WVP Board of Directors

Tom Johnston-O'Neill, Ph.D.

Tom Johnston-O’Neill, Ph.D.Executive Director
I am an anthropologist and founder of The Worldview Project. I was born and spent my early life in Philadelphia. My first experience with learning about other cultures came in high school were I took a course in Asian history.  I attended Callison College, a college that offered a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies. While at Callison I had the opportunity to live in Japan for a year studying Japanese culture. Upon returning to the United States I studied anthropology at U.C. Santa Cruz. I receive my Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University in 2000 and founded the Worldview Project a year later.

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Olivia Chang

Olivia ChangBoard Treasurer
I spent my early childhood in Singapore and have worked in and traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe. I have a BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, with a double major in Cognitive Science and Linguistics, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. I worked for several years as a CFO and General Manager in the for-profit industry and I currently focus my time on supporting exemplary non-profit organizations. I have enjoyed working with the Worldview Project team and am excited to be part of this family.

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Chris Bengs

Chris BengsBoard Member
I am a consultant in the area of international program/project management in the software industry and have degrees in International Business and Anthropology. I have been working with The Worldview Project as both a volunteer and Board Member for over ten years. It has been my pleasure to contribute to such a great organization that does so much for the San Diego community. Cultural awareness is an important issue to me and I enjoy learning more about different cultures as well as teaching others about cultural sensitivity.

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Shari Johnston-O'Neill

Shari Johnston-O’NeillSecretary of the Board
I grew up mostly in Southeast Asia and have lived in Vietnam, Taiwan, Laos, Burma (Myanmar now), Thailand (where I went to High School), and the Philippines. Upon my return to the United States I attended UCSD, UCSC and Rutgers University…

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Monica Emery

Monica EmeryBoard Member
Growing up in a cross cultural family in New Jersey, I wondered what role culture plays in the relationships of people of differing nationalities. This experience fostered in me an interest in transnational competence, cross-cultural success…

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William James

William JamesBoard Member
I grew up in Dallas and moved to California as an officer in the Marine Corps. I now work as a Social Work Supervisor for the County of San Diego. When Tom and Shari pitched the idea for The Worldview Project, I was sold and have enjoyed….

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Former Board Members:

Vijaya Vedantham

Vijaya VedanthamFormer Board Member
I hail from Mumbai, India. I have spent most of my life in Mumbai. I did my bachelors in management and also my masters in management (MBA) with a specialization in finance. I worked with HDFC bank in Mumbai for almost 2 years…

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Erika Bengs

Erika BengsFormer Board Member
I am an alumni of San Diego State University with a degree in Kinesiology emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. I am currently employed as a volunteer coordinator for a local non-profit. I have been a volunteer and Board Member with The Worldview Project…

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Lakshmi Appachar

Lakshmi AppacharFormer Board Member
I started volunteering with the WVP after moving to San Diego from India. I have a Masters degree in Social Work and I am currently working in the area of clinical social work. I previously worked in an elementary education ….

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Angie Jin

Angie JinFormer Board Member
Since I was born in China to a Korean family, cultures have played an obviously important and interesting role in my life. I hold great interest in how languages and cultures impact our identity and ways of thinking, and this led me to volunteer ….

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