Michael and Anna both grew up in Oregon. Michael got his M.A. in Teaching from George Fox University and Anna got her M.A. in TESOL from Multnomah University, with a B.A. in education from Western Oregon University.
They are a young family and currently have one son. They are both elementary school teachers and are passionate about alleviating poverty through education. Specifically, they have the aim of applying their background in education to help disadvantaged children in Myanmar get a better education and a brighter future.
Michael will be working as an English teacher at the international school in Yangon for 2020/2021 school year.
My name is Diana Braunworth. My husband and I have lived in Egypt and in Malawi, Africa. We have four children. I have taught in the classroom for 15 years, 9 years teaching elementary school and 6 years teaching high school students. I have also taught piano in my private studio for 10 years. For 9 years I homeschooled my youngest daughter. Playing piano, reading, cooking, and traveling are some of the things I enjoy doing.
Pam was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar. She immigrated to the United States in September 1967 with her parents and 7 siblings.
Pam graduated from San Francisco State University with a Clinical Science Degree in June 1975. She was employed with Kaiser Permanente as a Clinical Lab Scientist in Fremont, CA for 31 years. She took an early retirement in 2013 and currently resides in Union City, California.
Having spent her childhood in Yangon, Pam is very passionate about helping the children in that part of the world.
Bernard (Bernie) Khaw is a retired United Methodist pastor living in Media, PA with his wife Ruth. He was born in Myanmar where he received his B.Sc.in Chemistry at the Rangoon Arts and Science University. Immigrating to the US, he received his M.S.degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle.
He worked at Rayonier Advanced Materials in Shelton, WA and Jesup, GA for over 31 years before taking early retirement to enter the ministry. After receiving his M. Div at Asbury Theological Seminary, he was ordained in the United Methodist S. Georgia Annual Conference, serving at churches in Baxley and Millen, GA and Thiells, NY.
Having received his entire early education in Myanmar, Bernie is looking forward to using his experience and knowledge to help the students from his native country.
Chinese Language Facilitator
Allan Lao was born in Taiwan. Allan's parents immigrated to Taiwan from Vietnam. Both were teachers in rural Hualien area in Taiwan, among the aboriginal community.
Allan moved to Portland, Oregon with his family in 1979. He later studied Medical Exploration at Benson High School. After high school he went to Reed College to study premed, and later graduated from Portland State University in General Science. Allan also has a background in cooking, having studied at Western Culinary Institute. He was a chef in the Portland Trail Blazers facility.
Allan and his wife Amy moved back to Taiwan in 2006, working with disadvantaged students in his childhood city of Hualien, serving hot meals after school and free tutoring sessions. He makes occasional trips to SE Asia to assist with other orphanages as well.
Patrick immigrated from Myanmar to the United States in 1979 with his parents and four siblings. The family set down roots and have resided in Oregon ever since.
Patrick earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR and a Master's degree in Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary, Portland, OR. He has worked in both private and public sectors as a software engineer. Patrick and his wife Tami live in the state of Washington, and their three children live in the three west coast states of Washington, Oregon and California.
Patrick has a passion for Myanmar, where he grew up, and has been dreaming of someday returning to the region. He is honored and excited to be a part of ForgetNot International, established by his brother, Ernie. It has been a lifelong desire to serve the people he so fondly grew up with.
Jeremy was born, raised and educated in Cape Town, South Africa and holds a M.Sc (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Cape Town. Upon immigrating to North America in 1988, he practiced as a Professional Mechanical Engineer before joining Smith Barney as Financial Advisor in 1999 and is currently First Vice President with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
He seeks to improve the living standards and life outcomes of less advantaged individuals, families and communities through positive impacts of financial investment, project activity and organizational development.
Married to Mindy, they have four children and reside in Lake Oswego, Oregon.