Harpswell Foundation Staff
Alison comes to the Harpswell Foundation with over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit, corporate and legal sectors. She was most recently the Executive Director of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, a non-profit working in global mental health which trains indigenous health workers and establishes trauma treatment systems in post-conflict settings (including Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya). Prior to joining PCAF in 2009, Ms. Pavia was the founding Executive Director of ReServe, and has worked as a consultant with Living Cities, the National Community Development Initiative. She began her career as an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and at Pavia & Harcourt, specializing in international corporate and banking law. She serves on the boards of ReServe and the Riverdale Neighborhood House, serves on the Advisory Board of Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity of Hunter College, and is a trustee of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Ms. Pavia has a JD from Columbia Law School and BA from Brown University, where she majored in History and Chinese language. She has worked and traveled extensively, and is fluent in French and Italian. She is married to Franz Paasche, and is the mother of three daughters.
Moul Samneang has over twenty years of experience working on design, management, and implementation of programs related to women’s advancement. Prior to Harpswell, she worked as a Senior Program Officer for over twenty years at The Asia Foundation’s Cambodia office, where she led the program on violence against women, including an integrated program of public awareness advocacy through civil society partners. She also implemented programs to prevent trafficking and exploitation of children through the use of innovative formal and non-formal educational strategy. Through this program she worked to connect on-the-ground experience in education interventions to national and local policies, particularly through work with local government bodies. For many years, she provided technical support to a women’s NGO to facilitate female commune councilors in formulating strategies to address issues of key concerns to communities. She also managed girl’s education initiatives that provided scholarship to young girls from economically disadvantaged families to pursue secondary education. Samneang also served as Field Adviser for Give2Asia, a US-based social enterprise that serves as a catalyst for philanthropic investment in Asia, where she managed donor-advised grants to organizations implementing charitable activities in Cambodia. Samneang has a Master’s in Development Management from Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines.
Leaphea Yang is a Harpswell graduate, class of 2011. She graduated from Royal University of Law and Economics with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Leaphea’s many accomplishments since her time as a student at Harpswell include receiving a one-year scholarship for post-graduate studies at Agnes Scott College in the US, working as a gender trainer for the NGO Gender and Development Cambodia, and serving as Cambodia’s principal organizer for the international One Billion Rising event in 2013. Before joining Harpswell as Program Director, Leaphea worked for the last two years as a legal advisor for HBS law firm in Phnom Penh.