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Our People2018-09-13T14:43:51+00:00

Board of Directors

The volunteer board of directors works collaboratively with our Myanmar leadership to set the strategic direction for the mission. Under the board guidelines of care for vulnerable children, we nuture existing ministries and strategically expand these ministries. We develop partnerships with churches, foundations, parachurch organizations and individuals to further a holistic approach in spreading the Gospel in Myanmar.

Joana T. Jones
JOANA T. JONESFOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A former General Motors manager, Joana found her true calling during her first trip to Myanmar in 2007. During that adventure, she was asked to fund two new orphanages. She agreed, and filed the paperwork to begin a new 501c3 organization in 2008. Since then, ACM has grown more than she could have imagined — now including ten schools, a Community Development Center, and ongoing initiatives for refugee relief, medical aid and much more.

In 2012, Joana relocated from her hometown of Orleans, Indiana to Cornelius, Oregon to be close to her two daughters and three grandchildren. She is in Myanmar for a few weeks each year. She spends her stateside time coordinating ministries with ACM’s many partners and supporters.

TODD ANDERSON
TODD ANDERSONSECRETARY
A real prayer warrior, Todd is an RN with more than 30 years experience in the health care industry. He helps ACM coordinate with major donors in Indiana. His work helped establish a new church in an area that previously had none. He serves as an elder at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington, IN. He and his wife Lisa have two adult sons.
KATHY WILSON DIPIETRO
KATHY WILSON DIPIETROMEMBER-AT-LARGE
Kathy is passionate about missions and serving God both here and abroad. Her knowledge of nutrient-dense foods and their impact on health has led her to focus on improving nutrition for orphans and students in ACM facilities. She and her husband, Gene, live in Denver, CO. They have four grown children and five grandsons.
ERIC MALAVE
ERIC MALAVEMEMBER-AT-LARGE
Eric used his experience as an entrepreneur and international traveler to found nonprofit A Generous Life to help lift people out of poverty. His organization works with ACM in Myanmar, as well as other partners in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru. He and his wife, Kori, live in Peoria, AZ with their three children.
SANDAR KYAW LEUNG
SANDAR KYAW LEUNGMEMBER-AT-LARGE
Born in Yangon, Myanmar, Sandar moved to the U.S. at age 15. She was raised Buddhist, but became curious about Christ when she learned that Jesus died in our place. Over time, she met many devoted Christ followers who brought her closer to God. Her service on the board reflects the love she has for Myanmar. She and her husband, Jeff, live in North Carolina with their two children.

Myanmar Staff

All our paid staff are based in and native to Myanmar. They receive all or part of their financial support from ACM.

JOSIAH AUNG
JOSIAH AUNGDIRECTOR, HOPE MINISTRIES
Josiah is a graduate of Eastern Bible Institute, earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology. He taught at Berea Bible School in Myitkyina, and returned to teach at EBI for several years. In 2006, he started relief work. He began working with refugees in 2012.

He and his wife Phoebe founded Hope Children’s Home in 2008, which has since expanded to include a church and a preschool. Additionally, Josiah oversees the work at the Myanmar Community Development Center. He also assists with translation and coordination for short term mission trips sponsored by FAME, A Generous Life and Bring Good News International.

MAERAM RAWANG
MAERAM RAWANGDIRECTOR, EDUCATION & LITERACY
Born in a small village in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in northern Myanmar, Maeram is a member of the Rawang ethnic group. Her parents were first generation Christians, and her father was a teacher and evangelist. Like many people from the region, the family was poor: Maeram remembers being barefoot in the snow. Despite the poverty, she excelled in school and had the opportunity of studying at Atlanta Christian College.

Today, Maeram is a leader in Rawang literacy. She has translated many Christian books as well as working on a Rawang handbook. She has helped establish many kindergartens, and is a sought after speaker and trainer at women’s conferences. She also assists with work among refugees displaced by the ongoing civil war in northern Burma.

BAIHUM PUNG (JOEL)
BAIHUM PUNG (JOEL)DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SPECIAL NEEDS
Joel received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Myikyina College, followed by a degree in theology from Putao Christian Bible Seminary. After briefly working for local government, he went to India to receive advanced theological training at Bharat Bible College in Andra Pradesh. Returning to Myanmar, he married Nangram Shikhun in 2001.

Joel joined Asian Children’s Mission leadership team in 2010 to assist with Community Health Evangelism (CHE). After a CHE internship in the Philippines, he and Nangram implemented several projects, including opening two preschools. Joel and Nangram will also oversee the first Joshua School.

