Board of Directors
Michael has been based in amazing Singapore for just over three years with his wife Catherine and twin six-year olds. Adrianna and Nathaniel are encouraging their dad to get going with the AAS 4th of July event because it is the “best day ever!” No pressure! Michael’s day-job is as Regional VP of APAC/ANZ for Arpin International, a US-HQ household goods (HHG) moving & storage company with offices and operations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He has over a two decades of developing businesses in Asia, most recently growing Arpin’s presence in Mainland China and throughout Asia-Pac. With over 17 years on the ground in China previously, Michael was also a co-founder and vice-president at Dash Brands, which is the master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza in China. A former US Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Michael is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and holds an MBA from ESCP Europe in Paris.
Michael moved to Singapore from Connecticut with his wife and twin daughters in the summer of 2018. Originally from Indiana, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Michael brings over 25 years of product development and commercialization experience from beverage-alcohol, cosmetics, luxury and automotive industries. He has helped lead the successful start-up of many global brands and create and renovate countless operational processes. As a 15-year member of the Purdue Industrial Advisory Council, Michael helps to shape the curriculum of young Engineers, keeping them relevant to today’s industrial needs. He enjoys fitness, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, golfing and staying active.
Brooke Balfrey a logistics professional previously living and working in the United States before relocating to Singapore. A California native, she graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Business Administration/Economics. Currently working in APAC market logistics for foodpanda here in Singapore, her previous positions have seen her in market planning and development for consumer goods. Since moving to Singapore she has been busy immersing herself in the local culture and connecting with the community. Passionate about giving back and getting involved, she is so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of the AAS! Brooke’s excited to utilize her professional skills and enthusiasm to help the organization continue to evolve and grow.
Immediate Past President
Stephanie Nash is the Co-creator of Thrive HR Exchange and Chief People Officer at ChapmanV. In this role, she provides strategic direction and advisory services across a broad portfolio of business interests and innovations in human resources. This includes ChapmanCG, a global HR executive search firm, the Thrive HR Exchange, an online community platform for HR professionals shaping the future of work and investments in HR technology start-ups. Prior to joining ChapmanCG, Stephanie held the role of Chief People Officer at RedMart, where she oversaw the growth of the Singapore-based technology and ecommerce platform through the sale to Lazada-Alibaba Group. Stephanie has more than two decades’ experience as a human resources leader working across the United States, Asia, Australia and South America. During this time, she served in senior HR roles for Fortune 500 companies, including Vice President of Human Resources Asia-Pacific at Allergen, Senior Director Human Resources Asia Pacific at Microsoft, and Group Manager, Human Resources, Base Metals at BHP Billiton. Throughout her career, she has worked across a range of industries, business units, functional areas and geographies in local, multi-country and global capacities. She also serves as an Advisor to the Workplace Accelerator, Panarchy Partners and the Capture App. Stephanie is originally from the United States, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Syracuse University, as well as a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei, AmCham CEO
Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore — the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia, with over 6,000 members representing over 550 companies. Hsien is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Advisory Board, member of the Singapore Institute of Directors MNC Committee, co-lead of the WorkWell Leaders SME Action Sub-Group, and on the organizing committee of the Precision Public Health Asia Conference.
Prior to AmCham, Hsien was Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Medtronic Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for the Medtronic Innovation Centers in Japan and Korea, training and education, and the company’s health systems transformation strategy in the region. Hsien has extensive experience in scientific affairs, corporate and healthcare communications, advertising, public relations and government affairs. Hsien has lived and worked in the US, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, UK, and is now based in Singapore. She holds a BA (with honors) in Human Biology from Stanford University and a PhD in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was the recipient of a US National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Grant. Her doctoral thesis explored the genetic epidemiology of end-stage renal disease and type 2 diabetes. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at National Taiwan University Hospital in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Linda Schindler, AWA President
Jeff Majestic, SACAC Chairman
Kyle Aldous, SAS
Neetu Mirchandani, The American Club
Non-Voting Board Members
Melinda Murphy, American Association of Singapore
Under her own company, Planet Murph Media Pte Ltd, Melinda works as the General Manager of AAS and as a Senior Trainer for VanMedia Group Pte Ltd. Melinda's GM job builds on her prior knowledge and passion for AAS, having worked as the Communications Manager and Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore American for several years. Prior to taking the reins as GM, Melinda worked for Expat Living and was named Writer of the Year by the Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore. Melinda is also very active in USA Girl Scouts Overseas both in Singapore and globally: leading a troop; sitting on the USAGSO Council of Advisors; and working as a Global Facilitator training leaders in Asia. In the US, Melinda was a multiple Emmy Award-winning television journalist, working as network correspondent for CBS' national morning program and a reporter in New York City. Melinda is in Singapore with her husband and two children.
Brian Himmelsteib, US Embassy
Brian Himmelsteib currently serves as Counselor for Management Affairs (Chief Administrative Officer) for the US Embassy in Singapore since August 2020. A career member of the Foreign Service, in his seventeen year career he’s also served in Indonesia, Japan, Laos, as well as in Washington. His Washington DC tours include two stints in the Operations Center, the Department’s 24/7 crisis response and communications office, as well as the Office of Korean Affairs. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Brian is joined in Singapore by his wife and two children, both of whom attend Singapore American School.
Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, US Navy COMLOG WESTPAC