James Tewksbury, Director of International Affairs, brings 35 years of educational leadership experience in higher education in the areas of education, psychology, and human development. He has taught in and administered teacher education programs in special education and early childhood education at colleges and universities in Vermont, Michigan, Massachusetts, Iowa, Arizona and Thailand, as well as directed programs for at-risk adolescents and adults preparing to attend college. In his role at GCF, Jim has inspired colleagues, campus participants, and GCF’s partners with his passion for innovative and transformative approaches toward viewing the human condition. He resides in Vermont and Thailand enjoying skiing, motorcycling and spending time with his extended family.
Sheryl Tewksbury draws from a professional background of 25 years of scholarship and educational experience as a college instructor in Women’s history, American government, English and Developmental Studies. Along with teaching, she served in administrative roles for higher education programs in Vermont, Arizona, Iowa and Thailand. Since 2001, Sheryl’s leadership has taken Global Campuses Foundation from its grassroots status to a successful social profit organization supporting transformative learning experiences for hundreds of adults with differing abilities and their allies. In her leisure, she enjoys reading, travel, yoga and meditation.
Kachakorn is a founding core group member of Global Campus Chiang Mai who became the Director when it began in July 2002. She readily evolved as a strong natural leader well known for her successful counseling and facilitating skills. She loves to encourage the sharing of stories, dreams and learning experiences amongst everyone she meets. In 2009, Ka became the GCF Regional Director for Southeast Asia where she oversees campus development in Thailand and surrounding countries. Growing in confidence over the years, Ka has confirmed her belief in the power of higher education to enhance the lives of all people making the world a better place; a world of friendship, love, caring and peace. Ka loves her family, animals-especially dogs, and expressing herself through many forms of art. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 through Sukhothai Thammathiraj University.
Yai, is the director of Global Campus Tong Pao, located on the outskirts of the city of Chiang Mai. She is a cheerful, strong, determined leader who serves as an inspiring model for campus participants. Yai is married and a mother of two young sons. She is a recent graduate of Payap University with a Bachelor of Arts in Language Studies and a goal of becoming a Thai language instructor for international students. Yai confidently demonstrates her positive and successful responses to life’s challenges and has received many awards for her leadership and student success skills. “For me success means to be happy.” She loves to sing, dance and perform on stage.
Somkuan has been the Director of Global Campus Nan since 2008. She is the single mother of a son and a daughter, and comes from a large family of brothers and sisters. Somkuan has had a lot of experience with fieldwork as a village volunteer, facilitator, and vocational trainer. She created a program for saving money for the future and specifically for a funeral fund to help people with disabilities in rural villages. In her role with Global Campuses, she has learned how to identify and cooperate with government organizations focusing on developing the quality of life for persons who experience disability. Somkuan enjoys listening to music and reading books.