AH DEE CHE
AH DEE CHEFOUNDER, LOVING FOUNTAIN ORPHANAGE CENTER
Dr. Ah Dee Che has a degree in zoology from Mandalay University as well as a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) at the Myanmar Institute of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) from Central Baptist Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas and the Myanmar Institute of Theology. His dissertation concerned treatment for drug addiction in Kachin State. He remains involved in Loving Fountain’s programming and leadership, but now oversees the Lisu Baptist Convention in Kachin State.
PHOEBE THAUNG
PHOEBE THAUNGLEAD TEACHER, HOPE PRESCHOOL
Phoebe holds a masters degree in theology from Eastern Bible Institute. After graduating, she taught Christian Education and Christian Ethics at EBI for 13 years. She left EBI to found Hope Preschool in 2017, also overseeing two preschools in the Putao region. Phoebe oversees the day-to-day operations of Hope Children’s Home and is also a sought-after speaker and leader. She has still found time to learn gourmet cooking, and is a gracious hostess to the many visitors to her home on the Hope campus.
NANGRAM SHIKHUN
NANGRAM SHIKHUNLEAD TEACHER, JOSHUA SCHOOL AND PRESCHOOLS
Namgram is a graduate of the Myanmar Bible Institute, with a master’s degree from Mandalay University. In addition to overseeing two ACM preschools, she is the lead teacher for ACM’s first Joshua School. Nangram has also led a ministry to women in prison. She teaches sewing classes and is a sought after speaker for women’s events.
LUNNAN (LUCY)
LUNNAN (LUCY)PRINCIPAL & LEAD TEACHER, SAMARITAN SCHOOL OF NURSING
Lucy has broad experience both within Myanmar and internationally. After receiving her nursing degree from Yangon General Hospital, she worked in a variety of settings, including a hospital in Singapore. Prior to founding Samaritan, Lucy was the principal at a nurse’s aid school in another Myanmar city. Lucy and her students assist in many medical outreaches.
LA WU PAR PAR
LA WU PAR PARLEADER, LOVING FOUNTAIN ORPHANAGE CENTER
La Wu Par Par holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Kachin Bible Institute, and a BA in history from Myitkyina University. He has significant experience in children’s and youth ministry.
BZAN BZAN
BZAN BZANMANAGER, MRO CHRISTIAN CENTER
Bzan Bzan was one of the first converts to Christianity among the Mro people group. He studied at the Putao Christian Bible School. He has served as a minister in various churches in Rahkine State, and is involved in Mro literature work. The Mro leaders have chosen him to work with students at the new Mro Christian Center in Ponnagyun: a youth hostel for Mro children attending high school as well as the first church in a city of more than 100,000 people.
ASHAR
ASHARLEADER, KONGLAPU WOMEN'S MINISTRY
Ashar ministers to women and children in the remote town of Konglapu, close to Myanmar’s border with China. She is a leader in women’s ministry in the area, and has started three kindergartens in nearby villages. Ashar studied at the Putao Christian Bible School in Putao, Myanmar.
AH NAUNG
AH NAUNGPRINCIPAL, LEADING STAR HIGH SCHOOL
Leading Star is a boarding school for high school students in the northern Myanmar city of Putao. It serves students, many of whom are desperately poor, from remote villages where there are no high schools. Leading Star was opened by Ah Naung and her late husband, with the help of the local church. Now assisted by Asian Children’s Mission, between 40-65 students attend each year. Ah Naung holds a BA from Myitkyina University.
DEERAM
DEERAMTEACHER, PUTAIK GYI MIDDLE SCHOOL
For several years, Deeram taught elementary school in the remote southern Myanmar village of Putaik Gyi. A government teacher was finally appointed, but the village still had no middle school — so he founded one! He now teaches sixth through eighth grade. A children’s church meets at the school as well. Many of Deeram’s former students are now adults working and attending churches in Yangon while sending money home to help their parents. Deeram has dual degrees from a Bible college in Yangon and also from Myitkyina University.
DAW PAN CHO
DAW PAN CHOTEACHER, THANI BAUK PRIMARY SCHOOL
Pan Cho is a 60-year-old teacher in Thani Bauk, a remote village accessible only by water in Myanmar’s southern delta area. After Cyclone Nargis destroyed much of the region in 2008, she taught all the village children from first to fifth grade by herself, and preached on Sundays too! After a government teacher was appointed, Pan Cho switched her focus to teaching kindergarten students. She holds a degree from Karen Baptist Seminary.
MA SOE
MA SOETEACHER, TAUNG MINGLAR PRIMARY SCHOOL
