About Us

Board of Directors

John Park Ph.D.

John Park Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Park is an assistant research professor at Penn State University. His scholarship is characterized by three interrelated areas of inquiry: sustainable development, risk management, leadership development, and STEM workforce development. He received extensive methodological training in the area of organizational psychology.

Garrett Vanhoy Ph.D.

Garrett Vanhoy Ph.D.

Dr. Vanhoy is a Senior Research Scientist at Peraton Labs. His research interests are  in the fields of digital signal processing, wireless communications, software defined radio, and machine-learning. For seven years, he taught undergraduate engineers and computer scientists at the senior level the foundations of making and creating hardware and software for the future.

Nathan Choe Ph.D.

Nathan Choe Ph.D.

Sustainability Team Director & co-founder

Dr. Choe is co-founder of the Pillar Foundation International. He is currently leading on sustainability-related projects. He is currently a faculty member at George Washington University and holds a Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin. He also worked as an engineer at LG Electronics. 

International Collaborators

Hiroko Yamano Ph.D.

Hiroko Yamano Ph.D.

Director of Japan

Dr. Yamano is an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo. She holds a Ph.D. in engineering and a master’s degree in life science from the University of Tokyo. She also worked as a project specialist on public relations for the university. Her research areas include network science, computational social science, and technology management of innovation science.

Tiffany Lin Ph.D.

Tiffany Lin Ph.D.

Director of Asia

Dr. Lin is currently a Researcher in the Pharmaceutical Biotech Industry and an Analyst of Biotech Marketing. She got her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program at Oregon Health & Science University. Her research experience mainly is focus on Genetic Analysis of Channelopathy & Ion channel electrophysiology in Diabetes mellitus & Cardiovascular Disease.

Melissa Neighbour

Melissa Neighbour

Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder, and sustainability specialist. She is the Managing Director of Sky Town Planning, a purpose-driven town planning consultancy based in Sydney. She has developed and implemented award-winning sustainable development projects across Australia and is on a mission to activate sustainable forms of living in urban spaces. 

Mihee Park

Mihee Park

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Mihee Park, MS, has conducted Official Development Aid projects as a researcher or project manager in Southeast Asian countries and East coast African countries. Her major research interests lie in the areas of diversity and inclusion, women empowerment, sustainability education and practice, and multiculturalism.

Andrews Idun

Andrews Idun

Andrews Idun is a professional teacher with eight years of experience in school management and currently working as a basic school teacher for Ghana Education Service. He received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Education Winneba. Andrews is passionate about empowering his community through skills development and the acquisition of entrepreneurship knowledge.

Ashneet Kaur

Ashneet Kaur

Ashneet joined the PhD program at IIM-A in 2018 after the industry experience of three years with the consulting and auditing firm, McKinsey & Co and Deloitte USI respectively. She has extensively worked in the areas of Corporate Finance, Activist Investors, Regulatory Strategy, Growth Strategy, Corporate Performance Diagnostics, Quarterly Reports, Investor Relations.

Seiji Takano Ph.D.

Seiji Takano Ph.D.

Dr. Takano is an associate professor at Tokai Univ. B.A. from the Univ. of Tokyo, M.A. from the Univ. of Chicago, M.S. and Ph.D. from the Univ. of Tokyo. He is a human geographer focusing on urban development around railroad station. He has engaged in peace education through researching interpreting military and war ruins. Finding and preserving modernization period heritage like abandoned industrial and transportational facilities is also his recent interest.

Mumbe Mwangangi

Mumbe Mwangangi

Mumbe Mwangangi is passionate about various issues such as education, urbanization, and youth development. She has wide experience in advocating for these issues as she has worked with Kenyan and international Non Governmental organizations. She is also the co-founder of Nyansapo Ai, a startup focused on improving the basic literacy and numeracy levels of children in Kenya. Growing up in a close-knit society has shaped her to be deeply concerned with the issues affecting others. She believes that being an African is a deeply religious process since through interacting with other people, she has become conscious of her own being, my duties, responsibilities, and privileges towards herself and other people. Mumbe graduated with a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy with a minor in Information Technology in 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Disaster Management and Sustainable development.

Staff

Minwoo Kim

Minwoo Kim

Marketing & Branding Strategist

MS in International Management (Northeastern University). As a global strategist, currently working with startups that are based in the USA & Israel and giving them marketing and branding consultation. Creating and implementing marketing and brand strategy in Pillar Foundation Inc.

John Biscanti

John Biscanti

Engineering and Applied Science Team

Bio Needed

Tucker Newman

Tucker Newman

Web Development Team

BS in Information Technology, discipline in web development at George Mason University. Currently honing skills in front end web development, user interface design, and technical support. Designing and optimizing website for the Pillar Foundation. 

Interns

Amil Khattar

Amil Khattar

Marketing Team

Northeastern University

Divyata Gauchan

Divyata Gauchan

Web Development Team

Northeastern University

James Dwyer

James Dwyer

Engineering and Applied Science Team

University of Sydney

Jeewoon Jeong

Jeewoon Jeong

Engineering and Applied Science Team

Seoul National University

Sabina Sarinzhipova

Sabina Sarinzhipova

Leadership Development Team

George Washington University

Juliana Dominick

Juliana Dominick

Leadership Development Team

Penn State University