Our Team

 
 

Board of Directors

 
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Dr. Teri Tan, PhD, MBA
Executive Director

Dr. Teri Tan is a spontaneous communicator with a penchant for creative problem solving. The Greek-born Australian-American is a medical business & management specialist with twenty years of experience running medical clinics, administering medical mission trips, fundraising, and consulting in business and HR matters. Before founding SHE, Teri was a foundational member of the Cambodian Health Professionals Association of America (CHPAA), where she served as head mission administrator for seven of her eight mission trips. Alongside medical philanthropy, Teri is passionately committed to education; she is a former educator in Australia and the US with two teaching degrees, a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, and an MBA. Her administrative expertise combined with her love of multiculturalism, education, and philanthropy led her to found Sustainable Health Empowerment (SHE) in 2014.

 
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Dr. Liliana Stojic, DDS
Director, Dentistry

Dr. Liliana, as she is affectionately called, has been practicing general, cosmetic, and pediatric dentistry in Sacramento, California, for over 26 years. Her true passion is helping others. In addition to SHE, Dr. Liliana is a member of the Cambodian Health Professionals Association of America (CHPAA), with whom she has served on 4 mission trip to provide dental care in Cambodia. She has also embarked on mission trips to Peru and Brazil. In her spare time, Dr. Liliana is a true outdoor enthusiast -- she enjoys competing in triathlons, hiking, kayaking, cycling, practicing martial arts, and - of course - going to the beach.

 
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Dr. Hanh Nguyen-Clark, MD
Director, Medical Services, Clean Water for Cambodia Project

Dr. Hanh Nguyen-Clark came to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee in 1975. After working as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse and clinical specialist, she went back to earn her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is currently the President of Landmark Anesthesia Medical Group, which practices at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, CA. She is also the Chief of Staff Elect at SFMC. As the Chief Medical Director of SHE, Dr. Clark is a valuable asset to the team as she is firmly committed to promoting sustainability through health education in collaboration between the USA team and the volunteered Cambodian medical and pharmacy students. A natural educator, Dr. Clark enjoys coaching and mentoring both college and medical students. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge, energizing others, also creating and connecting with others to help them achieving their lifelong goals and passion and making a difference in global health. After her first trip to Cambodia in 2018, she has been working at finding sustainable solutions that could bring clean, uncontaminated water to the underserved people she met during her missions.

 
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Lynne Porter, M.A., LVN
Director, Heart2Heart Well-Woman Exam Project

Before Lynne became a nurse, she was a passionate teacher at the university, community college, and high school levels. The last twenty years of her thirty-year teaching career were spent developing and administering educational programs. As the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for North Orange County Regional Occupational Program, Lynne worked to establish training programs and secure grants for five medical academies and dental assistant training programs. After retiring from a career in education, Lynne obtained a nursing license (LVN) with the intent of volunteering. She holds an MA in English and in Educational Administration, and a teaching credential in English, Science, and Social Science and concurrently continues to teach at UCLA Extension in their Instructor Development program.

 
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Patricia Lee, CB
Treasurer

Patricia Lee is an Accounting Manager with over thirty years of experience working with multiple industries to implement accounting systems, handle payroll and bookkeeping, and carry out financial and management reporting. A certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Patricia is a graduate of Central Washington University, Member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB), and currently serves in the Tax and Accounting Services department of  Windes, a Southern California accounting and business consulting firm that advises in private business and nonprofit needs. Patricia lends her valuable expertise and warm heart to Sustainable Health Empowerment as a trusted Board Member.

 

Advisory Board

 
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Michael Dukakis

Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts, is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School.  He served for two years in the United States Army, sixteen months of which he spent with the support group to the United Nations delegation to the Military Armistice Commission in Munsan, Korea. Dukakis began his political career as an elected Town Meeting Member in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, where he was born.  In 1974, he became Governor of Massachusetts, and is generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst financial and economic crises in history. Though defeated in 1978, Dukakis was reelected to an unprecedented third four-year term in 1986 by one of the largest margins in history. In 1986, his colleagues in the National Governors’ Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation.

Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush. After leaving office in January 1991, Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, spent three months at the University of Hawaii, where Dukakis was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Health. While at the University of Hawaii, he taught courses in political leadership and health policy and led a series of public forums on the reform of the nation’s health care system. Hawaii’s first-in-the-nation universal health insurance system, and the lessons that can be learned from it, continue to inform debates about the future of health care in America.

