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Staff & Board

CLS Board RetreatCLS has a dedicated seven‐member board of directors, a fifteen‐member international advisory committee, and an eleven‐member editorial board. All consist of renowned scholars and Lao professionals from across the business, education, international development, legal, and arts sectors. The Executive Director leads CLS’s operations and manages consultants and works closely with the Program Director to implement and oversee programs, development and communications.  CLS’s volunteers include a graphic artist, a bookkeeper, and an organizational  development consultant specializing in nonprofit capacity building. The Journal of Lao Studies is managed by a volunteer, multidisciplinary editorial board  representing a number of academic institutions from around the world.


Vinya Sysamouth

John Hartmann


Carol J. Compton

Khammany Mathavongsy

Phoumy Sayavong


Vinya Sysamouth, Ph.D.


Amy E. Bowers, BS
Consultant | Wisconsin

Gregory Green, MA
Curator | Cornell University, New York

Bounlieng Phommasouvanh, Ph.D. (Board Vice-Chair)
Retired Educator | California

Samantha M. Saechao, BS
EOPS/CARE Program Coordinator | California

Prany Sananikone, MA  (Board Chair)
Director of Diversity Relations and Educational Programs | University of California, Irvine, California

Phoumy Sayavong, Ph.D. (Treasurer)
Dean | Lanely College, California

Genevieve K. Siri, MPP (Secretary)
City of Phoenix | Arizona

Vinya Sysamouth, Ph.D.
CLS Executive Director | California


Carol J. Compton, Ph.D. (2006-09), John Hartmann, Ph.D. (2006-07), Pida Kongphouthone, BA (2007-08), Khammany Mathavongsy, MPA (2006-07), Timothy Nokham, JD (2007-09), Mana Southichack, Ph.D. (2007-09), Seree Weoha, Ph.D. (2007-09), Soudary Kittivong-Greenbaum (2008-2010), Saengmany Ratsabout, MA (2008-2012), Jonathan H.X. Lee, Ph.D. (2011-12), Ian G. Baird, Ph.D. (2010-14), Ryan Wolfson-Ford, Ph.D. (2012-14).


Larry Ashmun, MA
Librarian | University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

DouangDeuane Bounyavong, MS
National Consultant | Ministry of Education. Laos

Somsonge Burusphat, Ph.D.
Professor | Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University, Thailand

Jackie Butler-Diaz, MA
Independent Scholar | Arizona, USA

Carol J. Compton, Ph.D.
Independent Scholar | Wisconsin, USA

Anne Frank, MA
Southeast Asian Archive Librarian (retired), University of California, Irvine Libraries, USA

John Hartmann, Ph.D.
Professor | Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Northern Illinois University, USA

Varisa Kamalanavin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | Thammasat University, Thailand

Dara Viravong Kanlaya
Permanent Advisor | Preservation of Lao Palm Leaf Manuscript Program
National Library, Ministry of Information and Culture, Laos

Vatthana Pholsena, Ph.D.
Research Fellow | French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)-Institut d’Asie Orientale, Lyon, France

Boike Rehbein, Ph.D.
Chair for the Sociology of Asia and Africa | Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

William Sage, MA
Consultant | International Humanitarian Assistance, USA

Martin Stuart-Fox, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus | School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
The University of Queensland, Australia


Soulinhakhath (Steve) Arounsack, Ph.D.
Full-Time Lecturer | California State University, Stanislaus, USA

Ian G. Baird, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor | University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Carol J. Compton, Ph.D.
Independent Scholar, USA

Nick J. Enfield, Ph.D.

Staff member | Language and Cognition Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

Gregory Green, MA
Curator | Cornell University, USA

Gary Lee, Ph.D.
Coordinator | Bilingual Welfare Service Team, Cabramatta Community Centre, Australia

Justin T. McDaniel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA  USA

Mark Pfiefer, Ph.D.
Reference and Instruction Librarian | Texas A and M University, Corpus Christi, USA

Vatthana Pholsena, Ph.D.
Research Fellow | French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)-Institut d’Asie Orientale, Lyon, France

Boike Rehbein, Ph.D.
Chair for the Sociology of Asia and Africa | Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy, Ph.D.
Administration, Planning, and Social Policy | Harvard University, USA


Steve Arounsack, Ph.D.
LOHA Media Manager

Mitchell Bonner
Library Volunteer

Tom Hayashi
Oganization Advisor

Margaret Hayertz, MFA
Office Volunteer

Mary Keovisai, MA
Program Coordinator

Alisak Sanavongsay
LOHA Webpage Manager

Steven Sanith, BS, BAS
CLS Web Designer / President of Elephant Harmony

Christine Su, Ph.D.
Program Director

Boon Vong
SAILers' Blog Web Designer



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