Meet the people behind JUMP! Foundation.
Executive Director - Bangkok
Born in Lilongwe, Malawi, Justin Bedard spent his childhood playing in the islands of Indonesia and his formative years exploring and learning in China. Justin has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation, and he is recognized for his commitment to youth programs around the world. He has filled his life with adventure guiding, organizational consulting, leadership facilitation, community development, and time playing in the wilderness. He has also been a key contributor to the development of the Global Issues Network (GIN) as an advisor on GIN’s International Council of Advisors, and was co-creator of the WAB Wild Outdoor Education Program at the Western Academy of Beijing. He’s actively served on the board of directors for two non-profits: Educo Canada (British Columbia, Canada) & Sports Beijing (Beijing, China). Justin received the Canadian St. John’s Ambulance Award of Merit and the Dragon Award for Courage and Service to Humanity. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences worldwide and has spoken at Round Square International Conferences, the Round Square Regional Conference for Africa, the Round Square Regional Conference for Australia, TEDx Events, East Asian Conference for Overseas Schools Conferences, the European Council of International Schools Conference, and Global Issues Network Conferences. Most importantly, Justin is a passionate mountaineer and enjoys spending as much time as he can on mountain peaks around the world.
Southeast Asia Program Director - Bangkok
Rebecca grew up by the sea in England. She trained as a dancer in London, worked with a dance company of adults with learning difficulties whilst studying, and spent time with an NGO in Namibia that uses dance to educate young people about HIV/AIDS. These experiences saw her cultivate a passion for the arts and social change which she focused on in her dissertation. Since studying she has indulged in her geeky love for all things excel, working as a continuous improvements analyst in the banking sector.
Director of Global Citizenship - Bangkok
North America Director - Vancouver
Monica is a life enthusiast (and environmentalist) who views the world as a continual opportunity for connection and learning. Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Monica has a myriad of event experience regionally and nationally. Some of her projects include: the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, two tours with The David Suzuki Foundation (ENGO), and TED Talks. She graduated from Capilano University with a B.A. in Tourism Management. If she’s not working on JUMP programming you’ll find Monica outside either in the woods, on the water or running. She’s committed to building connections and relationships with the indigenous people in her community who’s land she’s privileged to live, work and play on.
Erick Van Til
Director of Programs - Bangkok
Born in Ontario to Dutch immigrants, Erick spent split his childhood between Canada and the Dominican Republic. After graduating high school, Erick worked and volunteered extensively, including stints in the United States, Australia, Russia, Nigeria, Mexico and Hong Kong, earning a degree in Psychology and certificates in Outdoor Pursuits and Copyediting in between assignments. After several seasons of work in wilderness-based residential treatment programs, Erick decided to pursue more formal training as an adventure professional. He studied and interned as an instructor at Summit College, then worked as a trip leader, skills instructor and commercial adventure guide for several companies in North America, Australia and Southeast Asia. In 2009, Erick began working as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, leading expedition-length whitewater canoe and trekking programs in the Yukon Territory and American Rocky Mountains. His time with NOLS further deepened his belief in the transformative power of wilderness and adventure experiences, both on individuals and groups. After a decade and a half of work in the field, Erick made the transition to administrative work, first as an operations manager and later as director of programs.
When he’s not at work, Erick enjoys reading, music and family adventures with his partner Lindsay and their three children Hilko, Kina and Eva.
Director of Finance - Bangkok
Billy was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Ontario where he completed his studies in Economics. He began his career holding various finance & accounting positions, and his professional experience includes working in various sectors including Energy Retail, CPG Retail, Telecommunications, and Government-owned Utilities. Prior to moving to Thailand, Billy co-founded both an Escape Room business and a Speakeasy Cocktail Bar in Toronto. He enjoys traveling, updating his social media profiles with delicious food, and seeking out the next popular speakeasy bar.
Manager of the Facilitator Network - Bangkok
Shannon was raised in California as a result of her parents going on a perpetually extended honeymoon and never returning to the East Coast. She studied Aquatic Biology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and celebrated her 21st year studying krill in Antarctica. Her passion for research and education has taken her all over the globe. She is an avid SCUBA diver and loves sharing her experiences with students of all ages. She strives to provide potential Jump!ers a chance to experience life-changing opportunities within the organization and work with an ensemble of truly incredible people.
