Harpswell, Cara created and supported a marketing effort promoting the work of more than 2000 Bolivia artisans. [email: cara.barnes@gmail.com]

Helen B. Baumann graduated from Stanford Law School and is a founding partner of Baumann & Hurlimann law firm in Redwood California. She has visited Cambodia and has a strong commitment to improving the legal system of Cambodia by helping and empowering a new generation of law students, especially women. [email: hbb@baumannhurlimann.com]

Elizabeth Becker began her career as a war correspondent for the Washington Post covering Cambodia. She was one of two American journalists allowed by the Khmer Rouge to enter Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime. Her book When the War was Over (1986) is one of the most insightful histories of modern Cambodia. Elizabeth now covers both foreign and domestic issues for the New York Times. [email: ehb47@msn.com]

Veasna Chea received a law degree from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia, graduating with honors in 1997. In 2005, she received a masters degree in sustainable development and conflict transformation from the School for International Training in Vermont. From 1999-2002, Chea worked at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Cambodia. She has also held senior positions at DFID and IFRC, and she has consulted for numerous NGOs in Cambodia. In 2001, Chea cofounded the Cambodia Arts and Scholarship Foundation. In 2005, Chea and Alan Lightman conceived of a dormitory and leadership center for women in Cambodia. See History.[email: veasnac@gmail.com]

Holly Cratsley founded Nashawtuc Architects in 1988, a community oriented architectural firm located in Concord Massachusetts. She has been cited by readers of Women's Business Boston as one of the region's "Top Ten Female Architects." Holly's civic activities include five years as an elected Commissioner of the Concord Housing Authority, Chair of various municipal Task Forces and Mentor in the School/Business Partnership. For twelve years she coordinated a course through the Concord-Carlisle Adult Education that showcased the work of residential architects. Holly has made herself and the office available to non-profit organizations, donating many hours to the Pine Street Inn, Habitat for Humanity, Renewal House, Emerson Umbrella, Concord Museum and Concord Visitor Center. Holly also assisted in the design of the Harpswell Foundation's Dormitory and Leadership Center at Teuk Thla and supports the empowerment of women. [email: holly@nasharch.com]

Marie Eckstein recently retired (2009) as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Dow Corning Corporation, where she worked for 30 years. Marie has a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. She has a wide range of experience from engineering to public policy to marketing research to business management. Marie was Chairman of the Global Silicones Council Industry Association, President of the Dow Corning Foundation, and is currently Board President of the Cancer Services Agency of Midland, Clare, and Gladwin Counties, Michigan. She has an interest in empowering women through business. [email:mneckstein@gmail.com]

Roland Eng is former Cambodian Ambassador to the United States (1999 - 2004) and is now Ambassador-at-Large and Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia. After the civil war with the Khmer Rouge, Ambassador Eng volunteered at the refugee camps along the Cambodian-Thai border. He worked with the UN to bring about peace in Cambodia, under the UNTAC operation and, in 1993, was elected to the National Assembly. Before becoming Ambassador to the United States, he was Ambassador to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. [email: engroland@gmail.com]

Stephanie Fowler is a psychotherapist and counselor at William Temple House in Portland, Oregon. For nine years, she hosted Oregon Public Broadcasting's news and public affairs program Seven Days. Prior to that, she was a reporter and political analyst at KGW and KOIN TV. Fowler currently serves on the Oregon Nature Conservancy board, the World Affairs Council advisory board, and is a Trustee of Lewis and Clark College. Fowler earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and her master's degree in counseling psychology from Lewis & Clark's Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

Brad Gordon is founder of Gordon Associates , based in Phnom Penh, which advises capital markets and private equity transactions. He graduated from Harvard Law School. Before founding Gordon Associates, he worked for the international law firms Linklaters, Freshfields, and Shearman & Sterling and has many years of experience working as a corporate lawyer for international investors and investment banks in Asia. He worked with Cambodian refugees in Thailand in 1989. Brad is an advisor to Cambodia Living Arts and is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce. His firm has given internships and other job opportunities to a number of Harpswell students. [email: brad@gordonassociates.asia]

Marco Greenberg holds degrees from UCLA and Columbia University, and is an adjunct professor at Fordham Graduate Business School. A public relations expert and web video innovator, he has held senior positions in two of the largest global public relations and advertising firms, Burson-Marsteller and BBDO, and in his own ventures, NYPR, Reel Biography, and Thunder11. He is currently managing director of Burson-Marsteller. [email: marco@thunder11.com]

Annie Halvorsen was educated at Kirkland College and the University of Washington, Seattle. She served on the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of US Fund for UNICEF and is a partner in the private investment group Ceallaigh Group LLC. She is also a major donor to the Harpswell Foundation. [email: anniehalvorsen@comcast.net]

Bernie Krisher (right), Alan Lightman (middle), and Minister of Education Kol Pheng (left) in the office of the Harpswell Dormitory and Leadership Center for Women

Madeleine Jacobs is the new president of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Prior to that, she was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. She has a background in both chemistry and journalism. Before her current position at ACS, Jacobs was Editor-in-Chief of Chemical & Engineering News magazine. She has held a number of senior management positions in scientific and educational institutions. Most notably, she was director of Public Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, 1987 - 1993. She has been committed to achieving gender equality in science.

