Our Team

Serving Educators of the Pacific.

Donald Burger, Ed.D.
Director of Assessment

Dr. Burger has 40 years of assessment experience and introduced Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau. His system is still used by all of the U.S. affiliated Pacific island entities. He received his doctorate in education from Texas Tech University.

Hendrick Cho, M.S.
Program Manager

Hendrick has 10 years of program and project management experience in education, technology, and governance. He worked as a consultant for the State of New York Governor's Office, ASEAN, and various Pacific island entities. He was the lead organizer for the 2015 Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) held in Majuro.

Truman Leung, M.A.
Software Developer

Truman brings 17 years of software development experience serving the Pacific. He has created dozens of database systems for private, public, and NGO sectors. He recently developed software for the Guam Department of Education used to score over 100,000 exams per year.

Seunghun (Julio) Lee, Ph.D.
English Language Arts Specialist

Dr. Lee works as an Associate Professor of Linguistics at International Christian University and as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. He received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Rutgers State University of New Jersey. Dr. Lee currently works on the Pacific-LEADS scholarship program for Pacific islanders.

Cheryl Tsuyuki, M.A.
English Language Arts Specialist

Cheryl works as a Lecturer at the International Academy of the University of Southern California and served as a Senior Specialist at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. She received a Masters in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has created assessment items for Palau and American Samoa.

Nicholas Pester, Ph.D.
Science Specialist

Dr. Pester works as a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley focusing on climate change, oceanography and volcanography. He received a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Minnesota where he also served as a lecturer. He is published in several peer-reviewed science journals.

Ranbir Dang, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Health Specialist

Dr. Dang works at the Comprehensive Community Health Center in Los Angeles focusing on dental health for low-income immigrants.  He received his D.D.S. from New York University and his Masters in Public Health from Emory University.  He completed his residency at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Montinee Chaksirinont, (Ph.D.)
Financial Literacy Specialist

Montinee is a Professor of Economics at Bangkok University and is in the process of completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Hawaii. She earned her M.S. in Economics from Thamassat University and previously worked as a researcher for the Thai government on labor force economics.

Malkeet Singh, Ph.D.
Math Specialist

Dr. Singh is a senior advisor in assessment, evaluation, and research at Education Northwest. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and his M.S. in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering from the University of Hawaii. He is widely published and previously taught math and science in Singapore.

Joshua Monthei, M.A.
Policy Specialist

Josh is an international program leader for U.S. students studying abroad.  He previously was a Fulbright-Clinton fellow at the Ministry of Transport in Thailand and completed an Asia Pacific Leadership Program fellowship at the East-West Center.  He received his masters in Southeast Asian studies from the University of Michigan.

Poon Thanasin, M.S.
Project Manager

Poon works as a media specialist for Pacific Resources for Education and Learning and previously worked for an advertising agency in Bangkok. She received her M.S. from Hawaii Pacific University.

Rechung Fujihara
Innovation Specialist

Rechung Fujihira is a Global Educator on Entrepreneurship for Camp Bizsmart at Stanford University. He founded Hawaii's first coworking space and first business accelerator. He was named by the State of Hawaii as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and as Young Professional of the Year by Pacific Edge Magazine in 2014.