Manager of Growth and Innovation - Bangkok
Nick spent his youth between the cityscape of St. Louis and camping in the rural plains of Missouri. He studied journalism, although experiential education transcended his formal learning. Nick delivered individualized presentations to classrooms from 15 to nearly 400 students promoting his university’s multicultural certificate, which emphasizes an education on multicultural and global issues. On his academic breaks, Nick participated in trips on topics pertaining to environmental development, disaster relief, and working with at-risk youth.
Finance Officer – Bangkok
Aueangfah (Fah) was born in Surin, Thailand which is about 50 km from the Cambodia border. She grew up in a bilingual household, speaking both Thai and Khmer. Following a degree in Accounting, she moved to Bangkok to work in Financial and Human resources management for a large state enterprise. She completed her Masters in Business Administration at the College of Management Mahidol University. She currently lives a multi-lingual and multi-generational community life in the Ari neighborhood where she has lived since 2014. She loves traveling, music and is a keen tennis player.
Finance Manager - Bangkok
Prapatsorn was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Her nickname is Mai. She graduated in accounting from Chulalongkorn University. With a variety of interests, she has experience in accounting, finance, and HR. She’s also had the opportunity to work in a wide array of industries, including real estate, manufacturing, trading, service, and pharmaceuticals. She enjoys traveling, theatre, and one of her favorite hobbies is beadwork. Her motto is, “Be yourself and do your best.”
Program Manager - Beijing
Mengya was born and raised in Beijing. Instead of signing a contract to play professional volleyball in China, Mengya chose to pursue higher education in the US and played NCAA Division 1 volleyball on a full scholarship. With about 8 years living overseas and more than ten years of experience in playing and coaching at high-level volleyball teams, she has developed strong interests in learning and training teamwork and leadership. After receiving an MBA from Dominican University of California and realizing the importance of education as well as corporate social responsibility. Mengya is now back to her homeland and continues to pursue her passion for education and take opportunities to support the growth of others.
Senior Finance Manager - Beijing
Xueyan was born in Jiangsu Province. After obtaining her degree in Economics, she moved to Germany to pursue a Masters degree in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technology University of Munich in 2004. After worked in the business sector for over four years, she realized that the sustainable development and social responsibilities in enterprises are very important topics for emerging China. Before joining JUMP! she worked for Wildlife Conservation Society overseeing project implementation and office operation.
Jonathan Lee Campbell
NIST X Program Director - Bangkok
Jonathan has worked as a teacher, facilitator, and guide for 12 years both in Australia and abroad. Trained as a Primary School teacher, he has also worked across Secondary Schools in Australia and running international expeditions for Secondary School students. Jonathan has a nerdy love of geography and knows the capital city of every country in the world. In 2006, he came 6th in the state of Western Australia at Monopoly.
NIST X Program Manager - Bangkok
As the daughter of international school teachers, Indigo has spent her life traveling around the world and as a result, she sees herself as a citizen of the world. As a child, Indigo and her father would go on nature adventures and this is one of the things that has inspired her the most in the field of outdoor education. Indigo especially loves planning and running International Award Trips because she believes that they provide students with an authentic way to reconnect and be in nature while developing their soft and hard skills. Before working for Jump! Indigo worked as a PE teacher and one of her favorite things is thinking of innovative ways to incorporate experiential education into the curriculum. Outside of work, Indigo loves to travel, play ultimate frisbee, and dance!
Partnership Manager - Bangkok
Becky grew up on a horse farm in central Kentucky. She fell in love with Northeast
Thailand while studying abroad in university. Becky has spent 8 years creating
experiential learning opportunities for students studying abroad in Southeast Asia. After
years of learning from human rights defenders in Thailand, she co-founded a social
enterprise called the Radical Grandma Collective that supports a group of women
weavers fundraising to fight against gold mining in their village.
