Our Team
  • Department Leads
  • Department Leads
    Tong Ngan is passionate about serving those who are poor, weak and oppressed. He has been working to bring transformation to communities for the past 30 years. His work has brought him to various countries, teaching, encouraging community work, and promoting advocacy for policy changes that affected the underprivileged and disadvantaged. Tong Ngan believes that the most impact is achieved when people are mobilized into movements to bring hope to communities, especially children. Dignity is a place where he can use his vast experience to bring hope and transformation.
    Stephanie hails from Raub, Pahang but has been living in Kuala Lumpur since 1988. Prior to joining Dignity, she was part of an American-based NGO for 7 years, helping the poor and marginalized communities to obtain safe spaces to live. A series of events brought Stephanie in and out of the humanitarian field over the course of 14 years, and eventually led her back to it in 2021, with Dignity! Stephanie now leads a dedicated group of 4 as they look into all things related to finance and operations at the Foundation.
    Shereen found her passion for education when she was working as an auditor in Ernst & Young. She was sent to the rural areas of Sabah for site visitations and first encountered underprivileged children there. She then joined Teach For Malaysia (TFM) and taught in a FELDA settlement in Pahang. Shereen has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. She joined Dignity with the desire to serve the urban poor community and discover alternative ways to bring education to life. Prior to her current role as the Head of Human Resource, Shereen was leading the Middle & Upper Primary Department.
    Born in the small town of Sitiawan, Rebecca spent all her schooling years in Terengganu, the east coast of Malaysia. She studied psychology in HELP and then in Oregon (Eugene), USA. When she came back to Malaysia, she pursued Masters in Counseling at her alma mater. She joined Dignity in 2012 and since then she has taught lower primary, upper primary and secondary students. She currently heads the Secondary Programme and enjoys working with youth and mentoring them. Rebecca also enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling in her spare time!
    Priscilla spent her university days as a volunteer teacher to refugee children. She also interned in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and coordinated partnerships with education-based NGOs. Priscilla joined Dignity in 2015 upon returning from a 3-months volunteering trip in Laos. Priscilla is a graduate in Marketing Communications and is currently pursuing her MBA. She is in the CEO’s team, building enterprises and managing students’ placements in internships and employment. Priscilla enjoys outdoor activities and loves travelling.
    Natalie grew up always knowing she wanted to be a teacher. An avid reader, she pursued her Degree in English literature and education at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ and came home upon graduation. Natalie joined Dignity in 2014, as part of the Project and Education Innovation team in the CEO’s office. She anchors the Skills Training Education Programme and loves to teach. Her heart is to build a youth education model that brings joy back to learning.
    Renee is a finance and marketing graduate from Monash University. She loves the great outdoors and is passionate about empowering the next generation. Renee is a firm believer that every child deserves the right and opportunity to receive care and education, including the stateless, migrants and refugee children.
    Peter earned his Bachelor Degree in IT from CSU Australia, and has been with Dignity since 2001. For more than a decade, Peter has been serving in multidisciplinary roles, including IT, Administration, Fundraising and Finance. Peter desires to build a better world, and believes that everyone can give, create and love. He likes cooking during weekends or night and loves trying out new things.
    Fadlin hails from Sabah and has been with Dignity since 2010. Through the years, he has worn many hats; from teaching, managing community classrooms, to coordinating Faisal Cup tournaments! He currently leads Dignity’s Skills Training & Education Programme (STEP). Fadlin is also a caretaker to a group of Orang Asli students and young adults. He cares, guides and journeys with them to build and mold character. During his free time, Fadlin enjoys hiking and has conquered Peninsular’s highest peak with a few of our staff members!
    Huey Lin has been in Dignity since 2011. Prior to joining Dignity, Huey Lin was unaware of the many social issues in our nation, especially the inhumane treatment towards refugees. A decade on, she continues to champion and advocate that education can break the cycle of poverty. She currently leads the Education Content Creation Team and oversees the Parent & Alumni Relationship affairs. During her free time, Huey Lin enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her little family of 3.
    Alicia first ventured into the world of education during an internship at her university’s preschool. After completing degrees in Linguistics and Psychology, she joined the Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Fellowship and fell in love with teaching. She has taught various subjects in national and international school settings, and comes to Dignity with 8 years of teaching experience. Alicia has a strong conviction in the power of education to change and transform lives. She resonates deeply with Dignity’s mission to reach underprivileged and marginalised communities. Currently, she leads the social-emotional learning (SEL) program at Dignity. She believes that strong social-emotional skills are the foundation for healthy development. In her free time, Alicia enjoys reading and running!
    Jeremy was educated in a conventional education system. He taught in a primary school for 2 years before pursuing a Bachelor of Psychology from UNITAR. He joined Dignity in 2015 as lower secondary teacher and then moved on to be the lead teacher in the same department in 2016. He believes that the teenage years, particularly those in lower secondary, are critical years for character formation in adolescents. Jeremy’s key role is to ensure that each youth reaches their full learning potential and are ready for life.
    Hannah first discovered the disparity in education opportunities for different communities when she volunteered to teach English to children in rural villages in Sabah. As she returned to KL to complete her degree in International Relations, she became convinced that public policy could only effect so much change; the real work happens at ground level. Hannah joined Dignity with the firm belief that education is the only way to effect lasting change in ending social injustice against marginalised communities, and that no child should be denied their right to education. Hannah has been leading the Upper Primary programme since 2020.
    Melissa hails from Sipitang, Sabah. She graduated with a Bachelor in Medical Lab Science (Hons). She first joined a Korean mission organization as a translator, traveling to various places in Peninsular Malaysia and also Bali, Indonesia - serving the indigenous communities. With that exposure, she became passionate to bring education to underprivileged children, especially those who are unable to access it. She joined Dignity in 2018 and has been serving in the Lower Primary department since. During her free time, Melissa enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes!
    Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Help University and has been working with children for 10 years now, mostly in private kindergartens. She was first drawn to Dignity’s mission whilst working first-hand with toddler students as a volunteer. Natalie now serves as a lead teacher in Dignity’s Preschool Department. She is committed to the cause of delivering quality education that nurtures children to believe in themselves and motivates and inspires them to acquire the knowledge and resources necessary to break the cycle of poverty.
    Maria Rem graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of the Assumption in the Philippines in 1988. She then worked as a staff nurse for 12 years. She has worked in different specialty units including the Psychiatric unit, General ICU, Hemodialysis Unit, Neuro ICU, Coronary ICU, and Pediatric ICU. In 2004, Rem joined Dignity as a toddler teacher while completing a Montessori Diploma in Infant and Toddlers. She is passionate about preparing the right learning environment for the toddlers; and also puts her nursing skills to full use by being Dignity’s nurse to 1000 children! Rem enjoys gardening and swimming during her free time.
About Dignity Foundation
Dignity for Children Foundation is a one-stop holistic, community learning centres for the underprivileged urban poor, addressing the needs of children from pre-school level to IGCSE ‘O’ level and vocational skills.

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