Meet the Board
C. Donovan Smith
While Donovan Smith has lived in many places around the globe, he has called Taiwan home or longer than any other. He is most widely known as the co-publisher at the Compass Group (which includes and has included Compass Magazine, Taiwan Fun Magazine, FYI South, Tainan Fun
andwww.taiwanfun.com) and for various stints on radio. He also runs GCT-Taiwan, a specialist web marketing, localization and translation company and also works with the Investment Mentoring Institute on special projects. His involvement with Amcham dates back to the late 1990's, when he developed the first iteration of the Amcham Taichung website. After serving on the boards of, or been involved in organization roles with other organizations,he joined the board of Amcham in 2009.
Maria Woo is a Canadian that was born in Hong Kong and she grew up in Taichung studying at an American school (Morrison Academy). She can read, write, and speak in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English fluently, with basic
conversational skills in Taiwanese. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an honours degree in Business, specializing in marketing and Management Information Systems (MIS).
She began her career in Canada as an IT Manager and looked after IT operations in over 20 office locations. She developed expertise in project management, business process improvement, finance budgeting, and systems
implementations. In addition, she worked in the hospitality, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, gaining experience in hotel operations, healthcare management, and naturopathic medicine. After 10+ years of corporate work, her entrepreneur spirit led her to start her own business in social media marketing. She educated doctors and business owners on using the Internet (ex. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc.) to build company image, lower
operational costs, improve customer service, increase sales and boost overall revenue.
Maria is a self-motivated lifetime learner and is passionate on subjects about business, education, nonprofits and mission driven organizations. She returned to Taichung this summer and has actively participated in AmCham events. She accepts the invitation to run for the Board with a simple vision - to contribute and add value. She aspires to strengthen business partnerships and enhance membership benefits so we all remain proud to be a part of AmCham Taichung
Chrissy Wang Board Member
Chrissy Wang has served on the board of Taichung AmCham since 2009. She moved back to Taiwan three years ago after living in Boston for eight years. In Boston she received her BA in Economics from Boston University and MBA in Healthcare Administration from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She worked in the Finance Department at Harvard’s Children’s Hospital Boston and also served as the senior analyst for the CFO of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Ms. Wang moved back to Taiwan in 2008 and
has been working at Kuang Tien General Hospital as the manager of the International Health Services Center and the director of the Marketing
Department. Kuang Tien is Taiwan’s longest running sole proprietorship hospital with over 200 doctors and 1330 beds in Shalu, Dajia, and Tongxiao. She established Kuang Tien’s International Health Services Center, which provides services to international patients seeking high quality and efficient medical care.
Patients travel from all over the world to receive treatment from Kuang Tien’s specialists. Today, the Center has now become one of the top healthcare facilities of choice for foreigners living in central Taiwan because of the patient-centered care and services it offers. Ms. Wang also teaches college students at Hung Kuang University’s Healthcare Administration Department and Nursing
Department. Besides work, Chrissy enjoys traveling, baking, and running.
Shawn Hsu is a long time resident of California and a graduate of San Jose State University (Accounting). He has lived in the San Francisco, Bay area for the past 35 year and during those years, He has worked for several local companies, Such as Avnet Electronic, Bank of America and Hitachi Instrument America and eventually became a real estate investor. He moved back to Taiwan two years ago in search of a ideal retirement place and so far so good. For his pastime, He enjoys being a language teacher and the president for the AUTC Toastmasters Club. Shawn is a outdoor enthusiast and also loves tennis as well as hiking.
Douglas Habecker is an American who considers Taiwan—where he has spent most of his life—home. For the past decade he has been co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Compass Magazine, which he co-founded. Compass Group produces some of Taiwan's most comprehensive and popular bilingual city-guide resources for both print and web.
Doug concurrently serves in a number of other positions, including English editor and consultant for various Taiwan central government and Taichung city government organizations. He earned his journalism bachelor’s degree in the United States and returned to Taiwan to start a career as a reporter, writer and editor. This included long-term positions as Central Taiwan Bureau Chief for the Taiwan News English newspaper and part-time reporter for ICRT English radio station. He also previously served as the English editor for the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, one of Taiwan’s largest economic think tanks; board member of Center of Counseling and Growth, a Taichung-based international community counseling center; and high school journalism teacher at Morrison Academy, Taichung’s largest international school.
He has served on the board of Taichung AmCham since 1996, including a 4 year period as its chairman. Favorite pastimes include playing in Compass' international men’s soccer club, reading history books and traveling to places he’s never explored before.
Bernard Siu served the Board of Amcham for many years until 2007. He is a Mechanical Engineering Professional. Before he retired in 2007, he worked for McGill International Inc. for more than 18 years in Taichung. McGill International was a 100% invested by McGill in USA. McGill is the world top No. 1 for manufacturing Cam Follower – a kind of precision bearing. The bearings made by Taichung plant were sales to all metric countries of the world. He is now set up a sales office in Taichung. The major products for domestic sales are Optical
Fiber Component, Heavy Duty and Precision Bearings as well as Puer Tea. He gets the sole agent for ZWZ bearings sales in Taiwan. ZWZ is the top No. 1 bearing manufacturer in China, specialized in making heavy duty and high precision bearings for Steel Mill, Machinery, Automobile Industries and etc.
Dave Freeman is a stockbroker turned educator now serving his twelfth year as a teacher. He currently works as the Professional Learning Coach for Morrison Academy here in Taichung. Before moving back to Taiwan three
years ago, Dave worked at Corbett Prep in Tampa, Florida, where he taught Mandarin and World Studies. As an experienced teacher, Mr. Freeman has had the opportunity worked in some of the best public and private schools in the United States and here in Taiwan. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Finance from Indiana University, a Masters degree in Education from Framingham University, and a Gifted Education Endorsement from the University of South Florida. Mr. Freeman also boasts the distinction of having grown up in Taiwan and having attended Chinese public school. He attributes this unique life experience to be his some of the best learning he’s had to date. With his background in finance, Dave has also kept one foot in the business world as a both an entrepreneur and cross cultural consultant. Through investment management, relationship consulting, business education and training, Mr. Freeman has gained extensive experience that has allowed him to empathize and build relationship across cultures. Dave is proud to be joining the members of Amcham to make Taichung a more effective place to live and work and is excited to be back in Taiwan.
Lisa has a Masters in International Business with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho and has a Bachelor Degree in Business Communications from Boise State University, also in Idaho. She has her PMP Project Management Professional Certification, is Lean Six Sigma Certified and is SEO Search Engine Optimization Certified. Lisa worked as a Product Manager for 6 years at the J.R. Simplot Company and a Program Manager for HP Hewlett Packard for over 10 years, which included serving as a Privacy
Officer ensuring HIPAA compliance for the company. More recently she served as a Project Manager for Molina Healthcare where she managed federal compliance projects in support of the Medicaid IT Contract for the State of Idaho.
She is living in Taichung, Taiwan for two years due to her husband’s temporary work assignment with Micron Technology. During her time in Tiachung she will be studying Mandarin and serving as Communication Director for Taichung Amcham. She has a history of triathlons, loves to bike, enjoys gardening and most importantly enjoys time with their combined family of 4 kids.