Gina Plata Nino
Gina has ensured that Oon Jai is properly incorporated in the United States and overseas where Oon Jai’s mission is carried out. She provides leadership, direction and guidance of Oon Jai’s activities. She analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of all organization operations while developing and maintaining organizational structure and effective personnel. Gina assures that the organization runs with the utmost professionalism and transparency.
A passionate advocate, Gina works to ensure that Oon Jai is focused on the people it serves. She is Oon Jai’s co-founder and has lived and traveled extensively in the communities where Oon Jai is active.
Prior to joining Oon Jai, Gina worked as a corporate associate in Asia. There, her practice focused on drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and closing contracts across numerous industries. In this fast-paced environment she gained experience in finance, dispute resolution, and had the opportunity to work with, and negotiate with, attorneys and business professionals around the world.
Gina started her career as a judicial clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court where she worked on complex civil and criminal cases and crafted the ability to analyze and harmonize ambiguities within the law while understanding all sides of an argument from a neutral perspective.
Haije Velasco Bio
Haije closely collaborates with the team to identify new project ideas and ensures that each of Oon Jai’s projects is in harmony with Oon Jai’s overall goal and mission of empowerment and sustainably. She enjoys creating partnerships with like-minded organizations, happily learning, and networking with organizations who share the same values.
She is Oon Jai’s co-founder and has lived, travelled, and become acquainted with the people and culture in southeast Asia. She is fascinated with cross-cultural experiences, health, and practical education, to name a few. Experiencing multi-cultures and coming in contact with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs in the countries she has visited, as well as in her profession as a physical therapist, have caused her to realize that poverty transcends monetary deficiency.
One of Haije’s personal favorite quotes is an old, but wise, proverb that says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” She finds it a great privilege to be able to create possibilities where there are currently none, and to work and network alongside purpose-driven and talented individuals who aspire for the same cause.
Jonathan Nino Bio
Jonathan leads Oon Jai’s short-term volunteer program including volunteer recruitment. He also oversees our Oon Jai Lao’s staff and also the personal development of everyone in the Oon Jai team encouraging and promoting a balanced-life.
Jonathan became passionate about the people of Southeast Asia after travelling profusely in the area. His compassionate nature and putting people first approach makes him an invaluable member of the team.
Tony Milan Bio
Tony joined Oon Jai after his first Oon Jai volunteer trip in March 2016. He has over 20 years of experience in project management bringing professionalism and skill to the organization.
Tony Dennis Bio
Tony works to providing financial and administrative support, as well as analyzing Oon Jai’s financial strengths and weaknesses state side and overseas and proposing new ideas or ways to be good stewards.
While in school, medical work, true education, agriculture, and world missions profoundly stood out for Tony. He became very intrigued when he realized that all of these were combined in the mission of Oon Jai. Tony is a firm believer in the fact that reaching people and helping their lives become transformed requires much more than just giving lectures to people. This became much more impactful for him after he joined his first Oon Jai volunteer trip in March 2017. His focus now is largely on the importance of reaching people in a practical and relational way in order to see them fully develop into a new person with a new purpose in life.