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

Our Team

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

Every child protected within the love of a family.

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

Andrew   Crisis Prevention Team, Lead

Andrew

Crisis Prevention Team, Lead

Jariya (Lay)   Crisis Response Team, Social Worker

Jariya (Lay)

Crisis Response Team, Social Worker

Jue Jue   ECDC, Lead Teacher

Jue Jue

ECDC, Lead Teacher

Joy   Crisis Response Team, Case Manager

Joy

Crisis Response Team, Case Manager

Sara Harvel    Sojourn Studio, Director

Sara Harvel

Sojourn Studio, Director

Leah   Emergency Shelter, Lead

Leah

Emergency Shelter, Lead

Kanda   Administrative Assistant

Kanda

Administrative Assistant

Naree   Office Admin., Accounting

Naree

Office Admin., Accounting

Jason Harvel    Media and Sojourn Production Manager

Jason Harvel

Media and Sojourn Production Manager

Ku Ku   Crisis Prevention Team

Ku Ku

Crisis Prevention Team

Ma Thu   ECDC, Teacher

Ma Thu

ECDC, Teacher

Chalee   Crisis Prevention Team

Chalee

Crisis Prevention Team

Zu Zue   Sojourn Studio, Program Manager

Zu Zue

Sojourn Studio, Program Manager

Mi Air   Transition Home Team

Mi Air

Transition Home Team

Stephanie Melachrinos   Sojourn Studio, Program & Product Manager

Stephanie Melachrinos

Sojourn Studio, Program & Product Manager

Soe Moe   Crisis Prevention Team

Soe Moe

Crisis Prevention Team

April   ECDC, Teacher

April

ECDC, Teacher

Paw Day Nyar   ECDC, Teacher

Paw Day Nyar

ECDC, Teacher

Su Myat Moe   ECDC, Assistant Teacher

Su Myat Moe

ECDC, Assistant Teacher

Poe Kwar   Facilities Manager

Poe Kwar

Facilities Manager

Lwe K'Paw   ECDC, Hospitality Coordinator

Lwe K'Paw

ECDC, Hospitality Coordinator

Ar Mi Dee   Transition Home Team

Ar Mi Dee

Transition Home Team

Teri Heft   U.S. Finance Officer

Teri Heft

U.S. Finance Officer

Khin May   Emergency Shelter Team

Khin May

Emergency Shelter Team

Som Chai   Transportation Specialist

Som Chai

Transportation Specialist

Peggy Melachrinos   Sojourn Studio, Etsy Shop Manager

Peggy Melachrinos

Sojourn Studio, Etsy Shop Manager


Regional Advocate Leads

Nitika Ennion   New Zealand Advocate

Nitika Ennion

New Zealand Advocate

Claire Millichamp   New Zealand Advocate

Claire Millichamp

New Zealand Advocate

Daniel & Mia Løseth   Norway Advocates

Daniel & Mia Løseth

Norway Advocates

 

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

Global 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

 

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.)