Board of Directors
Carole Armel is a management consultant specializing in organization development, matrix management systems, and course design including “Creative Thinking/Critical Thinking” developed with Philip Stein. Her clients have included the NASA Space Program, New Jersey Division on Ageing, Merrill Lynch, Maryland and Connecticut Hospital Associations, Miami Dade Medical Center Campus, and American Society for Quality. She has been associated with Legacy projects since 1989. Her work has included management consultation, assisting in planning and delivering several projects, grant writing, and developing a task matrix for the Summer Program. She has six children and five grandchildren. A major interest and avocation is gardening and garden design. She is a New Jersey and Florida Master Gardener and has had a garden design and maintenance business.
Judith Larson has been a teacher for more than 20 years, teaching in both traditional classrooms and schools using the Montessori Method of education. She holds a Masters in Education and is certified in the Montessori Method. Judith also has extensive experience in administration. She was the Director of her own Montessori school and was the Human Resources Manager for a rehabilitation clinic where she developed many policies and procedures and served on the executive committee. She has also served as a member of the Blue Ridge Montessori School board.
Phil Louer studied sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After college he began working in the building trades and has been operating as a Class A residential contractor since 1980. In 1985, Phil co-founded North American Gem Carvers- a consortium of unique artists working in the gem stone medium. North American Gem Carvers’ art can be seen in museum exhibitions and galleries across the country. One of Phil’s past times is folk dancing, and since 1985 he has been performing with the Hoorah Cloggers, a performance Appalachian dance troupe, at Legacy’s Global Youth Village.
Nguyen Vu Nguyen M.D. Born and raised in Viet Nam, Nguyen Vu immigrated to the USA in 1982 as part of the Boat People Movement. As a young man, he participated in Legacy’s Global Youth Village program (’84-’88). Since then, Nguyen Vu has been dedicated to empowering others, particularly the children of our planet. He earned his AB from Harvard University, and M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine. He is currently a Pediatric Cardiologist at Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. Nguyen Vu also volunteers with Operation Smile, Children as the Peacemaker Foundation, and Project Vietnam; he hopes to return to school for a master of public health.
Jason Scott Dedicated to public service and youth leadership development, Jason has extensive experience in training, nonprofit development, technology & social media, and youth leadership. Jason earned his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Delaware. Through his work with AmeriCorps and Legacy International, Jason has recruited and trained youth leaders and designed and coordinated various programs. He currently works for The Corporation for National and Community Service in the Office of Leadership Development and Training, where he coordinates online resources support for agency grantees to build their capacity as nonprofits and expand their use of technology and social media tools. Jason is also an accomplished facilitator and regular volunteer; he lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Ed Stern is a Senior Analyst for Occupational Safety & Health Administration in Washington, DC. He has worked in the US Department of Labor for 30 years, as a senior economist and policy/program analyst. He joined OSHA in 1985 to study regulatory feasibility, costs, benefits, and impacts. For twelve years, he supervised research and economic modeling of the costs and benefits of proposed regulations in the Directorate of Policy. He has guided teams of scientists, engineers, doctors, nurses, systems analysts, and attorneys from OSHA, the Department of Labor, trade associations, and labor organizations to develop “Expert Advisors” to transfer agency decision-making expertise to the public via the Internet. In 1999 and 2000, Stern served, part time, as the spokesperson on this strategy for Vice President Al Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government.
Anne Elise Thomas, Ph.D. is a trained ethnomusicologist with expertise in the music and culture of the Middle East. She spent several years living in Jordan and Egypt while she completed her doctoral research. She has extensive experience as an educator and youth facilitator and has coordinated and taught the Global Music Workshop at Legacy’s Global Youth Village since 2005. Currently, she is employed as Educational Program Coordinator at Jefferson Center, a performing arts facility in Roanoke, Virginia. She is also an accomplished performer of the qanun, a 78-stringed lap harp played in Arab classical music.
Shanti Thompson is an executive staff member of Legacy International (Vice President: Training) with more than 30 years experience in program administration, financial management, and grant-writing. She has directed and/or co-directed projects in Ukraine, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Indonesia, funded by the U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, and other funders. She has compiled and edited Legacy’s three training manuals, and designed various training programs and training of trainers programs. Since 2000, she has served in the positions of Treasurer and Secretary for Legacy.