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.

The GSC Team in Cambodia

Ratha Tieng

In-Country Coordinator

Ratha graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in Phnom Penh and began working as a Faculty Coordinator at PUC in 2012. Ratha has  volunteered teaching children and has been involved in other community service work. Ratha likes to do research on the internet, meet with friends, talk to new people, and travel during his free time. As the GSC Cambodia In-Country Coordinator, Ratha looks forward to providing service to volunteer participants and to sharing all the fantastic things to do in Cambodia.

Koeun Kat

Assistant Program Coordinator

Koeun accompanies volunteer participants during their orientation programs. With his wealth of knowledge as a Phnom Penh long time resident, he provides invaluable cultural and local information along with a welcoming smile and friendship.  Koeun is married with two young children.

Susan Hagadorn

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.


Board of Directors

Don Bushnell, PhD – Director Emeritus

Founding dean of the School of Human & Organizational Development (HOD), Fielding Graduate University, mentoring faculty for many years, and 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.

Deborah Wafer, MD, MSPH

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.

Pat Malone, MBA

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. Pat has been advising and assisting GSC with financial and strategic planning since 2017.

Rick Lathrop, MA (see above)

Maxine Lathrop (see above)

Advisory Board

Susan Hagadorn, EdD, MPA (see above)

Joseph Hafey, MPA

Joseph (Joe) was named President Emeritus of Public Health Institute (PHI) after serving as PHI’s President and C.E.O. for twenty years. Under Joe’s direction, PHI grew into an organization with over $80 million in annual revenue, 600 employees, 20 centers and over 250 distinct projects. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from U.C.L.A. and has served as a lecturer at U.C.L.A., U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard University. Joe has served as an Advisor to GSC since 1995.

Chhoun  Borith, MA

Borith is the Founder and President of Modern Youth Cambodia (MY Cambodia) and Executive Director of KYSD Cambodia. Borith works closely with GSC to provide internships for our program participants in Cambodia in the areas of youth and community leadership training. Borith has 10 years of experience in youth and community development and empowerment and has traveled widely internationally. He has a Masters in Law Degree from the City University of Cambodia.

Tim Stanton, PhD

Tim Stanton is Senior Engaged Scholar for Ravensong Associates, through which he consults in global service-learning design, development and research in the US, Africa and Asia.  He founded and directed Stanford University’s Overseas Studies Program, Cape Town focused on international service-learning and research, and served as Associate Director and Director of Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service.  He has published numerous articles and two books in the US, Europe, South Africa and Asia.   

Annie Ellicott, MS

Annie is President of LeapUp Marketing Solutions, a marketing strategy and services consultancy which helps consumer branded businesses in travel, retail and consumer services. Annie holds a BA degree in Economics from Princeton University and an Masters of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to being on the Board of Advisors for GSC, Annie serves on the Honorary Board of Larkin Street Youth Services is an avid regatta sailor, horseback rider and photographer.

Abby Batz, B.A.

Abby was born and raised in Portland and loves Oregon. 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. She now advises GSC on website and administration. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors and hanging out with her dog, Nori.

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