The Advisory Board supports the mission of the Columbus Adult Education Center in helping adults and youth from refugee, immigrant, and other communities develop the English skills necessary to become more self-reliant, productive citizens. It does so primarily through community outreach and education and by building bridges for students to education and employment opportunities to support their productive journey in life. Members of the Advisory Board represent many different ethnicities and communities in order to address the distinct needs of the many populations served by the Columbus Adult Education Center. The Advisory Board also supports citizenship preparation classes offered by the Center.

Pook Carson, Ph.D.
President

Pook Carson has spent the last fourteen years helping people from a wide variety of backgrounds lift themselves up as a Professor of Business Management at Salt Lake Community College and an Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Utah. Prior to returning to Salt Lake City, Pook was on the Business faculty at the State University of New York.

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She has also taught at Brigham Young University and Westminster College. Pook holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Utah as well as two master’s degrees. Before starting her career in education, she worked for Sumitomo Mitsui, a multinational Japanese bank. Pook grew up in her native Thailand before moving to the United States to pursue her education and career. Pook is passionate about helping all individuals improve their lives and giving back to the community that has given her so much.

Silvia Araoz,
Vice President

Silvia Araoz grew up in Lima, Peru. She came to the United States in 2013 and graduated in Legal Studies. She serves as Executive Director at Everywhere Hope.

Silvia is currently working at Salt Lake Community College and is involved in different organizations helping immigrants to become American citizens.

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She has been involved with the Hispanic and Refugee communities delivering speeches and workshops about the importance of becoming citizens, promoting educational resources, teaching citizenship classes, and advocating for immigrants, women, and elderly people to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

She enjoys spending time with her son and family and is very passionate about helping disadvantaged people with language and cultural barriers, looking for social justice, equal opportunities, and access to education.

Zeyad Al Mafraji

Zeyad Al Mafraji, had Bachelor degree on business management from Iraq, Certificate of Accounting Clerk from Salt Lake Community College, Case management certificate from University of Utah, Leadership training Certificate from Salt Lake Community College, Married and has four children, two sons and two girls, and four grandchildren, he came to USA, Utah as refugee after he and his family had threatened in Iraq.

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Zeyad had Elected from his community in 2015 as chairman of Mesopotamia Community and one of Iraqi leaders, his mission was to help  the refugees and migrants, solve their issues, translation, financial help, develop their education and improve their lives by creating many programs; English classes, Health, conflict management, help youth to prep for jobs, the other aim of these programs to help new refugees to understand the new culture and integrate with the new society, reduce the refugee trauma, participate as board member of Interfaith Council to achieve the approach in the society, and  board member in Columbus Education center.

Tien Pham

Tien Pham came to the United States as a refugee in 1981 after living for two and a half years in a refugee camp in Thailand. He resettled in Utah, growing up in Holliday and graduating from Olympus High School. After serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Anaheim, California, he graduated from Brigham Young University, Hawaii.

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He has worked as a Refugee Outreach Worker for the Asian Association of Utah, as an English Teacher at Ubon University in Thailand, as an Electronics Instructor at the Utah State Prison, and as a Senior Probation Officer with the Third District Juvenile Court. He is currently a Business Pathway Academic Advisor at Salt Lake Community College. He is married with two beautiful daughters and two beautiful granddaughters.

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