Chenda has an extensive background and experience working in the disability sector and community development, health management, and international development for more than 12 years within internal and local NGOs in Cambodia from technical practice to management and leadership positions.
She was an AusAid scholarship program recipient who obtained her master’s degree in Health and International Development from Flinders University in 2014 and holds an advanced diploma degree of Physiotherapy from Singapore and Bachelor of Law in Cambodia.
Her own experience of Australian tertiary studies helps her envisage what a Cambodian tertiary speech therapy program might look like. More importantly, it has given her confidence and discernment to interact with both local and international stakeholders and network to partner with her organization in Cambodia, and strengthen relationships and their commitment in supporting the work and vision of OIC Cambodia increasing the sustainability of the organization.
Her experience within the program and passion combined with her international trained qualification offered her an opportunity to take a leading position at the OIC Cambodia as the Executive Director in 2017. She has provided a tremendous capacity and ability to lead the organization together with the governance and management team toward the success of driving a positive change in the development of the speech therapy profession to bring the missing service in Cambodia. Apart from that, she is nominated by the Ministry of Health and the University of Health Science to be a module leader and a lecturer in the Cambodia Physiotherapy Bridging Bachelor program since 2017.
Ruth Bryce is an Australian Speech Therapist who has lived in Cambodia since 2006. She has been part of the OIC Cambodia team since 2016 when she joined as a part-time volunteer. In 2018 she became Program Manager, and since July 2019 she has been the University Strategy Manager.
Her role at OIC,Cambodia involves being in the management team, and working with government and other stakeholders to develop a quality Cambodian speech therapy program and profession, who can meet the needs of the 600,000 Cambodians with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Within her 13 years in Cambodia, she has been involved in community development projects in informal education initiatives, community-based rehabilitation, disability inclusion, preschool education projects and grassroots research within Cambodia. Her work roles include Technical advisor to local NGO’s, independent evaluation consultant, and governing board member of LNGO (2009-2017) and social enterprise (2015 – current).
Ruth holds a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (La Trobe University, Australia 2000) and a Masters of Transformational Development (Eastern College, Australia 2015).
Ruth’s speech therapy background is working with people with complex communication needs using alternative and augmentative communication to increase their participation within their communities. She is passionate to see an increase in the inclusion of people with communication disabilities within Cambodian society, as well as the development of a Cambodian speech therapy profession that can support all Cambodian’s to access the therapy they need.
DARA Rith has been working with non-profit-sector for more than 13 years in advocacy, operations, senior management, and leadership positions in multi-sectors such as Human Rights, Good Governance and Politics, Natural Resource Management, Education, and disabilities for both international, national, and sub-national levels.
Currently, he starts a new position as Program Manager of OIC Cambodia in October 2019, which works to improving communication and swallowing therapy service in Cambodia.
He was an Acting Director of NGO Education Partnership (NEP) at the end of 2018, and he was a chairman of the Cambodia Campaign for Education (CCE), demanding to increase the national budget for the education sector in Cambodia from January 2016 to September 2019.
He was a member of the steering committee of two national networks in Cambodia included Land and Housing Rights Network and Indigenous and Forestry Network of NGO Forum on Cambodia.
Rith served as a member of the National Working Group on Extractive Industry, access to information and Anti-corruption, and especially he was a member of the inter-ministries Working Group on Environmental Impact Assessment review led by the Ministry of Environment.
Rith holds a master’s degree in Development Management International Program from a local University and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Additions, he joined regional and national training programs on Business and Human Rights, Cooperate Social Accountability, Environmental Impact Assessment, Advance Advocacy, and Policy analysis.
Danielle Vellucci is an Australian Speech Therapist who moved to Cambodia at the beginning of 2019 to join the OIC team after volunteering with the organisation in 2016. She is the Technical Advisor for Early Childhood Intervention.
Her role at OIC, Cambodia involves being a part of the Program Team, alongside the program manager, assistant and technical advisors. Recently, Danielle has been involved in developing an Inclusive Communication Training and resource package for Government staff who then train and support Provincial Preschool Teachers. Danielle is responsible for 2-4 projects at one time.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (La Trobe University, Australia 2008) and spent 10 years working in Early Childhood Intervention supporting preschool children with a disability and their families, building on their strengths to achieve functional learning and developmental outcomes.
Danielle believes that by working smarter, building the foundations of Speech Therapy locally and focusing on developing the capacity of existing resources in Cambodia, we can significantly contribute to the future of individuals with a communication difficulty.
Debbie joined the OIC Cambodia team in April 2019 as a Technical Advisor. She supports the team with designing, planning, and implementing projects focused on the needs of people with communication & swallowing difficulties. This includes advising on OIC Cambodia’s capacity building activities to the education sector, conducting research, raising awareness and promoting the rights of people with communication disabilities in Cambodia.
Before joining OIC Cambodia, Debbie has been involved in disability, rehabilitation and maternal and child health in Cambodia. As a Speech Therapist, Debbie has worked with children and adults with disabilities and complex communication. She is passionate about inclusion, accessibility, and assistive technology for people with communication difficulties.
Debbie’s background is in disability and public health. She holds a BA in Speech Therapy and completed her MA in International Public Health.
Joanne is a Speech Language Pathologist from the United States of America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach.
She has worked with children with disabilities in both Early Intervention and School-Age settings since 2004. Currently, she serves as a technical advisor on the project team and has worked at OIC Cambodia since 2018.
Her role as a technical advisor is to collaborate with team members in the planning, design, and implementation of various projects. She has a heart for Cambodia, particularly those with disabilities. OIC’s long term goals for sustainability and empowerment is what draws her most to OIC Cambodia. She is excited to see cultural change in including more people with communication and swallowing difficulties in the Cambodia society in the foreseeable future.