Global HR Director
Siri grew up in Nakon Pathom, her home town name in ancient Pali language means “the first city”. After completing a degree in Liberal Arts, she has started a journey in a different context from a YMCA team leader in Michigan to HR within the international development sectors. Since Siri has been working with people for over 12 years within Asia, she believes this planted a seed for her to pursue a further degree in people and well-being related knowledge: Human Capital Assets and Organizational Development. Siri is also proudly certified by Myers-Briggs Master Practitioner (MBTI) and Precision Nutrition Coaching (Level 1). Furthermore, Siri is a keen SCBA diver and values her Crossfit community.
Perrin Clore Duncan
Marketing Officer and Executive Administrator
An Edmond, Oklahoma native, Perrin Clore Duncan graduated from DePauw University Cum Laude in May of 2017 with an Economics and Studio Art double major and Spanish minor. Though she’s proud of her roots, she continuously seeks out international immersive experiences. She received her Master of Fine Arts from The Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland in April 2019. Perrin is an avid cyclist and runner, always on the hunt for a good read, and given the choice she’d rather be outdoors than inside. Perrin’s personal blog and website can be found at perrincloreduncan.com. She is a proudly certified Wilderness First Responder, passionate about pursuing a life of purpose, and deeply believes in the value of education for all.
Operations and Office Coordinator - Bangkok
Genevieve was born and raised in New York and moved to Washington, D.C. after completing her undergraduate degrees in International Development and French. She has always had a passion for service and learning about other cultures and languages, which led her to join the Peace Corps in 2017. Over the past two years, Genevieve has been working to empower youth in rural Thailand to become leaders in their communities as well as collaborating with local government agencies to provide youth with experiential learning opportunities. In her free time, Genevieve can be found exploring Bangkok’s green spaces and coffee shops.
Katrina Renae Myers
Senior Program Manager - Bangkok
Katrina has firsthand experience with the power of elevating student voices. At a young age, Katrina was taught that her voice could and should be heard, and she had the power to make a difference. This took shape as she began lobbying congressional officials across the country with Amnesty International. This experience molded her identity, sense of self, and her place in the world. Katrina’s professional life has spanned a variety of sectors, all with the elevation of future generations at the forefront. From engaging the youth vote in US politics to engaging youth in agriculture abroad, her passion for educating the future generation is ever present. She thrives in new environments and cultures, striving to learn something new about the world around her and herself every day.
JUMP! Impact Fellow Program Officer - Bangkok
Graciela Rodriguez is originally from the Caribbean, she was raised in New York and currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand as a member of the full-time JUMP! Impact team. At university, she concentrated on Media Arts and Humanities studies. She is passionate about community building and providing opportunities for underserved youth for expression through the visual arts. She hopes to eventually own shares in several prominent museums across the globe to create space for marginalized identities to have a voice in the ways in which their histories are told and displayed. Graci’s favorite thing about working at JUMP! is the variety the organization has in programming and (of course) the high energy and compassionate spirit of all JUMPers.
Patcharida Smittinet (Opel)
JUMP! Impact Officer - Bangkok
Opel grew up in diverse environment in Bangkok and Chicago. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Fine Art, worked in a performance art foundation and taught ESL for Thai adults. She is passionate about creating learning communities and working with people. Art is also important to her because she has experienced life and met wonderful people through making and being in the art community; art shaped who she is today. She cherishes all humans and values their potentiality. Opel believes that together with others, we are empowered to create positive changes in society.
Global Citizenship Centre Director - Dubai
Anne is a dedicated education leader with a passion for the development of global citizens. She graduated with a BA(Hons) Degree in Sports Science and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education from Bedford College of Physical Education, UK. She has gained a wide range of senior leadership experience through working in international schools in various countries including Australia, Brunei, and Qatar as well as through working as a senior project manager with the world-renowned IPC Media group in London. Anne is a co-founder of Polio Points, a rewards model for schools which connects the outcomes of positive actions by individual students on a daily basis, with raising funds to support the purchase of polio vaccines. This powerful concept bridges the gap in vision between individuals taking local action and knowing that a positive impact has been felt in another part of the world and is a powerful example of global citizenship in action. Anne’s knowledge and skills are varied and have evolved through experience of analyzing contextual needs but also through ongoing learning including Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools training with the “Thinking Collaborative” Knowledge and use of design cycles in various settings has provided her with the capacity to focus on the process and the fun and enjoyment of realizing collaborative change rather than merely the end product.
