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Executive Officers for 2022-2023

BREAKING NEWS: At the April 19th meeting, the AWC Board of Directors unanimously approved that Pamela Snyder be elected to serve as Vice President (replacing Christianne King) for the remainder of the term. Thanks, Pamela!

April 19, 2022

AWC Executive Committee who will serve as leaders through January 31, 2023.

President ~ Kathy Scalabre

Kathy has lived and worked overseas for close to 30 years—Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, South Korea, Indonesia and now Thailand—which has given her true empathy and appreciation for what expat life has to offer. She is currently the General Manager at AGS Thailand, a global relocation and moving services company. Prior to Thailand, she worked 4 years in Jakarta as country manager for AGS. Prior to AGS, she spent 13 years for another relocation group, 8 years in Nice opening up and managing the southern region of France and 5 years in Seoul as country manager.

Kathy holds an MA from NYU. During her tenure in Korea, she served two terms as President of AWC, and was an active participant of FAWCO, attending global meetings. She also served as committee chair on the Professional Women’s committee of AMCHAM Korea. During her tenure in Indonesia, Kathy served two terms as Board of Governor for AMCHAM Indonesia. Wherever she lands, Kathy joins the American community to find social and professional networks.

Korean American-French, Kathy is a polyglot who is Korean born, US educated, and married French. Chicago can be called “hometown” where she grew up, then her studies took her to Paris and Vienna where she gained fluency in French and German. Kathy has a passion for learning languages and is working on her 7th language with Phasaa Thai. Kathy has a 27-year-old son who works in Seattle, and a 25-year-old daughter in London. Her current home would be Nice where she returns for Christmas to gather with friends and family. Kathy is an avid golfer and a yogi and can be found on the golf course or in a yoga studio in her spare time.

Vice President ~ Pamela Snyder

Raised in California and following many moves across the US, Pamela now considers Virginia home. She is a graduate of San José State University and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. A children's librarian by profession, Pamela is passionate about early literacy and education. She speaks French, a tiny bit of Turkish and is working on Thai. She has two wonderful children; her daughter is a nurse and her son is a university student.

Bitten by the travel bug at an early age, Pamela has been fortunate enough to live in France, Switzerland and Turkey before relocating with her husband to Bangkok. She plans to see and do as much as possible in Thailand. She is an avid paddle boarder, spending her summers cruising up and down the Potomac River. Pamela also enjoys yoga and exploring out of the way neighborhoods in search of hidden historical sights and amazing food.

Secretary ~ Carolyn Gunderson Ott

Twelve months ago, I could not have imagined I would be living near Bangkok at this point in my life. I lived the past 40 years in a farming community in Central Washington state where I co-own an agribusiness. I have three adult children and three grandchildren. A slew of life changes, including retirement from my 30-year career in education, along with my passion for travel, helped me decide to join my daughter and family in Thailand in August 2021.

After an acclimation period, I began to search for meaningful activity to fill my days. I have a genuine desire to help others, and the AWC Scholarship program for girls really spoke to my need to make a difference in my retirement years. I have served in numerous volunteer positions in my former community and was eager to find a way I could help as soon as I joined AWC. Quiet by nature yet enthusiastic to serve, club Secretary is a good fit.

Treasurer ~ Petro Kuiper

I moved to Bangkok in September 2020 for my husband's work. I've been a sports physiotherapist for most of my life. I suffered physio burn out during my early 40s and decided to do my Masters in Professional Accounting, which I did via distance education. In my previous life I had my own multidisciplinary clinics where I enjoyed doing everything from clinical work to managing the whole business. I sold my last business when our only daughter left the house for university, we decided to become expats and we moved to Singapore. In Singapore I also had my own accounting and physiotherapy business and I indulged in my other passion—travel.

We moved to Manila where I worked as a freelance physio from home and travelled even more. I was treasurer for the British Women's Association of the Philippines for 2 years. I find it difficult to be a trailing spouse and not do something. My travel passion is to explore by bicycle, the best way to interact with the locals and still cover decent distances. I love reading autobiographies of sports people, or ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. I am always up for exploring and taking the tourist route (I don't get lost). My newest goal is to visit all the provinces in Thailand. After a year I am at 28, so if I can stay on track, I should be able to cover the rest in the next 2 years.

Tannum Sands (a tiny town on the coast) in central Queensland, Australia, is home to me. I know I still sound like a South African, as that is where I was born and grew up.

Updated February 1, 2022
Uploaded November 30, 2021

February 15, 2022 At the February 15th meeting, the AWC Board of Directors unanimously approved that Christianne King be elected to serve as Vice President and Carolyn Gunderson-Ott be elected to serve as Secretary. Our thanks to both for taking on these leadership roles with AWC.

Email sent to all members on Dec 12, 2021 announcing election results:

As promised, AWC’s Nominating Committee is sharing with you the results of the online election for our 2022-2023 Executive Officers. The call to vote was emailed to 116 AWC members. The voting was open at SurveyMonkey from Wednesday, December 8th, through  Saturday, December 11th (Thai time). 

The following capable women were elected by a unanimous vote IN FAVOR by the 33 AWC members who cast their vote using the online ballot:

  • Kathy Scalabre, President
  • Petro Kuiper, Treasurer

Congratulations and thank you... to these women for volunteering to lead AWC forward next year! Their term of office begins on February 1, 2022. Please plan to attend the Officer Installation & Volunteer Appreciation at the AWC 2022 Kick-Off Lunch in January 2022. Details will be forthcoming.

Thank you to everyone who voted!

AWC Nominating Committee 2021, nominate@awcthailand.org
Andrea DiCastro, Chair
Melanie Kelleher
Joette Berkompas

The Election Process

* Provisos per AWC’s Bylaws,

  • Candidates for President and Vice-President must be US citizens and "Regular" members of the AWC. "Associate" members may be elected as Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Officers of the Club are elected annually for a term of one club year (Feb 1, 2022 to Jan 31, 2023).
  • Installation will take place at the January General Meeting.
  • Candidates must be able to make an appropriate time commitment relevant to the office.

The election for the 2022-2023 Executive Committee of the AWC is scheduled to take place via online voting from Wednesday, December 8 through Friday, December 10, 2021. Members will receive an email with the link to cast their vote.

  • Every AWC member, whether Regular or Associate, is allowed to vote for officers of the Executive Committee.
  • No write-in candidates will be accepted (Bylaw V.D.4.). All names must appear on the ballot. 
  • Nominees can be added to the ballot before 4:00 pm, Saturday, December 4, 2021, with prior written approval of said nominee.
  • The Nominating Committee will announce the results of the election by email within 48 hours of the voting conclusion.

Please contact the Nominating Committee Chair at nominate@awcthailand.org if you have any questions.

Updated November 2021

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