Meet the Team, Updates

Meet the Team — Nivo

Nivo is another new member of our team here in Cambodia.

He comes to fill a major role as our first architect, and highly recommended at that! Nivo has been a critical part of big projects for organizations across Cambodia in the past few years — hospitals and schools. From design to coordinating on the ground — Nivo knows how things get done in Cambodia.

But it’s his heart that has us most excited about adding him to the team. A lot like many of the others, Nivo wrestled with reconciling his faith and his future during his teenage years. He wanted to serve God — but knew that being a pastor wasn’t the right fit. Architecture was, but through school and into his early career, he held on to a promise that his life would have impacts around the world. Now, with EMI, he’ll be a part of exactly that.


Please join me in welcoming Nivo and his family to the EMI Cambodia team!

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Meet the Team — Neth

As I mentioned in our last email newsletter, we’re excited to begin introducing our Khmer team members. Back in January 2017, five families from North America stepped off their planes and began lives in Cambodia. Laura and I joined them later that year. But the goal was never to have a bunch of westerners living and working in Phnom Penh by ourselves. From the beginning, we knew that we both deeply desired and really needed to find Khmer team members with the same heart for using design to serve God’s people.

Enter Neth (pronounced Nate).

Neth has been a part of our team for several months now, and I can honestly say we wouldn’t be anywhere near as far along as an organization without him. He’s officially our Office Administrator, which means he does everything. Whether it was navigating the legal documents we needed, helping find and prepare the office (including pulling lots and lots of network cable), being our go-to cultural and language expert, or literally dozens of other things, he’s been a huge help!


But beyond how critical to the team he has been, Neth and his wife Ata (plus daughter Natasha) are fantastic people as well. The faith, joy, and devotion that shows in their lives is unmistakable. I really hope we’ll get a chance to tell their story in another blog post.

I’d be remiss not to mention that Neth and Ata both have a big heart for worship music, and lead worship teams at a thriving church here in Phnom Penh. They actually just released a new album — here’s one of the songs:

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Meet the Team — Gambles

Chad and Shanthi Gamble are the leaders of our EMI Cambodia team. Along with their kids (Nathan, Chesna, Miriam, and Moses) they have more international living experience than the rest of the team — probably several times over.

Chad is a civil engineer, and has a long history with EMI. In fact, Chad and Shanthi helped launch the EMI Uganda office back in 2003. At that point, EMI Uganda was the 5th international office — it has since grown to be the largest and most prolific field office — just as large as the combined US and Global HQ offices in Colorado!

I wish you could meet the Gambles yourselves. But I think the next best thing is to read the article from Inside EMI here: Gambles Inside EMI Article

Gamble Inside EMI Cover

And of course, you can follow their ongoing adventures here.

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Meet the team — Anna

Anna Seeley is another member of our team. A mechanical engineer by training, Anna has been indispensable in the EMI US office for several years because of one of her other passions — graphic design!


In fact, if you’ve gotten the little trifold brochure from us at some point, Anna put that together. Or a more laudible claim to fame, she’s a major part of the communications team that sends out any EMI web or print updates (like Inside EMI)

As you might imagine, Anna has a great artistic eye — which means she takes the best pictures. I’d highly recommend you check those out here. She’s really got a knack for documenting the common parts of life in Cambodia in beautiful and stunning fashion.

We’re very glad to have Anna on the team. And you will be too, at least once I tire you with endless photos of concrete and rebar.