Rotarian Richard R. Allen
Co-Founder; Volunteer President & Board Chair
Richard co-founded Sustainable Cambodia with his wife Susan Mastin and with fellow director Bruce Lasky. Richard is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Gainesville, Florida (D-6970), where he serves on the International Service committee. Richard is the CEO of BluAzu/Scout, a GPS/Mobile-IoT technology company located in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Synogen, a private venture fund investing in the creation of tech and med-tech companies. Over his 30 year business career, Richard has co-founded RTI Surgical, Axogen , ViewRay , Chaologix, OrthoHelix, Xhale and other technology companies. A multiple Paul Harris (Rotary) Fellow, Richard holds two degrees from the University of Florida. 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 Member
Susan is a full-time volunteer with Sustainable Cambodia which she co-founded with her husband Richard Allen and fellow director Bruce Lasky. As the volunteer Treasurer, she works with SC’s onsite Finance Team in Cambodia to maintain transparency, integrity and accuracy in SC’s financial statements and reporting. She also oversees the annual internal audit and non-profit tax return. On the education side, Susan values working closely with SC’s Sponsorship Correspondence and Scholarship Program Manager along with the Education Teams to explore themes and activities for the annual student reports and correspondences. Visiting SC every year is her chance to bring back stories for sponsors about spending time with their students and community families. Most importantly, she values connecting and learning with the children, students, scholars and SC Teams, celebrating our shared lives in this world. Susan has more than 40 years of experience in management and general accounting and holds a BA from the University of Georgia (USA) as well as a postgraduate degree in secondary education.
Board Member / Volunteer Education Chair
Julie began with Sustainable Cambodia through consultations and a pen-pal exchange directly from her Kindergarten classroom. In 2014 she had the opportunity to begin volunteering onsite and currently provides annual SC Education Team training as well as weekly Zoom mentoring sessions. Julie is an Emeritus University of Florida College of Education Professor, teaching and training at UF/P.K.Yonge Developmental Research School,. She received a UF Faculty Engagement Award in recognition of her Early Reading First national grant project involvement and is a Paul Harris (Rotary) Fellow. She earned a National Board Teacher Certification and maintains state Certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary and Art Education. Julie graduated with honors from her undergraduate and graduate education programs, and continues to be a passionate educator after over 40 years of teaching students of all ages.
Board Member /Volunteer Web Designer & Marketing Consultant
Elena has traveled to Cambodia on numerous trips to assist with SC's ongoing projects, and she has worked in coordination with the Rotary Club of Gainesville and the Rotary Club of Pursat to obtain multiple Rotary Grants, including the first Rotary Grant ever received by Sustainable Cambodia. Over the years, she and her team have raised more than $200,000 through Rotary auctions and she was also the leader on the Rotary International 3H Grant for $330,000. She runs the Sewing Program Etsy Page where we sell items made by the SC sewing team and is the web designer for this site. A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, she is also a world-class photographer, and many of the photographs which appear in SC's literature are taken by Elena.
Rotarian PDG Gabor Karsai
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'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.
Rotarian PDG Ian Scott
Ian joined Rotary in 2003 and has served as club president and district governor. He is the executive secretary and club foundation chair at Central Blue Mountains Rotary and is also the D9685 Council on Legislation rep for 2020-2023. Ian enjoyed a long career in the Royal Australian Air Force flying and in operations for the RAAF and the Australian Defence Force. He has held command at Squadron, Wing and Group levels and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996 for his service as Commanding Officer of No 37 Squadron. Ian is married to Jennifer, also a past district governor of Rotary, and they have two adult daughters and three grandchildren. Hobbies include bushwalking, cryptic crosswords and reading.
Rotarian PDG Jennifer Scott
Jennifer has practiced as a lawyer since 1981 and since retiring has focused on providing facilitation and dispute resolution services to private and government organizations. She also provides training and coaching for organizations including Resolution Institute, Sydney Graduate School of Management, UTS, Chambers of Commerce, small to medium businesses, and voluntary organizations.
