"I'm sure when I ponder my life experiences, during the twilight of my years, I will regard my six weeks in Thailand as six of the most sensational weeks of my life... I traveled to Thailand hoping for an enriching experience. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations."
Chris Cox, International Health Program, Thailand
The GSC Team
GSC International Board of Directors

Rick Lathrop -President
Maxine Lathrop - Secretary/Treasurer
Don Bushnell - Board Member
Deborah Wafer - Board Member

GSC Office Staff

Rick Lathrop - Executive Director/Cambodia Program Director
Maxine Lathrop - Associate Director/Tanzania Program Director
Abby Batz - Office, Website & Special Projects Coordinator

GSC Consultants

Pat Malone - Finance Consultant
Gary Riggs - IT Consultant
Tom Pinit -Program Advisor

Rick Lathrop - GSC International President; GSC Founder, Executive Director, & Cuba 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 non profit 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 Graduate University 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.

Don Bushnell, PhD - GSC International Board Member
Don is the founding dean of the School of Human & Organizational Development (HOD), Fielding Graduate University, has been mentoring faculty for many years, and is a co-creator of the Center for Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector. He is now a distinguished faculty emeritus and an active contributor to Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation. Don was a founding GSC Advisory Board member in 1993 and has since served on the GSC Tanzania Board of Trustees as well as the GSC International Board of Directors.  Don has been a trusted mentor and advisor throughout the Global Service Corps history.

Dr. Deborah Wafer MD, MPH
Deborah has devoted her life to addressing global health issues including women's health, nutrition, care of HIV patients, and the provision of low-risk obstetrical care. In addition to building a successful family medical practice, Deborah has worked and traveled extensively throughout Africa. She has also traveled to Haiti, China, Brazil, Senegal, Cuba, and Ivory Coast. Deborah first joined GSC in December, 2005 as the SOS Program Coordinator Fellow.  Following her stint as the SOS Program Coordinator Fellow, Dr. Wafer remained with GSC in Tanzania until mid-2007 acting as the SOS Program Director.

Abby Batz - Website, Special Projects & Cuba Program 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 and hanging out with her two cats, Reggie and Carlos. Shes excited to work for Global Service Corps as she follows her path of bringing social and environmental justice to the world!

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.  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.