Meet the JDF STEP Team

DALLAS office


Tina chong, Education Program Manager

Tina joined Jiv Daya Foundation in August 2015. Before joining JDF, she was an assistant director at Miltan Academy in the Republic of Korea. Understanding the need to ameliorate educational inequality, Tina aspires to improve educational opportunities for underprivileged groups. She received a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Grinnell College. Tina currently manages the Student E-Reader program (StEP) for JDF. Contact her at


Appiah joined in September 2016. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Classics. As a child of an immigrant parent, Appiah’s upbringing spurred her educational interests in development, refugee and immigrant education, and literacy. Before joining JDF, Appiah worked an ESL educator in Tottori, Japan for 3 years. Guided by her teaching experience abroad, she pursued a Master’s in Education & International Development from the Institute of Education at University College London.  Appiah currently works with the Student E-Reader Program (StEP). Contact her at



Elizabeth joined JDF in May 2016. She received her B.A. in International Studies from Southern Methodist University. She spent the next 13 years working as an elementary bilingual school teacher in Texas serving underprivileged student populations. Through the foundation, she hopes to help teachers and students incorporate technology in the classroom in meaningful ways. Elizabeth primarily works with the Student E-Reader Program (StEP). Contact her at