The Mission and the Team
Project Angkor is an ongoing humanitarian mission serving the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Our mission is to enhance the health of the under-served by providing free health care. Lasting relationships are built with local doctors, nurses, clinics, and hospitals. Free education and training are provided to local health care professionals and students to prepare them for the difficulties of serving in a resource-challenged environment.
Project Angkor provides free medical care to patients, and free medical training to local doctors and medical volunteers. Specialties include pediatrics, internal medicine, dentistry, and ophthalmology. Through early intervention and patient education, we strive to improve each patient’s quality of life. Your donations make a difference.
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For each medical mission, all donations and all fundraising activities are for the purpose of buying medicine, medical supplies, and providing medical education. Please contribute where you can. Project Angkor is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Charity Organization.
NORANNSY CHIEUCHIN, PRESIDENT
Norannsy was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and escaped the Khmer Rouge regime in 1975. Immigrating to America through Vietnam and France, he grew up in Long Beach and Lakewood, CA. He attended University of Southern California and earned a Bachelor of Science Business in Administration and Finance.
He is currently living in Tustin with his wife Mindee and two boys William and Russell. He runs a successful financial planning practice in Irvine, CA. He holds a series 7 license (Securities), series 66 license (Financial Advisor), multiple state insurance licenses and CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) designation.
Helping underserved people has always been a passion. As founder and President of Project Angkor, he is committed to bring medical and dental services to the most underserved people of Cambodia. He also volunteers his time serving on the Board of Directors with The Cambodian Family Center in Santa Ana, CA.
He enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing, traveling, gardening and golfing.
Dr. NAK CHIV, VICE PRESIDENT, M.D.
Nak Chhiv was born in Battambang, Cambodia about one month after the Khmer Rouge takeover of the country. For the first few years of his lifeNak lived in the Khmer Rouge concentration camps with his family. From dawn to dusk his parents during this time endured forced, hard labor on the rice fields. Under the regime food was scarce and healthcare was nonexistent.
After the collapse of the Khmer Rouge, Nak’s family escaped by foot to neighboring Thailand. Eventually they transferred from the Khao-I-Dang Thailand refugee camp to another camp located in the Philippines and in the 1980s was sponsored to America by a church in Phoenix, Arizona. Nak attended community college at City College of San Francisco where he founded the Cambodian Students Association and upon graduation was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Plaque. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular & Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. While an undergrad at Berkeley Nak was founder of the Berkeley Cambodian Student Association. Nak received a full scholarship to study at UC Irvine College of Medicine and as a medical student served on the Board of Directors of The Cambodian Family and years later he became the Board President. He also served as the American College of Emergency Physician’s Section of International Emergency Medicine Lead Ambassador to Cambodia.
Nak is a partner emergency medicine physician for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and is expected to receive his Master of Public Health degree focusing in Community Health Sciences from UCLA. In 2010 Nak co-founded Project Angkor. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, traveling, and playing tennis.
Dr. PATTY LOO, M.D., M.P.H.
Patricia Loo is an internal medicine physician currently practicing in Los Angeles. She has worked across both public and private health sectors in the U.S. for the past ten years. Her experience also spans the global health arena, with clinical work in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Patricia has consulted for NGOs and academic institutions, conducting analysis on USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health programs in Guatemala and Sierra Leone.
As a public health graduate student, Patricia worked closely with NGO staff members and local Guatemalan officials in the rural highlands of Guatemala, training and overseeing them on all aspects of utilizing a statistical analysis software program to improve the analysis and evaluation of the Maternal and Child Health program in Calhuitz, Guatemala. Patricia focused her public health studies on global health, with an emphasis on non-communicable diseases.
Patricia joined the Project Angkor family in 2011. She holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, an MD from Drexel University College of Medicine, and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She enjoys sports, traveling, reading, eating, and spending time with friends and family.
Kimmie Daya Yong was born in the small town of Bavel, a district in the province of Battambang, in North-Western Cambodia. The eldest of five siblings, she immigrated to the United States in 1980 with her mother and three siblings and started the fourth grade at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in San Diego, California. She attended Riverside Community College and later transferred to California State University of Long Beach where she earned her Bachelor of Accountancy. In 2009, she completed her Master's Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Kimmie has always wanted to help the people of Cambodia. From a very young age, she realized how fortunate she was when her mother decided to escaped to the Thai border and later migrate to the United States. Visiting Cambodia for the first time in 2001 she was struck by the poverty and wanted to join an organization that would help the people of Cambodia. In 2009, while at a fundraiser for Cambodian Children’s Fund, she was approached about going on a medical mission to Cambodia. That became her first trip and it left a profound impression on her; she has since volunteered for an additional five missions to Cambodia. Besides her active role as Treasurer of Project Angkor since its inception in 2010, she is a proud mother of 2 children and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Rosaline Carey was born in Cambodia and lived through the Khmer Rouge regime with her mother and younger sister. Her father, a pilot for the Cambodian Air Force, at the time stationed in Thailand, was separated from the rest of her family. As a young girl she was separated from her family and sent to live with and took care of an old couple in a small farm town outside of Kampong Cham province, where her mother grew up. While her mother and baby sister were sent to live in the Khmer Rouge concentration camps. Under the regime, food was scarce, education and communication to the outsiders were nonexistent.
