Meet our Board! Board members are elected each year by the membership and serve for a term of one year beginning July 1st. If a board position becomes vacant during the year, members may contact the current President to be considered.
Andrea has a wealth of experience in beginning anew and re-defining herself. Born and educated in Germany, she started to explore the world after graduating from high school. She has lived in Boston, Lausanne, Paris, Geneva, Bermuda and a couple of cities in Germany before moving with her husband to Hong Kong in 2013. Her diverse roles included working in Marketing, Corporate Development and HR for a multinational consumer goods company in Germany, to then being a full-time mum of three children.
Twenty years after graduating from university, Andrea reconnected to academics as a Project Manager of a research project in ethics of medicine. Besides a German Diploma in Business Administration, she holds a recent MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice. She tries to make good use of her knowledge when coaching private clients in transition periods.
Andrea joined the AWA shortly after moving to Hong Kong, a very wise decision back then. She immediately became involved with Charitable Donations, first as a team member, then as the chairperson from July 2014 to June 2016. She enjoys meeting new people and is proud to be part of the vibrant, diverse and engaged AWA community.
Robin moved to Hong Kong in September 2017 from the Northeast of the United States.
Robin has a Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia. She spent her business career working in direct and interactive marketing strategy for AT&T and Cingular.
Robin left the for-profit business world twelve years ago and she’s been involved with many not-for-profit organizations ever since. Robin was on the board and became President for CASP, the after school program at her sons’ elementary school. She then became involved with a human services agency in greater Boston that serves over 15,000 vulnerable clients a year. She started by chairing the Marketing Committee followed by the Strategic Planning Committee and then she joined the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and ultimately became President of the Board of Directors.
Robin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, playing tennis, golf, hiking, skiing, and, most recently, being part of the AWA Dragon Boat team.
Gail was born and raised in New York and has lived her adult life in Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Florida prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2016. She attended Ohio University where she majored in Communications & Business and was a Division 1 field hockey player. For 18 years Gail worked as a Financial Consultant and Trust & Estate Manager for Merrill Lynch, BankBoston and Bank of America.
After leaving corporate America, Gail was instrumental in starting the girls lacrosse and field hockey programs at Kettle Moraine High School in Wisconsin. She coached both programs and continued coaching girls lacrosse at North Broward Preparatory School in Florida.
Community service dedications have included being treasurer of the East Bay Sailing Foundation, a member of the Kettle Moraine Booster Club , Kettle Moraine Lacrosse Club and treasurer of the Athletic Booster Club at North Broward Prep.
In Hong Kong Gail is enjoying being a co-leader of the AWA Hiking Group, golfing with AWA golf society, playing tennis for the American Club and Field Hockey for Valley RFC.
Tracey-Lee was born and raised in Zimbabwe, fortunate to have an idyllic childhood in Africa. At the age of 16 she moved to Cape Town, South Africa and it was here her dreams of travelling started coming to fruition with the opportunity to work first in a Travel Agency and then later for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
After being in the airline business for 18 years, with many cities and countries discovered, she opened her own travel agency from home which allowed her to raise her two daughters now aged 22 and 19 years.
Whilst living in London for 6 years, Tracey-Lee started volunteer work for the Richmond Blind Association and found charity work to be rewarding and humbling.
Moving to Hong Kong in 2014 with her spouse was an exciting opportunity although the thought of making friends again was rather daunting. However, within a month of becoming a member of the AWA, she found a warm community spirit. Tracey-Lee has been Chair of the Local Tours Committee for 18 months, discovering new parts of Hong Kong and China through AWA activities. She also volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and the AWA Reading programme.
Beth moved to Hong Kong from the New York suburbs in 2006 and has been an active AWA member for the past 12 years. As the child of a US Foreign Service Officer, she attended five elementary schools on three different continents so moving was not something that was new to her, but it was the first time overseas with her own family. With two young children, she immediately jumped in head first to volunteering at HKIS, eventually culminating with five years as the parent organization president.
Although she loved her career as a CPA before having children, Beth has no desire to go back to accounting anytime soon. She runs a small home based business that fits into her current life as a mom to two busy teenagers and a passionate community volunteer. In her free time she loves to check out new restaurants with her husband or search for the perfect recipe to try at home.
