Board of Directors
Michael Borchert, President
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.
Bill Poorman, Vice President
Bill is a journalist, podcaster, writer, editor, and media producer. He also does a variety of volunteer civic work. Bill brings essential communication and community organizing skills and previous non-profit experience to AAS. Bill and his family moved to Singapore five years ago and still appreciate the ways in which AAS provides ongoing support to American expats and holds key events celebrating American culture throughout the year.
Brian Schwender, Secretary
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.
Ria Hoban, Treasurer
Ria is the AAPAC Head of Partnerships for Accenture Travel. Ria has held various roles during her 12 year tenure with Accenture; preodominantly focused on defining strategy for Accenture’s relationships and joint go-to-market efforts for Travel and previously, Digital Applied Intelligence. She started her career in North America focused on the Insurance and Banking industries around IT Strategy and Transformation. Ria graduated from the Loyola University of Chicago with Honors, in Psychology and Business, and was a researcher at the Neurology clinic within Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Driven by data and insights, Ria is inspired by how technology creates and transforms the way we live and work.
Ria is an active contributor to the ASEAN technology innovation community serving as a panelist and thought leader for groups such as the IAB.Singapore, SheSays, SG Innovate and faculty at the General Assembly. She is a steward of Women in Technology at Accenture and also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and Technology Working Group of the American Club Singapore.
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.
Christin Gustafson, Director-at-Large
Christin’s background is in biochemistry and university-level education. However, she’s has made a career out of being a trailing spouse. She volunteers her time with AAS and sister organizations AWA and Scouting BSA. She brings a passion for communication and community involvement to AAS.
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.
Jason Iafolla, Director-at-Large
Michael Johnsen, Director-at-Large
Stephanie Nash, Immediate Past 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.
Ann Yom Steel, AmCham Chairman
Dana Hvide, The American Club President
Mel Rice, AWA President
Gregory Rutledge, SACAC Chairman
Dr. Chip Kimball, SAS Superintendent
Non-Voting Board Members
Christi Novomesky, American Association of Singapore
Tor R. Petersen, US Embassy
Rear Admiral Joey Tynch, US Military
AAS Constitution and By-Laws
The motion to adopt the proposed amendments to the AAS Constitution was passed at the Annual General Meeting, held on March 13, 2018 at The American Club. Click here for a summary of the amendments.