Board of Directors & Committee Members

Building an Organization for the Long Term

Board of Directors

  • Aung M. Naing, PE – President & co-founder

Co-founder and president of the Network of Myanmar American Association, Aung Naing was awarded a 2009 Annual Southeast Asia Heritage by the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California. Under Aung’s leadership, NetMAA has been able to provide from 5 to 7 community outreach programs annually. Aung is a committee member of the Asian and Pacific Island American Heritage Month Committee at the City of Los Angeles. He is a Transportation Engineer for the California Department of Transportation. He has over 19 years of state and local governmental experience in engineering, planning and administrative management. Aung graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

 

  • Thakhin Bwor – Vice President & co-founder

He is Co-founder and vice president of the Network of Myanmar American Association. Than Khine Bwor handles NetMAA’s news and media, and offers valuable website assistance. Bwor holds a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering and works as a webmaster and network administrator for the Canoga Park Company, Access Computer Parts, Inc. With almost 20 years experience as a graphic designer, including magazine cover design and layout, calendar design, event posters, and websites, Bwor offers support and expertise to several Burmese community websites, and is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Myanmar Gazette, a monthly Los Angeles-based Burmese community newspaper.

 

  • Mimi Liang – Secretary
Ms. Liang holds a BA degree in Accounting from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She has been board member since 2007.

 

  • Dr. Myat Htoo (DDS) – Board Member

 

  • Ni Ni Win Shwe – Board Member

 

  • Jenny Chan – Board Member

 

Country of Myanmar

  • U Sun Nyunt – Country Director/Representative

 

Myanmar Cultural Dance Academy (MCDA) – Committee Members

  • Khin Thandar – Traditional Dance Instructor/coordinator

    In 1982, at the age of 16, she was introduced the Burmese (Myanmar) Traditional dance by the well-known traditional dancer, Daw College Myaing, at the famous Pantra Dance Class where she studied for 4 years.

    During 1984 to 1987, she has performed in Myanmar Traditional water festival dance with the group and their group was presented in Myanmar National TV. Moreover, she participated in the Annual Water Festival also known as Myanmar New Year dancing held by the culture association of Yangon University Hlaing Thayar campus every year. In 1992, she went to Japan for further study. She presented Myanmar dancing at the International Students Cultural Festival and School Graduation Ceremony held by Shinjuku Tokyo Scmmon College. She also performed the Myanmar Traditional dance in the cultural shows held by Imaivumi Memorial Burmese Scholarship foundation, Japan during 1992, 1993 and 1994.

    Her family migrated to Los Angeles in 2007 and since then she has been teaching the Myanmar children the Myanmar traditional dance for water festivals and other fundraising cultural shows. In 2009, she was appointed as a dance coordinator/instructor of Myanmar Traditional dance in Network of Myanmar American Association in which she is now training Myanmar-American children the Traditional dance.


  • Daw Nu Nu Sein – Visiting Dance Instructor, Professor (R) from the National University of Arts & Culture, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Daw Nu Nu Khin – Visiting Dance Instructor, Professor (R) from the National University of Arts & Culture, Mandalay, Myanmar
  • Dr. Khine Khine Win, MD – Membership & Outreach Coordinator

 

Myanmar Film Festival of Los Angeles (MFFLA) – Committee Members & Jury

  • May Wynn Maung – Actress/Director

    May Wynn-Maung started her film career when she was merely a teenager  getting ready for her freshman year at the University of Yangon. She went on to star in over 60 films mostly as a leading actress. She won her Myanmar Film Academy’s Best Leading Actress award in 1981 for her role in the film Kyi-Pyar.

    She studied at an Australian Theatre School in 1990 and performed in an ABC production there. Upon returning to her home country she continued to work on various film, video, and television commercial projects. She received her Certificate in Film, Television, and New Media from UCLA in 1995. After graduation, May worked as an assistant editor on a number of film and digital productions in Los Angeles. During her last visit to  Myanmar, she collaborated with independent Myanmar filmmakers for a feature film that is currently in post-production. May lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

 

  • Yasmin C. Rams – Producer/Filmmaker

    Yasmin C. Rams studied Southeast Asia Studies and can speak Myanmar. After producing her first short documentary in 2007 she became Assistant to the Director at Yangon Film School (YFS) until 2009. She continued making documentaries with different filmmakers thereafter and founded her own production company LOKANAT PRODUCTIONS in Berlin in 2011. Lokanat Productions emphasizes co-operation with filmmakers from regions aside from the main film industries. Voicing their perspectives, promoting their creations, their films can contribute to the development of a global film landscape that is not centered on Europe and North America, but enriched by the artistic creativity and viewpoints of filmmakers from different parts of the world.

  • Thakhin Bwor – Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of the Myanmar Gazette newspaper

 

  • Debora Giannone – Actress

    Debora Giannone is an international Italian and Swiss Actress based in Los Angeles. She has been in countless stage and film productions along with some well-known commercials, like Converse, BMW and network promo pieces for NBC/Universal and others. She’s worked on Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s movie “Youth”, as well as been on the cover of Rockstar Magazine. Debora started acting in theatre when she was 12 years young – reciting classics like Shakespeare and Brecht. Next to acting Debora is a writer, performs Stand Up Comedy and also works behind the camera as a photographer.