Team Biographies

The T.C.F. team is a dynamic group of young professionals who have a passion for helping people and strive to make a difference.

Dr. Christian Giovanni Psy.D.
Founder and Director
Dr. Giovanni comes from a Thai and Italian background, she is the first mix blooded leader to represent the Thai Community. She understands that keeping old world traditions of Thailand are important to the Thai People while they are living in America. Dr. Giovanni is a Criminal Psychologist, she also serves as Executive Director for Giovanni Media, and is actively involved in numerous Muay Thai Productions, and currently a Cultural Ambassador for the CNY in The Desert Non-Profit Organization, and an Executive sponsor of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.
Her mother is the founder,  and Editor in Chief of the oldest, and largest Thai Newspaper in Nevada, the Las Vegas News.
Dr. Giovanni has deep ties within the Thai Community, and is well recognized for her leadership advocacy in the Asian American Community and acts as a liaison between Asian Immigrants, and the American Government. She is highly active in humanitarian work and community involvements. She is also a significant sponsor of cultural events.

Dr. Giovanni’s professional field includes:
Criminology and Forensic Psychology
Adult Criminal Psychopathology & Treatment
Biological Bases of Behavior
Criminal Behavior Assessments
Victimology

Miss Ranee Samerthai Esq.
​Legal Counsel
Ambassador of Thai Relations
​Miss Samerthai is a native of Las Vegas. She Graduated from Community College of Southern NV with an AA in General Education before transferring to UNLV and graduating with a BA in Political Science, with a minor in Sociology. After graduating, She worked for a medical office as their manager for many years before deciding on furthering her education. She attended law school at Barry University in Orlando, Florida where she received her (JD)Juris Doctorate.
After graduating, she returned home to Las Vegas and began her career first as a law clerk, then as an immigration attorney at Tingey Law Firm.
Miss Samerthai has been married for 16 years with 4 children, she enjoys spending her free time with her family. Her mother, now retired, owned and operated one of the first Thai restaurants in Las Vegas called Sawadee. Her family are pioneers from when Thai immigrants first arrived in Las Vegas. Miss Samerthai holds deep roots in our wonderful city, and truly cares about our community.

Miss Samerthai’s professional field includes:
​Immigration Law
General Practice Law
​General Counsel

Ms. Tin Hwang Esq.
Attorney At Law
Ambassador of Thai Relations
A lifelong Las Vegas, Nevada resident, Ms. Hwang is a first generation Chinese-American with her family roots extending from Taipei and Tainan, Taiwan. Ms. Hwang lived in Taipei, Taiwan for nearly two years and she is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese.

Ms. Hwang received her law degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Prior to practicing, Ms. Hwang clerked at one of the busiest solo legal practitioner in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, she zealously facilitated representation for the Las Vegas community in almost every court in the State, including the Nevada Supreme Court. Ms. Hwang enjoys a diverse general practice with the principle of working with clients in a “people comes first” attitude that sets her apart from other lawyers.

From 2016 to early 2019, Ms. Hwang served as the Special Legal Advocate for a nonprofit organization called Asian American Advocacy Clinic. There, she assisted victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking with obtaining safe housing and protective orders against the victim’s abusers. Presently, Ms. Hwang is a sitting executive board member for this nonprofit organization.

Mrs. Thitiya Pathakkhinang-Karamooz
​Educational Advisor
Ambassador of Thai Relations

Mrs. Thitiya Karamooz (affectionately known as Thitiya) is a Golden Key International Honor Society member awarded by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2008 with 15 years of experience teaching AP Calculus and AP Statistic. She received a Masters Degree in Education (Mathematics Education) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Urban Leadership at UNLV’s School of Public Policy and Leadership in 2017.

What distinguishes Thitiya from others in her field of expertise is that she treats teaching as a series of fun activities. She believes that; “It’s simple to explain why, but if it isn’t fun and relevant enough, students switch the channel.” Thitiya has a particular interest in STEM-based Aviation and Aerospace activities. She believes that on the road to success it’s important to keep trying and to try. Thitiya received the Clark County School District 2015 Distinguished Educator Award.

Born in Chaiyaphum, Thailand, and now a naturalized American Citizen, she is determined to uncover the secrets of how successful teachers communicate with students.

