Our Team

Administrative Team

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Executive Director

Bora Chiemruom

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Co-Founder 

Tim Thou

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Program Coordinator & Senior  Instructor

Channa Sath

Classical Role, Neang & Costuming Department

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Administrator & Senior Instructor

Chummeng Suon

Yeak & Swva

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Grant Manager

James Ostis

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Administrative Coordinator & Instructor

Curtis "Chad" Mai

Artistic Team

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Artistic Director

Phousita Huy

Master Teacher of Classical and Folk Dance

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Master Teacher

Kimhan Meas

Folk Dance and Music

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Master Teacher

Pech Heung

Classical Dance and Neang (Female Role)

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Principal Dancer & Senior Instructor

Peter Veth

Neang Rong (Male Role) & Yeak (Giant Role)

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Principal Dancer & Instructor

Peter Chea

Swva (monkey role) & Folk

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Principal Dancer &  Instructor

Gima Means

Classical Dance & Neang

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Principal Dancer &  Instructor

Victoria Phan

Classical Dance & Neang

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Principal Dancer &  Instructor

Vituu Touch

Swva (Monkey Role) & Folk

Board of Directors

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Sue Kim

President

Sue was born in Richmond, VA and grew up in Maryland. After earning her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and doctoral degree in English from Cornell University, she worked in the University of Alabama-Birmingham's Department of English for eight years. She moved to Lowell in 2011 to work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she is now Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, & Social Science; and Professor of English. She is also the project director for the Southeast Asian Digital Archive, which seeks to collect, preserve, and share historical materials related to Southeast Asians in the Greater Lowell area.

She has served on the Association for Asian American Studies Board of Directors and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Lowell TeleMedia Center and the Southeast Asian Water Festival.

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Jay Lee

Vice President

Jay was born in Seoul, South Korea, and lived in RI, TX, CA, and NY before settling in Massachusetts. He is married with four stepchildren and is currently employed as an attorney with the Lowell firm of Gallagher & Cavanaugh, LLP. He obtained his Bachelor of Science at New York University and his Juris Doctor at Northeastern University School of Law. Jay began his legal career as a prosecutor in Middlesex County, and continued his public sector work with the City of Boston Law Department before moving on to the private sector. He currently has a varied practice but is focused on civil defense litigation. In addition to sitting on Angkor’s Board of Directors, Jay is also a current member of the Human Rights Committee of LifeLinks, Inc. Jay was previously involved with the Chelmsford Cultural Council and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

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Robert Hart

Treasurer

CPA at Litman Gerson Associates, LLP

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Dahvy Tran Pech

Clerk

Former Executive Director for ADT. 

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Sheila Kirschbaum

Director

A resident of Lowell since 1978, Sheila Kirschbaum has been a staff member of University of Massachusetts Lowell's Graduate School of Education at the Tsongas Industrial History Center since 1992. Starting as a museum teacher, she moved into curriculum development, served as School Liaison and Professional Development Coordinator for ten years, and was named Director of the TIHC in August 2011. A former classroom teacher (high school and college, English), Sheila now oversees a partnership organization that helps educators and students—from elementary school through college—develop understanding of America’s Industrial Revolution using Lowell as a case study.

Sheila holds a Master of Arts degree in English (Rivier College, Nashua, NH) and a Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education, from the University of Lowell, Lowell, MA. She recently completed a Doctoral degree in Language Arts and Literacy (UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education). She served for many years on the executive board of Lowell’s Citywide Parent Council and currently holds the position of Clerk on the board of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust.

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Karonika Brown

Director

Karonika is a proud Lowell resident for over 23 years, Middlesex Community College (MCC) Alum, 2016 Commonwealth Corps Alum with Mass Service Alliance through MCC, Former Member of the Lowell Community Health Center's Developing Leaders Council, Former Lowell Mayor John Leahy's Aide, EforAll Alum, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association Board Member, DIY Lowell Board Member, Angkor Dance Troupe Board Member. Currently working as Legislative Aide to State Representative Vanna Howard of the 17th Middlesex District. 

