Burmese American Community Institute

BACI Leadership:

As ethnically diverse people, BACI’s Board of Directors reflects its original philosophy, value, and efforts to ensure the organization leadership is inclusive of different groups within the incoming community from Burma/Myanmar as well as from mainstream community, with individuals from diverse backgrounds intellectually, professionally, and personally, and like-minded persons who are passionate about assisting the incoming individuals with their long-term integration and sustained development by investing in people and education so that they are becoming productive and contributing citizens of the society.

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,
Bonnie Kane, Retired Teacher and the Burmese-American advocate,
Dr. Bruce Ray, Scientist at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

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.

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