Our Board of Directors
The Library Project’s Board of Directors is a strong and diverse group of individuals dedicated to providing support to our local teams. This support comes in the form of organizational governance, ensuring the organization is staying mission/vision focused, along with fundraising support.
The Library Project’s Board of Directors might look a little different from traditional non-profit Boards in that our internal team members sit on most of the Boards, and we have local Boards in many of the countries we work in. This helps provide a clear voice for those that benefit from our programs.
If you’d like to learn more about our organization’s governance structure, please contact Tom Stader, TLP’s Founder.
Executive Board of Directors
Tom Stader — TLP Founder & Board Chair
Tom Stader is the Founder of The Library Project and Board Chair of the Executive Board of Directors. In 2006, Tom had a simple idea to donate libraries to two orphanages in Dalian, China. Soon after those libraries were complete, Tom founded The Library Project. Since then, Tom and his dedicated team have completed over 1700 library donations throughout Cambodia, China and Vietnam and impacting over 500,000 eager young readers. He is incredibly happy and proud of the impact The Library Project team accomplishes every day.
Donn Garton has lived and worked in Vietnam for over 7 years. Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Donn currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City and is General Manager of Resident Vietnam, a corporate relocation and immigration company serving clients such as Proctor & Gamble, General Electric and Chevron. Along with Resident Vietnam, Donn serves on the board of Alive Interactive Media, a video games outsourcing studio producing 3D animation for game companies around the world. Since moving to Asia, Donn has been involved in several start ups and has extensive experience in operational management and business development. He is honored to be part of The Library Project and assist in its efforts to bring the gift of reading to children throughout Asia.
Philip McCrea is the CEO of ClearPoint—a global leader in interactive health education with offices in New York, London and Pune, India. In addition to ClearPoint, he has founded several other technology and education companies. Philip brings expertise in building organizations as well as a passion for children’s education to The Library Project. He lives in Ridgewood, NJ with his wife and three children.
China Board of Directors
Christine Wang — China Board Chair & TLP Fundraising Director
Christine Wang is the Fundraising Director at The Library Project and Board Chair of the China Board of Directors. To learn more about Christine, please check out her full bio here.
Joseph Chong joined the Peninsula Hotels since 2000 and is presently the General Manager at The Peninsula Shanghai. Prior to that, Joseph has worked with The Peninsula in Beijing and Bangkok. A native of Malaysia, Joseph started his career at The Regent Kuala Lumpur in 1989 and continued his development at the Regent Hotels in Bangkok and Jakarta, and the Four Seasons properties in Bali and Singapore. Joseph graduated from The Institut International d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (Malaysia and France) in Hotel, Catering and Tourism. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH), United Kingdom. Joseph was appointed as an Honorary Trustee of Raleigh China in 2011, a charitable organization founded in the UK in 1984, aiming to help young people grow into self-confident and active global citizens and making a difference to communities and the environment across the world. In contribution to the development of enterprises in Shanghai, he was appointed Vice President for the Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce this year. He is married, with a daughter and a son.
Helen Huang is an Art Curator and is the General Manager of Shanghai Xinyijing Commercial Company. Previously she worked for Wuxi Zhongce Pharmaceutical, Parkson Retail Group, Nokia and Guangzhou Veronica Industrial. Helen is also active in the community at a number of different organizations such as the Committee of Peace China and the International School Parents Committee in Shanghai. Helen has a passion for improving rural education and sits on the China Board of Directors at The Library Project.
Andy Liu is the founder and CEO of EVISION Communication Group. He has eighteen years of professional PR service experience in automotive, IT and telecom industries. He has experience in consulting and research in areas such as branding and marketing communications, automobile PR, corporate communications, CSR communications and crisis management. Andy is also the Chairman of the Committee of Social Responsibility of the Suqin Club.
Founder, director and spokeswoman of SHE & JUL FILMS, Julliet Pan graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with first class honors. She created and produced the short film “BUTTERFLY REFLECTION,” which was showcased in the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival in France in 2006. In the past few years, Julliet has directed and guided the artistic development of TV shows, including “Town and Country”, “The 80s Show”, “Style Trip”,“Dream Factory” and “Who Pays Today” for CHANNEL YOUNG. Meanwhile, the entire SHE & JUL team’s collaboration with ICS on “The Amazing Race – China Rush Season 2” won the Asia Television Awards’ Best TV Adaptation. Miss Pan’s work as artistic director of the documentary “Tomb-Sweeping” also won the SMG’s President Award.
