Meet the people behind JUMP! Foundation
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Born in Lilongwei, Malawi, Justin Bedard spent his childhood playing in the islands of Indonesia and his formative years exploring and learning in China. Justin has been a key driving force behind JUMP’s growth and development, he has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation and he is recognized for his commitment to youth programs around the world. Justin has been awarded the Canadian St. John’s Ambulance Award of Merit and the Dragon Award for Courage and Service to Humanity. Most importantly, Justin is a passionate mountaineer, he has filled his life with adventure guiding, and enjoys spending as much time as he can on mountain peaks around the world.
Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca grew up on the sunny shores of England and has been based in Asia for the past six years. Rebecca’s work directing operations at JUMP blends her background in the arts and education, with her experience as a business analyst in the financial sector. She is passionate about creating space for transformational learning and is honoured to be helping JUMP continue to achieve excellence in doing this. She holds a Masters in Social Innovation and Sustainability, and is undertaking an MBA in Sustainability Management. She is a big believer in the power of long journeys through wilderness and some of her favourite adventures include hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Baekdu Deagan in South Korea, and riverside rambling with Yaks in Mongolia.
Chief Financial Officer
Adventure and travel-lover, Ian Harvie is originally from Adelaide, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Economics degree at the University of Adelaide before commencing a career in business and finance with the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouse, where he worked for 20 years around the globe. During this time, Ian qualified as both a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant. More recently, Ian served in senior financial leadership roles with two U.S. Public companies driving financial reporting, treasury management, strategy, and business process improvements. During his spare time, Ian continues to enjoy travel, family connections, and keeping up to date with his favourite Australian and North American sports teams.
Thailand Program Director
Shannon was raised in California, USA, 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.
Supatcha Supapant (Amy)
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Supatcha is an only child who loves to explore and travel. With her background in International Relations from Thammasat University and International Management from University of Exeter, she wants to contribute and be a part in enhancing and uplifting opportunities for youths. After graduating, she worked as a Chief Programme Officer and Global Engagement at the AUN for about five years and has decided to take a role of Partnership Manager, Southeast
Asia (SEA) at JUMP! Foundation, with the wish to strive toward achieving her passion in inspiring and supporting youths in bringing out their best potential.
Apart from working, Supatcha is falling in love with nature. Everytime she has free time, you can always find her at the beach, mountain, or in a yoga studio.
Tim has been in the development World for the last 20 years. He has worked in for- and non-profit organizations and co-started an after-school enrichment center for children in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally from Singapore, he left for further education in Washington DC after National Service. He received his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees in the USA and lived there for 13 years. He deployed back to Southeast Asia, to Thailand specifically, as part of the Red Cross’s Tsunami-recovery program when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck in 2004. He has lived and worked in various parts of Thailand for the last 17 years. He strongly believes in making learning fun and no matter the age… learning never ends.
Josephine van den Brink
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Josephine was born in the Netherlands, raised in London and could be most recently found in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has taken the plunge into tropical Thailand and loves the people, places and nature. After studying Geography she found her true passion. This led to a masters in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education. She loves to jump into new challenges, and her favorite roles have included: working at Edinburgh Zoo, teaching children how to perform pretend keyhole surgery, organizing canoeing and hiking trips through the woods of Vermont, running a conservation society and volunteering with a charity that creates therapeutic outdoor programs for young people.
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Joshua was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Josh developed a passion for football at the age of 7 and has been playing football ever since and wanted to become a football player. Over time he made many other sports his life and decided to major in Sports and Exercise Science in college and university. While studying he was really interested in Rock Climbing, so working in a local gym called Camp5 was the best thing to do. There, he has been guiding people and teaching children how to climb. After graduation he worked for an events company, but when JUMP! called him up to be on one of their programs, Joshua left his full-time job, and has been learning and growing with JUMP! ever since.
Lucky to have been born in the small seaside town of Gaspé, Québec and raised in the bustling futuristic city of Singapore, Jade has always been captivated by joy thriving in unexpected places. Thanks to a collegiate degree in adventure tourism, a bachelors in theatre for development and a masters in outdoor education, they’ve dived deep into how to relate to themselves, others and the world around them. They have had the opportunity to hold a vast array of roles in their career – from teaching theatre, to being the artistic director of a feminist theatre festival, to implementing sustainability education programs, the central theme has always been education. They find joy in conquering rapids on white water paddling trips, skiing down mountain slopes, and climbing rugged terrain. They also find solace in reading, writing, and meditation. Their ultimate mission is to revolutionize the educational system, enabling today’s youth to become tomorrow’s trailblazers in an ever complexifying world.
