Meet Our Team
Brian is a Chicago native who began working in China as a CBS cameraman in 1985. During those two years he was involved in interviews with Chinese leaders and also found time to star in a feature length movie. He pursued graduate work at University of Illinois and Stanford and then worked on education projects and investment for international schools and education firms for 15 years before refocusing his talent and leadership skills on a project of his own.
Jeanee’s love affair with China began with her involvement with the Cameron House community in San Francisco’s Chinatown. She had an early passion for outdoor and community leadership with Cameron House and stood out in her large Cantonese-American family as the only cousin of 35 to invest time in understanding her family’s heritage and language. Jeanee pursued graduate studies at UC San Francisco and a career in nursing before permanently venturing back to China in 2007.
Shi Fengfang graduated from Kunming’s prestigious Yunnan University Dianchi Campus with a degree in finance. Her service industry experience includes working as a human resources manager and accountant. She enjoys the working atmosphere of the Linden Centre, reading graphic novels, fly-fishing, and taking long walks on the banks of Erhai Lake.
Yujiang is our chief development analyst and idea man. He graduated with a degree in urban development from UC Berkeley, is equipped with an international perspective in sustainable growth, and has a professional love affair with the United States. In his free time, you can find Yujiang sipping craft brewed Dali Pale Ale’s or scaling the peaks of his Cangshan Mountains.
Candy was born in Xizhou and is a local Muslim. A recent graduate, she sees her first job with the Linden Centre as an opportunity and important step in society. Candy studied English at Yunnan University and is happy to have a career that nurtures her language abilities. Candy joined in Jan. 2013, and has thrived as a manager, communicator, and making guests feel at home.
Food & Beverage
Ms Wang moved to Dali at a young age, and her entire professional life has been spent in the biggest city, Xiaguan. She has worked her way up to manager after beginning as a server when she was a teenager. Ms Wang is proud to understand every aspect of the hotel industry.
Mr. Zhang has been with the Linden Centre since 2010 and now oversees the hotel’s departments of security and engineering at all three locations in Xizhou. When he’s not repairing bicycles or fixing water pipes, ask him nicely and he might give you a Bai nickname.
Yang Sumei has worked in housekeeping at the Linden Centre since its opening. As a local, she takes pride in welcoming each guest to her home. Sumei hopes to provide every guest with comfortable and clean rooms to make you feel like family.
Cecily was a language consultant and student affairs manager at a cultural exchange institute in Guilin. She studied Business English, has a passion for understanding different cultures, and is deeply charmed by Dali’s nature and the guests who stay with us.
Marketing, Sales, & Travel Curating Office
A Dali local, Rebecca enjoys taking in the scenery of Cangshan and Erhai. Enthusiastic and open, she has always made friends easily and likes to help people any way that she can. At the Linden Centre, every interaction with Rebecca is full of joy and warmth.
Marketing & TC
Chris has spent most of his adulthood in China since leaving Oregon in 2012, and is now the Linden Centre’s first Princeton in Asia fellow. He studied in Shanghai, researched the Naxi’s Dongba religion in Yunnan, and taught history, film, and Greek myths at Shihezi University in Xinjiang.
Robert is from Harbin, a beautiful city in the north of China, famous for its ice sculptures. He studied in Japan for 4 years, taught Chinese in South Korea for 1 year, and has travelled to most parts of southern China. Robert enjoys playing sports and taking guests to climb mountains.
Will is undertaking a needs assessment of the agricultural community of Dali. A nascent vision for the future is to build up a platform which can be used by current practitioners of sustainable agriculture to share practices and be used as a resource for experimenting with sustainable agricultural practices.
Jo is from Jiangxi and likes to hike and be outdoors, she once biked solo across China for 3 months. Jo thinks Xizhou is a wonderful place to live and wants to show you the beauty of this small village, the mountains, lake, sunshine, and friendly locals. “Everything just feels so right.”
Zooey is from Yangshuo, home to ‘the most beautiful mountains and streams under heaven.’ She chose a career in hospitality to better understand her favorite hobby, travel. She’s honored to be with the Linden Centre and share the experiences of our guests from all over the world.
When Matt isn’t hard at work behind the front desk, he’s probably drawing pinecones on the Linden Centre’s terrace. He has a big talent for sketching, but an even bigger heart. Matt enjoys cooking with ginger, watering potted plants, and cuddling his two dogs, Nuggets and Amigo.
Candy was born in Xizhou and is a local Muslim. Candy studied English at Yunnan University and is happy to have a career that nurtures her language abilities. Candy joined in Jan. 2013, and has thrived as a manager, communicator, and making guests feel at home.
Food & Beverage
Head Chef Yang and his team have been making delicious local and Western cuisine at the Centre since the very first meal was served. He has a long career working at upscale restaurants in Kunming, and has chosen to return to his home in Dali and cook here in retirement.
Bartender & Barista
A Ling has worked with us for since 2013 and is our head bartender at the Linden Centre. She is ethnically Bai and always wears a great smile on her face. Guests are charmed by her cheerful personality and her hospitality has made guests feel very welcome during their stay here.
Bartender & Barista
Jia Jia left the grasslands of Inner Mongolia for Xizhou’s greener pastures, bringing her love of pour-over coffee and caffeinated attention to detail with her. She likes adventure, long boat rides along the shores of Erhai, and George Harrison.
Bartender & Barista
Kelly is a Xizhou local and the Linden Centre’s tea specialist. She has experience as a tour guide and teacher before returning to her home-town, and spends her days listening to piano music, teaching everyone a thing or two about tea, and practicing her English with guests.