Hong Kong Chapter
After donating several libraries in rural Xi’an with the team from The Library Project, Jackie was moved by the cause and joined as a board member in 2007 and has served since. Jackie is lawyer by trade and currently works with a US financial institution in Hong Kong. Throughout her legal career much of her personal time was spent working with various non-profit organizations contributing towards the organisations’ strategy and governance as a board member. In 2010 Jackie took a break from law and joined a charity as Project Director focusing on children in Nepal. She appreciates that running a charity is way harder than working in a corporate environment! Aside from work and time spent working on various non-profit causes, Jackie is busy with a growing family of a toddler and a newborn.
International Board of Directors
Amanda Yiu — International Board Chair
Amanda Yiu grew up in Toronto and moved to Los Angeles in early 2013. She has been a strong supporter of TLP’s mission and has donated two libraries to date in their Vietnam region. She graduated with a degree in International Business and is currently a Senior Consultant with Capgemini in their Innovation & Digital Services (IDS) practice, specializing in project management within the smart energy and digital retail space. In growing her passion for social impact and philanthropy, Amanda was previously the Founder and Chapter President of Wokai Canada, a non-profit organization that aimed to raise awareness for micro-finance and alleviate poverty in rural China. She is currently on the LA+acumen chapter leadership board and working to educate the local community about social enterprise and patient capital that emphasize both social and financial returns. In her free time, Amanda is a foodie at heart and is always bit by the travel bug – she has traveled to 30 countries to date and hopes to explore more in the future.
Scott currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand where he has lived for the past 10 years. He is managing partner of One World Imports, which focuses primarily on remarketing secondhand computers from other countries in Thailand. This model extends the life of computers while also helping Thai citizens gain access to quality secondhand computers at very reasonable prices. Prior to One World Imports, Scott worked in numerous fields both in Thailand and the US ranging from software sales to business brokering to owning a restaurant. He graduated from Colorado College in 1991.
Advisory Board of Directors
Originally from Canada, Celia Hatton has worked as a broadcast journalist in China since 2001. Working primarily as a correspondent for CBS News, Celia has reported from almost every corner of China, in addition to filing numerous breaking news stories from across Asia. Celia’s coverage of China’s Sichuan earthquake in 2008 garnered a Gracie Award from the Association of American Women in Radio and Television. Celia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Adam Simkins is the Director of Interior Solutions at The Getz Group based out of Singapore. A British national, Adam was born in Thailand and spent his childhood in many different Asian countries. Since graduating Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, he has worked in Hyatt hotels all around the world including South Korea, Saipan, Hong Kong, Bali, Tianjin, Fukuoka, Kuala Lumpur, Hangzhou and Xi’an. Adam’s belief in the power of education has led him to work as advisory board member in The Library Project and as a passionate ambassador.
Internal Board of Directors
Nichole He — China Country Director
Nichole He is the China Country Director at The Library Project. She joined The Library Project in the summer of 2009 after working for a leading Xi’an English language magazine. Nichole came to The Library Project initially as a fundraising manager. Nichole soon gravitated toward strengthening our donor/organization communication. Today, Nichole has built a world-class team of Project Managers that donate, on average, one library a day throughout China. Nichole operates with a very high level of donor and volunteer involvement, while engaging with local governments and rural schools. At the end of the day, Nichole ensures that each library donation is a positive experience for everyone involved by providing detailed reports as to the impact of each library donation. To Nichole, the most important part of her work is that children have access to beautiful libraries. Nichole holds a Bachelor Degree from Xi’an Fan Yi University.
Belinda Yu — China Logistics & Purchasing Director
Belinda Yu is the Logistics & Purchasing Director at The Library Project. She joined The Library Project in the winter of 2007 after working for an English training school from 2005 to 2007. Belinda quickly took charge of the purchasing of library donation items. Over the past four years, Belinda has transformed our earlier simple library donations into colorful and engaging places for children to curl up with a book and relax. Each and every table, chair, shelf, and book is carefully selected through Belinda’s Logistics and Purchasing Department, and shipped directly to the donation region. Year after year, our library donations have improved in both quality and cost efficiency through Belinda’s hard work. Belinda holds a Bachelor Degree of Xi’an Fan Yi University.
Christine Wang — Fundraising Director & China Board Chair
Christine Wang is the Fundraising Director at The Library Project. She joined The Library Project in the summer of 2008 after graduating from university. Christine came to The Library Project initially as an assistant to Tom Stader, but soon after began focusing on event hosting and awareness raising for the organization. Today, Christine has built an incredible fundraising team based out of Shanghai. Christine focuses on awareness raising through grassroots fundraisers, building long-term relationships with donors and volunteer groups, and helping to locate the needed funds to purchase books. Christine’s hard work and that of her team enables us to get so many needed books into the hands of the eager young readers that we serve. Christine attended the Xi’an International Studies University.