Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc. (BSTTW)
Board Of Directors

Michael Appleman: President/CEO & Treasurer/CFO


Michael has been a burn survivor since May 1998. He suffered severe burns to his face, neck, hand, legs, ankles and feet. For 2 1/2 years Michael was unable to walk due to the burn injuries to his legs, the fact that he was suffering from 30 degree contracture to his right knee and he had several heart attacks and strokes. During his recovery, Michael decided to help other burn survivors and family members find their new path in life.

In 2001, Michael Appleman founded Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc., known from this point on as BSTTW. Mr. Appleman has the will and ability to make the contacts needed in order to reach BSTTW's goals and desires. As a burn survivor and having a MS Degree in Counseling Psychology Michael is capable of understanding and offering the help needed to both burn survivors and family members. With his accounting background, Mr. Appleman is able to keep an eye on the finances, make sure that financially BSTTW remains stable and that the funding is used correctly. As the Executive Director, Michael is makes the decisions needed to keep BSTTW flowing. Mr. Appleman listens to and works with the other BSTTW Board Members, BSTTW Directors, BSTTW Representatives, and together they make sound decisions.

Cindy Valavanis: Vice President

Back in 1971, about three weeks before Cindy became twelve years old, Cindy and her brother decided to make some butter in a small metal measuring cup on the electric stove. Cindy's sister warned them that this is very dangerous and should not be done. But Cindy and her brother did not listen and melted the butter. Within seconds Cindy's life changed forever. Cindy's hair towel and the arm of her bathrobe Cindy was wearing caught on fire. She suffered 33 1/3% deep 3rd and 4th degree burns which needed 3 reconstructive surgeries to correct. We went to my neighbor who took us to my other neighbor that instructed sister to get blanket to wrap me in and took me to Hempstead General Hospital where there was no burn unit b/c she didn't know how to get to Nassau University Medical Center (aka Meadowbrook Hospital). Cindy had to take a shower to get as much fabric off me as possible and by the time the shower was completed the paramedics arrived and she was rushed by ambulance to the burn unit.

After being in the burn unit for over two months Cindy was released and came home for Christmas. She was so happy to be home but was dealing with the burn scars and the loss of her ears. Cindy was able to hear but most of her ears were burned away. With a lot of help from her family and friends Cindy grew up and dealt with the life of a burn survivor.

Cindy is a teacher and has been helping children learn what is needed so they can move forward, graduate and become an adult that will take part in helping the world. For the last 8 years Cindy has been volunteering for the local county support team that speaks with people in need by telephone. Cindy has also been a BSTTW Volunteer for the last five years.

For personal reasons Cindy needed to take a break from BSTTW . After Cindy completed her personal issues she decided to contact the BSTTW Board of Directors and apply to take part with the nonprofit organization and become the BSTTW Board of Directors Secretary. BSTTW is proud to have Cindy back on the BSTTW Board of Directors offering her time, knowledge, care and concern not only to Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc. but also to the the burn survivor community.

Cheryl Nichols: Secretary


Back in 1972, Cheryl graduate and started a degree in nursing. She enjoyed helpint others. Cheryl continued her education and graduated in Fitness and Nutrition and as a Dog Obediance Trainer and Instructor. Since Cheryl had a degree in nursing and Dog Obediance Training she decided to become a Professional Dog Breeder. She did that for many year sin Colorado before she retired and came to Texas. After having a freind who is a burn survivor Cheryl not only decided to become the Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc. Board of Directors . Cheryl is also hoping to use her talents as a nurse to help the burn survivor community and educae public world wide.


Pham Ngo Tuyen: Member at Large

Pham Ngo Tuyen has been a Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc. Volunteer for 3 years. Ngo Tuyen decided to help the burn survivor community in Viet Nam because her father (Ba) causes fire in his kitchen when he cooks. She has started to educate her father (Ba) about how he can be fire safe when he cooks. Ngo Tuyen owns a company in Viet Nam that produces garments, handicrafts. These items are sold in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. She also plays a guitar in a local band that plays in many restaurants throught Ho


Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Ngo Tuyen is an English Translator. She translates from English to Vietnamese and from Vietnamese to English. Ngo Tuyen also uses her translation talents as a tour guide and she teaches Vietnamse individuals who would like to learn the English language and others who would like to learn the Vietnamese language. We look forward to having Pham Ngo Tuyen on the BSTTW Board of Directors.

Ngo Tuyen is single. She lives in Truong Chuyen Quan Nhat in Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam. Ngo Tuyen attended and graduated from the Le Hong Phong High School in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Then in 1993 Ms. Ngo Tuyen graduated from the Foreign Trade University in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

Anyone who is interested in being interviewed for the BSTTW Board of Directors should fill out the BSTTW Volunteer E-Form and submit it. You can find the BSTTW Volunteer E-Form at http://www.burnsurvivorsttw.org/volunteer/volunteer.html. Michael Appleman, CEO of BSTTW will reply to your request within 72 hours of receiving the BSTTW Volunteer E-Form.

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