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.
Born and raised in India, Gunjali has lived in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong over the past decade. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Masters in Business Administration she began her career in Marketing with GE Capital in India.
Gunjali has a passion for languages and the arts. She has been extensively involved with not-for-profit organizations including Ananya (School for underprivileged children in Bangalore), IAAC (Indo American Arts Council in New York) and SINDA (Singapore Indian Development Association).
While in Singapore, she jointly founded Do-Desi, an organization established to develop Hindi Enrichment programs for expatriate Indian children. Do-Desi runs activity-based lessons that focus on learning the language with a cultural context through games, storytelling, dance and music.
Since moving to Hong Kong with her husband and two children in 2016, Gunjali has immersed herself in exploring her new city. She is actively involved in community and school events, has volunteered her time translating documents for charities working towards social equality, she was a volunteer for the AWA Spring Fashion Show 2017 committee and paddles for the AWA dragon boat team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robin arrived in Hong Kong in 2015 after moving internationally six times in seven years. Meeting the many kindred travelers in the AWA made her finally feel at home.
Robin grew up in a rural Midwestern town. She commissioned as an Army officer after college and spent seven years flying medical evacuation helicopters and managing evacuation operations. After year-long deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, she decided to hang up the wings, follow her husband into a diplomatic career in Asia, and have some babies. Three crumb-snatchers later, there’s no going back.
Between wiping noses and packing bags, Robin completed her Master of Public Administration at Indiana University two years ago, specializing in Nonprofit Management. She loves to think about strategic planning in charitable organizations and is overjoyed at the chance to learn and to contribute in the AWA. In addition to enjoying the AWA, Robin organizes the children’s activities at St. Stephen’s Chapel and manages the U.S. Consulate’s dragon boat team.
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.