Kat Hendrix is a freelance medical writer with over 18 years of experience communicating complex scientific and medical information to professional, regulatory, and public audiences. After graduating from Drew University in 1985, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Group 85, TEFL-Crossover) teaching English and Agriculture at two schools in northwestern Thailand near Chiangmai. Working with her Thai counterparts, she helped design and build a chicken house and fishpond project that supported a free lunch program for students. She also taught safe pesticide and fertilizer handling practices. After Peace Corps, she moved to the US Virgin Islands where she worked as a florist at Caneel Bay resort and lived aboard her sailboat. Returning to the mainland US in 1991, she earned an MS in Journalism from Boston University and a PhD in Public Health from the University of SC. Kat currently lives in Charleston, SC, with her dog Pearl, where she writes, teaches yoga, and enjoys the beauty of the Carolina coast. She joined the Friends of Thailand Board in 2009.
J.M. served in Thailand from 2012 - 2015 with Group 124, first as an education volunteer in Banluang, Nan, and for a third year at Prateepsasana Islamic School in Nakhon Sri Thammarat City. He misses the people and their mountain harvests and islands, arai gaw dai, grace and reciprocity. He lives in Washington, DC, and advocates for America's foreign aid budget.
Julia Chinnock served from '06-'08 (group 118) in Kamphaeng Phet as part of the Community Based Organizational Development program. Upon COSing, she moved to Bangkok where she lived for the next 6 years. Now that she's back in the states, she travels back to Thailand often and stays very connected to her Thai community and friends.
Prior to service, Julia earned a M.A. in Communication from Rollins College.
Currently, she lives in Orlando, FL with her hubby and sweet little baby. They travel extensively, and Julia works as a Professional Development Specialist for Curriculum Associates.
Julia is very grateful to be able to serve on the Friends of Thailand board. She always says, "Peace Corps is the gift that keeps on giving" and is honored to be able to be able to give back to Thailand, and support currently serving PCVs' communities, in this teeny way.
Bill Knowlton (Thai 98) was a volunteer with the Department of Agriculture Extension (DOAE) – Nutrition, in Wapi Pathum District, Mahasarakam Province, from 1991-94. His work centered on income generation projects with village mothers’ groups and 4-H groups. He was the technical trainer for the DOAE PCVs in group 102 and extended to a third year of service. He’s lived in Thailand and remained active in Peace Corps work after COS, most notably acting as Cross-cultural Coordinator of Thai training group 116 (2004), and Project Coordinator for the Crisis Corps’ Asian Tsunami Relief efforts in 2005-6. He currently lives in Bangkok and works in the regional Learning and Development Group of DKSH, a market services provider with operations across Asia. Being a member of the board since 2008, he continues to enjoy working as a bridge between American and Thai ways, bringing together the best of both worlds.
Carol DeMent taught English and teaching methodologies at Petchaburi Teachers College in Petchaburi Province from 1985-87. She developed curriculum for PTC's Tourism program, developed and ran language courses for her Thai colleagues, students and the Petchaburi Police Department. Returning to Washington State, she ran the language programs of a local refugee resettlement nonprofit, working primarily with SE Asian refugees. She was a professional grant writer for ten years, securing funds for tribal, educational and medical organizations. In the late 1990s, she began to study acupuncture and herbology. She established a practice in 2000 and continues to work as a licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine. In her free time she writes novels and is an avid recreational cyclist.
Wendy B. Davis (Thai 69) graduated from Boston College Law School in 1985, magna cum laude. She worked at the law firms of Hamblett & Kerrigan in Nashua, New Hampshire; Peabody & Brown in Boston, Massachusetts; and Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston Massachusetts. She has been on the faculty at Suffolk University Law School, the Appalachian School of Law (where she served as Dean of Students in 2002-2004), Roger Williams University School of Law, Albany Law School, Southern New England School of Law, and is currently at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Law School. Her articles have been published by Columbia Business Law Review, American University Law Review, , University of Texas Journal of Civil Liberties, among others. Her casebooks, Aviation Law: Cases and Problems, and Mergers and Acquisitions: Cases and Problems, were published by William S. Hein & Co. She serves on the boards of the Portsmouth Arts Guild, Bristol Garden Club, and Rhode Island Tree Council. She lives with her husband Michael Emma in Bristol, RI.