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.
Marcy was born and raised in San Jose, California (Bay Area/Silicon Valley). She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, having split her university experience between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. Her professional background is in corporate manufacturing within Silicon Valley’s high technology center. Manufacturing ultimately brought her family to Taiwan in late 2002 and to Hong Kong for the first time in 2006. Having been repatriated back to the U.S. in between, Marcy and her family are happy to find themselves back in Hong Kong. Marcy works extensively on community events for fundraising at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS). Marcy is committed to making a difference where she can and greatly enjoys meeting new people and aiding in their physical and mental transition to Hong Kong. She served as AWA’s 1st Vice-President, Fundraising from July 2013 to June 2015.
A New England native, Augusta recently moved to Hong Kong from Boston with her husband for his first expat assignment. After a decade working in the software technology sector, Augusta earned an MBA from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore Business School. She then launched 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 is exploring Hong Kong’s fledgling urban farming movement.
Jean considers herself to be a coast-bouncer, bouncing from East Coast to West Coast of the US, but would really prefer to trade it all in for an island, as she was raised in Hawaii. Most recently from the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Jean and her husband moved to Hong Kong in late 2015 for their first expat assignment and have been loving living on Hong Kong Island. Jean's background is in higher education administration, although she began her career in banking. She believes strongly in women's and girls' empowerment as well as being involved in her community wherever she lives, and looks forward to supporting both with AWA.
When her daughter's job offered a transfer to Hong Kong, Linda jumped at the chance for an Asian adventure and became a trailing Nana. Linda retired after 27 years as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in a large So. California medical center where she served on numerous committees and was a local board member for the national NP organization. AWA has been an invaluable way for her to make new friends in Hong Kong and become involved in local life. Linda currently coordinates the Tuesday morning soup kitchen and participates in a variety of AWA activities. Her interests include travel, Mahjong and time with her two beautiful grandchildren.
Gabriela was born in Moldova but she revers as home every place she travels to. In her effort to blend with the locals, on top of her mother tongue (Romanian) she is able to get along in Russian, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Mandarin. Having earned a BA Law, BSc Economics, Gabriela started her career as a civil servant at the Moldovan Ministry of Economy and Trade. After a few years, she enrolled at the European College of Parma Foundation and ended up exchanging a promising job for an internship at the European Commission. For the next 5 years, Brussels became her home away from home. The working experience in various fields (health & consumer protection, security, energy, IT, environment, transport logistics), allowed her to gain an interdisciplinary approach as well as the easiness of learning complex topics from scratch. Prior to Hong Kong Gabriela worked in Amsterdam in the field of trade and change management. Together with her husband they are happy to have relocated to this vibrant and bountiful region.
Susie began pursuing leadership roles while earning her BA from the University of Colorado. She served as President of her sorority's college chapter. She has served on several boards since then. Susie retired from her career in hospital administration to raise her two daughters. They are currently in the U.S. pursuing their careers. She and her husband, Don, enjoy living in Kennedy Town. They both love the outdoors and Susie is passionate about hiking all over Hong Kong.
Susie is making the most of living in Hong Kong while helping the local community. She has volunteered with the AWA in many different capacities and she continues to seek ways she can make a difference.
Helen moved to Hong Kong from London in January 2015. Mother of three grown up children, she began her career in publishing and was chief sub editor of the British Reader’s Digest. Most recently, Helen was coordinator for the UK charity Home-Start Wandsworth, training volunteers from the local community to give practical and emotional support to vulnerable young families. A natural networker, Helen has made many new friends in Hong Kong and regularly volunteers in communications for ICM, a charity serving the poor in the Philippines. She also uses her expertise in teaching English as a foreign language by volunteering with primary school children in the New Territories.
Annie, a New Englander by birth, world traveler by choice, was raised in Avon Ct. While attending the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with a BA in Accounting, she embarked on her first overseas experience, spending a semester abroad in the Netherlands. This sparked a love of travel that continues to this day.
Annie worked for Ernst & Young for over 10 years, first in Hartford Ct, and then in Tokyo, Seoul and London. After moving to London, she embarked on a new career in Interior Design.
Prior to Hong Kong, she was located in San Francisco, where she served as the treasurer to the Junior Committee of the San Francisco Symphony. Anne and her family moved to Hong Kong in 2011.
Since moving to Hong Kong, Annie was worked with the AWA on the office relocation and has been co-captain of the AWA Globe Paddle Dragon Boat team since 2014. She enjoys any and everything outdoors and is looking forward to helping the AWA find its path for the future.
Jennifer has been in Hong Kong since 2015. She became involved in the AWA immediately upon arriving and has enjoyed being active in hiking, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, attending social activities with her husband and is a regular at OWL.
She is working in real estate at Sotheby's International Realty with whom she built up a career in Chicago. She is happy to give back to the AWA now that she has comfortably settled into life and work in 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.
Nikola is originally from Australia where she has a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney. She then followed her career in Investment banking to England where she also received her MBA from Durham university. She lived in Tokyo and then New York.
After moving to Hong Kong as a traveling spouse, she became interested in life coaching as well as self esteem issues of today's young ladies. She has three school aged children and has been in Hong Kong for five years. She spends her spare time doing Tai Chi as well as learning Tai Chi Sword
Brooke is from the U.S. where she practiced law for 18 years. She moved to Hong Kong in 2008 with her family and now writes fiction. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Hong Kong in 2011, a JD from Boston University School of Law in 1990, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987. Her first novel, Tempting the Dragon, was published in 2015. Her short stories have been published in six editions of Imprint, the Annual Anthology of Women in Publishing Society Hong Kong and How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia. Brooke has three children and enjoys playing tennis.
Chicago native, who now calls Charlotte, NC home, Lisa has lived in Hong Kong for two years with her husband and daughter, leaving their two older sons pursuing life back in the US. She has benefited from AWA’s many activities and local tours as an invaluable way to make friends and build a life here in Hong Kong, serving as Bridge Coordinator and member of the Charitable Donations Committee. In a previous life, she worked for over twenty years in the transportation and logistics industry in operations management and national account sales. She has also served as a Board of Trustees member, Treasurer, VP Programming and President of several non-profit volunteer organizations. Her current interests include playing bridge and mahjong, making pottery, appreciating and sometimes, collecting Asian art, and learning ikebana. Lisa served as 3rd VP Activities from July 2014 - June 2016.