Executive Board of Directors
Tom Stader — Founder and Board Chair
Tom Stader is the founder and board chair of The Library Project. He started The Library Project after working in marketing and advertising from 1996 to 2006. During that period he worked in San Francisco, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam with a client base of many Fortune 500 companies. In 2006, Tom and a few friends collected about 6,000 books and donated them to two orphanage libraries in Dalian, China. It was then that The Library Project was born. Since then Tom has been focused on creating an organization that has a razor sharp focus on program specific results that provides donors with industry standard levels of transparency. With the support of an incredible group of employees, volunteers, and donors, The Library Project provides on average one library per-day to rural elementary schools located in China and Vietnam. Tom focuses full-time on building The Library Project into a world-class organization, fundraising, and public speaking. Tom holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University.
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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.
Patrick founded Global Horticulture Limited (New Zealand) in 2004—which explores opportunities in horticulture in China and East Asia. This led to the establishment in Xi'an, PRC of Global Horticulture (Xi'an) Limited in 2006. GlobalHort is one of the largest horticultural companies in Shaanxi Province with an integrated business model from farm to market. Patrick was awarded a Professors appointment at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in 2009 (a Tier 1 University in the Peoples Republic of China and a leading agricultural university in China). He served as the chairman of the Xi’an International Business Forum from 2008-2011. Patrick has a wide variety of interests including travel and the outdoors and he is a keen sportsman. He believes in lifetime learning and education and that these should be available to everyone irrespective of their social or financial position. Patrick is married to Petrice, his wife of 21 years and together they have three sons.
China Board of Directors
Mainland China Board of Directors
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.
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.
Christine Wang — 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.
Hong Kong Board of Directors
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.
Vietnam Board of Directors
Lan is currently Deputy General Manager at PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation where she is active in the company's community services. Lan also founded her own children's clothing line named MaMePa with a pure desire to provide little children with comfortable high-quality clothes. Lan loves to work on simple improvement of daily things to self-inspire and make life a better place to live in. With her love and care for children, Lan is honored to be part of The Library Project team to improve lives of disadvantaged children by giving endless effort to gradually bring them closer to good sources of books. Lan holds a Bachelor's and Masters' Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Ọklahoma.
Advisory Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Nicholas Ingleton has been living in Asia since 1958 and currently resides in Tokyo. Kevin was managing director of Time Inc.'s book publishing operations in Asia from 1968 to 1981, and chairman and later director of Time Life Educational Systems Inc.(Time Inc,'s corporate training business in Japan). Since 1986 he has been president at a number of the Tuttle publishing and distribution businesses. Currently, he is a director of the Aston Educational Group, which has educational interests throughout China.
Kevin Kruse is a serial entrepreneur and the co-author of the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller, We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement. Kevin is a popular keynote speaker and his articles on leadership, engagement and business excellence have appeared in Business Week, Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, and numerous other publications. Kevin is the President of The Kruse Group, the founder of the e-Patient Connections conference, AXIOM Professional Health Learning, ACI, and a senior leader at Kenexa. In his spare time, Kevin invests as an “angel” at Delaware Crossing Investment Group, is co-owner of Team Capital Bank, and builds libraries in Asia with The Library Project. Kevin lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his three children.
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.
Aryeh Sternberg joined NewsCorp Australia in January of 2014 as the Ad-Tech Innovation Manager. His team supports identification and implementation of new advertising technologies into the business. Aryeh has been living and working in Australia since August of 2012. Prior to that Aryeh maintained a variety of roles including the Chief Integration Architect for Edge Marketing and COO for GroupM Interaction in Indonesia and Vietnam for three and a half years (including GroupM’s four agencies, Mindshare, Maxus, Mediacom, and MEC). Coming from one of the leading mobile marketing agencies he entered the world of Vietnam’s digital media boldly taking on a market where digital media was only beginning to take the form of a worthwhile media investment. Aryeh also lends his support to a multitude of startup digital companies, offering advice as to how to structure business products for the advertising industry, ranging from innovative mobile solutions to interactive out of home executions. Aryeh won the Campaign Asia award for “Digital Rising Star” in 2010, also was awarded “The Best Individual Contributor 2010” by Yahoo! Vietnam. He currently lives in Sydney and enjoys the call of the rampant cockatoo.
Previous Board Members
Chris Brown — Advisory Board Member — 2008-2010
Ryan Holliday — Advisory Board Member — 2006-2009
Phil Mercurio — Advisory Board Member — 2006-2009
Ramsey Montgomery — Advisory Board Member — 2006-2008