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About Golden West Humanitarian Foundation

A Short but Eventful History

Since 1998, the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation has addressed critical shortfalls in heavily mine-impacted countries across the globe. Each year we have built on our innovative work from the past, uncovering and addressing the challenges that hinder clearance efforts.
From pioneering a solution to recycle unexploded ordnance in Cambodia to publishing a UXO awareness book for children, we take a comprehensive approach to solving the problem. As we continue to expand our resources and expertise, we are able to bring high impact solutions to an increasing number of communities living in areas contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance.
A timeline of Golden West Humanitarian Foundation's history

Our Mission

Our mission is to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of men, women and children residing in areas contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance, through the development of innovative and practical materials and technologies designed to combat these life threatening munitions.We fulfil this mission guided by the core values of innovation, forethought, partnership, appropriateness, impact and affordability. Our vision is of a world one step closer to peace and prosperity where mankind lives in an environment free of explosive remnants of war.

From Ideas to Action

The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is a United States based, non-profit charity dedicated to the development of innovative, appropriate technologies to overcome the operational limitations encountered by the humanitarian mine action community.

With an abundance of combined experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), engineering, training, chemistry, and geo-physics, Golden West personnel are highly qualified to effectively improve the operational efficacy of the organizations working to rid the planet of the deadly Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).

By working collaboratively with governments, the UN, National Mine Action Centers and NGOs, we address the needs of the mine action community and strive to ensure the widest dissemination and use of the innovative systems we develop in order to save lives.

Staff Profiles

Founders

Joe Trocino
President and Chairman

Allan Vosburgh
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Trocino
Chief Financial Officer

Roger Hess
Chief Technical Officer

Joe Trocino

  • Military service in the U.S. Army, Manhattan Project
  • Developed and implemented an anti-Armor Ditching System for NATO in partnership with the West German Land Forces.
  • Developed and produced safe and effective binary demolition systems for the disposal of landmines, UXO and abandoned munitions.
  • Pioneered and developed new underwater explosive techniques and systems for the oil and gas industry.
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  • Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Over 30 years experience Munitions Management, Ordnance Disposal, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Humanitarian Demining, Safety and Technology Assessments
  • Colonel (Retired) US Army

Mike Trocino

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration CSUN
  • MBA Pepperdine University
  • Over 20 years experience in non-profit leadership, finance and administration.

Roger Hess

  • Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Over 30 years of Demining and EOD Experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East
  • Extensive background in designing, planning and fielding combined technology clearance projects for military, commercial and non-governmental agencies 
  • First Sergeant (Retired) US Army

Global Programs

Allen Dodgson Tan
Director of Applied Tech.
+ Cambodia Manager

Len Austin
Director of Special Projects
Chief of EOD Ops

Lee Moroney
Vietnam Country Director 
+ Program Manager PSSM

Marcel Durocher, Ph.D.
Chief Detection Ops

Allen Tan

  • Regional General Manager (SEA) & EOD Supervisor
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Masters of Science, Organizational Continuity and Risk Management, Boston University
  • US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Leader
  • Grant management & reporting

Len Austin

  • Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Extensive operational experience involving EOD, Humanitarian Demining, and the render safe of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • Background training civilian and military personnel in demining and EOD operations
  • Master Sergeant (Retired) US Marine Corps

Lee Moroney

  • Senior British Army Ammunition Technician with global operational experience in CIED, EOD & Ammunition Management
  • Member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers
  • Managed Humanitarian Mine Action Programmes in South Sudan, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand
  • Set up and managed PSSM projects in Moldova & Macedonia
  • Masters of Arts, International Policy & Diplomacy

Marcel Durocher

  • Over 25 years of operational and research experience in the use of geophysics in the mining, petroleum and environmental fields
  • Lead geophysics technician for the design and implementation of the KIMS Wide Area Detection program for the UNMEE Road Verification Program in Eritrea
  • Developed the Wide Area Detection system for road clearance operations in Angola 

Mark Lasley
Chief Training Ops

Tony Ey
Chief Underwater Ops

Charlie Holloway
QRF Program Manager

Paul Eldred
GDC Project Leader

Mark Lasley

  • Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Operational experience includes supervising operations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East,  Central America, and South Pacific
  • Experience involving EOD, Humanitarian Demining, and the render safe of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • Experienced technical advisor on the safe demilitarization of ordnance for use as training aids
  • Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired, 27 years) US Marine Corps
  • Project Lead for Solomon Islands Project

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  • Master level EOD and Diver in Australian Navy
  • Retired Senior Chief in Royal Australian Navy
  • Extensive EOD(civilian and military) experience through South Pacific and Pacific Islands
  • Former Specialty Blasting Manager at DuPont Explosives

