Meet the people behind JUMP! Foundation.
Executive Director - BangkokBorn 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 - BangkokRebecca 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.
Global Citizenship Centre DirectorAli 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.
North America Director - VancouverMonica 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.
Senior Finance Manager - BeijingXueyan 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.
Human Resources Manager - BangkokA native to Bangkok, Thitaya (Jute) has had the opportunity to work in large corporations such as Nestle, which gave her the chance to work from people all across the world. From different cultures, backgrounds, and languages, she finds joy in making sure that everyone on the team is getting the benefits they need and well taken care of here at JUMP! During her free time, Jute is a coffee enthusiast and sports fanatic. You can find her swimming, jogging, or gardening after work most days of the week.
Finance Manager - BangkokPrapatsorn 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.”
HR Manager - BangkokLars is Danish but has been living overseas for the last 15 years, either as a Peacekeeper in Bosnia & Kosovo, a summer camp Counselor & Director in New England, or an outdoor experiential education Instructor, Coordinator, Manager & Director in Hong Kong and Thailand. He is a teacher but soon switched the classroom with the great outdoors, feeling that youth needs to learn more than what’s taught in school to be successful. With a young son, Lars interests of flying and caving have recently been superseded by more paternal endeavors.
Finance Officer – BangkokAueangfah (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.
Southeast Asia Program Manager - BangkokNick 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.
Program Manager - BeijingMengya 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.
JUMP! Impact Manager - Bangkok
Jonathan Lee Campbell
NIST X Program Director - BangkokJonathan 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.
Erick Van Til
Director of Programs - BangkokBio coming soon!
Consultant - BangkokBio coming soon!
Director of Finance - BangkokBilly 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.
NIST X Program Manager - BangkokAs 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!
Senior Program ManagerLauren 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).
Operations Project Manager - BangkokRobert 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.
Global Citizenship Centre Director - DubaiAnne 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.
Assistant Program Director - Bangkok
Operations and Office Coordinator - BangkokGenevieve 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 - BangkokGraciela 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.
Manager of the Facilitator Network - BangkokShannon 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.
Senior Program Manager - BeijingManuel 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.