After five years on the Charitable Donations Committee, experiencing the many worthy and inspiring charities that benefit from the AWA’s fundraising efforts, Beth is very excited to join the talented and committed women on the AWA Board as the CDC Chairperson.
Lee grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. However, NYC was home after college until she met her husband, Jeremy, and moved to the UK. Lee worked in London and Tokyo as a stock broker, and first moved to HK in the 90’s with her young family.
She got involved with the AWA as Chair of the Charitable Donations Committee. In the early 2000’s Lee moved back to the UK, where she had the chance to continue her passion for volunteer work.
Lee returned to HK in 2015 as an “empty nester” and rejoined the AWA in the first week of her arrival. She knew that the support network AWA provides is vital to settling in to a new community and is now involved with local tours, Charitable Donations Committee, and volunteer activities.
Lee is looking forward to helping AWA members enhance their experience here through volunteer opportunities, whilst also learning more about community services in HK.
A New England native, Augusta moved to Hong Kong from Boston with her husband for his first expat assignment in 2015. After a decade working in the software technology sector, Augusta earned an MBA from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore Business School. She then helped launch a successful enterprise search technology company, and opened an organic smoothie and juice cafe.
In 2013 Augusta became the Director of Marketing and Partnerships for Green City Growers, a Boston-based urban farming company with prestigious clients that include Whole Foods Market and the Boston Red Sox. As an expatriate, Augusta quickly joined the American Women’s Association, paddles for the AWA dragon boat team, and has served as AWA VP of Fundraising.
Alison is English by birth but spent most of her younger years being raised in not only England but also Zimbabwe and South Africa. She graduated from University of Witwatersand with a BComm majoring in Accounting and Law. After working for a few years she realized her interest lay in Management Accounting and completed her postgraduate studies to become a CIMA (Chartered Management Accountant).
In the last 20 years Alison has been donating my financial expertise to Non Profit Organisations especially those in the Arts Industry. This has either involved helping or advising with their financial accounts, budgets and business planning or volunteering on their boards as the Treasurer. Having a background in Ballet, Alison is very passionate about the Arts especially dance so being able to combine her two passions – art and accounting – gives her a huge amount of satisfaction.
During her time in Jakarta Alison was on two boards as Treasurer -The Indonesian Heritage Society for two years and the Australian New Zealand Association for 18 months. She has also enjoyed being treasurer for Ausdance WA , Propel Youth Arts WA, Methodist Ladies College Rowing Association and Methodist Ladies College Community Support Association in the years prior to moving to Hong Kong.
Since moving to Hong Kong Alison has reignited her love for hiking and has been co leading the AWA hiking for the last 12 months. She has also been enjoying playing golf with the AWA Golf ladies.
Jessica was born in Nepal to American parents. Subsequently she lived in Pakistan, Tajikistan and the Philippines. After 15 years spent in Asia during her childhood, she is enjoying being back after returning here as a newlywed in 2015. She considers the state of Maryland to be where she is "from" since that is where she lived last and knows the best.
Jessica holds a Bachelors in Business and a MSc in International Hotel and Tourism Management. She spent three years as US Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal and Mali as well as worked in the hotel and tourism industry and as a US government contractor.
Joining AWA just a couple months after arrival in Hong Kong, she soon found a niche in the WOW Committee and their activities where she has enjoyed crossing paths with fascinating women from a wide range of backgrounds. Besides AWA, she runs a monthly evening book club, volunteers with youth and children through her church and works part-time. She loves showing people around Hong Kong and highlighting the incredible diversity to be found in this marvelous city! Her favorite spot is where she lives, on the beautiful Tolo Harbour in northeast Hong Kong.
Rachel was born and raised in Hong Kong (at a time when there was no air-conditioning on buses or in her classroom – can you imagine?). She left for university to the farthest place she could find from Hong Kong – Boston, MA – where she experienced living in snow for the first time (HUGE challenge which strangely never occurred to her when she applied there). For a change of scenery (read: weather) she moved across the US to sunnier climes to work in Silicon Valley and thinks she may have left a chunk of her heart in San Francisco.
