Amy Moy Niemann, Executive Director
Amy is excited to join Educational Empowerment as she is a firm believer in expanding education to young women and girls as a means to individual and societal betterment. She brings to EE her experiences from both the private sector as an Economics and Strategy advisor for Arup, a global engineering firm, and the World Bank, where she focused on energy policy and investments in South Asia. Amy first became involved with EE together with her sisters in 2017 with the establishment of EE's IT training center and Computer Lab.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, and a MBA from Hong Kong University. She is currently based in Ireland though she still has strong ties to Texas. In her spare time, Amy enjoys running outdoors, architecture, exploring unfamiliar cuisines, and is currently learning to be a beekeeper.
Pramukh Jeyathilak, Director
Pramukh brings years of corporate multi-national experience to EE. He is currently the Global Human Resources Leader for Amazon. A regular speaker in HR forums and conferences, he has also worked for Accenture and Microsoft and lived in Bombay, Prague, Dubai, and Singapore. Pramukh lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two teenage sons; they all love the outdoors, sports, books, and giving back to the community. In his spare time Pramukh is a mentor, plays tennis, and sings in an a capella men’s group.
Isabel de la Torre, Director & Secretary
Isabel grew up and worked as a journalist, editor, and senior legal researcher in the Philippines. She then coordinated international networks that worked with grassroots, national and regional organizations on trade, finance, energy, forestry, fishery, toxics, environmental justice, indigenous peoples, coastal management, women, and community rights issues in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Isabel co-founded the nonprofit organizations and networks Earth Economics, Industrial Shrimp Action Network and South East Asia Fisheries Coalition for Justice. She has a J.D. in law, a bachelor’s degree in communication. When not working or spending time with family and friends, she loves to write, read and train in martial arts.
Lisa Thomas, Director & Treasurer
Lisa joins EE with over a decade's experience working in the fields of international development and humanitarian assistance, designing and overseeing education, health, emergency response, and economic empowerment programs. She is currently serving as project lead at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) managing a regional project in the Middle East testing improved operational efficiencies for program delivery.
Prior to this role, Lisa led the start-up of a 5 year $100 million MacArthur Foundation award to the Sesame Workshop and IRC for early childhood programming in the Middle East, and IRC's humanitarian assistance portfolio in Turkey and Northern Syria. She is now primarily based in Brooklyn, New York with continued travel for work. She has demonstrated a profound commitment to the betterment of society through education as demonstrated by her personal and professional career choices.
Lisa earned her Master's in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she majored in international economics and development, and her Bachelors in economics from Penn State University. Lisa will assume the role of Treasurer on our Board.
Jaeil Lee, Director
Jaeil is a professor at Seattle Pacific University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar for 2018-2019. Jaeil has extensive teaching and industry experience in apparel merchandising and apparel product development. Her experience includes teaching and research positions in universities internationally including Myanmar, Korea, China, and Mongolia. Her industry experiences in the global fashion industry include a technical designing position at Abercrombie and Fitch in the US and a consultant position at LG Fashion in Korea.
Jaeil has a strong passion for helping and empowering young people, especially women and girls in newly developing countries. She is also a motivational speaker for young people and best-selling author in her native country, Korea. Her autobiography in Korean, I Design Dreams Everyday, became a best-selling book in Korea in 2006. She is excited to join EE as a board member.
Melody Mociulski, Founder & Advisor
A native of the Seattle area, Melody worked for the City of Seattle for twenty-four years prior to retiring in 2004. Her career with the City included a combination of procurement, finance, human resource and social service roles.
After extensive consultant work as a procurement subject matter expert and volunteer support to Clear Path International (CPI), Melody joined the CPI staff as South East Asia Program Director in 2008. Over the next four years, Melody provided strategic direction and management of CPI’s victim assistance programs in Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, and Lao PDR, representing $1+ million projects, 6 donors, 7 implementing partner organizations, and a staff of nationals in Vietnam.
Following her passion to provide educational opportunities for children in South East Asia, Melody founded Educational Empowerment in March 2012. After 7+years leading EE, Melody is now transitioning into an advisory role with the organization.