Board of Directors
Chair of the Board — Pantea Javidan (J.D., Ph.D.) began working with CERI in 2007 as a legal aid lawyer in Oakland assisting Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide and doing systemic advocacy for the prevention of their re-traumatization. This experience alongside previous work as a mental health counselor to child victims of sexual exploitation led to her doctoral research, which critically examined legal responses to child trafficking. While primarily focused on producing scholarship in the areas of human trafficking, social inequalities and law, a lifetime of personal and professional experience in immigrant and refugee communities in the US and abroad continually motivates Pantea to serve CERI as Chair of the Board.
Treasurer — Fariba Khosravani has been supporting a number of organizations serving underprivileged communities through her anonymous and generous donations, in the past two decades. Her participation at our board has been inspired by her commitment to keeping ROYA’s spirit alive at CERI.
Member — James Gracer (M.D.) is an internist as well as a psychiatrist with 22 years of experience and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Gracer has been wholeheartedly donating pro-bono psychiatric evaluation and medication management to more than 200 Cambodian refugees since October 2001. These services has brought much needed healing to the difficult lives of these refugees. Dr. Gracer has been providing the same free of charge services to the Afghan, Bosnian, Middle Eastern, Laotian and Vietnamese clients at CERI.
Member — Marjan Nourai was born in Iran and moved to Southern California at the age of six. Earning her graduate degree from USC, she practiced Dentistry for twenty years prior to retiring to pursue philanthropic activities. Currently, she is owner of a Dental Consulting & Management company while serving multiple non-profit agencies such as Voices for Children, Child's Foundation, The Billy Daniels Foundation and CERI.
Maria Lilia Remigio
Member — Maria Lilia Remigio is an immigrant from Mexico, currently working as a registered nurse in a Medical Surgical Orthopedic/Pediatric Unit at a Kaiser Hospital in Southern California. In April 2013, she visited CERI for the first time and was touched by the love, care, kindness, and the positive energy there. Since then she has become an active fundraiser for CERI and a passionate supporter of CERI's youth program. Her goal is to find a way for CERI to become financially sustainable.
Member — Sreyneang Lim emigrated from Cambodia at the age of 8 years old. She is the daughter of two Cambodian survivors from the Khmer Rouge Genocide. At 12 years old she went under two brain surgeries, which left her feeling infinitely blessed and grateful to be alive every single day. As a first generation Cambodian woman, Sreyneang is proud to be the first in her family to attend college and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Sreyneang grew up wanting to help others and is compassionate about her role as a community worker for refugees, immigrants, and the minority who have been affected by trauma. Since 2013 she started volunteering as an assistant for the at-risk youth group of young women at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) and became a staff member in 2015 working in multiple roles. Sreyneang enjoys staying active, going on hikes with her dog, coloring/drawing, expressive writing, meditating, and listening to music.
Member — Sudharsan Kondaskumar began working with CERI as a volunteer tutor in January 2017. He is committed to equity, and believes that education is a great leveler. He grew up in India and migrated to the U.S. for his graduate education. During college, he directed an education program, tutoring underprivileged high school kids in low income neighborhoods in India. Sudharsan is passionate about immigrant and refugee rights, and is inspired by the positivity and goodness that radiates from CERI. In his free time, he enjoys playing cricket and hiking around the Bay.