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Michael Conway

Director

Michael is a lifelong Lowell resident.  He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College and founded Michael G. Conway Insurance in 1988.  His business has been recognized as a Celebration of Excellence Agent numerous times and is a member of the Trusted Choice insurance agents group.  Michael is very involved in community projects and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Lowell for 33 years.  He also serves on the board for the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Whistler House Museum of Art,  the C. Alice Rowell Bean Trust and is a Corporator of Lowell General Hospital.   In his spare time Michael travels and has visited Cambodia.

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Karen McManimon

Director

Karen brings over 18 years of total banking experience to her role as Assistant Vice President and Special Assets Officer at Enterprise Bank.

 

In this capacity, Karen provides invaluable assistance and successful solutions to the portfolio of commercial and consumer customers she manages. Her experience and skillset in meeting the needs of these customers has contributed greatly to successfully building solid and trusted relationships.

 

Karen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Lowell and an MBA from Northeastern University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Angkor Dance Troupe, and was a former volunteer for the Westford Coalition for Non-Violence WCNV Committee, the City of Lowell – City Manager’s Domestic Violence Task Force Training, and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 159. She is also actively involved in numerous community initiatives

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Angel Brunelle

Director

Angel Brunelle, Director of Development, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

Angel Brunelle has more than 26 years of youth development and nonprofit leadership experience. Angel is dedicated to building and fostering relationships with supporters and community members, committed to continuously finding innovative ways to improve philanthropic initiatives, and ensures that the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell stays abreast of marketing and communication trends. She has completed Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Advanced Leadership Program and Advancing Philanthropy and the Philanthropy Leadership Institute at Indiana University.  Angel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University with a major in psychology.

 

Prior to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, she was most recently the Director of Development and Communication at Project Adventure. Angel's tenure at Project Adventure spanned 10 years across many departments including sales, training, consulting, and youth development. Additionally, Angel was a frequent presenter on Adventure Education at regional and national conferences. Angel is a current contract facilitator and trainer with Project Adventure and The Browne Center for Innovative Learning.

 

Angel and her husband Michael live in Lowell. She is a Board Member of the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, and a Trustee of the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School. Angel has volunteered with Budget Buddies, Mill City Grows, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Catie’s Closet, and sits on the Chamber of Commerce WISE Committee. She is a member of the local cover band SecondHand, and enjoys hiking and gardening in her free time.

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Peter Chea

Director

Supporting instructor for ADT. Communications intern assisting with performances and special projects.

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Chummeng Soun
Director

Chummeng Soun is a University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) student studying for his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Digital Media and Asian Studies and minor in Digital Imaging. He is passionate about bridging modern media with arts and culture and this has led to his work as archival intern for UML's Southeast Asian Digital Archives Project (SEADA), where he has the opportunity to help preserve key work done within the Southeast Asian community. His most recent accomplishment was assisting UML's Center for the Asian American Studies (CAAS) in coordinating the 2017 Southeast Asian Conference.

Outside of school, he is a Principal Dancer and Senior Dance Instructor with Angkor. He has been part of the organization since the age of 12 and works closely with leadership to develop the annual residency that brings together live music and Cambodian theatre. 

In 2015, he was one out of four youth to be selected in ADT's first ever Cultural Exchange with the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Inspired by the Exchange, he applied and was granted a Theodore Parker Foundation grant in the name of Tom Leggat, a local philanthropist who believed in supporting youth development, and raised the additional resources to return back to Cambodia on his own Cultural Exchange  where he documented the movements of the last Master Teachers who survived the Khmer Rouge.

Advisory Board

​Celeste Bernardo

 

Adrien Bisson

 

Jim Conlon

 

Nancy Donahue

Carol Duncan

Robert Forrant

Michael Gallagher

Vanna Howard

Joe Hungler

Felicia Sullivan

Sophy Theam

 

Jim Wilde