Board of Directors
Blair Hall, President
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.
Michael Johnsen, Vice President
Brian Schwender, Secretary
Brian is a currently practicing as a Gastroenterologist and Liver Specialist at Tucker Medical and has been practicing as physician in Singapore since relocating from the United States with his family in 2014. His practice experiences in Singapore include both the public and private sector where he was a fulltime Consultant at Singapore General Hospital and currently an SGH Visiting Consultant. Through his professional and personal experiences, Brian has been immersed in Singapore’s diverse culture, which provides him with a unique set of qualities and experiences to share with AAS to help the organization develop and grow.
Ashok Lalwani, Treasurer
Holli Feichko, Director-at-Large
Jeffrey Gaines, Director-at-Large
Rick Ames, Director-at-Large
Caitlin McNeal, Director-at-Large
Singapore has been my home for over a decade. Originally from California, I lived in Colorado and Ireland while pursuing a career in digital marketing with companies ranging from Fortune 500 to Start-Ups. In Singapore, I worked in the innovation hub, BLOCK71, where I led strategic partnerships for a Singapore-based start-up and helped raise Series A funding. I transitioned my career 3 years ago to Relocation, helping newly-arrived expats from around the world make Singapore their home. The opportunity to experience the epicenter of American culture in Singapore inspired me to be more involved with The American Association.
Brooke Balfrey, Director-at-Large
Brooke is a recent transplant from the US, moving here Spring 2020 from the New York area. A California native, she graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Business Administration/ Marketing. Previously working in the American retail sector, she's now using her international experience to improve market insights at foodpanda here in Singapore. Since moving to Singapore she has been busy immersing herself in the local culture and connecting with the community!
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.
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 nearly 5,000 members representing over 600 companies. Hsien is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. 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 also has extensive experience in corporate communications, advertising and promotion, and government affairs. Hsien has lived and worked in the US, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, UK, and is now based in Singapore. She holds 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. Hsien also holds a BA (with honors) in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Richard Hartung, The American Club President
Richard is a consultant with more than 20 years of experience in financial services, primarily in Asia, and also works as a freelance writer for Today, The Asian Banker and other media. He has worked in retail banking in California, the diplomatic corps, and Citibank in Japan. After moving to Singapore, he worked for MasterCard, Keppel TatLee Bank and OCBC Bank. Currently at Transcarta, Richard works with financial institutions on payments strategy and products. Richard has a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from Stanford University. He is on the boards of non-profits including the Metropolitan YMCA and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Debra Minnock, AWA President
Jeff Majestic, SACAC Chairman
Tom Boasberg, SAS Superintendent
Non-Voting Board Members
Christi Novomesky, American Association of Singapore
Brian Himmelsteib, US Embassy
Brian started his tour in Singapore as Counselor for Management Affairs in August 2020. Brian has previously served in Indonesia, Japan, Laos and in Washington DC. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Brian grew up in New Jersey. Brian is Singapore with his wife and two children.
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.