Board of Directors

Kuei-Ya Chen
Board Member

Kuei is a full-time dentist who strives to provide comprehensive quality care for her patients to achieve optimal oral health and is actively involved in her community to serve underprivileged population. Kuei received her undergraduate education at UC Irvine and completed her dental training at UC Los Angeles, both where she graduated with honors. Subsequently, she completed General Practice Residency at VA Sepulveda. When not practicing dentistry, Kuei enjoys playing badminton and has actively competed for Team USA throughout her 15 years of athlete career. Kuei was a two-time medalist at the Pan American Games in 2007 and 2019. With her passion for the sport and her experience in competing on a prestige level, Kuei, as a Board member of the First Ever Foundation, seeks to further promote badminton nationwide, provide support and encourage young athletes with liked mindset to pursue in badminton competitively on the international platform.

Paul Liu
Board Member

Paul Liu is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Stanford University. He received his BSc in Mathematics and Physics, and MS in Computer Science, both from the University of British Columbia. He has extensive industry experience, having worked at Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and Facebook. He was also crucial in creating the Vancouver-based startup Vital Mechanics Inc. Outside of industry and school, Paul has played badminton at a high level in both Canada and the US. He sees the badminton community as an extension of his own family, hopes to do all he can to give back to the sport that has given him so much.

Celine Thum
Board Member

Dr. Celine Thum is an Emergency Physician at a Level 1 Trauma Center in New York City, doctor for professional combat and motor sport athletes, violinist, and former reality TV star. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Thum was a USA Junior National medalist, Midwest Champion, coach, and USAB umpire. She attributes her success today to the integrity, persistence, and humility learned on the badminton court and hopes to provide today’s youth with the same foundation.

Bruck Belayneh
Board Member

My name is Bruck Belayneh and I have been a badminton coach for 8 years. I have competed locally and been successful in winning the “Bay Area Open” and “Cal Berkeley” badminton tournaments. Although I started my badminton training a bit late, my background in sports (Basketball, Soccer) instilled in me a drive, perseverance and passion that helped me push myself in my training to become as successful as I have been. I believe that training and competing at a high level in many sports is my greatest advantage and gives me a unique perspective. I look forward to being able to intertwine my experiences and pass on my knowledge to help the next generation achieve their goals.

Amit Hiteshi
Board Member

Bob Malaythong is the Founder of the First Ever Foundation. He has been involved in the sport of Badminton for over 30 years from junior to professional level. He represented the U.S in the 2008 Olympics and is a 2 time U.S Open Doubles Champion. He understand the hardship athletes has to go through to pursue their dreams thus having the first ever foundation, he hopes to lessen the burdens of being an student athlete.