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Board of Directors


Mone Aye, President

Ethnicity: Karen

Birthplace: Mae La Refugee Camp, Thailand

Mone lived in a refugee camp for 19 years. She arrived in the U.S. in 2008. She used to be a bilingual outreach worker for Des Moines Public Schools.

“Keep studying and think about your children’s future. Keep learning about the American culture.”

Donna Wilkin, Co-President

Donna retired in 2011 as Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with West Des Moines Schools.  She became involved with EMBARC after seeing the critical role the organization plays in helping refugees from Burma establish new homes and lives in Iowa.

“Refugees bring with them more than just a few personal effects.  They bring the gifts of courage, hope, strength and new eyes.”

Thway Kaw Paw Thaw, Secretary 

Ethnicity: Karen

Birthplace: SawTah, Thailand

Thway spent 23 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She arrived in the U.S. in 2007. Thway is also a bilingual outreach worker for Des Moines Public Schools.

“The United States is your new home. Don’t be afraid to speak English and make mistakes. Just keep trying.”


Tin Moe, Treasurer

Ethnicity: Rakhine
Birthplace: Kyauk Phyu, Rakhine State, Western Myanmar
Tin left his home town, Myanmar in 2002, and lived in Malaysia for 5 years as a refugee.
He arrived in the United States of America in 2008. Today, he works at DuPont pioneer  as a Laboratory Technician since 2013.
” We can always build a better society for upcoming future; we have to raise our children wisely with bright futures.”


Brandon Mauch, Co-Treasurer

Brandon is a program manager for CLEAResult, a company that provides energy efficiency assistance to customers of all types. Aside from his work on the EMBARC board, he also spends time tutoring members of the EMBARC community. He lives in Des Moines with his wife and two daughters.

Mu Law

Ethnicity: Karenni

Birthplace: Burma

Mu Law spent 20 years in a Karenni refugee camp in Thailand. She arrived in the U.S. in 2010. She is now a bilingual outreach worker for Des Moines Public Schools.

“Don’t give up.”


Noel Siama

Ethnicity: Mizo

Birthplace: Kalaymyo, Burma

Noel left Burma in 2007 and arrived in the U.S. in 2011. He is now doing Outreach Interpretation for Burmese Community when he is needed.

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