A 501(c)3 registered, Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) was established in 2011 to proactively respond to the growing needs of the Burmese refugee population in central Indiana.
With a strong conviction of the founding leaders of the need for investing in people and education, the birth of the organization is a result of several years of consultations and deliberation with community leaders and stakeholders, with the following vision and mission:
Name: Burmese American Community Institute Inc.
Motto: Advocating – Connecting – Educating – Serving
Vision: Education for all, a stronger community
Mission: To build a thriving, self-sufficient, and sustainable, integrated Burmese Community in Indianapolis through advocacy, education, and employment.
Our Core Value: As an ethnically and linguistically diverse group, BACI emphasizes on the inclusiveness and openness across the lines of different ethnic groups from Burma in its organizational development, and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to its clients.
Our Approach: Everything we do is educational, and for the long term development of our community.
Board of Directors
Dr. Ro Dinga (Chairman) President, Mizo Society of America/Indiana Branch, VP, Chin Community of Indiana,
San Hlei Thang (Vice Chairman), State Eligibility Manager, Division of Family Resources, Family and Social Services Administration
Ruby Sing (Secretary), Ph.D candidate and educator
Rev. Robert Biak Cung (Treasurer), Senior Pastor, Living Chin Christian Church,
Lian Cin, Former Chairman and Vice Chairman, Indiana Chin Baptist Church,
Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Professor at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis,
U Jeru, Teaching Aid at Southport High School,
Nguncer Bualteng, Managing Broker, Mang Tha Real Estate
Rev. Thang Mang, Senior Pastor, Indiana Luatu Evangelical Church,
Fiorella (Fio) Gambetta-Gibson, Vice president, Multicultural Business Development – IN, PNC CENTER
Board of Advisors
Rev. Dr. Stephen Kio, Senior Pastor, Indiana Chin Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Val Thang, Senior Pastor, North America Matu Christian Church
Zapeng Sakhong, Chairman, Chin Evangelical Baptist Church
Matthew P. Schomburg, Indiana State Refugee Coordinator and Executive Outreach Director
Leslie Lenkowsky, Clinical Professor of Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University
David Williams, John S. Hastings Professor of Law and Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy, Indiana University
Elaisa Vahnie, MPA, Executive Director
At BACI, we maintain a high standard of accountability and transparency with the use of grants and gifts our donors entrust to us. We are always trying to keep our overhead rate low. In the past year, we used 95 percent of our total operating expenses towards programs that directly benefit students and community.