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, Martin Misenheimer, Al Turner, II, Pierce Salguero, D’vorah Swarzman, James Peckham, Joel Sheposh, and Margaret Harstad.


Advisory Council Members

Richard Gold has been practicing 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.
Alan Phillips, J.D. is an Attorney and Counselor at Law. Alan is a long-time advocate for holistic health issues and healthcare freedom, and is one of few attorneys in the U.S. who handles vaccine legal exemption cases. He takes a holistic approach in his practice and work with clients. He has supported THAI as a pro-bono consultant.
Max Scheuermeier had backgrounds in business administration 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 has studied with Dr. Pennapa Subcharoen, Ithidet Manarat (Poo), Pichest Boonthumme, and at Wat Po and the Ministry of Public Health. Coocky owns and directs Loi Kroh Massage School in Chiang Mai, which specializes in small-group teaching.