Our Staff

Trailblazer Foundation has two staff, working in the United States. Our staff work remotely in Colorado and Oregon. Our Executive Director travels annually to our Cambodia office located in Siem Reap, the largest town in the province of the same name, where we conduct our rural community development work. Also, our Cambodia affiliate, Trailblazer Angkor, has twelve staff who implement Trailblazer's four programs.  


Chris Coats, Co-Founder and Executive Director (USA)

Chris Coats, Co-Founder and Executive Director (USA)

Chris Coats, Co-Founder and Executive Director (USA)

Chris Coats’ resume is quite ‘colorful’. Before working as a community development volunteer in numerous countries around the world, her employment included serving as Administrative Assistant to a Superintendent of Schools, Deputy Clerk of a District Court, Hunting Guide, Orthodontic Assistant, and Office Manager for a Private Investigator. Chris started her community service related work during high school, volunteering on a reconstruction project in Appalachia, and mission work in Mexico. In 2001, Chris started volunteering on a variety of international projects, in Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, Kosovo, Estonia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. These experiences led to Chris co-founding Trailblazer Foundation in 2004. Chris resides in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA).


Jeni Swink, Executive Assistant (USA)

Chris Coats, Co-Founder and Executive Director (USA)

Chris Coats, Co-Founder and Executive Director (USA)

Jeni was a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming for more than twenty years, which is where she met Chris Coats and Scott Coats. In 2006, Jeni joined Trailblazer Foundation's staff and is the anchor to Trailblazer's US operations. She now resides in Molalla, Oregon (USA).  As Administrative Assistant to Chris Coats, she continues to be a part of the incredible work Trailblazer Foundation accomplishes in rural Cambodia. Additionally, she is the Head of Communication for the Molalla Aquatic Center and Recording Secretary for the Molalla Aquatic District. Jeni is someone that likes to get involved and serve in her community using her administrative, leadership, hospitality and webmaster skills. 

Trailblazer Angkor


Mr. Sor Ratanak

Field Director


Ms. Kong Sokun

Accountant and Administrator Manager


Ms. Thlat Kimmouy

Administration Clerk


Mr. Deng Tangkheang

Economic Development Program Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator


Mr. Sok Samnang

Health Program Manager


Mr. Yang Chanto

Food Security Program Manager


Bio-Sand Water Filters (BSF) crew: 

Mr. Thy (left), Mr. Oun (middle), Mr. Heng (right)


Well drilling crew: 

Mr. Samnang (far left), Mr. Sen (left), Mr. Chhai (right), Mr. Vichet (far right)