Dear Friends of Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC),
Today, JWOC announces a change to its Siem Reap, Cambodia leadership team. I am delighted to welcome Faina Gersh as JWOC’s new Managing Director (MD) and sad to bid farewell to Alex Plummer who is JWOC’s outgoing MD.
Alex has completed her contract with JWOC and is moving onto the next chapter of her career. She has been JWOC’s MD for the past 2 years and prior to assuming the role of MD, she was JWOC’s Education and Volunteer Manager. Under Alex’s leadership, JWOC’s programs continued to thrive and serve its beneficiaries and supporters. Notably, Alex has deepened scholarship student alumni connections with JWOC through mentoring, career days and establishing a new alumni advisory board. She has supported the use of technology in education by helping refresh JWOC’s computer lab and bringing software into the classroom to more effectively teach English and Science. Alex helped her staff implement a science club for youth and make improvements to all of JWOC’s educational offerings particularly to classes for children under age 8. We will miss Alex and wish her all the best as she continues along her professional journey.
Let me introduce Faina to you. She is passionate about service, travel and culture, which is what brought her to JWOC. She is originally from the Ukraine, having immigrated as a child to the US, Faina comes to JWOC from the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Her professional experience is in the medical and legal fields and she has a variety of non-profit experience ranging from development, fundraising, child advocacy, hunger/meals delivery and animal welfare. After traveling through South East Asia she fell in love with Cambodia and decided to settle long term and bring her business, entrepreneurship and non-profit experience to JWOC. We welcome Faina to the JWOC family.
We are fortunate to benefit from such talented and passionate MD leadership at JWOC. As friends of JWOC, we appreciate your on-going support and connection to our organization. Please feel free to reach out to me, Faina and/or Alex to share your suggestions and thoughts about JWOC.
JWOC Executive Director