WHO WE ARE

Our Team

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Community Partners International is a U.S.-based non-profit with more than 17 years experience addressing health and development needs for Myanmar's under-served populations, particularly in low-resource and hard-to-access settings. Our international team iincludes health professionals, university faculty, educators and technical specialists  with expertise in public health and clinical care, civil society strengthening, international development and communications.

Our U.S. office in Berkeley, California oversees communications and finance, and provides operational leadership for our field staff. To better serve Myanmar's diverse communities, we have field presence in Yangon, Naypyitaw, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Hpa-an, Dawei, Myawaddy and on the Thailand-Myanmar border, in Mae Sot. We have long-standing partnerships with community-based and ethnic health organizations in Myanmar’s remote rural, under-served and conflict-affected communities. We share a deep commitment to working with and for the people of Myanmar.

BOARD of DIRECTORS:

  • Dr. Tom Lee, M.H.S. -  Board Chair and Founder
  • John McGonigle, M.B.A. - Vice-Chair
  • Jim Baker - Chair, Finance Committee
  • Michael G. Johnson, M.S., 
  • Jill Lervold, C.P.A.
  • Daw Yin Yin Maw, M.Div.
  • Dr. Parveen Parmar, M.D., M.P.H
  • Dr. Adam Richards, Ph.D., M.P.H., DTM&H
  • Stan Sze, J.D.

 

Board Finance Committee:

  • Jim Baker, Chair
  • John McGonigle, M.B.A.
  • Dr. Tom Lee, M.H.S.
  • Michael G. Johnson, M.S.

 

Board Audit Committee:

  • Jill Lervold, C.P.A.
  • Stan Sze

 

  • Bob Condon, M.B.A., Board Emeritus

 

Community Partners International — Senior Staff
 

Sandee Pyne, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer
Sandee is Chief Executive Officer of Community Partners International (CPI). Prior, she was Burma Program Manager for USAID during which she oversaw humanitarian recovery after Cyclone Nargis, helped usher U.S. Government policy changes in Myanmar, and managed a diverse program portfolio including maternal child health, local civil society strengthening, non-formal education and child protection.

Sandee was born in Myanmar but spent her childhood in Thailand as a stateless person until she was given the opportunity to attend university in the United States. She received her doctorate from University of Maryland in International Education Policy, and her M.A. from Georgetown University. Sandee is a single parent with a daughter, 14, and son, 6, both of whose open-heartedness and curious minds give passport to re-imagining life, always.

 


Dr. Si Thura, M.P.H., Country Director
After Dr. Si Thura graduated from University of medicine (1), he worked at the Medicine du Monde (MdM) for a Cyclone Nargis recovery project in the Irrawaddy Region. He led and managed an emergency team for medical assistance in Bogalae and Pyapon Townships. Dr. Si Thura is also co-founder of a local organization, Sympathetic Doctors Group, comprised of young doctors implementing humanitarian assistance programs in Myanmar. He also serves as joint-secretary for the Myanmar Liver Foundation, which is the first local NGO focused on liver diseases and infections. 

Dr. Si Thura joined CPI in 2009, and has since helmed the successful establishment of in-country operations and programs. In 2013, he received the Australian Leadership Award which enabled him to complete his Master of Arts in Public Health at the Australian National University.  He currently oversees country operations for CPI and is the senior representative for CPI with the Government of Myanmar, donors and partners.

 

Quentin Hewitt, Communications and Program Development Director
Quentin Hewitt is the Communications and Program Development Director at Community Partners International. After a stint in business in London and Paris, Quentin moved to the Thailand-Myanmar border in 2004. For the next nine years he worked extensively on the border and in Myanmar developing education opportunities for young adults in a variety of roles encompassing teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, program management, operations and fundraising. Quentin joined Community Partners International in 2013 to help the organization strengthen and expand its work to transform health care for Myanmar's under-served communities. He is inspired each day by the passion, commitment and resilience of the communities and local partner networks with which CPI works. Quentin holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK. At weekends he can often be seen cycling the hills of northern Thailand.

 

Contact Community Partners International: info@cpintl.org