The most essential members of our team are the hundreds of artisans in remote villages who harvest and hand spin the JungleVine® Fiber and then craft it into bags, purses, hats, and other environmentally friendly products. Learn more about the artisans here.
William Newbrough, Co-Founder
Bill Newbrough temporarily is serving as Managing Director of the JVF. He was a co-founder of the NatureBag Khmu/Lao Poverty Reduction Project, which was the social enterprise doing much of the work now carried out by the Foundation. Previously, he was a journalist including serving as executive editor of The Daily Iowan, a radio/television presenter, a management executive with AT&T in New York USA, a global organizational management consultant, a real estate developer in Denver, Colorado, USA, a rural mail carrier in Iowa, USA and an entrepreneur. He earned a B.A. in political science and journalism with Honors and High Distinction and an M.A. in mass communications from the University of Iowa. He lives in Luang Prabang, Laos; Yangon, Myanmar, and Des Moines, Iowa, USA. In 2018, his commuting exceeded 200,000 miles. He also serves as a Special Consultant to the Lao social enterprise through which the Foundation does its work in that country.
Bon Sou Keoamphone, Co-Founder
Bonsou worked with the project for several years before deciding to break away to pursue other adventures. He no longer works with the Nature Bag project.
JungleVine® Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Robert Shreck
Lao JungleVine® Production & Promotion Team
Thavone "Khen" Chitanon
Siyasack "Sack" Philaphong
Anousith "Sith" Phonethasith
Ounheuan "Oun" Saiyasith
Lao Countryside Team
Ounkham Souksavath (photo coming soon)
JungleVine® Foundation Staff
Amy McDowell, Director of Operations
Melissa Alto-Kintigh, Social Media Assistant
Kaitlyn Munro, Shipping & Fulfillment Assistant