About Us

Board of Directors

Nathan Choe Ph.D.

Nathan Choe Ph.D.

Sustainability Team Director

Dr. Choe is currently leading on sustainability-related projects. He develops STEM curriculum and is interested in conducting engineering education research. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin. He also worked as an engineer at LG Electronics. 

Garrett Vanhoy Ph.D.

Garrett Vanhoy Ph.D.

Dr. Vanhoy’s 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.

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.

Staff

Juliana Dominick

Juliana Dominick

Leadership Development & Social Media Team

Pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Leadership Development. She assists in facilitating leadership development webinars and data collection for current projects surrounding Leadership for Sustainable Development. She also helps to organize and support new and current interns.

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. 

Joshua McMillan

Joshua McMillan

Social Media Team

Mr McMillan advocates for building sustainable trail systems for hiking & biking. Through social media platforms he has reached out to the youth educating them with the focus on building a strong mentality. After competing in Olympic Trials for BMX Racing in 2012 he spent his time coaching and mentoring; educating about skills, diet, nutrition, exercise, and mindset. He has collaborated with companies such as Nike Inc, Toyota Motor Corporation, Arizona Beverage Company, Mountain Creek Resort, among others.

John Biscanti

John Biscanti

Engineering and Applied Science Team

Bio Needed

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.

Yukiko Izuka

Yukiko Izuka

Cultural Affairs and Overseas Public Relations Division

She is taking advantage of her high communication skills and is now participating in the project with us as a bridge the gap between Japan and overseas.

International Collaborators

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. 

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.

Stephanie Sadownik Ph.D.

Stephanie Sadownik Ph.D.

Dr. Stephanie Sadownik obtained a PhD from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with the University of Toronto. Her research considers teacher and student use of online asynchronous communication in elementary education. Dr. Sadownik has conducted extensive research investigating the Canadian Tri-Council Policy frameworks.

Marzieh Kadivar Ph.D.

Marzieh Kadivar Ph.D.

Dr. Marzieh Kadivar got her Ph.D. degree from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, with her thesis focused on the Development of high-performance bamboo-based materials through densification process.

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. 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.

Andreia Lee

Andreia Lee

Director of Brazil

Since the age of 15, she has been actively working with sustainability efforts to improve our world. She has also worked on sustainability projects regarding farms, fruits and trees. Andreia discusses that sustainability is about the present and not always the future, and how we can change our present to positively affect our future.

Mwihaki Njogu

Mwihaki Njogu

Mwihaki Njogu is a certified Research Associate and has taken part in numerous research projects on children’s welfare with local and international organizations. She is zealous about protecting children from child abuse and is the founder of Smile Child Organization. She graduated with a bachelor’s Degree in Commerce majoring in Finance from Kenyatta University. She values talent development and is the Miss World Kenya 2 nd Runners Up 2021/22. Her interest in journalism has given her platform to be a television presenter and corporate events moderator.

Angela Dominguez

Angela Dominguez

Angela is an architect specialised in international cooperation to development projects. She has developed her practise across Latin America, Africa and Europe and is experienced in leading multidisciplinary teams. Her passion about social impact design and sustainable architecture has focused her on the crossroads between resilient construction, human settlements, health and sustainability. She is currently working in Mozambique in the resilient construction and humanitarian fields.

Oyun Tsogtsaikhan

Oyun Tsogtsaikhan

Oyun Tsogtsaikhan earned her Master of Engineering degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. She is currently a PhD candidate at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Japan. Her research focus is ICT-enabled ESD teacher education in Mongolia. Her long-term goal is to work as an expert on ICT in sustainability.

Tiffany "Yu-Wen" Lin Ph.D.

Tiffany "Yu-Wen" Lin Ph.D.

Director of Asia

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

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

University of California, Berkeley