Since 1991, Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and visiting professor at the School of Public Affairs at UCLA, with research focused on national health care policy reform. He and the late former U.S. Senator Paul Simon co-authored the book “How to Get Into Politics – and Why” --designed to encourage young people to think seriously about politics and public service as a career.

Mr. Dukakis's unquenchable passion for education, health care, philanthropy, (and Greek desserts) make him a perfect member of Sustainable Health Empowerment's Advisory Board.

 
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Kitty Dukakis

Kitty Dukakis is an author, philanthropist, mental health activist, and former First Lady of Massachusetts. Following her appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the President's Commission on the Holocaust, she became a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Council, served on the board of the Refugee Policy Center and organized a Task Force on Cambodian Children, which helped hundreds of orphaned Cambodian children gain admittence to the United States and other countries. In 2017, she was honored with Yale Department of Psychiatry's Research Advocacy Award for her extensive work on issues related to mental health, women's rights, human rights, and the arts.  Fun fact: Dukakis's father was a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

 
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Dr. Duongvannak J. B. Keo, D.M.D., P.A.

Dr. Keo is a practicing dentist in Merritt Island, Florida with over 24 years of experience. His areas of specialty include Temporomandibular and TMD related disorders, Craniofacial Pain, Sleep Dental Medicine, Implant Dentistry, Orthodontics Dental Orthopedic, and general dentistry. As a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide, helping others in need is of utmost importance to Dr. Keo, and he frequently volunteers at Space Coast and Sustainable Health Empowerment to provide dental services to underserved community members. Aside from dentistry, Dr. Keo is an eclectic adventurer who enjoys Kenpo Karate, soccer, table tennis, cycling, shooting billiards, photography, playing music in his band, and trying new ethnic foods.

 
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Dr. Naomi Granvold, MD

Dr. Naomi Granvold is a psychiatrist who specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and women’s mental health while also providing general care. When meeting a patient, Dr. Granvold’s aim is to establish a trusting, empathetic connection that enables the person to safely reveal their stories and their pain. This empathetic heart has led her to participate in six medical missions to Cambodia (with SHE and CHPAA), four medical missions to Guatemala (with Flying Doctors), and volunteer as a psychiatric examiner for asylum seekers in the US. Dr. Granvold believes there is no “us vs. them;” rather, all of “us” want and deserve personal safety, housing, health, food, and education. Thus, she teaches self-care and mind-body principles to her mission patients, to help them continue to find relief from anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health issues once she’s gone. In her spare time, Dr. Granvold enjoys galloping her horse on the beach, kayaking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her treasured daughters.

 
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Lynn Pham

Lynn Pham manages strategic partners, online content, and philanthropy efforts at MDF Instruments, a supporter of SHE's medical initiatives. A vocal advocate for community development, sustainable business practices, youth empowerment, and fair labor practices, Lynn has served in many leadership and advocacy roles all over the world, including Director of Philanthropy and head of marketing and communications for a Shanghai charity fashion brand, taking civil action for child soldiers in Uganda, co-founding a monthly bazaar that served as a platform for local social enterprises and non-profits, and mentoring and developing business plans for young women living in resource-poor Henan, China. In her spare time, Lynn cares for her bees, volunteers with local crayfish conservation efforts, and is a bat fanatic (she rescued her first bat last year!)

 
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Chad Phuong

Chad Phuong is a Cambodian-American chef who uses food as a means of celebrating cultural history, cultivating community, and spreading joy. Chad’s love of cooking stems from his early days in Battambang, Cambodia, where he observed his grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and learned how to forage, fish, hunt, and cook daily. In the US, he further refined his skills with more complicated dishes, learned to bake while employed at a donut shop, and went on to start his own catering business. Today, Chad is a local legend, having founded both Cambodian Cajun Crawfish and Cambodian Cuisine. Currently, he is reaching for his goal to own the first authentic Cambodian food truck in Southern California, and maybe in all of the U.S.A. His connection in the medical field is very impressive. He is the operating room manager at a prominent fertility surgical center in Orange County. Alongside his professional and culinary efforts, Chad is one of SHE’s most passionate volunteers, not only serving on the board but also using his unique skills to contribute toward positive change.