Ma Soe teaches more than 50 students in the remote village of Taung Minglar. She has taken in many children whose parents are unable to provide for them. She feeds, educates and cares for them while teaching them about Jesus, and shows her love to everyone, Christian or non-Christian.
MARY
MARYTEACHER, JOSHUA SCHOOL FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
A graduate of Myanmar Bible Institute, Mary is a licensed teacher, and was also trained at the Eden Centre in Yangon concerning care of disabled children. She has been a regular caregiver to Tinman, Joel and Nangram’s physically challenged son. She is a teacher/therapist at the Joshua School in Mandalay.
MAENINN KHAWNG
MAENINN KHAWNGTEACHER, JOSHUA SCHOOL FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
Maeninn is an undergraduate student at Mandalay University, majoring in philosophy. A licensed preschool teacher with two years’ experience, she has had special training in caring for disabled children at the Eden Centre for Disabled Children in Yangon.
LANGWANG NANGRAM
LANGWANG NANGRAMTEACHER, PYIN OO LYIN PRESCHOOL
Langwang has taught for three years in the Pyin Oo Lyin preschool. She has an undergraduate degree in law and a preschool teacher’s license. She is married to Jungram Rdw, who left a 10 year ministry to begin a radio ministry in the Rawang ethnic language. Langwang’s ancestors are from Tibet.
TISHARR
TISHARRASSISTANT TEACHER, PYIN OO LYIN PRESCHOOL
Tisharr is in her second year of college, studying psychology at Mandalay University. She assists at the Pyin Oo Lyin preschool. She is the youngest daughter of one of the pastors at the Railway Mission: a Church of Christ organization that is working to establish churches near Myanmar’s major north-south railway.
SAI NU PAN
SAI NU PANASSISTANT TEACHER, HOPE PRESCHOOL
Due to her family’s poverty and the dangerous civil war that continues near her home, Sai Nu Pan grew up in Hope Children’s Home. In addition to assisting with teaching the preschoolers, Sai Nu Pan is a seamstress, and sends some of her money to support her mother.
TAN DAR LWIN
TAN DAR LWINASSISTANT TEACHER, HOPE PRESCHOOL
Tan Dar Lwin grew up at Hope Children’s Home. She graduated high school and is now in her final year of college. In addition to working at the preschool, she assists with the operation of Hope Children’s Home.
DUSAME
DUSAMEMUSIC TEACHER, HOPE PRESCHOOL
Dusame is a Christian singer who teaches singing and music to the children at Hope Preschool. She is a graduate of Emmaus Bible Institute.
DAHAM TI
DAHAM TITEACHER, MANDALAY PRESCHOOL
A licensed preschool teacher, Daham Ti is a graduate of the Myanmar Bible Institute and also holds a bachelors degree in philosophy. She has been serving at the Mandalay preschool, located in a poor and dangerous neighborhood, for five years. She tutors older youth and also teaches Sunday School.
DAW GHEE MAR
DAW GHEE MARTEACHER, MULASHIDI PRESCHOOL
Daw Ghee Mar holds a bachelor’s degree from the Mulashidi Bethany Theological College. In addition to teaching preschool, she teaches Sunday School and is an experienced youth leader.
CHA MAR SAR
CHA MAR SARTEACHER, MULASHIDI PRESCHOOL
Cha Mar Sar holds a bachelor’s degree in theology. She is also in her final year of completing a four year program in a secular university. She works with local churches in Christian education and youth ministry.
AH DU DWE
AH DU DWETEACHER, MARMUSHIDI PRESCHOOL
Ah Du Dwe is a high school graduate who recently worked in community development as both a volunteer and as a bookkeeper. She enjoys teaching the preschool children.
NAW CHE CHAR
NAW CHE CHARTEACHER, MARMUSHIDI PRESCHOOL
Naw Che Char enjoys teaching the preschool children.
AH SA ME
AH SA METEACHER, COMFORT VILLAGE PRESCHOOL
Ah Sa Me was formerly a volunteer teacher in her local primary school in Kachin state. She married and moved with her husband to Shan State, then was forced to flee due to the civil war. She came to Comfort Village as a refugee, and is now a preschool teacher there.
LEMESAR
LEMESARTEACHER, COMFORT VILLAGE PRESCHOOL
LeMasar attended school through seventh grade, then had to leave school to help her parents farm. She married in Shan state, living there for only a year before she became a refugee due to civil war. She is very happy to be able to teach children in a safe place: a brand new preschool.
NAW YA NA
NAW YA NATEACHER, COMFORT VILLAGE PRESCHOOL
Naw Ya Na lived and worked in a remote Kachin village near the border with China. In 2016, her village was wiped away by a massive landslide. Her family moved to Comfort Village as Internally Displaced Persons (refugees), and are now resettled. She appreciates the opportunity to teach and earn a small income.