Jennifer is the chair of Varuna, the Nation al Writers’ House, is on the board of Sustainable Cambodia, and served as Rotary District Governor in 2007-08. She is a founding member of “Women in Rotary” which is dedicated to achieving equity for women around the world. Jennifer has been the Australian training coordinator and an international trainer for Rotary leaders. In 2013 she was awarded the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.
Rotarian Paul Stringham
Paul is a board member of the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City, Utah and chairman of the club’s International Committee. In 2006, Paul founded with his son a nonprofit organization, Care for Cambodia, which helped fund Sustainable Cambodia’s water-related projects. Paul has been involved with Sustainable Cambodia for 14 years and has been engaged in numerous water, educational and village empowerment projects. Also, Paul served on the board of directors of Youthlinc. Youthlinc annually engages 60 + youth from the Salt Lake City area in Sustainable Cambodia’s projects. Paul graduated from the University of Utah. He is a commercial real estate developer primarily developing shopping centers and self-storage projects. He is actively involved in church, and many civic activities. Paul is married with 6 children, 12 grandchildren and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Thomas joined the board of SC after spending four months in Pursat as a
volunteer. While living on the Pursat campus he supported English
classes on campus and at one of the satellite schools, worked with the
sewing team to improve their production and order fulfillment processes
and helped the SC management team analyze and refine their management
He spent most of his career in the technology industry and held
leadership positions in supercomputing, storage management and data
security. He started his own consulting firm to help start-up companies
in the software, web and app development space with product definition
and user experience.
He has been a board member of arts and other non-profit organizations.
Thomas has two grown children and lives in Minnesota with his wife Edith.
Rotarian Vicki Greenberg
Vicki has been a Rotarian of D7255 for over 12 years. She was the Glen Cove Club president, a 6-year Assistant District Governor and a GSE team leader. Vicki enjoys visiting different countries through the Rotary program and has been involved in helping many projects. For the last 6 years, Vicki has been active in SC projects through the lead of PDG Gabor Karsai. She has traveled on several trips to SC to visit different schools, villages, and learn about Cambodian culture. She enjoys traveling with different groups from Australia, Hungary, Florida on these trips and built many friendships along the way.
VIcki is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and has two grown sons.
Rotaractor Alexis Ulseth
Alexis joined the SC team as an onsite long-term volunteer. While living on the SC Pursat campus, she worked on the 2019 Global Grant team and also worked in the education department. Along with being a former Interact student and current Rotaract member, she is also a Paul Harris Fellow. Alexis has a degree from the University of Florida in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from the University of South Florida.
Bruce A. Lasky
Co-Founder, Board Member
Bruce is an attorney and a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law. After practicing as a public defender in Florida, he earned a Masters in International Human Rights Law in 2002 from Central European University in Budapest. Currently a Partner and the Pro Bono Head of the Thailand Law Firm Lanna Lawyers, Bruce has worked as a leader in developing programs and providing access to justice services and assistance throughout Asia and elsewhere. In addition to co-founding Sustainable Cambodia, Bruce is co-founder and co-director of the International Access to Justice Organization, BABSEACLE, and he serves on the boards for the Southeast Asia Legal Aid Network (SEALAW) and the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE).
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 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.
Kevin volunteered onsite with Sustainable Cambodia for 9 months in 2010. With a background in accounting software and computers, he helped bolster the accounting and computer teams in Pursat, assisted with various projects in area villages, and was ‘Pa’ to many of the teenage students. Back in the U.S., Kevin has primarily worked with Susan on reviewing financial reports. A graduate of the University of Florida, he lives in Gainesville, FL with his wife Nancy.
Rotarian Walter Haessel
Emeritus Board Member
Walter served on the SC Board for many years, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary, Canada. Through the years, he has visited Pursat many times, and has coordinated getting several important grants for SC through Rotary Club of Calgary. He introduced SC to CAWST and to their designs for biosand filters (BSF), and through his efforts thousands of Cambodian children and families now have access to safe drinking water.
Rotarian Allan Lewins
Special Advisor to the Board; Co-Founder Sustainable Cambodia Australia
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.