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Our Team in Thailand

Leadership

Bryan Haggerty

Southeast Asia Regional Director

Bryan studied philosophy at Saint Michael’s College before moving to Southeast Asia, where he has lived and worked for over a decade. Prior to joining Rustic Pathways, he spent several years teaching at Chiang Mai University and volunteering for an NGO that advocates for ethnic minority groups in the region. Bryan speaks fluent Thai and Lao and has managed our Thailand operations since 2008. Bryan splits his year between the mountains of Vermont and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Kadum Sanboon

Ricefields Service Base Director

A devout Buddhist, Kadum spent six years as a monk before joining Rustic Pathways where he has lovingly managed our Ricefields Base (which is also his home!) for more than 10 years. With extensive travel throughout 14 countries, fluency in three languages, and an intimate knowledge of our global operations, Kadum is one of the most experienced and respected members of our Southeast Asia team.

Panuwat ‘Maha’ Noikamkong

Ricefields Service Base Manager

Maha joined Rustic Pathways in 2004 after spending 12 years as a Buddhist monk. He has an advanced degree in Buddhist philosophy, speaks four languages, and has managed the Ricefields Base for several years. One of our most experienced teachers of Buddhism, Maha has deep community service experience in Thailand and Laos. Maha brings a steadying presence to our team and also manages the Ricefields Hotel.

Team

Keegan Kennedy

Thailand, Laos and Myanmar Senior Country Manager

Keegan has been teaching, studying, and researching in Thailand for more than a decade. Originally from northern California, he completed his master’s thesis on the effects of forest fires on floral and fungal communities. Keegan is fluent in both written and spoken Thai and Lao, and brings his deep knowledge of Southeast Asia’s eco-systems, history, and cultures to Rustic Pathways operations year-round.

John Cody

Ricefields Base Manager

John graduated from Providence College and has been living in Thailand since 2013. He taught conversational English at public high schools before his start at Rustic Pathways in the summer of 2015, where he has since been program leading throughout Southeast Asia. He is the youngest of nine children and enjoys reading, running, and photography.

Kannika 'Kookkai' Songphinit

Reservations Manager

Born and raised next door to our Ricefields Base, Kookai grew up playing with Rustic students from a young age. She is a graduate of Sripratum University in Bangkok with a degree in international business management, and is working toward a law degree at Ramkhamhaeng University. Kookai works out of our Chiang Mai office where she manages all hotel and transportation bookings for our programs.

Veerayut ‘Ched’ Supadee

Thailand Senior Program Manager

This soft-spoken, easy-going Udon Thani native is a favorite with all. Ched helps coordinate our various Medical Service programs at the Ricefields Base, which run during the summer and year-round for school groups. With experience running specialized technical service and Gap Year programs in both Laos and Thailand, Ched also has a huge heart for animals and is one of the most versatile members of our team.

Dan O'Connor

Thailand Program Leader and Logistics Coordinator

Dan grew up on the north shore of Massachusetts and attended Skidmore College. After graduating in economics and German, he lived in Europe for a year. Dan is currently our Logistics Manager in Thailand and recently completed his second summer as a Program Leader. In his free time, he continues learning German and Thai and plays chess and soccer.

Wanlapa 'Nan' Loedbunlattana

Assistant Hill Tribe Base Manager

Nan grew up in a small rice farming village outside of Mae Sariang, and moved to the Baan Rai School at an early age to pursue her education. She grew up away from her parents, making her a great role model for the students at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home. A lifelong learner, Nan is also furthering her studies by attending the local adult school.