Bernard Krisher is a journalist, publisher, and former Newsweek Tokyo bureau chief. He founded the Cambodia Daily newspaper in 1993, the first independent press in Cambodia since the Khmer Rouge regime; founded and directs the nonprofit organization Americans for Assistance to Cambodia, which has built 400 schools in Cambodia. [email: bernie@media.mit.edu]

Irving Levin is the Chairman and CEO of Genesis. A veteran of retail financial services, Mr. Levin founded Renaissance Holdings, Inc., and was the Chairman of Renaissance and its Orchard Bank subsidiary. Mr. Levin also works with a number of nonprofit organizations. He is Chairman of the Board of Digital Divide Data, which employs young people in Cambodia to provide IT data services to global clients, and also serves as a Trustee or Board Member for the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, The Children's Institute, Oregon Entrepreneurial Forum, and the Portland State University Foundation. Mr. Levin has a B.A. and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Kathryn Lucatelli is the former director of Build Cambodia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to matching interested individuals possessing time, talent and wealth with existing needs and innovative projects in Cambodia. She lived in Cambodia for five years. In 2001, she cofounded Digital Divide Data, which now has a staff of over 200 and has been recognized globally for its groundbreaking economic development model. [email: kathryn@lucatelli.org]



Kathryn Lucatelli (left) with Anne Moore, former Leadership Resident in the Harpswell Domitory and Leadership Center for Women

Navin Moul is a Program Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where she leads the immigration grantmaking strategy. Prior to that job, she was Program Officer at the American Jewish World Service, where she managed the grants portfolio in Cambodia and Thailand. Before coming to AJWS, she worked at the San Francisco Foundation as the Social Justice Program Fellow. As a Fulbright Fellow, Navin lived and conducted field research in Cambodia, interviewing "returnees" who were forcibly removed from the U.S. Navin holds a Master's degree in Ethnic Studies from University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in American cultural studies from Western Washington University.[email:navinmoul@gmail.com]

Karen Pritzker is the daughter of a Foreign Service officer and has lived in Martinique, Liberia, Hatiti, Jordan, Switzerland, and France. Karen graduated from the University of Chicago, after two years at Tufts University. Ms. Pritzker has developed and supported Providence St. Mel, an innovative K-12 preparatory school for disadvantaged students in Chicago. With her husband Daniel, she is a trustee of the Jay Pritzker Foundation.

Daniel Pritzker graduated from Tufts University and has a law degree from Northwestern University. He was the founder, guitarist, and songwriter for the Chicago band Sonia Dada and is now making films. Daniel and his wife Karen are trustees of the Jay Pritzker Foundation, which has endowed scholarships for underprivileged minority students at Tufts University and has recently built a school, the Jay Pritzker Academy, in Ta Chet, Cambodia.

Matthew Rendall is an Australian attorney at Sciaroni and Associates in Phnom Penh with expertise in labor law, property law, and human rights; admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW Australia in 1991; professor of law at Cambodia’s leading law schools; author of legal training texts on Cambodian law. [email: matt@sa-cambodia.com]

Jordan Sachs was a senior executive for manufacturers of science education materials. His last position was publisher of educational software for Encyclopedia Britannica. Capping his career, he published the first multi-media CD-ROM encyclopedia, which won the software publishers association's Oscar equivalent in every category it was eligible.
And then retiring early so he and his late wife could pursue their enthusiasm for travel, spending several months overseas every year with a focus on Asia. Jordan and his wife Jeannie derive immense satisfaction from their commitment to Harpswell. Their annual visits with the Harpswell women provide living proof of the life changing results of Harpswell's efforts. Harpswell Foundation converges Jordan and Jeannie's passion for education and Asia.

Jeannie Sack has spent more and more time in Southeast Asia over the last few years and has visited the Harpswell Foundation a number of times, with her interest and understanding of Cambodian culture deepening on each visit. As the mother of two bright and curious daughters, she is especially dedicated to seeing the advancement of women's opportunities through education. Ms. Sack believes the Harpswell Foundation is offering young women a chance that would be otherwise unavailable to them. [email: yomama10@icloud.com]

Jonathan Saunders is Chief Operating Officer of Crawford Fund Management, LLC, an investment management firm in Boston, MA. Prior to co-founding Crawford Fund Management, Mr. Saunders was an equity analyst from 2006 to 2009 with Stark Investments, a global multi-strategy hedge fund manager. From 1999 to 2006 Mr. Saunders was President and Chief Operating Officer of the private equity firm Blue Wave Holdings Corp. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Helen Claire Sievers has been executive director of World Teach since 2001, except for the year 2009, when she served as Academic Dean of the Access Academy of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Helen Claire spent 18 years in the Marshall Islands as a high school principal, hospital administrator, and community court judge. A graduate of Wellesley College in astronomy and Brigham Young University in physics, she taught astronomy at Wellesley and Bentley Colleges. [email: hcseivers@worldteach.org]

Ann Trudeau is the current President of the Board of Directors for The Sharing Foundation, a non-profit organization managing programs for youth in Cambodia, including an orphanage with over 70 children, an English program with almost 1000 teens, a farm program with over 100 children in a special school and a University program for about 40 young adults. Tom and Ann Trudeau purchased Acorn Deck House in 2009. Ann currently serves as Executive Vice President focusing on Human Resources and Technology. Volunteer activities include her role as Chairperson of 2Volunteer, the Community Service Advisory Committee for Concord Carlisle High School and Chair of Youth Services for The Rotary Club of Concord. [email: abtrudeau@comcast.net]

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