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 fighting injustice, she’s living the 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 fighting injustice, she’s living the daily adventure with her husband and two kids.

Ashlee Heiligman, Global Director

 We are a diverse team, speaking a total of 15 different languages, yet we share the same vision: 

To see every child 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. His passion only grew 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. His passion only grew when he and his wife, Leah recently welcomed their first born son.

Daniel Nyan, Asia Director

   Kristine Smith    Finance Officer, International Liaison

Kristine Smith

Finance Officer, International 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.)