Board of Directors
Rotarian Richard R. Allen
Co-Founder; Volunteer President/CEO/Board Chair
Richard co-founded Sustainable Cambodia with his wife Susan Mastin and with fellow director Bruce Lasky and friend of the board David Pred. Richard is an active member of the Gainesville (Florida) Rotary Club, where he has been committee chair of Service Projects and International Projects, as well as a board member of the club. Richard is the CEO of Xhale, a medical technology company located in the U.S. working on breath-based diagnostics, and is a founding principal in and director of Synogen, a private venture fund investing in the creation of biomedical and medical device companies. Over his 30 year business career, Richard has co-founded Regeneration Technologies (Nasdaq:RTIX), a publicly-traded orthopedics and tissue regeneration company, and has co-founded 7 other medical technology companies.
Richard and Susan have also actively led the support of Challenge Day in their North Florida county. Challenge Day is a program for high school teens that addresses judgment, oppression, cliques and bullying, transforming the school experience and the teens who experience it and giving teens a profound understanding that they can immediately create positive change in their lives.
A multiple Paul Harris (Rotary) Fellow, Richard holds two degrees from the University of Florida (USA). In 2007 Richard received the Service Above Self award from Rotary International, the highest public service recognition award given by Rotary, for his work with Sustainable Cambodia.
Susan J. Mastin
Co-Founder; Volunteer Secretary/Treasurer/Board of Directors member
Susan co-founded Sustainable Cambodia with her husband Richard Allen and with fellow director Bruce Lasky and friend of the board David Pred. Susan devotes her volunteer services to Sustainable Cambodia on a full-time basis, and the organization would not be as effective as it is were it not for her work and organizational skills. Susan works closely with SC’s Education Manager to coordinate the content and completion of hundreds of Student Reports each semester for the students enrolled in SC’s education program. She also personally prepares the Sponsor Welcome Packages which are sent to new sponsors.
In addition to this hands-on work with the children, she provides most of the accounting for Sustainable Cambodia, including financial tracking of individual projects, preparation of financial statements for the external audit, and annual non-profit tax returns. And she is actively involved in grant writing and grant project reporting. She is currently pursuing the expansion of SC’s Healthcare initiatives, and tying that together with the educational programs.
Susan has more than 30 years of experience in management and general accounting, and holds a BA from the University of Georgia (USA) as well as a post-graduate degree in education.
Rotarian Elena Fraser
Board of Directors member
Elena is a dedicated Rotarian who embodies Rotary's principle of Service Above Self. An active member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, Florida (USA), she has worked tirelessly to help Sustainable Cambodia grow as an organization. She has traveled to Cambodia on numerous trips to assist with SC's ongoing projects, and she has worked in coordination with her own Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Pursat to obtain several Rotary District Matching Grants of USD $10,000-$30,000 and a Rotary International 3H Grant for $300,000. Elena also leads the Rotary Club of Gainesville's annual International Service auction which raises USD $15,000-$20,000 per year for international projects.
A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, she is the Chair of the Sustainable Cambodia committee for Rotary Club of Gainesville. In addition, she helped coordinate Rotarian Tim Sorel’s documentary video work about Sustainable Cambodia, excerpts of which can be downloaded from the SC website. She is also a world-class photographer, and many of the photographs which appear in SC's literature are taken by Elena.
Board of Directors member
Laura first joined SC in 2007 as an international volunteer. Over two separate trips, and a total of a year spent onsite in Pursat with SC, her understanding of the on-the-ground situation grew, as did her dedication to the concepts of service and sustainability. In the years since she started her volunteer work with SC, her commitment has resulted in support to numerous SC projects, with an emphasis on healthcare, educational opportunity, child wellbeing and village development.
Laura completed her Bachelors at the University of Florida and Masters in Public Health at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Global Health Department. She works in Washington DC with the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Through her work she seeks to address global health issues not only from a program-planning standpoint, but also on the ground, ultimately working with state governments and local organizations to implement health programs and support health systems in developing nations.
Laura is an active member of the SC family, working together with SC staff to help the team move through the obstacles which inevitably present themselves, helping the team to focus on constantly improving outcomes. She challenges the team to foster creativity in promoting health and education. Laura takes direction from Nelson Mandela's quote that, "Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings." Having worked hand-in-hand with SC's staff and other volunteers for long periods, she believes in SC and the work it is doing. She says, "Working with SC has taught me a lot about the possibility of effort and enthusiasm."
Rotarian Walter Haessel
Board of Directors member
Walter is a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary (Canada) and has been an active supporter of Sustainable Cambodia for several years, visiting Pursat twice and coordinating several important grants for SC through Rotary Club of Calgary. He has been a very proactive supporter of SC's biosand filter (BSF) projects.
