Friends of Mongolia Officers
We are pleased to introduce the Friends of Mongolia Officers for 2018-2020!
Officers are elected by FOM members and are critical to the smooth day-to-day operations of the organization. They serve without salary and as volunteers throughout their two-year tenure with the exception of the Co-Director of Mongolia who receives a small stipend.
In addition to Officers and Board Members, FOM relies a great deal on the generosity of donors, members, and volunteers. If you’re interested in being a part of FOM, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short introduction of yourself and how you would like to contribute.
Lauren Javins is a recent graduate of Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution and focused on community peacebuilding initiatives and gender-sensitive conflict analysis. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2014-2016 in Govi Altai Aimag, and served on the Volunteer Advisory Board from 2014-2015. From 2015-2016 she co-directed the Enabling Persons with Disabilities taskforce and helped to coordinate the Khovd Western Regional Special Olympics. In addition to teaching and leading seminars while in Altai, Lauren expanded Govi-Altai’s Happy Center for Children with disabilities to operate on a 5-day weekly basis. In addition, Lauren raised community awareness on integration and increased the advocacy capacity of Happy Center’s leadership. After the Peace Corps, Lauren worked as the Senior Program Associate for the International Republican Institute’s Mongolia Program. During her tenure, she worked on the development portfolio and networked with Mongolian Embassy Officials. Lauren has been active in the Friends of Mongolia community since her return to the D.C. area and loves advocating for Mongolia and the Peace Corps.
Hailing from The Old North State, Evan Donnelly is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. After earning his undergraduate degree in History Education from North Carolina State University, Evan volunteered with the United States Peace Corps. Serving in Mongolia from 2012 to 2014, Evan was an English Teacher in Sant, Uvurkhangai. Upon the completion of his service, Evan spent a few months extensively traveling through Asia before returning stateside. Evan now lives in Washington, D.C. and works in the Office of Finance of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
Mongolian Community Liason
Tselmegtsetseg (Tselmeg or Tee) Tsetsendelger has extensive experience working in rural Mongolia from teaching English at the Amarbayasgalant Monastery to implementing her own project in Khongor. She currently continues to work in International Development with a larger geographical scope. She is excited to continue her dedication to Mongolia with others who are also passionate about the country and development.
Cailey Biles served in Peace Corps Mongolia from 2015-2017 as a Secondary Education English teacher. During her time there she lived in Most Soum in the Khovd province and in the city of Darkhan. Cailey graduated from Simmons College with a BA in English in 2011 and then with an MLS in Library and Information Science in 2014. She is passionate about providing library services to underserved populations and continuing to explore ways that libraries can integrate with and meet the needs of their communities. She is currently working as a Reference Librarian at The Public Library of Brookline where she is a part of the Communications and Programming team.
Shawn Kairis was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. When he was young he saw a TV commercial for the Peace Corps and thought it looked like a fascinating experience. As an undergrad he spent a semester in Nepal which cemented his plan to join the Peace Corps and go into international development. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Govi-Altai from 2001-2003 working with a USAID-funded NGO and teaching English at a secondary school. Afterwards, he attended Clark University and received a M.A. in International Development and Social Change in 2006. Shawn spent several years with international development firms in Washington, D.C. working on education, agriculture and infrastructure projects and lastly with the USAID Office of Food for Peace. He was previously the FOM Membership Coordinator and was involved with the sizable Mongolian population in the D.C. area including the Mongolian School of the National Capital Area. He currently resides in Detroit where he is a consultant.
Jenni Myung grew up in Columbus, Ohio but currently lives in Boston where she is pursuing her Master’s degree at Harvard University. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former AmeriCorps VISTA member, and an alum of Emory University. She loves searching for good pie shops and hopes to one day adopt a Basenji puppy.
Cherlyn Antle is a 2nd grade Teacher and lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Her love for Mongolia began 20 years ago as a Sophomore at Dallas Baptist University. It was then that she first heard of Mongolia during a presentation. Seventeen years later, that love took her to the country she had so longed to visit. She hosted a soccer camp and visited nomadic families. In 2018, she returned to Mongolia and had the opportunity to help some students practice English as well as visit families. Mongolia holds a very special place in her heart. In the future, she hopes to work with the Mongolians as a full-time English Teacher. She is currently working on my Master’s Degree in Global Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. When she is not busy with work and school, she loves to travel with her husband and 3 children – ages 8,12, and 16.
Immediate Past Co-Director: Caitlin Thomas
Events Committee Co-Chairs: Heath Mitchell and Zak Murray