Jittinan Somsak "Noon" is our Thai and English language teacher. She graduated from Ratchapat University where she studied Elementary Education. She gained experience teaching at the school in her village, Hoy Tong. She also helps manage our social business the Chai Lai Orchid.
Golo Wararom is the program mentor. She graduated from Mae Jo University with a degree in agriculture. Golo’s dream is to be a voice for Karen People on an international level and advocate for indigenous people's land rights. She mentors the women in the Daughters Rising program and provides translation in English, Karen and Thai languages. Golo also works as a guide for Chai Lai Sisters.
Owner, Chai Lai Sisters
After finishing our hospitality training program, Nukul used our interest free loan program to open her own company. She created Chai Lai Sisters, Thailand's first Karen women's trekking company. Now she helps train the girls at Chai Lai to be trekking guides and manage their own homestays.
Co-Founder + Executive Director
Alexandra Bay was working as photographer in NYC when she met a girl being trafficked in Chiang Mai. She dropped everything to move to rural Thailand and create a safe house and job training center. Her passion for humanitarian work has propelled her on adventure throughout the world for the past decade working with nonprofits from Germany to Nepal. She spearheads Daughters Rising initiatives, develops RISE Workshops and runs our training and educational programs at the Chai Lai Orchid.
Co-Founder + Head of Artisan Initiative
Johannah Herr is an artist and designer, holding a BFA from Parsons and and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is based in Brooklyn, where she and Alexa met and bonded over their shared passion for women's empowerment projects many years ago. They started Daughters Rising after the experience of witnessing a girl being trafficked in Chiang Mai. Hannah runs the RISE shop in which she designs and develops products with indigenous craftswomen for sale online and at artisan markets throughout the New York metro area. When she is not in the jungle she is a professional artist having exhibited her work in New York, London, Seattle, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Berlin and Ulaanbaatar and currently teaches at Parsons.
Teacher + Media Advocate
Francesca Fletcher studied English Literature in college and believes that the written word is a truly powerful tool. Having lived in Thailand for a year, she soon developed a desire to be involved in social justice for ethnic minority people. Now, Fran leads media advocacy projects and supports Daughters Rising in person when she’s not teaching Shakespeare and grammar to teenagers in the UK.
Program Advisor + Volunteer Coordinator
Claire Sabitini is a musician and social justice seeker. After receiving her bachelors in criminal justice and public policy, she worked in social services helping to run a housing stability program that addresses the issue of homelessness in her community. Claire worked as researcher for the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and is getting her masters in international law.
Dr. Elizabeth RatCliFfe
Doctor and Women's Health Advocate