Born in Hanna, Alberta (Canada), Walter grew up on a farm and attended a one-room school. He went on to earn his BS in Agriculture and a Master's degree, both from the University of Alberta, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University. Walter started his working career as an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. During this time, he was the Team Leader for a team of economists working at the University of Ghana in West Africa for three years. He returned to the University of Western Ontario for a short period before joining the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Pennsylvania State University (USA). From there he moved to the Bank of Montreal Economics Department in Montreal for three years before joining the Canadian Energy Research Institute in Calgary in 1982. He worked with the Institute and its consulting affiliate CERI Energy Research Ltd. until 1989, at which time acquired the consulting firm Calgary Energy Consultants Ltd.
Walter has extensive experience as a volunteer and has served on several boards, including the Calgary Rotary Challenger Park Society Board 1999-2006 (chair 2001-2005), the Street Teams Society Board (member 1994-2001; Chair 1995-1999), the Friends of the Calgary Research and Development Authority Board (1993-1995) and the Wildlands Park Development Committee (1992-1994).
Walter is married to Ann and they have two adult sons. Walter has been a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary since 1991, and has served as secretary, a board member and as chair of the club's World Community Service committee.
Rotarian Gabor Karsai
Board of Directors member
Gabor was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to the USA in 1988. He owns Landmark Realtors, Inc., a commercial/residential real estate brokerage firm.
Gabor joined the Locust Valley, NY Rotary Club in 1999, and served as President of the Club in 2003-2004. He was elected as District Governor of D-7250 for the 2011-2012 Rotary year. Gabor loves international projects involving children. He spearheaded, together with Hungarian Rotarians, a project that built a trade school for an orphanage in Deva, Romania (www.Devaschool.homestead.com), and he helped secure sponsorship for 10 children in Thailand. After spending four weeks as Group Study Exchange team leader in Manila, Philippines, he secured sponsorship for 15 street children there.
Gabor's work with Sustainable Cambodia began with a Save a Child project which targeted the children and families of the most at-risk children in very poor villages, aimed at ensuring that the children remained in school and avoided the poverty trap leading to child exploitation. The same elements of sustainability and targeting of the most at-risk children were then incorporated by him into two "Save a Village" programs, where the principles were applied across entire villages.
Gabor is currently serving on the City of Glen Cove Youth Board and he is also a Mentor for disadvantaged kids through the Youth Bureau. He is the immediate past president of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. Gabor lives in Glen Cove, NY with his wife Eva and his son Benjamin, and travels to Cambodia to participate in SC projects.
Bruce A. Lasky
Co-Founder; Volunteer Board of Directors member
Bruce, originally a lawyer from the United States, is also a founder and Director of the International Organization Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (BABSEA) and is the Director for BABSEA's Community Legal Education (CLE) Initiatives, which focuses on the development of university based clinical legal education programs as well as grassroots community based community legal advisor/paralegal program support.
At the beginning of 2007 Bruce relocated to Chiang Mai, Thailand where he is working as an Adjunct Professor of Law with Chiang Mai University to assist in the further development of their Clinical Legal Education program. Bruce was also appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia, and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Malaya to aid in the initiation of their Juvenile Justice Clinical Legal Education program. He further works as a consultant with similar initiatives in Vietnam and Laos where he assists as a visiting professor/trainer. While working in a variety of CLE fields, Bruce has been targeting and focusing a significant amount of effort on programs assisting marginalized, incarcerated adults and juveniles as well as providing adequate access to health care for prisoners and detainees.
Bruce is a graduate, of the Central European University Human Rights LLM program (Honors/Most Outstanding Student Award) and the University of Florida J.D. and BA Programs (Honors). He is a licensed member of the Florida Bar Association and a member of the Northern, Middle and Southern District of Florida Federal Bar Association. He was a criminal legal aid practitioner for the 8th Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office, Gainesville/Starke/McClenney, Florida, from 1991-1999 where he was engaged in felony, misdemeanor, appeals and juvenile work, as well as supervising students from the University of Florida College of Law Clinical Legal Education Program.
Rotarian Allan Lewins
Special Advisor to Board; Co-founder Sustainable Cambodia Australia (SCA)
Allan has been a Rotarian since 1968 when he joined the Rotary Club of Sandgate, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He was instrumental in founding Sustainable Cambodia Australia (SCA), a group formed with the support of the Rotary District Governors in Western Australia, Districts 9455 and 9465, based on a shared vision of self-help and sustainability.
Through Allan's efforts and those of the numerous Australian Rotarians he has inspired, SCA works with Sustainable Cambodia's education and village development programs. He leads groups of Rotarians who come to Pursat to help build the programs. SCA provides high protein meals each school day in numerous SC preschools, assists with healthcare issues, provides educational and school materials to SC primary and preschools, desks, chairs, teachers, materials and books. Through SCA Sister Village projects the village families are helped with wells, water filters, animal pass-ons, vegetable gardens, dams and fish ponds.
