The GSC Team

 

GSC Office Staff

Rick Lathrop -

GSC International President; GSC Founder, Executive Director, & Cambodia Program Director


Prior to forming Global Service Corps (GSC), Rick had experience as a high school teacher, a Navy Officer, a print advertising account representative, a nonprofit administrator, and an adult holistic educator and leadership trainer. Rick's graduate studies were part of the Human and Organization Development Ph.D. program at The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. At Fielding, Rick became interested in global studies, particularly in the area of sustainable development, and discovered that there were few educational programs available for adults to gain firsthand experience in the field of international development. With the assistance of a small startup grant from Fielding, he began the development of a program of short-term, "mini Peace Corps" types of experiences to provide Fielding students and others international grass roots exposure to global issues. The concept soon expanded to include participation of adults from all walks of life interested in this kind of experience. Rick continued developing the GSC program part time while completing his studies, and finished his Masters degree in Organization Development in August of 1994. He has been working full time on this endeavor since that time.

 

Maxine Lathrop -

GSC International Secretary/Treasurer; GSC Associate Director, Administration & Cambodia Program Director

Following four years studying liberal arts at California State University-Fullerton, Maxine worked in the food service industry that lead to a career including menu design, consulting, event planning, cooking for internationally known leaders and managing the food service operation at a wellness conference center on an organic farm. From 1992 to 2006, Maxine embarked on a property management career that included managing a 73-unit property in San Francisco. During this time she also acted as a consultant and supporter of Global Service Corps and became a full-time GSC staff member in 2007.

 

Abby Batz -

Office, Website, and Special Projects Coordinator

Abby was born and raised in Portland and loves it. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a BS in Geography and a focus on Environmental Geography. She previously interned as a Nature Guide for a NPO in Eugene, before interning for GSC and becoming a permanent staff member. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, climbing, and kayaking, and hanging out with her two cats, Reggie and Carlos and her dog Nori. She’s excited to work for Global Service Corps as she follows her path of bringing social and environmental justice to the world!

 


 

The GSC Team in Cambodia

 

Sophak Touch, MA –

In-Country Coordinator

Sophak’s educational background includes a B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Asia Euro University in Phnom Penh and a Diploma of Computer Science from WEC International Cambodia, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He most recently worked as an English teacher at Cambodia International Cooperation Organization and KLT Training Center at Panha Chiet University. His three years working at Youth for Peace allowed him the opportunity to complete and participate in various workshops focusing on leadership trainings, conflict management and intervention, monitoring and evaluation, and the promotion of human rights. In his spare time, Sophak enjoys playing football and tennis, reading and playing guitar. As the GSC In-Country Coordinator since 2009, Sophak helps to facilitate volunteer placements and is an invaluable resource for our volunteers.

 

Susan Hagadorn, EdD, MPA –

Academic Program Coordinator

Susan is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Humanities at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia and an Assistant to the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Royal Government of Cambodia. A resident of Cambodia for seven years, following a 25 year career in public health, Susan provides consulting services to organizations throughout the Asia region. Her experience spans cultural renewal, education, gender, good governance, health and leadership. At the university, Susan teaches research methods, education and management, and is establishing a Center for Executive Leadership.

 


 

GSC Consultants

 

Pat Malone -

Finance Consultant

Pat is a retired financial executive with more than 35 years of experience in a range of industries including banking, technology, manufacturing and non-profits. A native Oregonian, Pat lives in Beaverton Oregon with his wife Nan and enjoys hiking, sports, singing, volunteering and spending time with his six grandchildren.

 

Sheila Matsuda -

International Education Consultant

Sheila has a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development concentrating on International Policy and Planning, with a focus on Education in Emergencies. She designed and implemented exchange programs between Japanese and American schools for several years. She taught English in Japan for five years, and Japanese language and intercultural communications at schools in Hawaii and Oregon for 30 years, and currently teaches remote online Japanese courses. For fun, she dances the Limón technique of modern dance, goes on mountain hikes, and works in her garden.