Mone Aye Mone Aye is one of the co-founders and board president of EMBARC (Ethnic Minority of Burma Advocacy and Resources Center), a grassroots organization that founded by and for ethnic members from Burma. Before coming to the U.S., Mone was born and raised in Mae La refugee camp in Thailand and lived there for 19 years. Mone followed her family to the U.S. in July 2008, and made Greater Des Moines (DSM) her home. Mone became a United States citizen the same year she earned her HiSet at DMACC in 2014. In 2015, Mone was selected by the White House as a Champion of Change for World Refugee Day, and also a Passport to Prosperity award winner from Iowa International Center. In addition to being a board president at EMBARC, Mone is also a board member at LifeSong Church of the Open Bible; is a full time college student at DMACC; all while raising her seven-year-old daughter.