Allan was born in County Durham, England, educated at Nevilles Cross High school in Durham City. He graduated from South Shields Nautical College at 16 and went to sea as an Officer Cadet with James Nourse Line, trading between India, the West Indies and the UK. He then switched to passenger liners between UK and South Africa, and in 1960 gained his Masters Qualifications and worked on general and refrigerated cargo ships in the Mediterranean. After marrying Jenny, a librarian in Melbourne Australia, in 1963 he ‘swallowed the anchor’ and came ashore to work with APPM in Burnie Tasmania as shipping and transport superintendent. Shortly after that he joined Rotary, and in 1970 he became Managing Director of Jackson and Spring, and later Executive Director of Brambles Ruys. He has lived in Western Australia for the past 36 years, and temporarily retired in 1995 before owning and operating his own specialist International Heavy Lift and Project Shipping and Logistics business.
In 1974, Allan became a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Rossmoyne and its President in 1980-81. In 1981-2, in Dallas Texas, he received on behalf of his club the RI World Understanding and Peace Award from RI World President 1981-2 Stanley McCaffrey, for his work in establishing the Chinese Australian Youth Friendship Scheme. In 1995-6 he was elected as Rotary District Governor of District 9470 in Western Australia. He is a Benefactor and a Centurion of the Rotary Foundation, and a multiple Paul Harris Fellowship Awardee. He is a retired member of the Naval institute (London), Associate Fellow of the Institute of Management, the Chartered Institute of Transport, the Australian Company of Master Mariners, and the founding Member of the Master Mariners Association of Tasmania. Since retirement he has written a two-book biography, attended University in Spain, has traveled the world, co-founded SCA, led Australia's efforts with Sustainable Cambodia and, in his spare time, plays piano a bit.
Board of Directors member
Geneva began volunteering with Sustainable Cambodia in 2006, first in the US office and then onsite in Cambodia where she taught English and health education. She has returned to Cambodia twice and continued to work on health education as well as grant funding.
Geneva graduated valedictorian of her high school and valedictorian of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida with a major in sociology. It was during her undergraduate studies that she began volunteering with Sustainable Cambodia. She then attended medical school at the University of Florida, where she served as the Community Service Chair of her class, participated in a health outreach trip to Haiti and volunteered in Cambodia for a second and third time. She also gained teaching experience by serving as a Teaching Assistant for "Introduction to the Professions of Medicine", and then helped to create and ultimately served as the Graduate Course Coordinator for a new course "Medicine and the Law". During medical school, she was awarded the University of Florida College Of Medicine Class of 2010 Distinctive Service Award. She is currently doing her medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Board of Directors member
Victor first joined SC as an international volunteer in 2009, spending 5 months on-site and working on a variety of education and community development programs. Since then he has returned to SC yearly and has continuously supported the SC scholarship programs, library programs and governance.
Victor earned his MBA with distinction from University of Nottingham Business School and his BSc Computer Science from University of Exeter. He is a management consultant with over 10 years in strategy consulting, operations management, and sustainability management.
In his free time, Victor loves traveling, nature and portrait photography, researching & collecting antiques (especially watches), and providing assistance to SC and other NGOs. He current lives in Singapore and hopes to look for more people from the ASEAN region to support Sustainable Cambodia.
Rotarian Paul Stringham
Board of Directors member
Paul is a member of the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City, Utah (USA) and serves on the club’s international committee. In 2006, Paul co-founded, with his son Jack, the nonprofit organization Care for Cambodia, which helps to fund Sustainable Cambodia’s wells and water-related projects. The Stringham family became involved with Cambodia when Paul’s son Jack was conducting medical research in Cambodia after completing a mission for his church. The Stringham family later visited Cambodia and recognized the immense need there, and now the entire family is active with Sustainable Cambodia’s projects.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA degree in communications. Since 1983, Paul has been in the real estate development business in Phoenix, and now in Salt Lake. His expertise is in the development of commercial retail and industrial properties. He has successfully master planned large projects with Costco, Walmart and other nationally recognized grocery stores.
Paul is actively involved in church and civic activities, and presently serves as chairman of the Cottonwood Boy Scout district comprising of over 1,200 boy scouts. Paul is married to his wife Kim. They have six children and live in Salt Lake City, Utah where they enjoy skiing, cycling and hiking in the Wasatch mountains.
Volunteer Webmaster; Friend of the Board
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a "commanding" cellist, Mark Tanner has led an active musical life, spanning four continents and nearly four decades. He has also been an active programmer & computer consultant since 1975, and was among the first Internet users, starting in 1978. He travels extensively for both careers, and pilots his own Cessna Centurion.