Leadership

  • Alexis Simchak

    Cambodia Country Director

    As Country Director of Cambodia, Alexis has extensive experience in Southeast Asia where she has worked for the past four years leading programs and managing operations in Cambodia. Filled with a passion for travel and service learning from a young age, Lexi loves exploring new places and discovering the hidden gems along the way. She is a proud alumna of Penn State…“We Are!” and her love for Cambodia is apparent as she brings her dedication to service and cultural exchange to our programs there.

  • Pannha En

    Cambodia Country Manager

    Pannha is a graduate of the National University of Management in Phnom Penh where he received his Master’s in Business Administration. Known for his gentle-hearted nature and quick smile, Pannha hails from humble roots in Kandal province. His inspiring work ethic has shined brightly over the past seven years. When he is not hard at work behind the scenes organizing our Cambodia program operations, he enjoys playing volleyball. Fluent in both English and Khmer, Pannha is a tremendous asset to Rustic Pathways and proud manager of our local staff team in Cambodia.

Team

  • Sothea Aom

    Cambodia Program Manager

    Born in a small village south of Phnom Penh, Sothea graduated from Cambodia’s National University of Management with a degree in business administration. Prior to joining Rustic Pathways, he worked for an NGO that helps support children in indigent communities and his knowledge of the non-profit world really shines when leading our From the Ground Up program. Since joining Team Cambodia in 2012, he has been a tremendous asset in improving our operations. Sothea is a talented musician and artist, and often leads the group in karaoke during van rides!

  • Zack Kraushar

    Outreach Coordinator

    Focusing his academic research on Genocide studies, Zack graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Sociology. Prior to Rustic, with a lifelong passion for travel and education, Zack worked as a high school English teacher in Japan and a historical tour guide in his hometown of New York City. In his time off, Zack has backpacked extensively throughout Europe and Asia, visiting over forty-five countries thus far. Beyond spending time in Cambodia, Zack’s favorite pastimes include running through the park or dancing at a local music festival.

  • Yusos Sles

    Cambodia Program Manager

    Full of energy and always smiling, Yusos is the first one to the project site and the last one to leave. Born in a small Cham village outside of Kampong Chhnang, he now resides in Phnom Penh where he is a recent graduate of Royal University of Law and Economics. Yusos enjoys traveling, seeing new things, and meeting new people, and has traveled to the United States, Australia, and all around Southeast Asia with Rustic. He especially loves meeting new students and showing them around his country.

  • Senghong Yourk

    Cambodia Program Manager

    Senghong is a recent graduate of Royal University of Law and Economics where he received a degree in international relations . He brings his impressive knowledge of the many issues affecting life in Cambodia today. Senghong is very passionate about discovering new things and being a role model while making a positive impact in his country. Outside of Rustic Pathways, he is very involved in efforts working to bring change to Cambodia, and is a member of the U.S. Ambassador Youth Council, where he meets with the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia every month to discuss different issues.

  • Sothy Than

    Cambodia Program Manager

    Sothy was raised in the Battambang countryside where he worked his way up through school and became a champion kick boxer as well as an avid volleyball player. In addition to his native Khmer, Sothy learned English and Thai from the monks at Phreah Phrom Rach Pagoda. He loves sharing the wonders of his country with Rustic Pathways stu- dents and spending time with his son, Ratha. Sothy spends his summers on our Floating Village program.

  • Pengthay So

    Cambodia Program Manager

    A graduate of Build Bright University with a degree in English, Pengthay, also known as Mr. Thay, is one of our most knowledgable leaders. Known for his unforgettable laugh, he will be one of the first cracking jokes. From a remote area of Siem Reap province, Pengthay, who is an official tour guide for Angkor Archeological Park, delights in showing students the wonders of Angkor Wat and the region’s best-known temples. When not leading trips, you can find Mr. Thay spending time with his family and three adorable kids.

  • Hun Vat

    Floating Village Service Boat Captain

    Raised on the edge of the great Tonle Sap waterway, Hun has spent his entire life on the water. As the captain of our river boat, he knows all the best backwater routes for our Floating Village Service program and can show you the many hidden gems along the way. Hun has been with Rustic Pathways since 2007, and is the perfect captain to navigate our students through the heart of Cambodia’s intricate waterways. Hun is an avid fisherman, and enjoys teaching the students his ways!

  • Ra Gneim

    Floating Village Service First Mate

    Originally hailing from a small floating village in Siem Reap province, Ra was raised on the water. A skilled fisherman, Ra is an excellent first mate on the Rustic Pathways River Boat. Having never attended formal school, Ra has taken advantage of the Rustic Pathways’ Intensive English Language course and excelled tremendously over the last four years. Ra enjoys listening to music and is very interested in learning about popular music outside of Cambodia from the students. When not working on the boat, Ra likes to play soccer and volleyball.