 
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Shawn Piseth Ros

Shawn Piseth Ros is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Pacific Estates and the founder/president of Chefs Off the Boat, a celebrated collective of Long Beach Cambodian-American culinary creatives. Originally from Kampong Cham, Cambodia, Shawn is passionate about philanthropy and service in his homeland. In 2015, he started a scholarship program for high school students in Prey Totung, Kampong Cham. Shawn also travels back to Cambodia to volunteer with orphanages and help raise funds to mentor Cambodian youth with The Youth Institute (YI) in Phnom Penh. We are proud to have such a creative agent of change on our SHE board.

 
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Boromey Mong

Boromey Mong is a freelance photographer and co-founder of a clothing startup with a passion for humanitarian work. Born and raised in Cambodia, she graduated from the International School of Phnom Penh in 2015, and has recently graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Hult International Business School in San Francisco, where she serves as vice president of Hult's Social Impact Club. Boromey's vast NGO volunteering experience includes working with Tabitha House Building, International Medical Relief, leading a Big Brother Big Sister project in collaboration with the Indochina Starfish Foundation, co-founding The Moon Project, and even serving with SHE for our past three mission trips to Cambodia!

 
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Dr. Jim F. Dimitriou

Dr. James F. Dimitriou is a noted educator, grant recipient and former Director for the “Journey to Greece,” Travel Study Program. He has taken over 2400 students to Greece in over 25 years.

As a Past AHEPA Supreme President, Dimitriou served in a variety of educational programs over many years. He has served as National AHEPA Education Chairman and Chairman of the Cyprus & Hellenic Affairs Committee. Currently, he is on the Board for Hellenext, the Next Generation Initiative and the American Hellenic Council.  Dimitriou was named “Archon Notarios,” of the Order of Saint Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 2004. 

 Dr. Dimitriou is a noted scholar on Greek American studies. He served as an adjunct professor of global studies at USC. As the faculty advisor to the national award winning Model United Nations, he was chosen by the "UN 50 Project” at the anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. He is a noted scholar and author in Greek American studies, including the film, "The Greeks of Los Angeles." His research includes a Title IX, ESEA grant. He served on the LA Bicentennial Commission; author/contributor to the ADL, project, "A World of Difference;" the LA County Leadership Commission; Multicultural Advisory Council, and contributor to the archives of the Ellis Island and the “Shades of LA” project for the Los Angeles Library.

Dimitriou is the 2015 Honoree of the Constantinople Society; He is a co-founder of the Greek Heritage Society; he is the former President of AHI, LA Chapter; former Executive Director of the Axios Foundation for Worthiness; founding Board Member of the Save Cyprus Council & current board member of the American Hellenic Council); veteran of several years on the St. Katherine's parish council; & long time President of the Marmarinon Society. 

 
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E. Mike Vasilomanolakis, M.D.

Is a past president and current secretary of the Hellenic-American Medical and Dental Society of Southern California. He is an Interventional Cardiologist in Long Beach. Dr. Vasilomanolakis trained at the University of Illinois Medical School with residency training in Internal Medicine at Rush Presbyterian-St Lukes Medical Center. His cardiology training was at the University of California Irvine. He is currently Chief of Staff and Director of Cardiology at the Community Hospital of Long Beach. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. “Mike” is a serial recipient of the “SuperDocs” designation in the Los Angeles Magazine and is a Grammy Winning Executive Music Producer.

 
 

Administration & Logistics

 
 
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Chrysanthe Tan
Director, Content and Community

Chrysanthe is a composer, violinist, and singer-songwriter who serves as a content writer, editor, social media manager, and member of the SHE Advisory Board. She has performed all over the world as a violinist and artist, and her compositions have been performed in places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, US Embassy in Phnom Penh, and Rockefeller Center. She also serves as a host and co-creator of a forthcoming new media initiative with Classical KUSC. Aside from music, Chrysanthe is a published writer who graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford University, an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts, and served as a Communications and Copy Editor for Black Clock Magazine for 6 years. A proud member of the autistic community, Chrysanthe is a vocal advocate for disability and mental health issues.

