Our Team

Ashlee Heiligman is a licensed social worker whose passion for child protection moved her to Thailand in 2009. There she became an advocate for marginalized children and families and now empowers others to do the same. Ashlee is based in Austin, Texas and when she’s not tackling injustice, she’s living a daily adventure with her husband and two kids.

Ashlee Heiligman is a licensed social worker whose passion for child protection moved her to Thailand in 2009. There she became an advocate for marginalized children and families and now empowers others to do the same. Ashlee is based in Austin, Texas and when she’s not tackling injustice, she’s living a daily adventure with her husband and two kids.

Ashlee Heiligman, Global Director

 We are a diverse team, speaking a total of 12 different languages, yet we share the same vision: 

A world where every child is safe and thriving

Daniel Nyan is a trained engineer and he applies his planning and problem solving skills everyday as he leads our team of Burmese and Thai nationals. Daniel became an advocate with us in 2010 and his heart for seeing children loved and protected within safe families has greatly shaped our vision and mission. That passion grew even stronger when he and his wife, Leah recently welcomed their first born son.

Daniel Nyan is a trained engineer and he applies his planning and problem solving skills everyday as he leads our team of Burmese and Thai nationals. Daniel became an advocate with us in 2010 and his heart for seeing children loved and protected within safe families has greatly shaped our vision and mission. That passion grew even stronger when he and his wife, Leah recently welcomed their first born son.

Daniel Nyan, Asia Director

Kristine Smith    Finance Officer, Int’l Liaison

Kristine Smith

Finance Officer, Int’l Liaison

Naree   Office Admin., Accounting

Naree

Office Admin., Accounting

Andrew   Community Team Leader

Andrew

Community Team Leader

Kanda   Administrative Assistant

Kanda

Administrative Assistant

Jariya (Lay)   Social Worker

Jariya (Lay)

Social Worker

Joy   Case Worker

Joy

Case Worker

Jue Jue   Head Teacher, ECDC

Jue Jue

Head Teacher, ECDC

Leah   Case Worker

Leah

Case Worker

Teri Heft   U.S. Finance Officer

Teri Heft

U.S. Finance Officer

Sara Harvel    Sojourn Program Lead

Sara Harvel

Sojourn Program Lead

Jason Harvel    Media Coordinator

Jason Harvel

Media Coordinator

Peggy Melachrinos   Sojourn Etsy Shop

Peggy Melachrinos

Sojourn Etsy Shop

Stephanie Melachrinos   Sojourn Studio Creative

Stephanie Melachrinos

Sojourn Studio Creative

Zu Zue   Community Team

Zu Zue

Community Team

Ma Thu   Teacher, ECDC

Ma Thu

Teacher, ECDC

Mi Air   Transition Home Staff

Mi Air

Transition Home Staff

Lwe K'Paw   Hospitality Coordinator, ECDC

Lwe K'Paw

Hospitality Coordinator, ECDC

Nitika Ennion    New Zealand Advocate
Ku Ku   Community Team

Ku Ku

Community Team

Ar Mi Dee   Transition Home Staff

Ar Mi Dee

Transition Home Staff

Lue May   Teacher, ECDC

Lue May

Teacher, ECDC

Poe Kwar   Facilities Manager, ECDC

Poe Kwar

Facilities Manager, ECDC

Daniel & Mia Løseth   Norway Advocates

Daniel & Mia Løseth

Norway Advocates

Ivy   Data Collection, Reporting

Ivy

Data Collection, Reporting

Paw Day Nyar   Teacher, ECDC

Paw Day Nyar

Teacher, ECDC

Tuesday   Community Team

Tuesday

Community Team

Som Chai   Transportation Specialist

Som Chai

Transportation Specialist

Claire Millichamp    New Zealand Advocate

Claire Millichamp

New Zealand Advocate

 
 

U.S. Board

KIP AMSTUTZ

President and Partner, 360 Equipment Finance

JAKE MASSENGALE

Farm and Ranch Real Estate

FRANK WEST

Owner, Frontera Builders

CHRISTOPHER MCWHORTER

Director of E.A. at Pilot Thomas Logistics

SAM WEST

Director, Marion Ranch Management

Thailand Board

PUANGCHAN GRIFFITH (GAN)

Field Manager, Mighty Oak Tree Foundation

KANDA PHOPRASOBCHOK

Administrative Assistant, GCA

KRISTINE SMITH

International Team Liaison & Finance

JARIYA PHOPRASOBCHOK (LAY)

Social Worker, GCA

WATCHARAPON KUKAEWKASEM (SIA)

Clinical Social Worker and Director, FRP

 
 

Special Thanks to our Storytellers:

Haley George Photography

Whitney Runyon

Constance Dykhuizen

The Archibald Project

Jason Harvel Photography

(All photos and media found on this site have been licensed to GCA for use.)