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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.

Keegan Kennedy

Southeast Asia Regional Manager

Keegan has taught, studied, and researched in Thailand for more than a decade and joined Rustic in 2011. From northern California, he completed his master’s thesis on the effects of forest fires on floral and fungal communities. Keegan is fluent in written and spoken Thai and Lao and brings his deep knowledge of Southeast Asia’s history and culture to our Southeast Asia operations.

Team

Veerayut ‘Ched’ Supadee

Senior Program Manager - Medical Programs

This soft-spoken Udon Thani native has been a student favorite on Rustic Pathways programs for over a decade. As our resident certified Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Chet manages the curriculum instruction and medical service projects on our Medical Service programs. Chet has led Rustic Programs all around the world, and he has attended advanced medical training in the USA with Wilderness Medical Associates, our official partner for our Medical programs. With his extensive experience around the world and his passion for sharing his country with students from around the world, Chet is a certified Rustic legend!

Panchida 'Oy' Taweepornwuttipong

Senior Ticketing Manager

Originally from Chiang Mai, Oy graduated from the Christian University of Thailand with a degree in Business Management. With over ten years of experience in the travel industry, she enjoys helping others get acquainted with the sights and wonders of her home country. A diligent and detail-oriented worker, Oy manages all flight logistics for our operation across Southeast Asia.

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.

Chone Chaowai

Community Impact Manager

Growing up with a love for maps and geography, Chone developed his interest in global issues and traveling at a very young age. From cleaning horse stables in Turkey, picking berries in South Korea, chasing after sheep in Peru, joining youth exchange in the United States and so much more, he considers his travel experience as the biggest contributor to personal growth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Thammasat University in Thailand and got his Master’s in International Development in France. Chone now brings his holistic understanding and experience around development topics ranging from climate change adaptation, migration, community development, and voluntourism to Rustic Pathways, where he helps design and manage all of our community service initiatives.