Directors, Advisors, and Sponsors

    Executive Council Members

Bob Haddad has been studying nuad boran 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 and Asokananda. Bob founded Thai Healing Alliance in 2005, and he teaches workshops internationally.
Cristina Muñoz Gandara is a yoga teacher and an attorney. She began Thai massage study 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.
Jennifer Barnett began her study of Thai massage 2004 at ITM, and again with other Thai teachers in 2007. She has also studied with Pierce Salguero, Bob Haddad and at the Thai Institute. Now retired from private practice in Kansas City, USA, she enjoys introducing others to those interested in Thai massage.
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.
Janice Gagnon has studied and practiced Thai massage since 1997. She studied and co-taught with Master Lek Chaiya for many years, and she helps to promote that particular lineage of practice. She is founder and director of Spirit Winds School in Nevada City, California, where she teaches northern style and jap sen techniques.
Keith G. Wagner was an attorney in environmental law for many years, but is now a certified massage therapist, yoga teacher and hypnotherapist. He has studied Thai massage in Thailand at Loi Kroh, Sunshine Massage School, and with Ajahn Pichest Boonthumme; and in the USA with Tim Holt and Janice Gagnon.
THAI acknowledges and thanks Archives Coordinator Tracy Wells. Thanks also to previous members of the THAI Council including, 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 is available to THAI as an independent 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 runs Loi Kroh Massage School, which specializes in one-on-one and small group teaching.