Board of Directors
Executive Director/ Founder
In the summer of 2010 Michael founded the Stanislaus Tutoring And Mentoring Program (STAMP), a 501c3 non-profit organization with complimentary educational and social goals.
Michael attended Santa Clara University where he studied history and psychology. After graduation he was accepted to the Japan Exchange And Teaching Program (JET) which took him to Hiroshima Prefecture where he lived and worked for 3 years. Upon completing the JET Program, he spent a year traveling across East Asia, Africa, and Europe where he enjoyed learning about and interacting with ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse populations. His return to the U.S. marked the beginning of a partnership with his brother in a dairy farming venture: JSS Dairy Farms has steadily grown since its establishment in 2007 and been recognized by the regional dairy farm industry for its exceptional quality product.
Michael spends his free time enrolled as a part time student at CSU Stanislaus where he studies economics and finance. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honor society for accounting and finance majors, Omicron Delta Epsilon, a national honor society for economics majors, serves on the mayor appointed subcommittee for Turlock economic development, and is a member of the Turlock chapter of the philanthropic Active 20s/30s Club.
In the summer of 2011 Jose joined the Stanislaus Tutoring And Mentoring Program (STAMP), initiating STAMP’s expansion into Modesto.
Jose holds a bachelor’s of science in exercise biology from the University of California, Davis. Upon graduating in 2009 he returned to Modesto and worked on improving his qualifications for medical school. Such efforts included enrollment in additional upper division science courses and joining a research project at CSU Stanislaus. He also became more active in the local community: volunteering at Golden Valley Health Centers, Doctor’s Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, coaching for MYSA, and joining STAMP. In the spring of 2012, after receiving multiple offers from U.S. allopathic medical schools, Jose committed to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he will complete his training to become a Medical Doctor (M.D.).
Jose values education, and is committed to STAMP’s mission to reach out to students of all levels. He is most passionate about helping local pre-health college students. He firmly believes that part of the solution to resolving our region’s health care disparities lie in producing more homegrown professional health care providers.
Derek partnered with Michael in the summer of 2011 to formalize the creation of the Stanislaus Tutoring And Mentoring Program (STAMP). As both a math tutor and volunteer recruiter, he is primarily responsible for the placement of secondary school students at area elementary and middle schools. In addition to supplying the local community with free tutoring services, he strives to cultivate leadership and civic development skills within every program volunteer.
Derek attended California State University Stanislaus where he studied Sociology. After graduation he worked as a supervisor of delinquent youth for Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall. His experience with youth corrections fostered interest in adolescent development and education. In 2003, he was accepted by ITC International in Barcelona, Spain where he taught English for three years. During his time abroad Derek become fluent in Spanish, Catalan, and also traveled extensively throughout Europe furthering his passion for interaction with culturally diverse populations.
Currently Derek works as a K-12 teacher in Turlock while furthering his liberal studies as a part time student at CSU Stanislaus. He volunteers annually with the Arrowhead Club to help raise money for Stanislaus County youth athletic programs.
Phong Vongmalaithong Treasurer/Founder
In the summer of 2011, Phong joined the Stanislaus Tutoring And Mentoring Program (STAMP) while coordinating Sylvan’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. Because of his focus on primary school development, he spearheaded STAMP’s tutoring service expansion into Modesto area elementary schools.
Born in Vientiane, Laos, Phong arrived in the United States as a political refugee. He was raised in Modesto, California and graduated from Grace M. Davis High School in 2000. He continued his education at CSU Stanislaus earning a Liberal Studies degree and a teaching credential.
Beginning with the fourth grade at Manteca Unified’s McParland Elementary, Phong contributed to that school’s formal designation as a distinguished California school. While there he was used as a model for explicit direct instruction. He soon moved to Sylvan Union School District to head the English Language Development (ELD) Department at Crossroads Elementary. He’s currently teaching sixth grade at Great Valley Elementary.
During his recreational time Phong helps develop youth soccer players for Ripon Soccer Academy, is a member of the philanthropic Active 20s/30s Club of Turlock, enjoys playing indoor soccer, and backpacks through the beautiful landscapes of California.
Stephanie, a 2009 Enoch High School graduate, is STAMP’s youngest director. Her involvement began with an energetic immersion in tutoring activities during the 2011 fall semester. She quickly impressed the executive officers with a professionalism and reliability uncharacteristic of similarly aged peers. She was soon invited to join STAMP’s governing board as the organization’s 7th director. In addition ot academic tutoring, Stephanie gave several instructional presentations to fellow students on the college application process.
After high school she attended Modesto Junior College where she completed no less than three separate associate degrees (biology, chemistry, and natural science). Stephanie transferred to UC Davis in the fall of 2012 where she continues her studies as a pre-health student majoring in chemistry. She is currently working towards acceptance into a medical school program where she hopes to pursue a life long dream – a career as a physician.
In addition to academic pursuits, Stephanie served as a volunteer at Golden Valley Health Center. Additionally, as a member of Modesto Sister Cities International she had a the opportunity to travel to Japan as an exchange student and, conversely, serve as host to visiting Japanese exchange students. Stephanie was a former high-level competitive gymnast and continues to privately coach young emerging gymnast in her free time.
In the Summer of 2011 Donald joined the Stanislaus Tutoring and Mentoring Program with the primary goal of developing fine arts programs for local youth. He enjoys visiting school art classes and conducts guest lectures on method and technique. He’s currently organizing a mural project that incorporates teams of local adolescent artists to produce and display works at businesses throughout the county.
Soon after graduating from Hilmar High School in 1997, Donald joined the United States Marine Core which provided for extensive travel opportunities within the U.S., across Central Europe, and throughout the Ballkans. While In the Military he received multiple awards, including the Soldier of the Quarter.
Upon honorable discharge Donald attended the Art Academy of San Francisco where he concentrated in illustration and fine art. During his time at university he was introduced to a cultural education group that performs traditional Portuguese Bullfights. The Forcados Amadores de Turlock follows a strict bullfighting stle that requires unarmed bull “grapplers” to physically absorb the charge of a rushing bull and subdue the animal through strength of arm. Recreational involvement with this cultural troupe regularly takes him to Canada, Portugal, and the Azores Islands.
Donald currently works as a graphic designer for a screen printing company in Newman while completing large scale commissioned pieces in his free time.
Dave is the most recent addition to STAMP’s board of directors and brings fresh analytical consideration to the group. He is currently a student at CSU Stanislaus majoring in accounting with hopes of becoming a locally based CPA. He was recently inducted into Beta Alpha Psi, a national honor society for accounting and finance majors.
Dave graduated from Riverbank High School and attended Modesto Junior College where he received an AS in business administration and an AA in accounting. While at Modesto he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Manuel’s involvement with STAMP began in early 2012. He works closely with Donald to coordinate youth art programs and provides practical assistance on the preparation, placement, and preservation of large mural projects.
Manuel is an active community philanthropist: he has served as a youth camp counselor and retreat leader for his church, he has been a member of the Our Lady of Assumption Chapter of the Kights of Columbus for 6 years, and organized a community garden project based on sustainable farming practices, slow food movement ideals, and 100-mile diet concepts.
Manuel works in Modesto at an electrical engineering firm while attending evening classes at Modesto Junior college.
The following volunteer tutors have been with STAMP for an extended period and demonstrated commitment, reliability, instructional competency, and professionalism.
- Shiva Niakan
- CSU Stanislaus
- Biology major / Spanish minor
- Sintia Salmasi
- Merced College /CSU Stanislaus
- Math major / Chemistry minor