WHO WE ARE

Our Team

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Community Partners International is a U.S.-based non-profit with almost two decades of 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 (all independing voting members):

  • Dr. Thomas J. 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.
  • 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
 

Dr. Si Thura, M.P.H., Executive Director
Shortly after graduating from medical school in Yangon, Myanmar in 2008, Dr. Si Thura joined the relief and recovery efforts to support communities in the Ayeryarwady Delta devastated by Cyclone Nargis, the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s recorded history. He witnessed first-hand the terrible scale of destruction and the almost total absence of services and infrastructure, health or otherwise, to help survivors rebuild their lives. He also witnessed the profound resilience and resourcefulness within communities as they set out to overcome the terrible adversities they faced. This experience convinced him that the key for the future was to strengthen and build on this fundamental resilience and community resourcefulness - to support the development of community-based and community-led services to provide for essential needs such as health care and education.

In 2009, Dr .Si Thura joined CPI as the organization’s first Myanmar-based member of staff. Starting from a small office in Yangon, he has played an instrumental role in bringing CPI from its roots on the eastern border to the forefront of health systems strengthening in Myanmar. Today, under Dr. Si Thura’s stewardship, CPI supports its network of community-based partners to deliver lifesaving health care to hundreds of thousands of people in conflict-affected, remote rural and urban poor communities across the country. Dr. Si Thura has successfully positioned CPI as a key contributor to national health reform efforts in Myanmar, leveraging the unique relationships and expertise that the organization has developed over 20 years to support cooperation between the national government and ethnic and community-based health care providers around shared priorities in health.

Dr. Si Thura is a co-founder and Joint Secretary of the Myanmar Liver Foundation. In 2013, Dr. Si Thura received the Australian Leadership Award which enabled him to complete his Master of Arts in Public Health at the Australian National University. In 2016, Dr. Si Thura received InsideNGO’s Emerging Leader Award in recognition of his significant contributions to health care in Myanmar.

 

Quentin Hewitt, Communications and Program Development Director
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.

 

Sai Woon Tip, Finance Director

Smriti Shrestha, Human Resources and Administration Director

Dr. Phyo Maung Maung, Program Director (Infectious Disease)

Dr. Khine Wai Wai Oo, Program Director (Maternal and Child Health)

Rachel Whelan, Research Director

Contact Community Partners International: info@cpintl.org