The VIA community, including volunteers, participants, staff, and advisors, actively contribute to a wide range of fields as educators, researchers, and practitioners. If you are a member of the VIA community and would like to share your work on this list, please contact us.

  Eric Almquist – VIA Volunteer in Macau, 1969

  Christopher Gerteis, PhD – VIA Volunteer in Japan, 1989

Timothy George, PhD – VIA Volunteer in Japan, 1976, and China, 1980

June Gordon, PhD – VIA Volunteer in Taiwan, 1970



Sandra Teresa Hyde, PhD, MPH – VIA Volunteer in China, 1983

Kazutoh Ishida 2016 Kazutoh Ishida, PhD – American Language & Culture Program participant, 1991; VIA Executive Director

Eric Larson, MD – VIA Volunteer in Hong Kong, 1968

Read an interview with Dr. Larson our blog.

Takayuki Oshimi, MD – Advisor for VIA Medical Programs

Frances Pordes – VIA Volunteer in China, 1985

Isabel Stenzel Byrnes – VIA Volunteer in Japan, 1994

Joel Stratte-McClure – VIA Volunteer in Hong Kong, 1967

Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, PhD – American Culture & Society Program participant, 2001

Read an interview with Aiko on our blog.

James Thomas, MD – Advisor for VIA Medical Programs

Takamasa Totsuka – American Language & Culture Program participant, 1993

Martti Vallila – VIA Volunteer in the Philippines, 1971

Read an interview with Martti on our blog.