HELEN GAO, IN-COUNTRY CONSULTANT
Helen Gao has over 20 years of teaching experience and an undeniable passion for education. This is in addition to over a decade of administrative and management experience in various enterprises. At the beginning of 2009, Helen decided to devote herself to youth education and non-profit work when she built up the local team of Life Education with 5 other partners. The team implemented LE courses at several colleges, high schools, junior high schools, and other organizations in Beijing. Helen graduated from the University of International Business and Economics, as well as the Beijing Education Institute. In 2012, she began the Family and Marriage Therapies program at George Fox University, and in 2015 she obtained certification as a counselor. Helen joined New Song in 2011. In 2018, Helen started a business entitled Wisdom Education, with the aim to help Chinese children and parents explore the wisdom and purpose of God for their lives.
CHRISTINE NOVAK, INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT
Christine Novak has more than 22 years of experience in the field of education as a church teacher, elementary school teacher, and administrator of a Christian school in Massachusetts. While teaching at the elementary level, she obtained her Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis on using the arts in curriculum development. In 2006 she taught English in China through a summer intensive program. In 2008 she traveled to India to receive her TEFL (teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification from TEFL Institute of Chicago. That same year she was hired as the Principal at the same Christian School before coming to New Song in 2013. Chris currently serves as Treasurer for New Song Board of Directors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHRISTINE NOVAK, TREASURER
(See bio above)
JULIE SCHULZE, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN
After moving to Beijing in 2005, Julie’s background in education, religious studies and lay counseling led to the formation of New Song Personal Development Resources. Following 10+ years of co-creating original curriculum and Bible studies, overseeing strategic implementation and allocating resources to the local church, Julie is excited to further empower the people of China to take New Song’s vision and run with it! She believes further social development and spiritual revival are on the cusp for China as our Chinese brothers and sisters lead the way. Julie continues to reside in Asia with her beloved family.
PETER SCHULZE, ADVISOR
Peter Schulze is a private investor and enjoys extensive experience in non-profit management and governance. Currently, he serves as Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of Mercy Ships International, Chairman of Sat-7 North America, Chairman of the Board for Joni & Friends, International, and a director of CURE International. Mr. Schulze holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Regent University. Peter and Karen Schulze have seven children, three of whom are adopted from Ethiopia.
KIMBERLEY TINGLER, DIRECTOR
Kimberly Tingler is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Global Head of Compensation and Benefits for A+E Networks (including A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Networks, FYI and Viceland). Prior to that, Kim was the Vice President of HR in the Cable Entertainment division of NBCUniversal (specifically supporting Bravo, Oxygen, Sprout, E! and Esquire networks). Kim held various HR positions within NBCUniversal for over 10 years, with the exception of 2+ years when she moved to China with her husband. While in China, Kim was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of New Song (2010-2012) and see firsthand many lives transformed. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Kim began her career in finance at General Electric. Kim currently lives in Mamaroneck, NY, where she is married with three beautiful children.
ESTHER WOO, SECRETARY
Esther Woo works in strategic operations in the London offices of Ashurst (an international law firm) with a focus on business transformation. She previously practiced as a lawyer qualified in England and Wales working in both private practice and then in-house at the International Finance Corporation (the private sector investment arm of the World Bank). Her transition to operational management in 2011 when she moved to an operations management role at INCLUDED, a non-profit based in China, Nepal and Bangladesh, which serves rural-urban migrant children and their families. Esther lived and worked in China for 9 years.