Our Team

Dan Maurer and Anthony Mancini first ventured to Nepal in 2011, spending three months volunteering on farms and trekking to Mt. Everest’s base camp. Immediately captivated by the country’s beautiful landscape and people, they left Nepal eager to remain connected, and since the 2015 earthquake the two friends dedicated time and expertise to fundraising and rebuilding efforts, ultimately leading to the birth of Elevate Nepal, Inc. in 2017, recruiting Resham Lama Bal to be their partner and in-country coordinator

Dan Maurer

Originally from Rochester, New York, Dan has a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. He has lived, worked, and travelled both in America and overseas. Dan’s main area of expertise is in the construction field, more recently in the solar industry, but he’s always looking for an excuse to grab his backpack and explore unknown territories. St. Bonaventure University recognised Dan as a Distinguished Alumni in 2019 for his work with Elevate Nepal. He currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

Anthony Mancini

Born in Rochester, New York, USA, Anthony earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. He has spent much of his adult life between America, Australia and Asia, committed to fundraising for non-profit organizations, most recently for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has seven years experience managing business operations for American companies. St. Bonaventure University recognised Anthony as a Distinguished Alumni in 2019 for his work with Elevate Nepal. He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

Resham Lama Bal

Born in the Terai region of Nepal, Resham left his village when he was thirteen to make the long journey to Kathmandu, on foot and by truck, on primitive dirt roads. Searching for work, he was recruited by a rafting company as a bucket-bailer, running the raging glacial rivers of Nepal. His career has included cooking for Overland Encounters throughout Nepal, India and Pakistan and portering for trekkers in remote regions of Nepal, working his way up to a trekking guide. He founded Trek Nepal International in 2001.

Resham was determined to assist his country after the 2015 earthquake, distributing food, building materials, clothes and blankets to areas affected by the quake. Shortly after founding Elevate Nepal, Dan and Anthony recruited Resham as a partner and in-country coordinator; with his drive to assist Nepal and willingness to never back down from a challenge, he has been a key part of making Elevate Nepal a success.

Tina Truglio

Tina Truglio grew up on Long Island, New York, but has been enjoying the outdoor Flagstaff, Arizona lifestyle since 2011. She is a believer in the power of positive thought, putting thoughts into meaningful action. Her day job is filled with organizing and implementing projects for a local law firm, but her free time is spent hiking, swimming, belly dancing, volunteering time to those in need, and joining in adventures near and far. Tina has been a Board Member for Elevate Nepal since its founding, assisting with Flagstaff based fundraisers, raising awareness about Nepal, and connecting Elevate Nepal with corporate and private supporters.

Julia Josefchuk

Julia Josefchuk grew up in Illinois and received her bachelor's degree in psychology before chasing the sunshine to Arizona. With a background in customer service and retail management, she has committed her professional career to helping clients reach their goals by building connections and trust. She believes in the power of strong relationships that are the foundation for individuals and groups to achieve their biggest goals. Julia has recently taken her skills to the compliance industry, where she manages finances and reporting for political committees. She is committed to social causes, and a founding Board Member of Elevate Nepal. Visiting Nepal in 2017, she gained a deeper understanding of the culture and the positive impact of Elevate Nepal’s projects.

Mark Mertel

Originally from Buffalo, New York Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree from Alfred University and served in the Army from 1967-1969. An entrepreneur with forty-five years experience in the employee benefits industry, Mark established fifteen companies in the group benefits industry, including those in consulting, third party administration, utilization management, prescription benefit management, and managing general underwriting. With his many years of experience, Mark has been able to provide knowledge and advice to expand the organization and the size of the board. Mark is looking forward to his first trip to Nepal in the near future.

Craig Rucker

First introduced to Elevate Nepal while hiking in the Grand Canyon when he met Anthony Mancini. Craig, originally from Illinois, has served as an Elevate Nepal Board Member since the summer of 2020, assisting with marketing, technology, social media, and fund-raising.

The CEO of Rucker Consulting in Prescott, Arizona, Craig provides auxiliary IT assistance, web development, and digital media infrastructure design and support, and has forty years experience in providing publications and services on a national level.

Wangchuk Rapten Lama

Wangchuk Rapten Lama was born in the remote Tsum Valley of the Upper Gorkha district in the high mountains of the Himalayas near the Tibet Border. He left his family at the age of seven to become a monk in a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu. His mother died in the village from jaundice when he was a teenager, and from that moment Wangchuk dedicated his life to medicine, and providing health care services, with a focus on rural areas. He helped establish the Thrangu Phende Clinic at Namo Buddha Monastery, worked with the Nepal government performing rescue missions after the 2015 earthquake, and distributed food to thousands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wangchuk has been recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his contribution to health care in Nepal, is an Ambassador for One Young World Foundation, and Founder and President of the Nepal based non-profit Kyimolung Foundation Nepal. He has partnered with Elevate Nepal since 2018, assisting with medical camps and pandemic response Initiatives.

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