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.
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.
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.
Joe Sciacca (Group 43 - TEFL 1973-76) taught English at Ayuthaya Teachers Training College. He met his future wife and married in Thailand following his COS in1976 and remained in Thailand one additional year teaching at Srinakarinwirot University, Bangkhen. For his mid-service summer project, Joe joined with students and faculty from Khon Kaen U to construct a school in Ban Na Tabaeng, Mukdahan.
Joe and Mayuree returned to the US in 1977. He earned a M.S. in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, while Mayuree earned a M.A. in Education, and a PhD in Educational Policy Studies, also at UIUC. Joe worked as a Reference Librarian in Urbana, IL, as a Branch Library Director in El Paso, TX, and as a Library Development Consultant in Champaign, IL where he promoted library cooperation and managed a wide area network in a multi-type library consortium of public, school, academic and special libraries located in East Central Illinois. In 1993 Joe returned to Thailand as a USAID/American Library Association Library Fellow to help PULINET, a consortium of university libraries outside Bangkok, establish their first shared automation system. Joe currently serves on the Board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Illinois. Joe retired in 2010 and lives with his wife Mayuree in Champaign Illinois. They return to Thailand to visit family and friends almost every year, and continue to seek volunteer opportunities there.
Laurie Allen served as an education volunteer in Phitsanuloke in the early 70's. She extended her service in the Ministry of Education to teach a series of seminars for elementary school teachers. She taught EFL in Europe for several years and then earned an MLIS at Simmons College in Boston. Her career led her to run a major university science and engineering library, and the libraries of 2 major architectural companies and several high-tech engineering research firms. She is a Past Chair of the Engineering Division of the Special Library Association.
A few years ago, her former students tracked her down through the RPCV office and invited her back for a class reunion as an honored guest. She is in touch with not only these students but a few of their children, as well. Laurie lives in Boston where she has studied Thai language at the local Thai temple and works with Masters degree students from Thailand.
Seth B. Spiro is an accomplished and entrepreneurial executive specializing in global marketing communications for mission-driven organizations.
Currently, Seth holds the position of VP Chief Marketing Officer at Finca Impact Finance, headquartered in Washington, D.C. This global network of microfinance banks serves 2 million customers across five continents. Prior to his role at Finca, Seth served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Tyndall Federal Credit Union. Seth's career also includes marketing leadership roles at the American Red Cross National Headquarters and Alfred A. Knopf.
Seth served two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and Master's in Management from the University of Maryland.