Loving her American adventure but missing really amazing Chinese food, she moved back to Hong Kong 10 years ago. She continues to cook Thanksgiving dinner every year and when she’s not laughing at baby panda videos she specialises in communications and organizing and managing diverse events for both private and non-profit organisations. She’s been lucky to have met a great group of gals who have organised the Charity Bazaar for the last few years and is never surprised whenever she meets a great lady at the AWA.
Growing up in Columbia, Missouri, the American-born daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong, Stephanie never imagined that one day she'd be living in her parents' hometown. But when the opportunity came in 2016 for her and her husband to move from New York City to the Fragrant Harbor, they knew they couldn't pass up the opportunity to live and travel around Asia and get to know her family's culture a little better.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Stephanie was the assistant director of the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She also worked as a nonfiction book editor at Crown Publishers, a division of Random House. She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in political science.
In December 2017, a year after moving to Hong Kong, Stephanie gave birth to their first child, James, at Queen Mary Hospital. Locally, she has volunteered with the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and Justice Centre. In her spare time she enjoys baking sourdough bread, practicing her (still embarrassingly elementary) Cantonese, and engaging in any fitness activity with "baby wearing" in the title. As the editor of AWAre, she is excited to continue bringing content that's colorful, informative, and uniquely "AWA" to the magazine's readership.
Debbie was born and raised in the United States, and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics and computer science. She began her professional career in a Financial Management training program with GE Capital. After several years in finance with GE and NBC television network, she moved into marketing with NBC, and later worked at Pepsi. Her roles at NBC and Pepsi focused on both consumer and trade marketing, with a specialty in national promotional campaigns and entertainment licensing.
In the late 1990’s, she moved with her family to The Netherlands for their first expat assignment. After living and working in The Netherlands for five years, she returned to New York. Upon returning, she went back to school and obtained a Master’s degree in education, and worked as a high school math teacher until moving to Hong Kong. Debbie’s decision to change careers was to be able to spend more time at home raising her three children, who are currently aged 20, 23, and 26.
Since moving to Hong Kong last year with her husband, she have been actively involved in the AWA. Debbie is proud to be part of this organization, and values the many friendships and experiences that she has gained through the AWA. In addition, she has been actively pursuing her passion to travel, and to learn more about the world and other cultures.
Barbora was born in the Czech Republic where she also attended University, first gaining a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and later an MA in Journalism.
After finishing University, Barbora moved to the UK where she started working for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) while volunteering with the Czech Cultural Centre. She enjoyed the creative and challenging environment of her volunteer position and decided to change her career.
She worked for the Czech Cultural Centre for 4 years organizing art, architecture and design exhibitions, film festivals and concerts before taking a career break for one year.
During her career break Barbora travelled to South America, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and participated in various volunteering projects in Thailand and China.
Upon Barbora's return to the UK she started working for Artillery Architecture & Interior Design as an Associate Operations Director and was responsible for the day to day operations of the London office as well as overseeing the Melbourne and Dubai offices.
Barbora moved to Hong Kong in 2012 and started looking for volunteering opportunities – this is how she came across the American Women’s Association.
Barbora eventually took up a full time position with the AWA as Operations Director. She is chiefly responsible for day to day operations of AWA office and also closely involved in fundraising event organization and management.
Born in Hong Kong, Joanne began her career in the insurance sector where she gained broad administrative and leadership experience. Prior to joining AWA, Joanne acted as a team leader for the policy administration of The Pacific Assurance Company and her team was responsible for underwriting, customer service and claims settlement.
From a commercial section, Joanne moved to a non-profit making organization, AWA. She derives satisfaction from being involved in the charitable activities/events and enjoys meeting people from different countries and learning their culture.
Currently, Joanne is responsible for daily hands-on service to AWA members and assists the Operations Director in managing full spectrum of day-to-day office administrative functions and duties.
Joanne has a BSc in Economics. She completed her postgraduate study at The City University of Hong Kong and obtained a MA in Quantitative Business Analysis.
In her free time, she loves, hiking, swimming, playing badminton and travelling.