Teaching for two decades in the UK, Asia and Australia, with a degree in humanities and English and a Masters in Education, Suzanne has extensive experience working with young people in many contexts.
As a forward thinking, dynamic classroom teacher, she’s inspired many students to succeed through her infectious energy and ability to connect in a meaningful way.
Leading departments and creating innovative courses, she has a proven track record in creativity, resourcefulness and creating effective outcomes in an educational context. This skill set has been transferred, utilized and developed from the conception of Shine, through leading the organization as the CEO for three years and now as the founder and acting Chair of the Board.
Her passion for creating change in Cambodia was ignited whilst living there for two years, running a backpacker hostel and volunteering with a children’s project whilst on a career break.
Her passion is to create change on a global level, by inspiring and empowering young people to reach their full potential. She’s experienced the joy of altruism and wants to ensure others feel this by giving back to their communities.
Piseth began teaching in 2002 and has many years experience working in Cambodian schools and not-for-profit organizations. He’s worked in Otres for 6 years, firstly with a project that he and Co-Founder Suzanne met through and then he remained to dedicate himself to the children there, to ensure they got the education they deserved. He worked as a classroom teacher, engaging children with his lively teaching style and warm energy and then progressed to lead the several teaching staff currently employed by Shine.
He’s deeply passionate about creating change for the poorest people in Cambodia and has built strong and trusted relationships with the local community.
His vision is that there are no more crying faces in Cambodia but only happy and laughing ones. He believes Shine’s work is doing this.
Daniel has over 15 years of experience in the accounting industry and is a partner at LXD Business Solutions. He utilises these skills and his business history to ensure Shine’s accounting and reporting is accurate and rigorous.
Daniel first travelled to Cambodia over ten years ago and fell in love with the country. When an opportunity came up to give something back with a role on Shine’s board he was happy to help. He recognizes the challenge of juggling full time work and duel roles with the charity but believes it is worth it for the great feeling of knowing he’s helping children and families break the cycle of poverty.
Emma has been involved with Shine since its beginnings in Melbourne in 2016. With over twenty years experience in the health industry and owning and operating her own community based wellbeing business ‘Enhanced Wellbeing Co,’ she is passionate about developing this sector of Shine in both Cambodia and locally in Melbourne. Emma’s vision for Shine is to connect and enrich the lives of both our beneficiaries and donors through the wellbeing benefits of giving and receiving, and the effect this has on global change.
Adrienne has worked with Australian universities, NSW government, social enterprises, charities, and ASX100 for 10 years. She applies strengths in connecting people, building and embedding change programs, designing more effective systems and organizations. Supporting her professional career is a degree in statistics and honours in psychology from the University of Sydney.
She is deeply driven and committed to creating a more just world by protecting and supporting human rights and the environment. For the children in Otres this means giving them an opportunity to feel safe, have an education and an opportunity to contribute to the world. ‘Shine is a place for every child to feel empowered and learn’. Adrienne would like to see Shine grow to support the next generation of children in Otres all graduate from high school.
Daniel has been with Shine since the beginning of 2018 developing the Melbourne youth program. He has already taken multiple trips into the South-East Asian regions to understand and work with local communities. Currently studying a double degree of Law and Global Studies at Monash University, Daniel is working to ensure that the emerging generations of young people, globally, are passionate and conscientious change-makers.
Christine is an experienced CEO with over 15 years of senior and executive management experience in the mental health, wellbeing and community services sectors in the United States and Australia. Christine’s proven track record includes maintaining highly successful and profitable business development initiatives in government, non-for-profit and social enterprise sectors. Christine’s expertise is in research and development, managing high-level organisations and projects, fundraising, business and relationship management and marketing and communications.
Christine is passionate about working with individuals to help them realise their goals. Her volunteer work experience includes providing counselling and practical support to some of the most marginalised individuals in low-socioeconomic communities in the US and Australia.
Christine believes that by educating and supporting the young, you support the future of the community and world at large. She is honoured to be a part Shine Cambodia’s work with the Otres community and is committed to working with the Board and community in supporting the future leaders of Cambodia and Australia.
With a background in media analysis and account management Samantha has extensive experience in developing and managing various projects and programs. Prior to moving to Cambodia she worked with UK central and local Government charities and public relations companies on numerous public health behavioural change campaigns.
Her dream is that every child has access to quality education and a safe space to learn and develop.
Samantha joined the Shine team in 2017 and is proud to have seen first hand the benefits and opportunities that are opening up to the young people of Otres. ‘Education will give young people access to opportunities that will allow them to dream big and follow their dreams’. It’s her own dream that Shine will grow, develop and expand their reach to support more young people in Cambodia.