Payongsri Khanthikul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing science from Mahidol University and a master’s degree in mental health from Chulalongkorn University. Payongsri, or Yong, began volunteering the shelter in 1997, but quit her job as a full-time nurse at a state hospital to join CPCR as a psychologist in 1999. She devotes all of her energy to helping victimized children and getting them see the beauty in life again. She is now working as director of academics at the shelter, using her experience from training programs with famous professors in Thailand and overseas, such as Dr. Arnon Bentovim.