Board of Directors


Karen An-Miauton

Karen is a founder of PlayThrive. She has 4 years of bringing fun activities to kids in an immersion environment. She is raising a trilingual family. She is passionate about bringing Social Emotional Learning, S.T.E.A.M. and bilingualism to PlayThrive.

Sukanya “Mook” Lu, CSM

Sukanya is a President of PlayThive. She is currently an independent Information Technology and Consulting Services Professional specialty in Oracle ERP and Project Management at Torani. She has held various international business implementation such as Visa, HP imaging division, and as a Senior Oracle Consultant at GE-Aircraft Engine, Motorola which roll out the project throughout Asia Pacific. She holds a BA degree from the Saint John University of Bangkok Thailand and is a graduate of honor in Computer Information Program. At Prince of Songkhla University Phuket campus. She is a peace and culture leader in SGI-USA organization since in youth in Thailand and Bay Area SF for 20 years. She is a board of Director for Kosmos Corp since 2007, a global educational projects incubator for social entrepreneurs, leadership empowerment and social change such as Personal growth, mindful living and self-empowerment.

Annie Christiansen

Annie is serving as Treasurer and is also a PlayThrive parent. She has experience managing budgets and financial accounts for global companies and teams with headquarters in both the US and UK. Her most recent experience includes managing an annual budget of $9m+ at Google. Previous volunteer experience includes serving on the committee of Thames Rowing Club, London, UK.

Jing Yang Hantsbarger

Jing is a higher education executive with 15 years of experience in learning design and technology. She leads teams of learning experience designers, instructional technologists and software developers to create engaging and innovative learning programs at Stanford University. Jing is an expert in driving cross-functional collaboration to launch initiatives that deliver business impact and scale growth. Bilingual in Mandarin and English, Jing is passionate about whole child education and language immersion learning. In addition to being an active parent in the MI program, Jing co-lead the committee to bring a Mandarin Immersion preschool to Redwood City.

Jean Watanabe

Jean is the Secretary and VP of Communications for PlayThrive. She helps the board manage both internal and external communications, from meeting minutes to social media. She helped co-found the Mandarin Immersion program at John Gill and has been involved with PlayThrive from its conception. She is passionate about supporting public school education and creating environments that merge bi/multilingual and social-emotional learning. Semiconductors was what first brought her to Silicon Valley from the east coast, and now she spends her time conducting user experience and design research for various organizations, big and small.