Ruamrudee International School’s leadership structure respects our school
mission by emphasizing exceptional academics and fostering the character
development of every student.
RIS was founded and is still led by the Redemptorist Fathers of Thailand. Through the Redemptorists’ six decades of leadership RIS has maintained a strong sense of community, service to those in need, and moral development. This leadership, inspired by Catholic teachings, keeps our community firmly connected with our name, Ruamrudee, which translates to “Union of Hearts.”
Working with the Redemptorist Fathers are trained educational professionals who guide our faculty and students with a constant focus on the academic growth of each student. Together our leaders work to inspire our school community to attain our mission of achieving excellence in all we do.
School DirectorFr. Apisit Kritsaralam C.Ss.R
M.Ed in School Counseling
Loyola University, Chicago
Head of SchoolDr. Shalee Cunningham
University of Southern California
Assistant School DirectorFr. Jetana Kitcharoen, C.Ss.R
M.A. in Theology
School ManagerFr. Yuthana Sriprapha, C.Ss.R
MA in Theology - Ateneo University
M.P.H in Global Health - Emory University
Director of School AdvancementFr. David Jieng Ketsurin, C.Ss.R
M.A. in Theology - Ateneo University
Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education -TCNJ, New Jersey
Elementary School PrincipalDr. Julie A. Schuilwerve
Ed.D. - Walden University
M.Ed. in Educational Administration - University of North Carolina, Wilmington
M.Ed. in Elementary Education - Converse College
Middle School PrincipalMs. Gretchen DePoint
M.Ed in Administrative Leadership
High School PrincipalMr. Dan Smith
M.Ed in Private School Leadership
Columbia University, New York
ES/MS Assistant PrincipalMr. Tim Irish
M.Ed in Educational Leadership
University of Illinois
High School Assistant PrincipalMs. Sara Ghorayeb
MA - SUNY Buffalo University
M.S. in Educational Leadership
American College of Education
Director of Curriculum and Instruction PrimaryMs. Madeleine Bystrom
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - Michigan State University
Principal Certificate - Washington State University
Director of Teaching and Learning SecondaryMs. Tonya Parham
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - University of South Alabama
Director of Strategic Initiatives/HR/Thai StudiesMs. Sudarat Tanattanawin
Master of Arts (TESOL)-Northeastern Illinois University
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership-Institute of International Studies, Thailand
Director of Pupil ServicesMr. Robert Conley
Master of Arts in Psychology- University of Sydney
Director of AthleticsMr. Todd Parham
Certified Masters of Athletic Administration - National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
Master of Education in Physical Education - Emporia State University, Kansas
Fr. Apisit Kritsaralam, C.Ss.R. is the School Director for Ruamrudee International School. He has a M.A. in Religious Education from Fordham University, a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Management at Catholic University Leuven, Belgium.
He spent several years as Superior to the Redemptorists in Thailand followed by a sabbatical at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, returning to RIS in 2010 as Director.
Assistant School Director
Fr. Jetana Kitcharoen entered the Redemptorist seminary at the age of 13 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011. He holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy from Sangtham College and a master degree in Theology from Ateneo University in the city of Davao in the Philippines, both with honor distinctions. Prior to joining to Ruamrudee International School, Fr. Jetana served as an administrator at Sarnelli, House, an orphanage for abandoned children and children with HIV/AIDS where he provided physical, emotional, and spiritual assistance for those unfortunate kids. As Assistant School Director, Fr. Jetana realizes that he has to make some tough calls but he is open to working with the administrative team, parents, students, teachers and staff and building trust within the school. As Campus Minister, he seeks to inculturate deeper understanding of faith and spiritual life in the school community. Fr. Jetana’s interests include scripture and moral ethics.
Head of School
Dr. Shalee Cunningham graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She has worked in the field of education as an instructor, a principal, a researcher, and an educational consultant. Most recently she has served as a K-12 school superintendent in both California and Colorado.
Fr. Yuthana Sriprapha (Fr. John) is originally from Bangkok and was ordained as a Redemptorist priest in February, 2003. He has served as the pastor and was involved with a program that helps improve the quality of life and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nan Province. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Assistant Director of Redemptorist Seminary in Sriracha, Chonburi.
Most recently, he served as the Parochial Vicar at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in Atlanta, USA from 2008 to 2012. Fr. Yuthana received a Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) degree from Ateneo De Davao University in the Philippines and a Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) with a Global Health concentration in Community Health and Development from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, USA.
Director of School Advancement
Fr. David Jieng Ketsurin, (Fr. David) joined the Redemptorist in 1987. He took the first profession in 1993. He finished his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy with the first honor at Lux Mundi College and became a finally professed Redemptorist in 1996. He went on to study Theology in the Philippines and graduated in 2001 with a Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) degree from Ateneo De Davao University. He was ordained at the Holy Redeemer Church, Bangkok, Thailand. He was assigned to work with the Hmong Tribe under the Diocese of Chiang Mai for three years. He moved back to Bangkok and began working at RIS as Deputy Head of School. He served the school for three years prior to his study at the College of New Jersey before returning to be an assistant pastor at the Holy Redeemer Church for one year. He was sent to Davao, Philippines to be a Prefect of Students at The Saint Alphonsus Theology and Mission Institution for five years. He came back to Bangkok in June 2016, and was reassigned to RIS as the Director of School Advancement.
Director of Athletics
Mr. Todd has been in education for 20 years working as a ES, MS and HS Physical Education teacher for many years, and has specialized as a Director of Athletics & Activities the past 13 years. He and his family have lived and worked in Bismarck North Dakota, Santa Cruz Bolivia, Shanghai China and now call RIS and Bangkok their home.
