Sameth Mell- Mell is a cultural & political strategist, activist, artist, a practitioner of social justice, a global pioneer and social entrepreneur, and a consultant in strategy and outcomes. He has worked on successful capital projects, program development, outreach and recruitment, political analysis and impact, diversity initiatives, curates exhibitions, global immersion trips and community building. Mell is the founder of the concept of “Spean Rajana” – Bridge to Artistic Creations from 2004, and a co-founder of the Spean Rajana Cambodia Project. He is the Director of Rajana Society, currently rebranded to SPEAN RAJANA.
Bunthay Cheam – is a 1.5 generation Cambodian American journalist, actor, and playwright born in Khao I Dang. He is a current fellow at the International Examiner’s Advocacy Journalism Fellowship Program (AJFP) and the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation’s (ACLF) 2018 cohort for their Community Leadership Program. His community affiliations include the Cambodian American Community Council of WA (CACCWA) and the Coalition of Immigrant Refugees and Communities of Color (CIRCC) where he works on the grassroots level to organize and build solidarity across different communities. He is also a company actor for RebatEnsemble, a company predicated on casting majority POC actors and actresses in their productions. He is a University of Washington alum. This will be his third trip with the Spean Rajana cohort where he works to continue engaging and building relationships across the Pacific and with his own family roots.
Alvin Tonn- “Alvin strives to ignite innovation, to protect and nourish ingenuity to the best of his abilities. He hopes to empower others by challenging the status quo and exploring unfamiliar perspectives. A practiced consultant in the management strategy, Alvin has built a hobby in cultivating art and building an inclusive music culture in Seattle.”
Lauren Imbrock is an alumnus of Whitman College with a degree in Studio Art. She is a staff writer for Khmerican. She has served for two years as Secretary for The Cambodian Cooperative of Seattle (CCS). This will be her second trip to Cambodia. She currently resides in Southwest Seattle near White Center, the Cambodia Town of WA.
Toi-Sing Woo was born in Hong Kong and racial equity consultant. Toi is the founder of New Directions Consulting that supports nonprofit organizations in their journeys to become a more racially just organization.
Vannra Yan- Cambodian American filmmaker born in California. Raised in Seattle his whole life, his passion for the Cambodian people has lead him to produce a documentary to teach this generation about the Cambodian people’s past, present, and future. His goal is to reconnect with the people of Cambodia and get involved with film making in Cambodia.
Samphy Chen- Chen is a Cambodian American man whose generation has been impacted by the Khmer Rouge Genocide prior to his family fleeing the war to Thailand and the US. He looks forward to returning to Cambodia for the first time and to learn alongside the team on the issues which are impacting on a global scale.
Thyda Ros- Being born into a war torn country during the Khmer Rouge Regime, my family had little to survive on and life was a constant struggle battling starvation and poverty. I was forced to flee my homeland and journey to the United States in 1983 without my parents. Even as child I realized the importance of education, extracurricular activities and community volunteer work. My determination and the opportunities I was given boosted my confidence tremendously. Currently, I enjoy working in healthcare at the University of Washington Medical Center as a surgery coordinator, working directly with patients and surgeons. Throughout my life I have always been involved in my community in various capacities. Now my dream is to explore my cultural heritage. So that one day I can return back to my homeland and help those who have been oppressed by the circumstances of their lives, but who are still resilient, compassionate and humble… as I was so many years ago and still am today.