Sanj Altan, President
Sanj Altan was born in 1947 in Pfaffenhofen, Germany. His family emigrated to the US in 1951. His grandparents had fled Russia following the 1918 revolution and were part of the Kalmyk emigre community in Eastern Europe during the 20s, 30s and 40s. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1968 and from Temple University in 1977, with a Ph.D. in Biostatistics. He is currently employed by Johnson & Johnson where he supports pharmaceutical drug development.
Sanj Altan traces his interest in Mongol culture to his parents, who insisted on speaking their Mongolian dialect at home, and his teachers, the late Professor Gombojab Hangin, who inspired his pursuit of the Pan-Mongol movement, and the late Tsorj Lama, former Abbott of the Khorgha Temple in Western Sunid, Inner Mongolia, who inspired hs spiritual pursuit of the annual commemoration of Chinggis Khan.
Chagaan Baatar was born in the Ordos region of Inner Mongolia. He graduated from Inner Mongolia Normal University in 1983 and came to the Unites States in 1986 to attend graduate school. Chagaan received his MS and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, from University of Massachusetts and University of Maryland, respectively. He held various research positions in academia, industry and government, and is currently employed at the Office of Naval Research as a program officer. Chagaan lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Chinggeltu Borjiged was born in 1952. His family originated from Jirimin Qigulgan of Southern Mongolia. They fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War in the 1950's. Chinggeltu received a BS degree and a MS degree in Engineering. He retired from AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies after working as a member of their technical staff for 18 years. Currently he is employed by TDK-Lambda Americas Inc. as a senior mechanical engineer.
Chinggeltu came to the United States in 1978 with his wife Monica Unenmedeltei Uriankhai. They have a son and a daughter, both of whom have graduated from college and are working in their professional fields.
Chinggeltu has devoted himself to helping Mongolia and Mongols as much as he can. His biggest wishes are to see Mongols stand united and perserve their culture. He is willing to work with anyone who has an interest in building a better future for future generations of Mongols.
Enghe Chimood, an ethnic Mongolian, was born in Taiwan in 1953. He graduated from the National Taiwan University in 1976 with a degree in electrical engineering. Subsequently, he received MS degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, in 1982. Enghe worked for several communication system design companies as a professional engineer until he co-founded a communication systems development company in 1996.
Enghe has been influenced deeply by his parents regarding his root back in Mongolia. He has been particularly interested in supporting orphan children in Mongolia. Since 1994, with the support from MACA board members, he visited Mongolia regularly and has implemented various tasks of Mongolian Children’s Aide and Development Fund (MCADF) under MACA’s guidance.
Enghe is married to Jane Chimood and has adopted 4 Mongolian orphan children. They now live in Washington DC area in the USA.
Tony Ettinger has been a long time supporter of Mongolia and its people. In 1995, he founded the Mongolian Children’s Aide and Development Fund with Secretary of State James Baker and MACA. He has served as its Advisory Board Chairman since its inception. On the business front, Tony has been the founder of several market leading financial institutions that have generated over $1 billion of profits since inception. He is currently a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group (FIG), one of the largest alternative investment managers in the world. Tony is married to Patti Ettinger and has two children; Jared and Leah Ettinger.
Palgi Gyamcho’s parents were originally from Omon Govi Aimag. They fled their native country during the tumultuous period of the 1930’s. They made their way to Inner Mongolia, and eventually went on further south to settle down in Lhasa, Tibet. After less than a decade of tenuous existence in Tibet and with the impending Chinese occupation of the country, they continued their exodus further south on into India. They settled down in Kalingpong, a tiny town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan range, bordering Nepal, India, Sikkhim, and Tibet.
Palgi and his late brother, Toch-Toch, were born in this town. With the outbreak of Indo-China border conflict, their family once again moved deeper into India to tentatively settle down in Mussoorie. In 1968, the entire family moved to the United States to call Newtown, Connecticut, their final home.
Palgi graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University and has since then worked at Robert Fulton Company as a design and development engineer. His is married to Tuya Dagvadorj and has three children. The oldest son, Jagi, age 18, is attending University of Connecticut. Middle son, Sodnomdarjay, age 13, is in eighth grade, and Chinguun, the daughter aged 9, is enrolled in elementary school.