Charlie Holloway

  • Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Over 24 years of operational experience involving EOD, ERW/Stockpile Destruction, and UEMS clearance operations throughout Africa, Middle East and South Pacific
  • Background in providing worldwide emergency EOD response capability to US DOS

  • US Army (Retired)

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  • 23 yrs British Army EOD
  • Over 13 years experience in UN,humanitarian and commercial mine action
  • Experience across the full spectrum of EOD management and operations including survey, manual, BAC, Mine Detections Dogs and mechanical clearance

Mark Tobias
QRF Senior EOD Advisor

John Shearer
PSSM Technical Advisor

Donald “Jamie” Smith
QRF Logistician

John Wright, B. Eng
Chief Design Engineer

Mark Tobias

  • Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Over 25 years of EOD Experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, South America and the Middle East
  • Extensive operational and supervisory experience involving EOD, Humanitarian Demining, and the render safe of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

  • Background training civilian and military personnel in EOD operations and demining
  • Gunnery Sergeant (Retired) US Marine Corps

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  • 22 yrs Senior British Army Ammunition Technician with global operational experience in CIED, EOD & Ammunition Management
  • 15 years experience working with humanitarian organizations across Africa and SE Asia

Jamie Smith

  • Over 25 years of logistics, procurement, and budgeting experience. 
  • Responsible for the QRF program recordkeeping, inventory management, procurement, and administrative functions.
  • Four years of experience supporting the QRF Program.
  • U. S. Navy Retired (20 years)

John Wright

  • Extensive experience engineering in the developing world
  • 14 years’ experience with computer aided design
  • 14 years’ in production engineering
  • 9 years’ Royal Navy (UK) marine engineering

Patrick Ramsing
Regional Program Coordinator

Ryan Lartigue
Project Leader Vietnam

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  • Semiconductor manufacturing experience
  • BS Chemical Engineer

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  • Senior Level, U.S. Navy EOD Technician
  • Military and civilian experience in EOD
  • Operational experience in Asia, Afghanistan and Iraq
  • US Navy EOD Team Leader
  • Certified Master Instructor

Cambodia Operations

CHAN Reaksmey
Senior Accounting Manager Asia Pacific

HEANG Sambo
Operations Manager

THONG Khean
EOD Supervisor

SRENG Gekhorng
Cambodia Bookkeeper

Reaksmey Chan

  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Bachelors in Business Administration & Accounting
  • 5+ years experience managing accounting and administration for non-profit offices in Cambodia
  • 1+ years experience in logsitics and planning

Heang Sambo

  • Ten years experience supporting mine action programs in Cambodia and Eritrea
  • Bachelors in Business Administration
  • Masters Candidate, Business Administration, Build Bright University
  • Trained in topographical surveying and recording

Thong Khean

  • Master Level EOD Technician with 18 years of experience in Demining and UXO operations
  • Bachelors of Business Administration
  • Senior EOD Training Officer at the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC)
  • Supervises all Explosive Harvesting Program activities

Gekhorng Sreng

  • Bachelors of Finance

CHAN Movichi
PSSM Program Officer

HOUT Vanny
Admin & Logistics Officer

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  • Numerous years of experience working with NGO in humanitarian mine action across Cambodia

  • MBA Candidate
  • Bachelors in Computer Science

Design Lab Staff

KIM Bush
Apprentice Mechanical Engineer

SENG Samnang
Senior Production Technician

NGET Chenda
Senior Production
Technician

DIM Samach
Production Technician Assistant

HENG Sombo
Programmer

Vietnam Office

Nguyen Quang Bieu
Country Representative VN

Mai Thi Tuyet
Admin Officer, VN

Tran Quang Huy
Program Assistant

Nga Thi Tran
Program Manager, Children’s Education Division

Nguyen Quang Bieu

  • MA, International Public Policy, George Washington University
  • 38 years of military service as a diplomat and Foreign Area Officer in the Army of Vietnam
  • Former Director for America-Australia-Africa, Foreign relations Department, Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam
  • Significant experience and knowledge of humanitarian demining and UXO operations in Vietnam

  • Bachelors of Accounting

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  • Senior Colonel (retired VPA)
  • Bachelor of English and Russian Languages, Hanoi University
  • 37 years of military service as an Air Force and an Army Officer in Foreign Relation in the Vietnam Peoples Army
  • Significant experience and knowledge of humanitarian demining and UXO operations in Vietnam

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  • Bachelor of International Law, Hanoi University of Law
  • Over 15 years professional experience with international organizations

Lieu Vu
Accountant, VN

  • M.A. International Trade and Finance
  • B.A. Accounting
  • 10+ years accounting experience working with NGOs and International Development