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Minh Dao Named New Executive Director

Cornerstone’s Board and staff are excited to welcome Minh Dao as the new executive director. Minh, his wife Jen, and their five children moved to Chiang Mai in 2015 to serve in the areas of business as mission and anti-human trafficking. Previously, he worked 13 years for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in the Chicago area starting in marketing analysis and research. Eventually, he became the director of global marketing and strategy for the central nervous system portfolio before deciding to use his gifts and skills to serve overseas. Minh received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and M.A. in Economics from Boston University. He also speaks, reads, and writes Thai after committing a significant time to language learning with a desire to grow his ability.

Minh will start in September and be replacing Grace Shim who is leaving Thailand later this year to a different overseas post. Her husband has accepted a position with the US State Department as a Regional Medical Officer. She will be shifting to a global advancement role with Cornerstone and remain in her regional leadership role with her sending organization. They will transition the leadership together until the end of October.  

“During our five years in Thailand, we have experienced many joys, struggles, and hurts. God deeply ministered to us through it all, and we have become much more vibrant as we’ve grown in emotional and relational health. I am humbly honored to help lead an organization whose vision is for others to experience similar healing and growth. I believe God has uniquely positioned Cornerstone to be a guiding force in His movement of hope, healing, wholeness, and reconciliation in Thailand, throughout Asia, and beyond.”

Minh’s professional focus has been in strategic planning along with understanding customers and communities. On a personal level, he enjoys playing board games and Jackbox with his family, exercising and incorporating various ways of staying fit, and listening to podcasts on authenticity, leadership, and strategy. For him the best part of his week is spending time alone with his wife Jen.

Cornerstone’s leadership believes Minh’s executive and strategy skills are essential for the next chapter of ministry and growth. As we remain committed to quality care for Christian workers, we also see God continuing to open doors to support and collaborate with the growth of mental health care for the Thai community.  The local and global focus of ministry is an exciting and daunting shift for Cornerstone’s future. God’s provision of Minh is no less than remarkable. It is evidence of His faithfulness to lead us forward in the mission of mental health care as a means of hope and healing in a world desperately in need of wholeness.