Board of Directors
Stephanie Nash, President
Stephanie is an accomplished human resources leader with more than two decades’ experience living and working in Asia, Australia, and South America, in addition to her home country of the United States. Currently living in Singapore, Stephanie is using her HR, commercial and international experience to improve organizational and functional capability at Redmart, Singapore's leading online supermarket. Stephanie graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor Degree in Management and holds a Diploma in Human Resources from University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Stephanie complements her passion for the human resources profession by volunteering time as an Executive Committee Member of the American Association of Singapore, General Committee Member of The American Club, and Co-Chair of the Human Capital Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
Shawn Galey, Vice President
Shawn is vice president and general counsel in the Asia-Pacific region for Brambles Limited, an Australian provider of transport equipment. He is also responsible for government affairs and handles a variety of Brambles' global M&A activities. Shawn and his family have lived in Singapore for nearly 20 years; he has previously worked in the Singapore offices of General Electric, CNBC Asia, Bloomberg and ESPN. Shawn was born and raised on a farm near Pittsburgh and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and graduate degrees in business and law from Cornell University. Shawn and his wife Katherine Krummert have two children: Fiona, who attends Northeastern University in Boston, and Liam, who studies at the Singapore American School.
Joe Foggiato, Secretary
Joe is a 27-year Sales Operations and Marketing veteran currently leading Sales Operations for Asia Pacific/Japan for Riverbed Technologies, the leader in application infrastructure. Responsibilities includes sales planning, systems infrastructure and oversight of sales organizations' performance. Joe's background is very diverse, working in a variety of Sales, Operations and Marketing roles in both the hardware and software industries. Originally from Silicon Valley, he relocated to Singapore in 2004 to begin VERITAS Software's sales operations presence in Asia. Joe completed his undergraduate study at Humboldt State University and received his Master's from Santa Clara University. Joe spends his free time volunteering, biking, walking and mastering desserts and BBQs.
Michael Borchert, Treasurer
Michael is a Certified Financial Planner® and is a professional financial advisor in Singapore. He works with clients and small to medium enterprise owners on personal and business financial planning with cross border expertise. Prior to relocating to Singapore, he was Chief Representative of Precision Components in Shanghai, heading up their Asia division for seven years. Throughout his career in Asia, Michael has worked and represented companies in the US and China, advised on small to medium enterprise ventures throughout Asia and enjoyed working with clients directly on their personal finances. Michael has lived in Singapore since 2010.
Sammie Cheston, Director-at-Large
Sammie earned his BA at Columbia College Chicago and a MBA from University of South Australia. He currently works at Five Cloves, a tech startup, and the family-owned Diandin Leluk Thai restaurant. He is keen to use his accumulated experiences to benefit the American Association of Singapore.
Blair Hall, Director-at-Large
Blair Hall is managing director of Westminster Minato LLC, a Singapore-based policy and communications consulting firm. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy from 2013 to 2016. Blair, who retired from the Foreign Service last year, also served in Tokyo, New Delhi, London, Copenhagen and Washington, DC during his 41-year career. Blair and his wife, Valerie Brandt, actively supported AAS community and charitable outreach activities during his time at the Embassy.
Bill Poorman, Director-at-Large
Bill has spent the last decade raising a family and doing a variety of volunteer civic work. He has served on two non-profit boards before. Professionally, Bill is a journalist and he writes regularly for the Singapore American newspaper. Bill brings essential communication and community organizing skills, and previous non-profit experience to AAS. Bill and his family moved to Singapore nearly three years ago.
Brian Schwender, Director-at-Large
As a gastroenterologist working in the public sector at Singapore General Hospital for the past two and a half years, Brian has been immersed in Singapore’s diverse culture giving him a unique set of qualities and experiences that could add a different perspective to life in Singapore. As a board member, he draws on his local experiences to help AAS to continue to grow and develop. Brian moved to Singapore almost three years ago with his family to explore what South East Asia has to offer and they have immersed themselves in its culture and traditions.
Jenn Wood, Director-at-Large
Jenn is the former General Manager of the American Association of Singapore (2008 - 2011) and currently works as Regional Marketing Director for BCD Travel, the world’s third largest travel company. She holds an MBA from Temple University. As a Director at Large, Jenn plans to give back to the organization that helped her so much when she arrived in Singapore 11 years ago.
Glenn van Zutphen, Immediate Past President
Glenn joined AAS in 2006 and was elected to the Board in 2011 as the Publications Governor, overseeing the Singapore American Newspaper (SAN) and the Living in Singapore (LIS) reference guide. He has served two terms as President. Glenn's media consulting company, VanMedia Group Pte. Ltd., coaches C-Suite clients to deliver engaging and memorable spoken, written and multi-media communication for TV, news, media interviews, conferences, business meetings and social media. As a published author and professional journalist for 29 years, he has lived in the US, Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore while working for the likes of CNN International, CNBC Asia, USA Today and ABC Radio News. A Chicago-area native, Glenn and his wife Kat have lived in Singapore since 2004. They have two children, Kate and Max.
Dwight Hutchins, AmCham Chairman
Scott Weber, The American Club President
Tara Eastep, AWA President
Gregory Rutledge, SACAC Chairman
Anita Tan-Langlois, SAS Chairman
Non-Voting Board Members
Sarah Alden, American Association of Singapore
Chahrazed Sioud, US Embassy
Rear Admiral Donald Gabrielson, US Military
AAS Constitution and By-Laws