Advisory Board

Kwah Dao’s founders were leaders in the Pai community and two New York City professors.

The Kwah Dao Advisory Board continues this global and Pai, northern Thailand, partnership. The Board offers Kwah Dao expertise in participatory development, Burmese and Shan culture, refugees, Thai context, public health and education, and non-profit governance.

Lydia Prongnamjai
Lydia Prongnamjai
Board President
Lydia Prongnamjai worked for Kwah Dao for eight years, serving as Executive Director from 2012-17. During this time, she developed knowledge of the local culture, advanced Thai language skills, gained teaching experience and a PGCert in Development Management as she worked closely with Kwah Dao students and Shan community members to develop the programs that ...

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David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal
Board Member
David Rosenthal, Ph.D., is the Faculty Director of the Full Time and Executive Management Programs in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Mailman School of Public Health as well as an Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Lower East ...

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Peter Muennig
Peter Muennig
Founder and Board Vice President
Our kids came from families where their parents could not read a word or add well enough to buy things in the market. Now they are studying economics, business, teaching, IT, and Chinese in some of Thailand’s best universities. Nothing has given my life more meaning. Peter Muennig is one of the founders of Kwah Dao. He ...

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Yao He
Yao He
Health Advisor
Yao He is a senior health project officer at Save the Children China Program. She works closely with health care providers, community members, and different levels of government to improve maternal and newborn health in rural, ethnic areas in Southwest China. She received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and ...

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Tierney Tobin
Tierney Tobin
Legal Advisor
Tierney Tobin is in her second year of law school at the University of Colorado. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies-International Education from Bates College and her M.A. in International Education Development from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She joined the Board of Directors after working for Kwah Dao for four years – first ...

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