YICF Leadership Team
YICF Executive Director & FAAR Acting Manager
Joy is Executive Director for YICF and Acting Program Manager for the FAAR (Financial Assistance for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees) program. Joy worked globally for six years as an Operations & Event Coordinator for the Global Christian Forum and the Reformed Ecumenical Council. She moved to Jakarta in 2014 and worked as a lecturer of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Universitas Pelita Harapan Business School. After enjoying two and half years of teaching, Joy returned to the non-profit sector by joining YICF as Executive Director in August 2018. Joy holds an MBA from Baylor University (Waco, Texas, USA) and a BA in International Relations from Calvin College (Michigan, USA). Joy is Korean-American but has spent most of her life in Mongolia, Germany, and the US. She and her Indonesian husband love to explore new countries and have two adopted cats, Milo & Finn
Roshan Program Director
Brandon is the Program Director for Roshan Learning Center. Prior to moving with his family to Jakarta in 2017, he worked in educational development in Northern Pakistan for over eight years. During his time in Pakistan he enjoyed working as program manager for a nomadic education program, as well as conducting research in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on multilingual education, nomadic education, and minority perspectives on education. Most recently, Brandon worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Seattle as a program specialist for their New Roots and Youth programs and as a grant writer for IRC’s national office. He holds a MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College at Columbia University (NYC). He loves to travel and is excited to explore some of the many islands in Indonesia with his wife and three children.
LIFE Program Director & Founder
Board of Trustees
Chair of the Board and Co-Founder of Roshan Learning Center
Heather is Chair of the YICF Board of Directors and co-founder and former Executive Director of Roshan Learning Center. She is a child development specialist with experience in research, policy, non-profit, and international development agency work. She is author of The Early Years Matter: Education, Care and the Well-Being of Young Children, Birth to 8 (Teachers College Press, 2014), Parenting Education in Indonesia (World Bank, 2015), and other articles, chapters, and reports. While in Indonesia, she has also worked for the World Bank and UNICEF and was an invited member of the Editorial Board of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. She previously worked for the (U.S.) National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and NIH. She has a PhD and Master’s degree from The University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. Heather recently moved back to her hometown, Washington, DC, where she lives with her family and an unruly Australian Shepherd.
Board Member & Co-Founder of Roshan Learning Center
Ashley is a board member of YICF and co-founder of Roshan Learning Center. She holds an M.S. in Global & International Education with an emphasis in Peace Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Her research focused on the educational needs of urban asylum-seeking and refugee children during their transient period of asylum in Indonesia. Her passion to see vulnerable populations thrive moved her to Indonesia in 2007, where she lived for 7 years, gaining experience in international education, community development, and refugee work. She moved back to the U.S. in 2015 and works as the Global Ministry Director for a church that has ministries around the world, with a particular focus on Sierra Leone. She is super proud of her husband and has a fun, loving jedi who is 6.
Board Member and Founder of FAAR
Mike is a member of the Board of Trustees of YICF, founder of the FAAR program, and Managing Director / CEO for Colliers International Indonesia. He has lived in Jakarta for 27 years since 1992, where he started a property consultancy. Previously, he worked for Trammell Crow Interests in Dallas, Texas. During the last 8 years with the firm, he was privileged to travel to Asia and thereafter decided to relocate to Southeast Asia. He earned his BBA in Finance and Accounting from Southern Methodist University and then obtained his MBA from University of Texas in Austin. He is passionate about reaching out to those who are often overlooked by others. His goal is to be a mentor to others as long as he has the strength to do so. He plays guitar and has even written some songs.
Lukas Kailimang is a member of the Board of Trustees of YICF and the Managing Partner of K-SES Indonesia. As an education strategy, policy and management specialist, he is passionate about helping the next generation and strongly believes in the power of education as a foundation for development and social justice. His professional portfolio in educational research, career development and school-based mental health interventions spans across schools and universities in Indonesia, Australia, and the United States. In addition to completing an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, he also earned an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University. He is also a licensed mental-health counselor and professional educator in the United States. Currently, Lukas is leading and managing K-SES.org, an education consulting and research group that works towards systemic improvements in education and positive social change by providing strategic solutions to education organizations and institutions