2017 FOM COUNCIL

Clara is a Singaporean, she joined FOM in 2009 and completed her docent training at National Museum of Singapore (NMS) in 2010 and now actively guides at the NMS and the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC). She is passionate about Singapore’s history and heritage and enjoys sharing her knowledge with people. She has taken up many roles in FOM including Co-Head of docent training at NMS in 2011, Co-Head of docent training at MHC in 2013 and 2014. Clara has also assumed other leadership roles in FOM including the development of the inaugural docent training program at MHC in 2013. She was the MHC Coordinator from 2013 – 2014 and Joint NMS Coordinator from 2014 - 2015. Prior to joining the world of volunteerism, Clara was Head of Transaction Management in the Investment Banking Department at Nomura Singapore Limited. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor Degree in Law (with Honor’s).

Melissa is a Singaporean and a sixth generation Peranakan. She has been serving as the Honorary Treasurer of FOM since 2015. Melissa embarked on a journey to discover her roots, which led her to join FOM's docent training program in 2013. Since then, Melissa has become a docent at The Peranakan Museum, and subsequently took up the roles of Speaker Coordinator and Co-head of Docent Training for 2014-15. She has also guided at The Malay Heritage Centre. A physiotherapist by profession, Melissa has worked in both public hospitals and in private practice. She is currently doing home therapy & rehabilitation for the elderly. A love for singing has prompted Melissa to be part of the Peranakan Association's Choir group, Peranakan Voices. She also performs with Peranakan Siblings in their annual stage plays.

Sophia is a Singaporean and joined FOM in 2004. Since then, she has trained as a docent and guided at the Singapore Art Museum, The Peranakan Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. She has also taken on various roles within the docent training teams at these museums. An accountant by training, Sophia has worked as an auditor in an international public accounting firm as well as an analyst in local and offshore banks. She is an active volunteer in the parent support groups of her children's schools. Sophia believes that volunteers represent a kinder and more gracious society, and the best volunteer experiences are the ones that challenge our minds while giving us an opportunity to have an impact.

Susan is a Singaporean and became a member of FOM in 2014. She trained as a docent at The Peranakan Museum (TPM) in 2014-15 and subsequently, took on the role of Co-head of docent training there in 2015-16. She was part of the research team for the Nyonya Needlework exhibition held at TPM (2016). She has also been guiding at the NUS Baba House since 2011. She has a fashion degree from Los Angeles, California and worked as a senior buyer for US brands. She now runs a home business and spends her weekends as a church volunteer. If she is not doing all that, she spends her time on ikebana, pottery and travelling.

Sadiah is a Singaporean, she joined FOM in 2014 and now guides at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. She enjoys guiding adults and children alike and looks forward to be a trained docent in other museums too. After graduating from the National University of Singapore she worked as a current affairs TV producer and presenter with the national broadcast station. One of her many unforgettable moments was filming a report from the very desk where Dr Sun Yat Sen had signed the proclamation to be the first President of the Republic of China. She later changed professions and graduated with Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree. Sadiah now volunteers twice weekly, both at a preschool for children with life threatening illnesses and an orphanage.

Sarah was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Sarah is an active docent at SAM and STPI. During the Singapore Biennale of 2013 she was one of the FOM coordinators in charge of docents research and peer guiding as well as liaising with the curators at SAM. She has continued to be involved with the SAM docent community as SAM coordinator since January 2014. Sarah has a BA degree in Geography and Archaeology and worked in Israel as a government licensed tour guide. Upon her move to America she continued to work in tourism, specializing in Christian Pilgrimage group tours to the Middle East and Europe. She lived in California for 25 years before moving to Singapore four years ago. Sarah is fascinated by the region’s culture and art and enjoys traveling and exploring.

Sue Ellen is an American and since joining a FOM study tour to Malacca in 1998 she has been actively involved in a number of FOM activities, from helping to run the Monday Morning Lecture series to most recently leading the Study Tours Committee. Sue Ellen enjoys working with her co-leader, Helen Cannon-Brookes to craft unique study tours for FOM members, which has undoubtedly fuelled her daughter’s growing postcard collection. She also loves to read and participates in two book groups. When she isn’t exploring Singapore and Asia with the FOM, she can be found relaxing by Sebago Lake in Maine with her family.

Gisella is from Germany and became a FOM member, the moment she arrived in Singapore in 1995. In 2010,she once again became an active FOM member, by completing the ACM docent training. Since then, she has volunteered in a variety of leadership roles, including ACM Training Co-head, ACM Coordinator and Overall Co-head of Training. Travelling, cooking, history and the arts are some of her hobbies and through FOM's study tours, she has been able to cover all these areas. She has also co-lead some of FOM's tours. Over the years, she has developed an interest in photography and now often provides photos used by FOM, in Passage and the website.

Ilknur is from Austria and joined FOM in 2013. After training as docent at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and guiding several exhibitions, she took on the role of Co-Head of docent training there from 2015-16. Before moving to Singapore, Ilknur worked for 21 years in a global IT company in various positions, mainly in change management and training teams. She has a degree in Occupational Therapy, specialising in children and young adults. She also has a degree in Intercultural Conflict Management/Mediation and conducts workshops for institutions in Austria. She is passionate about books and is member of the German Book Club in Singapore. She is currently working on a children's book with her youngest son.