After the collapse of the Khmer Rouge, her family discovered her father was still alive and waiting for them in Thailand, but had his own set of family. Rosaline’s mother, sister and relatives escaped by foot to neighboring Thailand. There she settled in a refugee camp called Khao-I-Dang. There, Rosaline and her family stayed for two years waiting for sponsors from the US, Australia, Canada or France. She lived in a second camp located in the Philippines for 8 more months before arriving to San Francisco in October 1982, sponsored by her uncle. Rosaline grew up in Modesto, a tiny farm town where her mother worked and she attended grade school and learned to speak English for the first time. End of her sophomore year of high school, Rosaline reunited with her father and four half siblings in Long Beach, where she finished out her high school years and attended Long Beach State University.
Rosaline graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an
option in International Business. In 2010 Rosaline was approached to join Project Angkor by her college friend and she has been involved ever since. Rosaline is a Principal Logistics Specialist at Solar Turbines, A Caterpillar Company. Rosaline is married with two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, flower arrangements and traveling.
Nora Chovick was born in Loma Linda, California and raised in San Bernardino until moving to Northern California to attend college. She started volunteering while in high school as a Candy Striper at St. Bernardine Medical Center. She has always been interested in travel, having been inspired by an Aunt who taught in many international locations.
Nora started her pharmacy career as a first year pharmacy student working as an intern pharmacist at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, California. She served in various roles during her pharmacist career at Kaiser Oakland, primarily in the Inpatient Pharmacy setting and Drug Use Management. In addition to her work with Project Angkor, Nora volunteers as a pharmacist with Project HOPE, working with the U.S. military on humanitarian and educational missions in the developing world. With Project HOPE, Nora has participated in Pacific Partnership 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 with the US Navy on the hospital ship Mercy in the Philippines, Timor L’este, and Vietnam Nam.
Nora earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy and her undergraduate degree in Biology from Merrill College, University of California, Santa Cruz. She resides in Oakland, California. When not traveling, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their Labrador Retrievers at their “off-the-grid”property near Mount Shasta, California.
VIRGINIA CHAPMAN, R.N.
Virginia Chapman was born in Los Angeles California at Kaiser Permanente (KP) and raised in Northern California. Virginia is a Registered Nurse and the Director of Pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente in the East. Bay. Virginia joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 and begin working in the in 1990 Emergency department at Kaiser Permanente San Jose.
In the Emergency Department Virginia held the role as Charge Nurse and Assistant Director. In 2006 Virginia’s passion for children lead her to accept the role as Manager for the Department of Pediatrics with KP in San Jose. Her interest in working with children and literacy developed at an early age while helping fellow classmates in elementary school with their reading and writing skills and this continued through college where she worked as a science tutor.
In addition to her contributions to Project Angkor, she is member of the Board of Directors for Super Stars Literacy since 2017 and the Santa Clara County School Health Clinics since 2007. Virginia has also volunteered for the Santa Clara County Diabetic Society, Santa Clara County Food Bank, Teddy Bear Health Clinics. Sciencepalooza, and Courts4Kids Humanitarian Missions.
Virginia holds and Bachelor in Nursing from San Jose State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College. She is an avid traveler, reader, and enjoys quality time with friends and family.
Scott Martin possesses over 30 years experience in retail, healthcare security, and supporting a Command Staff position with UCLA Police Department. Scott’s professional background included employment with the University of California System since 1992 having retired with 24 years of service (Dec. 2016). Scott served as Director of Security and Parking from July 2000 till December of 2016, and simultaneously supported the role of Emergency Manager for ten years (2000-2010) for UC Irvine Health System in the City of Orange, California. Prior to that Scott directed security operations for UCLA Medical Center (1992 – 2000). Additionally, Scott was a Regional Manager of Loss Prevention for Home Base and Mervyns’ from 1983 to 1992.
Scott has an extensive background in Healthcare & Industrial Security, Parking Management, and Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare. He holds an Associate in Arts degree in Administration of Justice, certifications to include, a Healthcare Advanced Terrorism Liaison Officer through the Orange County Sheriff Department’s Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC), and is NIMS/SEMS Certified. Scott is a Senior Member of the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), and a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
Jonathan Kirst is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of BridgeCare Finance, a mission oriented financial technology company that works to eliminate gender inequality in the workplace by making childcare more affordable for young, working parents. Jonathan is a veteran of the FinTech industry, having previously co-founded Roostify, the market leader in consumer mortgage technology.
Jonathan is an Economics & Computer Science graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he met his wife, Dr. Martha Elster, a Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellow at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Jonathan and Martha joined the Project Angkor 2015 mission to Kampong Cham and both have been active members of the team since.