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Chairperson
Ms. Chinarat Nakhasathien

Ms Chinarat Nakhasathien, Fon, was elected as Chairperson of the Board of Kids Ark Foundation in 2013. Born in Bangkok she holds a BA degree in Hotel and Tourism Management from Bangkok University and worked in the hotel business in Thailand andthe Cayman Islands for six years. She holds a Master of Counselling Psychology. Fon has been a member of the Kids Ark Board since 2005.

Managing Director ,Treasurer
Mr. Suthee Chivaphongse
Suthee Chivaphongse is a qualified Certified Chartered Accountant from the UK and a member of the Thai Institute of Directors.  He lived and worked in the UK for over 10 years before returned home in Thailand.  His role as a senior management in the global manufacturing and oil & gas industry provides him opportunities to travel to many countries around the world.  Traveling abroad allows him to see the differences on the culture, standard of living and education between Thailand and those countries.  With the aim to close these gaps, he, therefore, decided to join Kids Arks in 2017 as a volunteer.

Members

Mr. Philip John Parry
Dr Parry is a UK and Thai-registered chiropractor working in hospitals in Bangkok and Chiang Mai for the past 20 years. He has an MSc in Chiropractic Paediatrics, a diploma in Child Development Psychology and is currently completing a PhD. Philip is a board member since 2004

Ms. Supajee Nilubon
Khun Supajee Nilubol is the Honorary Consul of Sweden in the North of Thailand. She is also the Advisor to the Ministry of National Resources and Irrigation Project for the Northern and Northeastern Regions of Thailand and Advisor to the National Legislature, and Commissioner for Energy. She holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Boston University, Massachusetts,and with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She studied finance at Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Engineering of Energy Programmes at Princeton University. She is a board member since 2007

Ms. Weena Thanachaisakul
WeenaThanachaisakul (Goi), is Head of the Department of Art Education at Chiangmai University, Thailand. She holds a Masters degree in Education (Arts Education ) from Chulalongkom University, Bangkok, and a Bachelor degree in Art Education from Khonkaen University, Thailand. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in curriculum and instructional education at KhonKaen University. She is a widely travelled guest lecturer, and a winner of the  2005 Award, Book Festival for Young People,from The Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand, Non-fiction category.

Mr. Viroj Lerdrash
Mr Viroj Lerdrash is a graduate of the Executive Master of Business Administration Program of the National Institute of Development Administration, and presently the Managing Director and CEO of Unitrade House Ware Co., Ltd.  He has also worked as the Key Account Manager with Hansa Industrial (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and formerly President NL Stationery & Export Co., Ltd

Ms.Marisa Punnakitti                 
Marisa is a certified professional in Program Management. She has over 6 years of consultancy and professional experiences across Australia, China, Germany and Southeast Asia.  With a background in business consulting, she has work extensively in a diverse range of business strategy, transformation and program management. Marisa holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of Mannheim in Germany and Mahidol University International College.

She has a global interest with a local lens. When not advising corporations, you can find Marisa busy doing voluntary works and travelling around. She has a long association with non-profit organizations and humanitarian work. Prior to joining Kid Arks Foundation, Board of Directors, she served as Amnesty International Human Rights Activist, nominated as AIESEC Vice President of External Relations,  elected as MUIC Alumni Association Board Member and volunteered with UN Women to arrange the biggest fundraising event – Gala Dinner. The previous gala benefit has raised to support the critical work of UN Women in stopping oppression and violence towards women. Most passionate about Gender Equality, Women Rights, Education and Economic Growth.

Mrs. Kanya  Somboon
Mrs.Kanya Sombun. (PhD.)She is 58 years old. She is expert director of Pangmaphapittayasan School.  She is board of directors of child friendly school.  She has passed the training course on about remning educational. Projects in a multi – cultural and multi religious country opportunities and challenge for the management and leadership from Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation.  She is a chairman of secondary school administrator association of Maehongson Thailand.  She received the Great teacher Award in 2015.  She received the Doing Good for Society and Educational Development Award in 2019

Mrs. Pornsarun  Mutli
Mrs. Pornsarun Multi. She is 62 years old. She graduated with a master’s degree. Educational Administration. She used to serve as the director of Ban Hauy Poo School. Under the Office of Basic Education, Ministry of Education and worked with Kids Ark Foundation in 2012. Kids Ark Foundation has helped to promote and develop the quality of education of Ban Hauy Poo School make students have a better quality of life. Now, She is a pensioner.

Advisory board 

Ms. Rita Holm Gustafsson
In her native Sweden, Rita Holm Gustafsson is a registered nurse and nurse educator. She has worked in various fields ranging from 25 years of teaching to information about HIV policy. Furthermore she has worked several years in managing positions at the Foundation Noaks Ark´s department for people living with HIV and their relatives  as well as at a Red Cross center for migrants, refugees and people living with disability. Together with her late husband Allan Gustafsson she founded Kids Ark Foundation Thailand.

Mr. Thomas Westheimer
Thomas Westheimer has been a volunteer with Kids Ark since 2008 and a board member since 2015. He helped to start a Kids Ark USA charity in the US and is a former US (Iran 1970-72) and Canadian (1973-76) Peace Corps volunteer. He ran a computer company for 20 years in the United States. He and his wife lived in Thailand from 1973 – 1983 and still see it as their second home. He also volunteers with The Foundation to Encourage the Potential of Disabled Persons and has been a Rotary member for over 24 years.

Mr. Richard M. Holofcener
Richard is a serial entrepreneur, branding, and internet marketing expert. Originally from the USA, he has made Chiang Mai, Thailand his home since 2005. Since Richard has delegated most of the day to day management of his companies to others, he is currently concentrating on personally managing his investment portfolio and spending time with his family.

Ms. Jennifer  Raley
Jennifer Raley lives in Winter Haven, Florida. She is the mother of three adult children, two dogs and two cats. She has a background in Real Estate and owns and manages some rental properties in Tampa, Florida. Jennifer was introduced to Kids Ark by Willem Peppler (deceased), a longtime friend of Rita Holm Gustafsson. Jennifer is passionate about Kids Ark Foundation: its mission, the individuals it serves, and those of you whose skills and energy make it happen. She is honored and delighted to be joining the Advisory Committee.

 

 

Founding Board Member
Allan Gustafsson
Joint founder of Kids Ark, Allan Gustafsson (1929-2009) started his career in the Swedish Institute of Business Activity, after which he worked as an international executive for the Swedish pulp and paper industry for over 30 years. He subsequently volunteered for the Swedish Red Cross for several years. Allan held an MA from the University of Uppsala. He was the Economic Director of Kids Ark Foundation.

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