Management Committee

Chenda NET, Executive Director

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, University Strategy Manager

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.

TIT Nita, Finance and Administration Coordinator

Nita is a Finance and Administration Coordinator who is currently working on processing the finance and administration for cash management to implement activities of all project on Speech Therapy Developments of OIC-Cambodia which fund received from multi-donor. She loves to join the OIC team to learn on Improvement and Communication of difficulty swallowing and Speech Therapy to help the disability people, especially children who are facing with difficulty for communication and assist each other on Speech Therapy development as the part of the team as Finance and Administration coordination and management for processing the cash management to implement activities as the action taken. The team is very friendly and flexible to help each other for the project running smoothly and learning in multi-task. She has experiences to work with other organization that help the disability people, she contributed and participated to assist the disability people to find the accessible place to work as office, workshop, training venue and restaurant too, training them in finance sector for fund raising, visit them at the field work, personal care and career motivation, then connecting them with donors and ministry of social affair and vocational training center.  However, OIC-Cambodia is specialized in Speech Therapy. She contributes in the part of development to help the vulnerable people of disability in the community for coronation on fund management to do the mission. She hopes that OIC-Cambodia team will build capacity in the development of local Speed Therapy specialists in Cambodia and in collaborate with universities in Cambodia and relevant ministries.

TEANG Chantara, Early childhood development

Chantara is an early childhood development program manager of OIC Cambodia. He is moved by the work of OIC to tackle the Communication disability which only a few organization have been working on this. 

Tara has never experience of speech therapy himself but the situation of the children with communication disability touched his heart and keeping moving on to at least do his part to build the capacity of the duty bearers and community to tackle the speech therapy issues in Cambodia. He is very enjoy seeing the most children with communication disabilities access to services and draw people attention in part-taking in dealing with the issues.

Tara strongly hope that communication disabilities will be valued, consider and broadly addressed by Cambodian people.

STAFF

Danielle VELLUCCI, Speech Therapy Technical Advisor

Danielle has supported OIC Cambodia from afar and was excited for the opportunity to join the team, work, and live in Cambodia while working to build a speech therapy profession here. People in Cambodia with communication and/or swallowing difficulties do not have access to speech therapy support and this has a direct impact on the individual’s quality of life. She really enjoys and believes in the profession and is enjoying seeing it develop in Cambodia.

Danielle is a speech therapist from Australia and provides speech therapy technical support within the team.

She studied speech therapy at a university in Melbourne, Australia for 4 years and has worked with children with communication difficulties and their families for over 13 years.

She is very happy to see a family and their child connect and communicate with one another effectively! A child is always communicating and it is very powerful when the family knows how to listen, understand and respond to their child’s communication.

Danielle hopes that the speech therapy profession is developed in Cambodia’s public systems, professionals are able to study speech therapy in Cambodia and everyone with swallowing and/or communication difficulties has access to support! 

KANG Pisey, Project Officer

Kunthea worked at Happy Kids Clinics before joining OIC Cambodia. She didn’t study Speech Therapy at university before as we don’t have the University of speech therapy in Cambodia yet.

When she was working at Happy Kids Clinic and she had learned a lot from the speech therapist from other countries and she also has experience working directly with children who have difficulties with communication and/or swallowing.

She really enjoys working with OIC is supporting the teacher/parents to help the people who have difficulties with communication and swallowing (especially with the children).

She hopes that Cambodia will have the university of speech therapy soon, as now we have a lot of people who have difficulty with communication (especially the children) in Cambodia, so we need speech therapist in Cambodia, and I also hope the people to understand more about the speech therapy and what is autism?