Short BioOriginally from Colorado but have spent most of the past 35 years living in SE Asia. After a career in community development changed to working in community-based ecotourism. For the past 6 years I have been the manager of a bicycle tour company based in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Favourite DestinationThe Boat Lanidng Guest House
Hobbies & InterestsPhotography, hiking, cycling
Degrees & Certificates1993, Masters of International
Administration , School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont
May 1984, B.A., German Language & Literature, Colorado State University
Jobs/Opportunities sought:I am looking for long term employment. My dream job will be a mix of working with a team and local communities to create meaningful tourism experiences benefitting nature, local communities and visitors
Work ExperienceWorking in the improvement of livelihoods in rural Laos, I became interested in using tourism as a community development tool. This interest led eventually to the establishment of the Boat Landing Guest House (www.theboatlanding.com) and work with private sector companies in developing community-based tourism programs in rural villages ( Exotissimo, Green Discovery Laos). Later on I have worked with companies in Thailand to develop community based tourism experiences. I have worked with WWF on a feasibility assessment of community-based tourism in Thailand's Northeast, wildlife tourism project in Cambodia as well as managing a yoga retreat. For the past six years I have worked with Grasshopper Adventures, a bike tour company, as the Thailand Country Manager.
Services Offered5 years managing a bicycle tour company
14 years experience in building, developing, operating and marketing an Ecolodge
9 years experience in developing and operating community-based tourism programs
2 years experience as marketing advisor for an inbound tour operator
14 years experience in humanitarian development work Skilled with computers and internet
Community-based and Ecotourism Consultant
Experienced report and copywriter
Foreign Language Interpreter