Minnesota - Thailand Interest Group


This group is comprised of representatives from universities and organizations engaged with or interested in engaging as partners between Minnesota and Thailand.  Coming from the University of Minnesota and partner universities and organizations in Thailand, members volunteer as faculty, staff or students interested in furthering collaborative efforts and activity.  This partnership group guides the work of the Thailand Hub and related global health engagement between the University of Minnesota and Thailand.


Goals of this group include:

  1. To advise on global health programs, investments, affiliations, and opportunities that complement a One Health* or interdisciplinary commitment focused in Thailand with a potential for reach to broader Southeast Asia.
  2. To champion partnerships and commitments in creating a portfolio of health-related research, learning, and engagement in Thailand, across disciplines.
  3. To act as a voice within members' units and across the U of M for global health initiatives in Thailand.
  4. To share in the development of support systems for global health research, learning, and engagement in Thailand that complement and add efficiency to college, school, and unit functions.

* One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally, and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. 



Co-chair (MN-based): Karin Hamilton
Co-chair (MN-based): Tasma Harindhanavudhi
Co-chair (Thailand-based): Ong-Orn (Aim) Prasarnphanich, Regional Technical Officer - Southeast Asia, One Health Workforce Project
Co-chair (Thailand-based): Katie Anderson

Andres Perez
Brett Hendel Paterson
Bruce Alexander
Catherine Solheim
Chris Dillon, Financial Deputy Director, USAID OHW Project, College of Veterinary Medicine, UMN
Cynthia Howard
Darin Ruanpeng, MD - Internal Medicine Resident, UMN
David Boulware
Dominic Travis
Fernando Sampedro Parra
Jeanne Pfeiffer 
Jeff Bender
Jim Neaton
John Deen
Jon Schommer
Julie Johnson
Kachen Wongsathapornchai, Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), Bangkok
Karin Quick
Kate Brekke, Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research (CCBR), UMN
Katey Pelican
Linda Zenner, CCBR, UMN
Marilyn Speedie
Marshall Hertz
Matteo Convertino
Molly Portz, Chief of Staff, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, UMN
Nitipong Homwong, student, College of Veterinary Medicine, UMN
Parkpoom Phatharacharukul, MD - Internal Medicine Resident, UMN
Patricia Walker
Peter Black, ECTAD, FAO, RAP, Bangkok 
Robert Straka
Ronald Hadsall
Scott Wells
Srirama Rao
Stephen Schondelmeyer
Thoetchai (Bee) Peeraphatdit, MD, Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety, Department of Medicine, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, UMN
Timothy Schacker
Wantanee Kalpravidh, DVM, PhD, - ECTAD, FAO, RAP, Bangkok 
William Hueston
William Stauffer
Andrea Hickle, Director of Operations, UMN CGHSR