The CEF Team
The CEF Team
Our CEF staff
Board of Directors
Previous: Lifestyle Consultant, Vegetarian Cooking Teacher, ran Culinary Tours in Vietnam, Culinary Consultant & Vietnam Tour Consultant as well as mother of five .
Present: In-Country Manager - Children's Education Foundation - Vietnam, in Vietnam and now grandmother of six.
Previous: Administrative Law Judge for the City of New York, journalist, attorney in private practice.
Current: Attorney in private practice helping disabled people obtain government benefits to which they're entitled.
Not for Profit work with The Metropolitan Opera, the ASPCA and the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Foundation.
I have worked in the Development Department of these organizations doing planned giving. I have been responsible for marketing, and the cultivation and stewardship of donors.
Corporate work with Morgan Stanley, Mitsubishi Trust and Banking, Fiduciary Trust Company and Bankers Trust.
My experience included:
• Investments – managed the equity portfolios of corporate pension, profit sharing and savings plans
• Relationship management – worked with corporate clients who had retirement plans with the organization
• Marketing IRAs
• Managing pension departments
Volunteer experience has been with SHARE – runs support programs for women diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, and was a
Board member, Chair of the Development Committee, in the Finance and Audit Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee.
New York Women’s Foundation- 1999-2004-funds programs for women and girls and served on the Development, Finance and Grants committees.
Congregation Beth Elohim, and was a former Board member, currently on the Development Committee
Robert has always been working on one cause or another. He began an environmental science career researching groundwater pollution in the desert Southwest. A logical, though perhaps not obvious, path led him to the Brazilian Amazon and the front lines of tropical forest conservation. This work resulted in the founding of US and international organizations and a key role in creating the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area in Central America. After years of bearing witness to the conflict endemic to the agricultural frontier in the forest tropics, Robert committed to a life of rigorous spiritual practice to figure out what real solutions to global problems are. In another pivot, Robert currently is a partner at the change leadership consulting firm of Growth River. He lives in Western Massachusetts in a small town with one traffic light, which is about right.
I’ve been a writer and editor most of my adult life, working in various jobs in publishing and journalism and as a freelancer. I was employed for many years by the New York University School of Medicine/NYU Langone Medical Center to edit and publish a colorful magazine for staff, faculty, and alumni, among other publishing projects. I managed a large budget and worked with freelance writers, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers to produce a handsome magazine that highlighted advances in patient care and promoted key initiatives in scientific research at the university and medical center. Prior to my years at NYU, I was a business reporter for Reuters, where I specialized in covering the pharmaceutical industry. In 1990 I spent an academic year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Knight science fellow.
In 2013 I became an author. St. Martin’s Press published my book titled “Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice,” which traces the often bloody trail of pepper from ancient times to the age of discovery, when the Portuguese, Dutch, and English vied to control the pepper trade in Indonesia. The book, published in hardcover and paperback, and as a e-book, was translated into Chinese in mainland China and Taiwan and into Japanese (Hakusuisha). A reviewer wrote that the book “most enjoyably opens one's eyes about a food that most of us completely take for granted. . . In the end, she [the author] succeeds, as she sets out to do, to tell not so much the history of pepper, but rather to depict how pepper shaped so much human history.”
I am happy to join the board of Children’s Education Foundation. I had the pleasure of visiting Linda in Hoi An last year with Stephen and I met some of the children that the organization is supporting. It was a truly worthwhile experience and opened my eyes to the great work that CEF is doing and to the continuing need to provide educational and emotional support to children from impoverished families in rural areas of Vietnam.
In 1966 I was drafted and I joined the Marines and served thirteen months in Quang Tri on the DMZ. After the war I worked as a New Jersey State Trooper for 19 years . After that I worked with At risk children teaching alcohol and drug programs.
Vipassana meditation has had a great influence in my life. I was lucky enough to find meditation in 1977 and it has helped me recover parts of myself I lost during the war.
Photography is one of my passions and I love to tell the story of Viet Nam and it’s people through my eyes.
In 2006 I returned to Viet Nam for the first time after the war. On this visit I was introduced to The Beloved School in Hue , a school and orphanage for disabled children. It was founded by the Buddhist nuns from Long Tho Pagoda. I started to sponsor the school from 2007 . I revisited Hue for one month in 2009 and that’s when I decided to live and work in Hue. January 2010 I moved to Hue and worked and supported the school for three years. I chose to leave Hue due to extreme weather conditions and contacting pneumonia twice.
In 2013 I moved to Hoi An and I met Linda Burn and started to support some of the girls in CEF program . Linda asked me to join her on home visits and take photos of the children and their families. These visits gave me a better understanding of the the work of CEF.
My main focus when I returned to Viet Nam was to sponsor education for poor , orphan and disabled children. The work of Children’s Education Foundation has been inspirational to me. Linda and her staff have a hands on relationship with the children in the program. They love and care for the children as if they were family members. I am touched by that relationship when I meet with students I support and make home visits with Linda and staff. The children live in poverty and some with one or no parents. They are trying to be the first in the family to graduate from high school or University against all odds.
I am happy and excited to be invited to join the Board of Directors of CEF. Look forward to meeting everyone and working together to support CEF in Viet Nam.
I worked for twenty five years in the Department of Education in Hawaii USA. I have taught from grade 1 - grade 12. My interest in International education was motivated by my work as a Global Studies teacher and as the coordinator for the International Baccalaureate program for my high school in Hawaii. Currently, I am co director of an English Language Center in Dien Ban, in a farming community outside of Hoi An. I also work for a non profit, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, writing Global Studies curriculum for after school classes taught in Hawaii, USA.
I have been an admirer of Linda's work in Viet Nam and of this organization. I appreciate this opportunity to become more involved. I hope that any talents that I have will be useful to CEF and its work in Viet Nam. I live part time in Viet Nam and am happy to work with Linda on whatever she would need.
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