Directors, Advisors and Sponsors

    Executive Council Members

Bob Haddad has been studying traditional Thai massage in Thailand and elsewhere since 1999. He has studied with many teachers around the world, and he has been strongly influenced by Ajahn Pichest Boonthumme, (Mama) Lek Chaiya and Asokananda. Bob founded Thai Healing Alliance in 2005, and he teaches courses around the world.
Cristina Muñoz Gándara is an attorney and a yoga teacher. She began studying Thai massage in 2002, and has studied at ITM, with Lek Chaiya, Bob Haddad, and Jack Chaiya. She organizes Thai practice sessions in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and directs Vandana Thai, a social networking organization for Thai massage and yoga.
Jo Jensen was first introduced to nuad boran in 2004, during her training to become a massage therapist. She studied with Lyrea Crawford and later traveled to Thailand to study at Loi Kroh and Sunshine Massage School. Since then, she has continued her studies with Bob Haddad, Noam Tyroler and Nephyr Jacobsen.
Mark Wisdom is a yoga teacher and exercise physiologist who began studying Thai massage in 2010. He has studied with Bob Haddad, Janice Gagnon and Nephyr Jacobsen, and in Thailand with Jack Chaiya, Sichai Sukparset and at Loi Kroh School. Mark owns and operates Integrative Bodywork in Longview, Texas.
THAI thanks and acknowledges all previous volunteers and THAI Council members including, Janice Gagnon, Keith Wagner, Jennifer Barnett, Tracy Wells, Paul Fowler, Karen Ufer, Kath Rutland, Hillary Hilliard, Margaret Harstad, Joel Sheposh, Martin Misenheimer, Al Turner, II, Pierce Salguero, D’vorah Swarzman, James Peckham.


Advisory Council Members

Richard Gold has practiced Asian healing arts for over 30 years, and studied with Chongkol Setthakorn. He has written several books on Thai Massage. Rick is a licensed Acupuncturist, past President of IPSB, and is a founding member of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He teaches Thai massage, and lives in California.
Max Scheuermeier had backgrounds in business and banking when he moved to Thailand from Switzerland in 1995. Soon after, he met Asokananda, whose way of life based on Buddhist principles made an impression on him. In 2004, with the help of supporters, Max opened the Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai.
Coocky Tassanee was exposed to traditional Thai massage during her youth in Thailand. She studied with Dr. Pennapa Subcharoen, Ithidet Manarat (Poo), Pichest Boonthumme, and at Wat Po and the Ministry of Public Health. Coocky founded Loi Kroh Massage School in Chiang Mai, which for many years specialized in small-group teaching.


Emerald level:  2020: Cristina Muñoz Gándara; Bob Haddad;

Lotus level:  2020: Gregory Oed, Sally Legg; Allison Russell; José Antonio Rubio Marco; Richard Gold; Brandon Rutten, Glenn Greff, Mark Wisdom

Previous Sponsors: 2019: Emerald: Keith Wagner, Cristina Muñoz Gándara, Mark Wisdom, Bob Haddad, Tanya Boigenzahn, James Peckham  2019 Lotus: Glenn Greff, Richard Giba, Michael Buck, Mary Jane Calvert,  Michael Buchschatz, Giorgios Alexandris, Margaret Harstad, Phillip Behrns, Suthida Swanson, Paloma Glasser,  2018:  Glenn Greff, Richard Giba, Phana Wichaiwong, Richard Gold, Michael Buchschatz, Elyse Briggs, Phyllis Wolf, John Loft, Ramduan Dusolt, Jerrie Lee Parpart, Naa-Dodoa Ankrah, Michael Gonzalez, Samak Suiseeya