 
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Zoi Palla
Director, Marketing and Design

Zoi is one of the newest members of the SHE organization, joining as Director of Marketing and Design. Following a career in journalism and communication in her hometown of Thessaloniki, Greece. Zoi’s drive started at a very young age, highlighted by her participation in the “Thessaloniki 2014: European Youth Capital” and “Youth in Action” a European Programs for active young people that hoped to involve young people in shaping the future of the European Union. She exposed herself to a challenging career, which included Editor in Chief at Nanaschannel.com, Social Media Manager at Respect Greece.com, Communications Consultant at “Nuga Best Harilaou” Company and Sales and Direct Marketing Coordinator at “ELEVEN MARKETING” Company. Zoi expanded her skillset into photography and joined Shimmy Photography Los Angeles as a Photography and Editing Associate; through photography, she is able take part in significant occasions and capture joy and meaning. It is this desire to facilitate in meaningful human interactions that led her to participate in a number of non-profits, including the “Culture Republic” and, most recently, SHE. Because of her inherent inclination towards communication, she speaks her native Greek language, is proficient in English and Spanish, has a basic level of Turkish and has knowledge of the Greek and International Sign Language. In her free time Zoi enjoys traveling, photography and dance.  

 
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Seyha Chea
Senior Field Volunteer

Seyha Chea joined the SHE team in 2018, immediately becoming one of the most active participants and mission trip volunteers. Though his passion for medicine began at an early age, it was after repeated experience volunteering in healthcare capacities over the years that Seyha finally decided to pursue his ultimate goal of becoming a physician and serving his community. Aside from SHE and studying for MCATs, Seyha is the Coordinator for the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at CSULB, where he also obtained a BA (Business Administration for Management Information Systems) and MA (Public Administration) and led a team of students to Taiwan for an internship on Hospital Quality Management.

 
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Melinda Som, MSN(c), RN
Heart2Heart Manager and Field Volunteer

Melinda Som is a registered nurse (RN) who led the on-site execution of SHE Mission 4’s Heart2Heart project, an initiative to provide Well-Woman Exams and health education. She graduated from CSULB with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (emphasis in Community Health) and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing at Western University. At WesternU, she gains clinical experience in patient care, serves as the Vice President of the National Student Nurse’s Association (NSNA) campus chapter, and is a teaching assistant of lab instruction for nursing fundaments, health assessment, and medical-surgical courses. Melinda’s vast experience also includes assisting Long Beach Memorial Hospital in the Performance Improvement and Patient Safety department and conducting a community-wide health assessment of San Bernardino, an endeavor that earned her the 2017 Song Brown Grant, sponsored by California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). In her spare time, Melinda enjoys being with loved ones, playing video games, and dancing to Korean pop music — a trait that’s earned her the nickname of “K-Pop” among the SHE team.

 
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MESH - Medical Experiences through Service in Healthcare

MESH is a UCLA student group that strives to make an impact in all aspects of healthcare: clinical care, public health, and global outreach. The organization, which acts as a bridge between understaffed free health clinics and UCLA students interested in volunteering for their community, is dedicated to supporting non-profit health organizations both locally and globally. By encouraging student involvement in health-related service activities within the local community, MESH promotes awareness of low-income communities and their healthcare needs to empower its members with the professional and leadership experience needed to make a difference in their communities. MESH's service, community, and health-oriented mission makes them a natural partner for SHE, where they have comprised the core volunteer team since 2014. 

 

 

Student Leaders & Activity Coordinators

 
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Carissa Lee, UCLA Student Coordinator

Having been a part of the SHE team for Mission 4 and 5, coming back to serve in Cambodia has shown me the impact that one group is capable of making. Alongside the medical services we provide, one of the most rewarding experiences has been the health education we teach. In a year alone I have been able to see the progress within these underserved communities that we revisit in their knowledge of health prevention and maintenance, which is ultimately the most important way to create a sustainable impact. I have been able to genuinely connect with people who recognize us over a year later, and have heard first-hand that what we've done has truly made a difference in their lives. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow from not just my peers within this organization, but from those we serve in Cambodia.

Leading our student team has brought me invaluable experiences, and I couldn't be any more proud of what we continually accomplish each year. Throughout the year, our student team puts in dedicated passion and effort in preparation for health education, patient interaction, and procedural training. I am so grateful for such a unique opportunity in working with SHE, and I look forward to Mission 6 with our team next year!

 
 

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