Melissa has been involved in philanthropic giving since she was 13, but it wasn't until she moved to Toronto in 2001 and started working with a local women's organization there that she realised how much she could give back, utilizing her strong administrative and leadership skills. After moving to Hong Kong in 2003, she continued to develop these, while volunteering for another non-profit, which expanded significantly as a result. Her roles in non-profits over the years have included General Manager, Chairman, Corporate Liaison Team Lead, and Director. She has over 12 years of non-profit experience and will be putting that to good use as President at Saigon Children's Charity USA!
Dave is a teacher at Hillsboro H.S. in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2003, while visiting one of his former runners from Belmont University who was working in Vietnam, he was introduced to Saigon Children’s Charity. When he returned to Hillsboro in the fall of 2003, he was invited to join the Board of SCC-USA, and started raising funds. Since that fall, the Hillsboro group, along with friends of Dave, have raised over $97,000 and built two schools in Vietnam for Saigon Children’s Charity. Dave teaches U.S. History and coaches Cross Country and Track at HHS. Prior to that, he spent 27 years at Belmont University in Nashville. He is married to Rujira Young and has a step-daughter, Ailada, both from Thailand. They live in Nashville along with Dave’s daughter, Alaina Mullins, her husband Jarod and Dave’s three grandchildren. “The good work that Dr. Paul Cleves started, and that has been continued for the wonderful children in Vietnam has been a real blessing to all my friends and former students here in Nashville”. Dave is thankful for the opportunity that SCC has presented to help promote education in a beautiful country.
Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Michael has 20+ years of advertising and marketing experience across 3 continents in 8 countries. Starting at Leo Burnett Auckland in 1989, he has held many positions within the Publicis Groupe, including Managing Director, Leo Burnett, Vietnam; & CEO Greater China, based in Hong Kong. Moving back to the US in 2011 after three previous assignments in North America, he now leads the Enterprise Brand for a global client, and brings his wealth of experience in the for-profit world to our non-profit, joining SCC-USA in 2013. He is a strong personal philanthropist and has been advising on change management for various non-profits on a voluntary basis for many years.
Mark Fraser is the Managing Partner of Frasers Law Company. Mark has more than 25 years’ experience on advising corporate and commercial clients from all over the globe, and prior to practising law in Vietnam, he was based in London, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Auckland. In the 20 years that Mark has been based in Vietnam, he has been an active member of the business community. Mark has been heavily involved in ensuring that the Saigon Children’s Charity maintains its strong governance and internal controls over the works undertaken by the Charity and the donations received from its donors. Mark is committed to finding ways to contribute to the success of others, and is dedicated to making a positive difference to enhancing the lives of children in Vietnam, to the extent possible, by ensuring they can enjoy the benefits of a proper education. In his spare time, Mark enjoys watching a good game of rugby; cruising down Saigon River in his 1/6 share of a small boat; and the odd game of golf. Mark has been on the Board of Trustees of Saigon Children’s Charity in Vietnam since 2005, and recently joined the Board of SCC-USA to assist with it's growth.
Paul McGee has been involved with Saigon Children's Charity Vietnam since 1995, when he moved to Vietnam as the first Country Manager for Airborne Express. Within one year, Airborne Express was the largest foreign air freight forwarder in Vietnam. Prior to Vietnam Paul had been with Airborne (since acquired by DHL) in Boston, New York City, and London. He has been domiciled in Hong Kong since 2000 with UPS. His current role is Director - Government and Postal Development - Asia Pacific. Paul has a BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, and joined the Board of SCC-USA to ensure consistency of our overall message.
Having lived and worked in Vietnam in the mid-90's, I am passionate about the country and its people. They are open and warm, and I am keen to provide support after my amazing experiences there. Today, I am proud to be part of an organization that cares deeply for the women, children and families that we work with, and I look forward to growing our reach in the U.S. in order to better assist those still in need in Vietnam.
Thank you for the continued interest in the work we do that makes this possible.
It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.