Warangkana Detsawana (New)
HR & Office Administrator - Bangkok
New was born in Udonthani, in the northeast of Thailand. She moved to Bangkok to study her Bachelor of Arts at The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. After graduating, she had a great chance to study in Hospitalities at Sydney International College, Australia, where she found herself falling in love with life aboard, surrounding herself with various people from around the world. She likes to inspire people with positive ways of thinking and a big smile. She completed her Master in Mass Communication at Thammasat University and worked in administrative fields for almost 12 years. She loves to learn new things and gain new experiences. She enjoys theatre, music and traveling is “Every Breath Her Take”.
Senior Program Manager - Beijing
Manuel was born and raised in Mexico City, where he graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. After 10 years of experience and training in Chinese martial arts, he followed his passion and ventured to China to learn more. While in China, he also studied the language and traditional Chinese medicine. For the past six years, Manuel participated in many cultural exchanges and volunteer programs in China, in multiple leadership roles. He has facilitated several experiential education programs for The Jump! Foundation in China and Southeast Asia. He currently works as a hiking and camping guide for the un-renovated sections of the Great Wall of China.
Amber was born among the mountains in Vancouver, Canada. Since a child, she has had a passion for exploring new ideas and new places which has seen her live and work across Canada, the Middle East, and various parts of Asia. Amber has completed a BA in International Studies, lead the homestay program at a large international school, received her yoga teacher certification, and has recently returned from teaching English in northern Thailand which sparked a passion for working with youth.Amber hopes to explore new ways to integrate youth development, well-being, and the natural world.
Operations Project Manager - Bangkok
Robert spent his formative years as a youth counselor. After University, he worked as a Wall Street software engineer, finished law school at night, then worked as a Corporate Attorney. Robert moved on to build several innovative tech startups before returning to the investment banking industry to lead an institutional hedge fund. He’s worked with some of the worlds leading firms such as Morgan Stanley, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Nomura Securities, Qwest Communications, and Priceline to name a few. Robert looks forward to returning to his roots working with Jump.
Program Officer, Princeton in Asia Fellow - Bangkok
Nick grew up in California, USA, lucky to spend time in the mountains, along the coast, and in a generally very temperate climate. Ironically it was while living in New York City that he became involved with outdoor education, leading canoe trips and going backpacking with friends. At JUMP! he hopes to continue exploring experiential education’s unique capacity to transform participants’ lives. He looks forward to facilitating programs in many places that are new to him, becoming a more intentional teacher and learner. A lifelong dancer, Nick is passionate about the arts and hopes to incorporate them into his life in Bangkok, either on JUMP! programs or on his own time.
Senior Program Manager
Lauren Langer sprouted up in Chicago, USA, but quickly found her way to the coast to study biology and marine science. Since graduating from Wesleyan University, Lauren has taught science at the American School in Japan, worked as an instructor at a marine sustainability education program on Catalina Island, and led multiweek student backpacking expeditions in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, and Costa Rica. In addition to being a Wilderness First Responder, PADI Rescue Diver, and a Red Cross Lifeguard, Ms. Langer also has a strong background in theater and improvisational comedy. She was the founder of Wesleyan’s all female comedy collective, and continues to do comedy in Bangkok (both outside and inside of the JUMP! office).
Global Citizenship Centre Director
Ali hails from the great state of New York and had her initial passion for travel sparked through a high school trip to China. This experience prompted her to return to China to study abroad during college, and then again after graduating university where she fell into the world of education. She spent four years teaching at an international school in Shanghai, an experience which ignited her love of working with youth. Wanting to work in education beyond a classroom setting, she moved back to the U.S., where she worked for the Global Young Leaders Conference – an experiential leadership program which brought together youth from all over the world. Ali went on to get her Masters in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, focusing her capstone on Global Citizenship Education. After a stint in JUMP!’s hub in Bangkok, Ali now leads the Global Citizenship Centre at Ivanhoe Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia, where she gets to encourage youth from all ages to be active and caring citizens of the world. When not at work, Ali can be found playing ultimate frisbee, bouldering, and drinking lots and lots of delicious Melbourne coffee.