Hannah grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, in a family that always loved to travel and go on new adventures. She took the travel bug with her to college where she studied Anthropology at Miami University and took every opportunity to travel and study abroad. She found a passion for social change while studying abroad in India and living with the Tibetan in Exile community. After graduation she moved to Thailand to continue her work in experiential learning and fell in love with the region and the community networks of NGO’s and change makers. She has been based in Thailand for the past 7 years teaching, learning the language and culture, and exploring SE Asia extensively. Outside of her education work she also runs a creative community CO-OP in Khon Kaen sharing her love of all things art with the Khon Kaen community.
Kaitlyn is from New York in the United States. In 2014, she relocated to Thailand to work as an early years educator where her excitement for teaching and learning grew. Kaitlyn completed her Master’s in Education at Melbourne University focused on student well-being and assessment design. Kaitlyn’s love for travel has taken her all across Asia, Australia and New Zealand working and volunteering in various educational roles aiming to create academically engaging learning experiences for children and young people. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and exploring new places.
Though her family hails from Canada, Cassandra was raised as a Third Culture Kid and now calls a number of countries around the world home. Her unorthodox childhood instilled in her a love of adventure, good conversation, and the diversity of the natural world. Cassandra completed her undergraduate degree at New York University, Abu Dhabi in 2021 with a double major in Political Science and Literature. She has a love of words in any form. Cassandra is an avid reader of novels, poetry, and essay collections; listener of podcasts and music; learner of new languages; and aspiring writer. She also has a passion for community development and social justice and deeply believes that education is one of the most powerful tools for sustainable positive change.
W. Detsawana (New)
Aueangfah Peto (Fah)
P. Cherdnapa (Mai)
Prapatsorn was born in Bangkok, Thailand. 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.”
Project Manager - Curriculum and Program Innovation
Anand believes that education today needs to produce critical thinkers of the self and society and that everyone holds the capacity to operate from that space. He has spent most of his adult life working in formal and informal education with organizations around the world. He has worked with organizations like Initiatives of Change, Global Citizen Year, United World College – Cyprus, Transform Schools and The asar Project. With focus towards leadership, self development and social justice. He hopes that one day, with the right access to education, society will have access to an equal quality of life. Other than this, Anand loves to spend time listening to music and watching sunsets. Favorite quote: I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: No fear. – Nina Simone
Project Manager - JUMP! Summer Programs
Born and raised in the suburban area of Bangkok, Thailand, Intee is an outdoor enthusiast who finds nothing but greatness and fun in adventuring and being in nature. While studying in college, he discovered his passions for strongman sports, rock climbing, and trekking. Fun fact: Intee can lift a stone that weighs almost 200 kilograms with his bare hands! When he’s not out adventuring or lifting heavy rocks, Intee spends all of his time cooking all kinds of different cuisines. With a degree in International Relations from Mahidol University, he aims to create a positive impact on the world through his profession in the sustainability field, and through inspiring youths. Upon experiencing outdoor education for the first time, Intee was exhilarated by the possibility of creating positive change in the world by sharing his passion for the great outdoors and providing opportunities for personal growth.
Carol lives in beautiful BC, Canada where she loves to explore the natural world through her work and play. Her career journey includes many years of providing experiential education for youth through Educo Adventure School (now JUMP! Canada) along with 17 years on faculty in the Outdoor Recreation Management Department at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Carol’s work adventures also include being the office manager and yoga therapist in a wellness clinic in the interior of BC. Her favorite activities are hiking, biking, paddling, cross country skiing, gardening and preparing healthy whole foods! She enjoys a regular yoga and meditation practice and loves to live a simple life and care for the earth. Carol is passionate about climate action and sustainability and loves working with like minded people to inspire future changemakers!
Harry was born and raised in Southern Vietnam. While his formal background is in engineering, he has found his great passion in the outdoors and for understanding human development. He loves to use natural environments as a classroom for holistic development. He has a mind of exploring the world, welcoming new experiences, and drawing out insights from those experiences. With almost ten years of living and working in other countries, he understands the importance of diversity and life-long learning.
Senior Program Manager
Nikita was born and raised in India. She is a graduate of Theatre Design and Direction from the National School of Drama. She is deeply interested and passionate about work concerning Gender, Privilege, and Sustainability. She is a creator and curator who enjoys letting her artwork be an entry point for sensitive conversations to happen. As an art educator, she undertakes modules on sustainability and design thinking in remote villages as well as urban cities in India.
Angel’s passion for transforming lives took root one summer afternoon in a farming community in Laguna, Philippines, when their perspective on life shifted. Their eyes were opened to the harsh reality that not everyone has access to basic social services, such as housing, education, and even food. Ever since that moment, Angel has dedicated his life to serving others and protecting and promoting the human rights and civil liberties of politically persecuted and marginalized people. As a professional, Angel contributed to a non-profit organization’s mission of providing accessible vaccinations to remote and underserved areas. Remaining hopeful for a future free from hunger, landlessness, and violence, Angel remains steadfast in their commitment to creating transformative learning experiences for the future leaders of society – experiences that could foster critical thinking while promoting the virtues of compassion, empathy, and humanity.