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.
Senior Program Manager, Social Impact
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.
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.
Suchat Niha (Tem)
“Everyone is unique and special in their own way”, said Tem. He was born in the smallest city in the south of Thailand called Ranong. Growing up in a town surrounded by mountains and seas made him fall in love with nature. In high school, he received a scholarship from Japanese government to live in Japan for a year. Therefore, it made him interested in culture, people, art, and history. He pursued his degree in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship Program (GSSE) at Thammasat University. He also went to the University of Connecticut for his academic exchange in Economic Development. Currently, he has been running a social startup with his friends that connect organic local farmers to people in the city. After all, if you want to talk about history, social issues, or Harry Potter, then he is the one you can talk to.
Kaitlyn was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in upstate New York. She has been living overseas for the past seven
years. In 2014, she relocated to Thailand to work as an early years educator where her excitement for teaching and learning grew. Kaitlyn completed her Masters in Education at Melbourne University focused on student wellbeing 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.”