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.
Soe Aubomo is our art teacher. She attended Ratchapat University and earned her degree in Art Education. Her specialty is painting and drawing. Soe runs photography and art therapy workshops for the women of Daughters Rising. Soe's photography prints and designs are available for purchase in our online shop.
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.
Strategic Planning + Marketing Advisor
Kayla Gill brings her education and experience working with underserved communities, evaluating and improving programming, writing, and editing to the Daughters Rising team. She has worked in migrant worker rights education and as a foreclosure prevention counselor for a Latino housing organization following the 2008 U.S. housing crisis. Kayla holds a BA in Community Development from Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies. She is passionate about women’s and ethnic minority rights and is interested in the complexities of multicultural identity and privilege intersectionality. Kayla likes Karen homestays, swimming in waterfalls, and dancing to hip-hop.
Co-Founder + Designer
Johannah Herr is an artist and designer who received a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2009, her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook in 2016, and is currently a professor at Parsons. She has exhibited her work in New York, London, Seattle, Mexico City, Berlin and Ulaanbaatar, and recently completed a Fulbright research grant in Mongolia to study Kazakh traditional craft. Hannah designs and develops products with indigenous craftswomen.
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. While traveling in Asia, she volunteered to teach English for Daughters Rising. Once being involved with this project, she couldn’t stay away. So Claire moved to Chiang Mai and now volunteers for Daughters Rising as a program advisor and volunteer coordinator. Claire works as researcher for the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).
Dr. Elizabeth RatCliFfe
Doctor and Women's Health Advocate