Board

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Jeanne Blamey

Jeanne went to Denpasar, Indonesia in 1973 as a VIA volunteer. Her VIA experience led to a life-long interest in Southeast Asian politics and culture, which she has explored through her teaching, work with nonprofits, and travel. Jeanne received a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Jeanne joined the VIA Board in 2008.

Tab Bowers 2016

Tab Bowers

Tab Bowers joined American Savings Bank in 2012 as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. He oversees strategic development and marketing of the Bank’s products and services and has overall responsibility for delivering the brand through traditional and digital marketing.

A 25-year veteran of international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Inc., Tab has broad experience across the financial services industry including the banking, insurance, and asset and wealth management sectors. He was based in McKinsey’s Tokyo office for 16 years where he served as senior partner. From 2003 to 2008, Tab led McKinsey’s Financial Institutions Asia-Pacific Practice, overseeing 400 professionals across 13 countries. He has worked in depth in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Tab has lived in Japan for over 20 years in total and has working level fluency in Japanese. He first went to western Japan (Yamaguchi) in 1975 with VIA for a 6 month volunteer post. Tab also served on the VIA Board in the early 1980’s.

Jonathan Buenaventura 2016

Jonathan Buenaventura

Jonathan has been active in VIA since his freshman year at Stanford University in 2000. He was a Stanford participant in the Treat Fellowship in 2000, a Stanford participant in the Exploring Health Care Program in 2001, and a host in the American Language and Culture Program in 2002. Jonathan has worked in Finance for over 10 years in London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He is currently a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Asset Management. He has expertise in credit derivatives, equities, investment grade bonds, and portfolio management and is interested in global economic and financial issues. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jonathan joined the VIA Board in 2016.

Barry Groves

Barry Groves

Barry currently serves as the Senior Director of Educational Services at the Association of California School Administrators. He completed a forty-year career in public education in the Bay Area that concluded by serving for a decade as the Superintendent in the Mountain View Los Altos School District after receiving his doctorate from Stanford. He currently serves on four other non-profit boards focusing on youth and education. Barry is the current Vice Chairperson for the Western Association of School and Colleges that accredits almost 300 schools throughout Asia. He joined the VIA Board in 2016.

Steve Hope

Steve was a volunteer in Surabaya, Indonesia from 1974-76 after graduating from Stanford in 1974. After returning to the Bay Area in 1976, Steve obtained his single subject teaching credential in social science from the Stanford STEP program and began teaching at what was then Awalt High School in Mountain View. Since that time he has served as a Dean of Student Activities, Vice-principal, and Principal at Mountain View High School. He retired from the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District in 2013 after serving the last 18 years as the Associate Superintendent for HR and Technology. Currently, he serves on the board of two educational foundations supporting teachers and students and one other non-profit organization which supports social/emotional learning for students and teachers. He joined the VIA Board in 2010.

Grace Kong 2016

Grace Kong

Grace Kong is a consultant, facilitator, trainer, and coach with over fifteen years of experience working to build the capacity and leadership of social change organizations. Through providing support such as leading strategic and work-plan development processes, facilitating staff/board retreats, and guiding program development, she has the honor of working with a range of impactful organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area including Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), Futures Without Violence, 350.org, the Rosenberg Foundation and more. A graduate of Stanford University, Grace was a recipient of the Leadership for a Changing World Award by the Ford Foundation. Grace has been enriched by and grateful for the diverse roles and opportunities with VIA over the years including undergraduate volunteer in Thailand in 1994, cross cultural trainer to departing Thailand volunteers 1995-1996, board member 2004-2006, coordinator of the Friends of VIA alumni giving campaign in 2009, co-designer and facilitator of the pre-departure training at Stanford in 2011-2012, and program designer and facilitator for the Bay Area site visit component of the Social Enterprise Lab Fellowship for ethnic minority leaders from western China in 2013.

Michael Moradzadeh 2016

Michael Moradzadeh

Michael (Taiwan 1978) continued his Chinese language study through his graduation from Stanford with an International Relations degree focusing on East Asia in 1981. After graduating from law school, he worked in several firms and companies before settling at Intel Corporation where, as Director of External Legal Affairs he often drew heavily on his intercultural experiences through VIA to help enhance many interactions with Asian and other non-US companies and trade organizations. He looks to his VIA service as pivotal in forming who he is today, and retains a strong affection for Chinese culture. It must be added that he enjoys startling waiters by ordering in Chinese at local restaurants. Michael is active in long-distance ocean racing and various charitable and political activities. He joined the VIA Board in 2013.

Stephanie Parker 2016

Stephanie Parker

Stephanie was a volunteer coordinator for 6 Stanford Programs between 2008 and 2012, including American Language & Culture, Exploring Social Innovation, and Serving American Community. Stephanie has always sought to share Asian culture with the rest of the world, and has worked with Asian media companies like Soompi and Viki to pursue that goal. Now, she is enjoying her current role in partnerships at YouTube and looks forward to more involvement with VIA as a new board member.

Jackie Schmidt-Posner 2016

Jackie Schmidt-Posner

Jackie is an educator who has spent her career helping university students make connections between their commitments to social justice and their academic, personal and career development. She got to know VIA during her 20+ years on the staff of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford, including two years as Executive Director. After leaving the Haas Center Jackie spent 3 months in Hong Kong and was an advisor to the service-learning programs at Lingnan University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is currently a Professor of Practice at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University where she is directs the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, an effort to engage undergraduate students with businesses in low income neighborhoods in San Jose. Her undergraduate education was at UCSB and she holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Stanford University.

Scott Sugiura

Scott served as VIA’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2008. He is Associate Director of Development in the School of Humanities & Sciences at Stanford where he works to secure support for the social sciences. Prior to Stanford Scott worked in the nonprofit sector for 20 years, focusing on Asia for the majority of that time. He received a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and spent a year at Waseda University as an exchange student. Scott currently chairs the fundraising committee.

Priscilla Winslow

Priscilla Winslow was a VIA volunteer in Hong Kong in 1972. After that post and travels in Southeast Asia, she returned to UC Santa Cruz, finishing a bachelor’s degree in Chinese history and Philosophy. She obtained a Juris Doctor from UC Davis and pursued a career in labor law, representing unions and employees in her own law firm and as Assistant Chief Counsel for the California Teachers Association, where she worked from 1996 until her retirement from that position in 2012. In 2013 she was appointed by Governor Brown to the Public Employment Relations Board. During her brief retirement, she had the great fortune to re-connect with Asia and VIA when she traveled to Myanmar in June 2012 on the VIA Reunion tour. When not earning a living, Priscilla enjoys bicycling, reading, and playing the recorder. Her previous nonprofit experience includes serving on the board and as president of the San Francisco Early Music Society.