In 2014 and 2016 the sole valedictorian from Sunrise Mountain High School was Mrs. Karamooz’s Calculus student. Mrs. Karamooz’s Krypto Math Club from Sunrise Mountain High School won the Southern Nevada 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Competitions and her senior students’ Math Proficiency passing rate was one of the highest in the Clark County School District in 2014 and 2015.

Thitiya is the faculty advisor of the newly formed Aviation Club at Sunrise Mountain High School that won the 2014 National Championship in a STEM Competition – GAMA Build-A-Plane / Aviation Design Challenge and achieved the 2015 National Top Score.

Thitiya serves as a Director of Education for a local tech company call GRADD (Global Robot And Drone Deployment) where her husband (Reza Karamooz) is a Founder and CEO. She also serves as Education & Outreach for the nonprofit organization NVBAA (Nevada Business Aviation Association) in which Reza is a founder and president.

Mrs. Karamooz’ professional field includes:
Master of Education
Education Administration
Leadership Education

 

Miss Diane Sirikhan
​Financial Advisor

Ambassador of Thai Relations

Diane Sirikhan was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She is a results-oriented Real Estate professional, with balanced aggressive strategies, market knowledge and negotiating expertise with a high level of integrity.
She is fully committed to fulfilling her client’s needs with the highest level of professionalism and expertise. She is fluent in English and Thai, She has proven to be one of the top Real Estate Producers in Las Vegas to a wide range of clientle.
Miss Sirikhan has been recognized as one of the top 40 realtors in Las Vegas. She and 39 other Realtors received the award from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors on Thursday May 31, 2018.

Dr. Amy Tongsiri D.M.D.
Ambassador of Thai Relations
Dr. Amy Tongsiri was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She completed her undergraduate studies at UNLV and attended UNLV’s School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Tongsiri graduated in 2008, and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Prior to opening Silver State Smiles, Dr. Tongsiri obtained her licenses and practiced in Iowa, West Virginia, and Nevada. She spent a year managing one of West Virginia’s largest dental offices. She enjoyed the scenic beauty of the Great Smokey Mountains, but decided Las Vegas was where she belongs. Dr. Tongsiri opened her family and cosmetic dentistry practice in Las Vegas in April 2010. ​

Dr. Krissada Varner, D.C.
Ambassador of Thai Relations

Dr. Varner was born and raised in Khon Kaen, Thailand. He has been living in Las Vegas since 2007 where he graduated from Sierra Vista High School. Dr. Varner continued his undergraduate education at UNLV and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology prior to receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, California.

As a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Varner is passionate about healing people from their injuries in the holistic way. He believes quality healthcare should be provided to everybody within the community. Dr. Varner opened his own practice in 2018 with the hope to serve as many Thai residents in Las Vegas area as possible.

Dr. Anne Yonpiam D.V.M.
Ambassador of Thai Relations

Dr. Yonpiam is originally from Thailand and now reside in Las Vegas. She is a veterinarian who has practiced for 10 years both in Thailand and the US. As a veterinarian, she has been working for a pharmaceutical company, academic institution, research institution and public organization to improve animal health care. Her area of specialty is veterinary anatomic pathology which is an area that specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases in animals and plays an important role in scientific research, drug discovery, and safety.

Dr. Yonpiam dedicates her spare time to volunteer work, family, and all of her fur babies at home.

​Dr. Yonpiam’s professional field includes:
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Pathology

Miss Tanya Samerthai-Gonzalez
Ambassador of Thai Relations
Legal Assistant at the Brent Tingey Law Firm.
Miss Samerthai is married and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and family. Her sister Ranee is an attorney and legal counsel for the Thai Culture Foundation, their mother Golf, now retired, owned and operated one of the first Thai restaurants in Las Vegas called Sawadee, and another called Tanya. Her family are pioneers from when Thai immigrants first arrived in Las Vegas. Miss Samerthai holds deep roots in our wonderful city, and truly cares about our community.

Miss Renata Kilibarda
​Media Relations

Ambassador of American Relations

Ms. Kilibarda is fluent in several languages and has traveled the world extensively. She has a great understanding of different cultures and how imperative it is for a foreign family to have the appropriate support so they can adjust to life in America and in the Las Vegas Thai Community. She was a former Journalist and TV Reporter in Yugoslavia, and a former Miss Yugoslavia. With her extensive background in public relations, Renata represents the Thai Community with eloquence and professionalism.

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