BOARD OF ADVISORS
Naw Angelene, Professor of History at Judson University, Illinois is the author of Aung San and the Struggle for Burmese Independence, published by the Silkworm Books, Chiangmai, Thailand. (Co-publisher: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies). She is also one of the co-authors of the four volume book, Political History of Myanmar 1948-1962, published in Burmese language by the Historical Research Department, University of Rangoon, Burma.
As a lecturer/Researcher at the University of Yangon, Naw Angelene worked as the subject leader of Southeast Asian history and U.S. Diplomatic history courses for graduate classes. Also as an advisor to graduate students, she supervised several Master theses focusing on Myanmar History such as “The Role of the Kachin People in the Struggle for Independence of Burma,” “British Administration in the Shan State,” “The American Missionary Activities in British Burma,” “Dresses and Costumes of the Konbaung Royal Family” and etc. In 2003, Naw Angelene presented a paper titled “An Analysis of the Leadership Style and Political Attitudes of Aung San (father) and Aung San Suu Kyi (daughter) Towards the Karen People: A Historical Perspective,” at the Karen Reunion (North America) held in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Naw Angelene holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from the East-West Center at University of Hawaii.
Kellen Ressmeyer, Esq.
Kellen Ressmeyer is a partner at Oberdier Ressmeyer LLP, a litigation boutique that focuses on complex commercial litigation (appellate litigation, breach of contract, intellectual property, commercial fraud, commercial foreclosure, debtor-creditor disputes, and civil rights) headquartered in New York. In 2005, Kellen has traveled to Pa-pun area under the controlled of Karen National Union, where she experienced first hand the lives and hardships of ordinary Karen villagers.
Ms. Ressmeyer received her J.D. degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2007, and B.A. with distinction from the same university in 2004.
Dr. Somboom Panyakom
Dr. Somboon Panyakom is Dean of International College at Payap University, Thailand. Prior to this appointment, he served in the faculty of Business Administration Department from 2007 to 2011. He was country director for Compassion International Inc. (Thailand) from 1984 to 1996.
Dr. Panyakom received his Doctor of Social and Behavioral Science from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and Master of Social Administration from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. He is also a graduate of Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, with Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Kristin Culver is a Senior Researcher with the Office of Planning, Research, and Statistics at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Previously, she served as a program supervisor with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and director of the Open Streets OKC initiative. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma City University.
Kristin received a Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies, a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion Sciences, and a Master of Social Work in Administration and Community Practice from the University of Oklahoma.