Board Members

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

 

PRESIDENT Chanda Womack

20160416_121359-1.jpgPresident of the Board, Chanda Womack is an advocate of intergenerational leadership and believes it is vital for building capacity in the Khmer community. Prior to her Presidency she served as Secretary of the board as well as Vice President. She has been dedicated to sharing the rich Khmer culture and traditions with the state of Rhode Island.

 

VICE PRESIDENT Khamera Sovann Heng

1511889_825560330840732_8019703853058669578_o_(1).jpgKhamera S. Heng was born the year 1981 in Sa Kaeo refugee camp in Thailand and joined his parent to return back to Cambodia in 1992. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1995 and disrobed in 2005. He then migrated to United States in 2006 and has been actively involved in the Community. He began serving as a board member for Wat Thormikaram of  RI and Cambodian society of RI since 2010. He is currently working as a professional photographer.

TREASURER Pek Khuth 

image1_(1).pngPek Kuth is currently the Treasurer of CSRI. She was born in Battambong Cambodia in 1973.  She and her family escaped from the Khmer Civil War in 1979. They stayed in the refugee camps from 1979 until 1981 then arrived to the United State in August 1981. Pek graduated from CCRI in 1995 with a major in Office Administration and continued her education as a Cosmetologist for 19 years. She likes to be involved with community services.  She volunteers her time with MS Dream Center of RI teaching chair yoga weekly to members and at Wat Thormikaram as an Assistant Treasure.

SECRETARY Pitu Sim 

18694542613_d1a6ae5c5e_k_(1).jpgPitu Sim is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor's of Science in Economics and a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science. He currently works at United Natural Foods, Inc. as a Mobile Support Analyst helping to build UNFI's digital presence in the natural and organic foods market and expanding their e-commerce foothold. He serves on the board of The New Leaders Council of Rhode Island as Finance Chair and The Young Democrats of Rhode Island as their Membership Director. As Secretary, he is in charge of taking minutes, organizing our documents and expanding CSRI's digital presence (like working on this website!) . Connect with Pitu by going over to pitusim.com.

ASSISTANT TREASURER Sambo Mum

FB_IMG_1461245429404_(1).jpgMr. Sambo Mum is currently the Assistant Treasurer of CSRI. He has been a CSRI board member since 2011. He has also been a board member for Wat Thormikaram of RI since 2012.

 

 

ASSISTANT SECRETARY Sokdina Keo

Sokdina Keo graduated from Providence College in May of 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Health Policy & Management and a minor concentration in Pre-Health Studies. She served on the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs as co-chair of the Marketing Committee and devoted her spring semesters mentoring adolescents in the Step-Up! Program. She is currently working as a clinical research assistant at Rhode Island Hospital. As the daughter of the former President, Samnang Becker, who served for many years on the board, Sokdina decided to volunteer for the Society and became an active board member soon after college. She hopes that having both young and old generations on the board will help bridge the disparities among the Cambodian community.

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

 

COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR Samnang K. Becker 

FB_IMG_1461205337630_(1).jpgMr. Samnang K. Becker is currently serving as the Communications Chair on the Board of CSRI. He formerly served as CSRI’s President for four terms in the early 1990’s and recent years of 2000’s. Also, he is presently serving as Treasurer and Secretary of Wat Thormikaram of Rhode Island. Mr. Becker is currently employed as Deputy Supervisory Clerk/Trainer for the Rhode Island District Court.

 

EDUCATION CHAIR Lucey Ok 

IMG_3409_(1).jpgLucey Ok is the current Chair of the Education Committee for Cambodian Society of Rhode Island. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education Counseling at Providence College. Prior to serving on the board of CSRI, she was a youth community organizer at the age of 12 for PrYSM and transitioned into serving on their board during her undergraduate career at Salve Regina University. She is passionate about educating our youth through a social-justice lens and believes in fighting for societal equity.

FINANCE CHAIR Angelica Sim 

IMG_8616_(2)_(1).jpgAngelica Mey served on the board with CSRI for three terms; twice as Treasurer and currently as Finance Chair. In addition to CSRI, she served as Asst Treasurer for the Buddhist Center of New England. Her background is in accounting and finance. She has extensive experience in corporate taxation (IRS certified) and financial analysis for multi-million dollar companies which includes forecasting, budgeting, month end as well as year end financial preparation and reporting. She joined CSRI because of her desire for cultural preservation and to learn more about her Khmer heritage. In the future, she hopes to adopt a child from Cambodia to pay forth the opportunities and advancements that she was given when she was adopted.

JOB DEVELOPMENT CHAIR Sarath Say 

IMG_7072_(1).jpgSarath K. Say is the current Chair of Job Development. He was born in the year 1966 and stayed in a refugee camp in1980. He emigrated to the United States in 1981 and received college education. He has served for CSRI for a very long time. He is also the Board Director of Temple 3 of Rhode Island. He is currently self-employed.

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CHAIR Sarath Suong

SarathHeadshotRectangle.jpgSarath Suong is a co-founder and current Executive Director of Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). Born in the Thai Refugee camp Khao I Dang, his family fled Cambodia during the civil war and eventually immigrated to his hometown of Revere, Massachusetts. To cope with the violence, pain, and injustices facing Southeast Asian (SEA) Americans, he became a community organizer, centered around the unique intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. He attended Brown University and majored in Ethnic Studies with a specific focus on Southeast Asian immigration, resettlement, and resistance. Sarath loves his family, friends, young people, and is the biggest X-Men fanatic you’d ever meet.

ELECTIONS CHAIR Sophai Moeuy

Sophai Moeuy came to the United Stated in 1980. He has been working at The Providence Center as a Case Manager since 1997 right after his graduation of Bachelor's of Sociology from Rhode Island College. Sophai is interested in helping community members to obtain social, cultural, medical, financial and housing services as eligible. He presently serves as a Board of Director of Cambodian Society of Rhode Island and Wat Thormikaram of Rhode Island. He used to serve a Board of Director of Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians, presently known as Center for Southeast Asians.

 

ADVISORS

Mary Gwann 

Mary Gwann graduated from Roger Williams University’s School of Criminal Justice where she received her Master’s Degree in 2013 with honors. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, a National Criminal Justice Honors Society. Mary serves on several community based boards in Rhode Island which includes serving as the Vice President for Rhode Island Young Professionals, Board of Directors for Cape Verdean Subcommittee of RI as well as serving as the Voter Education and Outreach Chair for Cambodian Society of Rhode Island.  Currently, she developing the research and policy for a local project called SPOT ON, whose primary goal is to improve community-police relations in urban areas through various recreational activities and educational programs. She also intends to pursue her PhD in Criminal Justice related studies.