Deputy Head of School
Ms. Sudha joined RIS at age 23 and has served in various capacities for the last 28 years as teacher, HOD, Activities Director, Assistant Principal, Principal and now as Deputy Head of School Affairs. She is a proud parent of two RIS alumni: one graduated from Yale and the other has been accepted at London School of Economics.
She has an M.A. in Educational Administration (Bath University, UK) and an advanced certificate of leadership from Principals Training Center.
Elementary School Principal
Dr. Julie Schuilwerve earned her doctorate degree from Walden University with a specialization in Teacher Leadership. She has worked as an advocate for children as a teacher, a principal, ESL Specialist, and Social Worker. Julie has worked in Saudi Arabia, North Carolina (USA), Singapore, Texas (USA), and South Carolina (USA).
Middle School Principal
Ms. Gretchen has been in the field of education for nineteen years and the last eleven years internationally. She received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Dayton and a M.A. in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in NYC. She taught a variety of art curricula for nine years in a diverse middle and high school in upstate NY, where she also coached MS and Varsity soccer. Gretchen spent four years in Israel at WBAIS, where she completed her Educational Administrative Leadership MA degree from Grand Canyon University. As the middle school principal, she remains connected to the visual arts as an IB examiner.
High School Principal
Mr. Dan joins us from Hyderabad, India where he was serving as a Head of School. Previously he coordinated international school partnerships for a US boarding school and worked as an administrator and social studies teacher in independent schools in Utah and New York. Additionally, he worked at Columbia University through the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership where he also earned his M.Ed in Private School Leadership and earned his MA in Social Studies through Teachers College after completing his BA in History and Russian. He is excited to have his family at RIS where his three children will be studying.
ES/MS Vice Principal
Mr. Tim joins Ruamrudee for the 2016-17 school years after five years in the Middle East. He earned his M.Ed Degree In Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois in 1990. After 15 years of teaching in grades 2-6, Tim served in a variety of administrative roles including Technology Coordinator, Teaching Coach, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, and Principal. He has worked with schools in Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, the Dominican Republic, Kuwait, and Qatar.
Middle School Assistant Principal
Mr. Tim has 20 years of experience in middle school teaching and administrating, the last 13 working overseas. He has a Bachelor of Science from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He holds two Masters degrees, one in Curriculum and Instruction and the other in Educational Leadership. They were awarded by Fairfield University and Lehigh University. Before coming to RIS, Mr. Tim worked at Schofield Magnet Middle School in Stamford, CT, The American School of Milan, Italy, International School Bangkok, Thailand and Saigon South International School, Vietnam.
High School Assistant Principal
Ms. Sara joined RIS in 2012 after serving as an Instructional Leader in an inner-city school in Chicago, USA. She previously served schools in India, Oman, Uruguay, Minnesota (USA) and online. Roles she has enjoyed include math teacher, Athletics Director, Activities Coordinator, Middle School Coordinator, and Assistant Principal. Ms. Sara earned a BA in Mathematics from St. Olaf College, an M.A. from SUNY Buffalo and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.
Director of Pupil Services
Mr. Rob was born in Sydney, Australia, and studied and worked there for many years before joining RIS in 1992. Rob became a high school teacher after graduating in Education from the University of New South Wales. After some years he retrained as a School Counselor at the University of Western Sydney, and then gained further training as a Psychologist after graduation with an MA in Psychology from the University of Sydney. Consequently, he has enjoyed many years working with children, young people, and their families as a teacher, school counsellor, and as a psychologist.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Primary
Ms. Madeleine joined RIS in 2002. She has been an educator for over 20 years, teaching most grade levels in elementary, as well as being an English language instructor. Before becoming the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at RIS, Madeleine was an elementary home room teacher, head of department for Language Arts and the Literacy Coach. Madeleine earned her B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University and was awarded her Principal Certification from Washington State University through their International School Leadership program. Madeleine is passionate about literacy and is proud to have graduated two successful sons from RIS.
Director of Teaching and Learning Secondary
Ms. Tonya is in her 21st year in education, beginning first as a teacher in the United States before moving on to international education, having spent the last 13 years overseas in Bolivia and China. The past four years at Shanghai American School Tonya served in the role of High School Vice Principal for the Pudong Campus of SAS, leading and facilitating teacher improvement, curriculum, and instruction. As an administrator, Tonya has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for Plymouth State University for the The Reflective Teacher course. Prior to moving into administration she served as a Department Head and taught a broad range of Social Sciences including AP Economics, AP US History, Sociology, Government and Politics, and World History. Throughout her teaching and administrative career, curriculum and professional development were key elements in her work with teachers and the schools she served. Tonya earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, her hometown. She went on to earn her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership through the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
Director of Strategic Initiatives/HR/Thai Studies
Prior to joining RIS, Sue spent five years at Walworth Barbour International School in Israel as a middle school ESL teacher. She joined Redeemer International School Thailand in 2000 and served in various capacities as department head, assistant principal and principal.
As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sue works directly with the Senior Leadership to plan, coordinate and implement special projects. Additionally, she oversees HR and supervises the Thai department and program, ensuring that it meets the accreditation requirements of the Thai government. She has also served on a number of WASC visiting teams in the region.
Sue received a B.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Thammasat University, M.A. in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) from Northeastern Illinois University, and M.Ed in Education Leadership from Institute of International Studies, Thailand.
Sue is a proud parent of three RIS alumni.