Kelley Anne Allen
Sivon comes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She was born after the Khmer Rouge regime. Her parents were farmers with very little education. They did not even finish middle school due to the civil war (Khmer Rouge regime 1974-1979).
She finished her high school in 1998. In 2003 Sivon got a job offer to work in New York as a live-in housekeeper. She left her poor country and her family behind in search for better education and opportunities. When she got to New York, she met many obstacles and eventually she returned to school. She graduated from Baruch College in 2015 and received a BBA in Computer Information Systems and Graphic Communication.
Som Sovann was born in Battambang Province, where there was enormous fighting during the civil war and grew up at Enfants D’Asie Aspeca Orphanage. He graduated from Net Yang High School in 2001 after that he first came to Phnom Penh to take scholarship exam for two public universities but he failed and was unable to begin his studies.
In 2002 Sovann was one of our first group of students accepted into Global Children’s “Launch a Life” Program. Sovann received his Bachelor’s degree in Tourism from National University of Management in 2007 and Master’s degree in Management from IIC University of Management in 2010.
Sovann worked as a volunteer for Volunteer Career Development for Community (VCDC) and Cambodia Volunteer for Community Development organization (CVCD) when he was studying in high school and university. Moreover, he worked for Phnom Penh Trust Asset Management, HK Korea (Cambodia) Company and he has been a full-time lecturer for IIC University of Technology for four years. In 2013 he joined Global Children’s staff as House Supervisor. He currently resides in Phnom Penh with his wife Em Chanty and his daughter Som Sroskanitha.
New York visual artist Justine Reichman not only appeals to fine art collectors but to the masses. The artist exhibits and sells her work throughout North America and abroad, and she continues to grow her following at every venue she exhibits at, including art shows and literary fairs. Whether it’s an original canvas art to enhance the ambience or original digital versions, it’s an experience that carries beyond the canvas. The artist attended the United Nations International School in New York and has traveled internationally as well, thus her work has been appreciated by patrons of the arts who regard her as the finder or fixer (of the mood).
Additionally, Justine is also partnering with charities and believes we should all be good stewards for our corner of the world.
Elise has been an architect in-training with Steven Holl Architects in New York City and San Francisco since 2012 where she has worked on projects around the world, most recently Helsinki, Finland and Washington, D.C.. She received her Masters of Architecture from Columbia University in 2012, and her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She appreciates the global aspect of her work, and is very happy to provide her design and network services to GCC.
Manuela Senatore is a freelance filmmaker based in Brooklyn, currently producing video content for non-profit organizations and individuals. Formerly a communications professional, she has been working in the non-profit sector since 2002. Her experience includes assignments with the European Union in Brussels and former social-democratic political party The Democrats of the Left in Italy. In 2006 she relocated to New York working as a correspondent and photographer for the Italian magazine Acqua a Sapone. Manuela later studied filmmaking and started working on several film projects, including her own short film A Journey to Homeland. In 2011 she joined One Day on Earth, a worldwide media project documenting what happens on the planet over a 24-hour period. A member a New York Women in Film and Television, Manuela holds a BA in History and a BA in Political Science from La Sapienza University of Rome.
Angelique or “Lika” Dioguardi has been a long-term supporter of Global Children. Lika spent most of her childhood in Asia, Africa and Europe returning to the US for her final years of high school in her home state of Hawaii on the island of Oahu. As a global child herself, Lika’s interest in the world remains strong and she continues to travel extensively with her family particularly in Africa and Asia.
After studying Philosophy and Economics at Saint Mary’s College, Indiana, she worked as a risk broker in New York, taught English in Japan, and lectured on inter-cultural diversity in mid-west high schools. She earned a Master’s in Environment and Development at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and since then has worked in international humanitarian response and development for the last 14 years.
Lika and her family have recently moved to New York from Ethiopia where she was the Program Director for health and nutrition, food insecurity and community resilience building. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter, and is pursuing a Masters of Public Heath degree.
Keith Chhe was born in Cambodia and next to the youngest of 12 children. As a young child he survived the genocide of the Khmer Rouge (1975-79) and in 1979 he and remaining living siblings made it to a Thai Border refugee camp. He and three of his siblings were eventually resettled in the U.S, others were resettled in Europe or remained in Cambodia. Keith was thirteen years old when he arrived in New York.
Keith attended school in Brooklyn and eventually onto the City University of New York (CUNY). He went on to be an NYPD officer who was a first responder during 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. He successfully created multiple martial arts studios in past 22 years and is known as Master Chhe by his all students. For over fifteen (15) years he has run his own very busy and successful contracting/construction company in NYC area, which is his current full time work.
Keith recently joined Global Children’s Board of Directors and has been an integral part in connecting us with the US-based Cambodian community and is driving force behind our fundraisers. His undying energy for life and his commitment to Cambodia is inspiring. Keith has a strong energy that works to shape our programs. He avidly believes that providing support to Khmer women and children in need is the backbone to Cambodia’s recovery. Keith currently resides in the New York metro area with his family.