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Board of Directors

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 (Nasdaq:RTIX), Axogen (Nasdaq:AXGN), ViewRay (Nasdaq:VRAY), Chaologix (acquired by Nasdaq:AMD), OrthoHelix (Acquired by Nasdaq:WMGI), 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 of Directors member

Susan co-founded Sustainable Cambodia with her husband Richard Allen and with fellow director Bruce Lasky. Susan is a full-time volunteer with SC. She is the Treasurer, and works with the internal accounting staff at SC to maintain transparency, integrity and financial efficiency. She also 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, and assists with Sponsor Welcome Packages. She also prepares financial statements for the external audit, and prepares annual non-profit tax returns. 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 Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Gainesville, Florida D-6970 (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 Rotary Grants, including $10,000-$30,000 District grants and a Rotary International 3H Grant for $300,000. Elena also leads the Rotary Club of Gainesville's annual International Service auction. 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.

Laura Gonzalez

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 holds a Bachelors degree in Public Health from the University of Florida, and a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Global Health Department. She works with the Sabin Vaccine Institute. 

Rotarian Walter Haessel

Emeritus Board of Directors 

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. 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. He has been a professor of Economics (University of Western Ontario in London, Canada) and Pennsylvania State University (USA). He has worked with the Bank of Montreal, the Canadian Energy Research Institute in Calgary and CERI Energy Research Ltd. He also led teams working in Ghana in West Africa for three years. His board roles have included the Calgary Rotary Challenger Park Society, the Street Teams Society Board, Friends of the Calgary Research and Development Authority 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 (, 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.

Rotarian Bruce A. Lasky

Co-Founder; Volunteer Board of Directors 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).

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.

Geneva Massiello

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.

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.

In Memoriam: Mark Tanner

Volunteer Webmaster; Friend of the Board

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a "commanding" cellist, Mark Tanner led an active musical life, spanning four continents and nearly four decades, performing as the guest cellist for symphony orchestras across the world. He was also a brilliant IT and Internet luminary, among the first Internet users in 1978, and a coder extraordinaire. He volunteered to run the SC website for decades, helping thousands of children to have sponsors which let them have an education and a future. 

Mark traveled extensively for both of his careers, piloting his Cessna Centurion. He was lost to us due to mechanical failure on his plane during an over-ocean flight. He was one of the most amazing, talented, giving and wonderful men that any of us knew, and we are forever indebted to him. Rest well, Mark. Your life was too short, but so well lived....