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
Executive Board of Directors
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.
Dr Sara Parker is a Reader in Development Studies at Liverpool John Moores University UK and has been working in Nepal for over 30 years. She is committed to action research and passionate about using participation in visual methods. She is an advisor on community engagement and impact evaluation for Elevate Nepal. She is currently leading a research project focused on menstruation in Nepal, Dignity Without Danger.
Resham Lama Bal
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.
Wangchuk Rapten Lama
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.
A seasoned executive with over twenty five years’ experience, a skilled organizational and community development professional with management expertise in private, academic, government, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. As a recognized expert in asset based community development Sally's background working in rural communities transfers to community development initiatives in rural Nepal.
Committed to a sustainable future for Nepal, Anthony (Tony) Jones has founded numerous businesses supporting recreation and tourism in the region. With a deep understanding of the nation’s culture and business practices, Tony provides invaluable insight, mentorship and project analysis to support Elevate Nepal’s mission.
Tony first crossed the Western Himalayan range from India into Nepal on his 26 th birthday in 1964, in an English Safari Land Rover alongside a good friend from London, England. Having successfully made this journey, Tony founded Encounter Overland, a British, trans-continental expedition company specializing in vehicle-based overland expeditions for adventure travelers. Over the course of three decades, Encounter Overland conducted business in six continents and brought adventure travel to thousands of thrill seekers. In 1983, Overland Encounter expanded to form Himalayan Encounter, offering tours throughout Asia, with a heavy focus on Nepal.
While Tony was very active with these two companies, living and working in countless corners of the globe, he maintained a strong bond with Nepal. In the early 1990s, Tony spearheaded a variety of different businesses in the country, including homestays and several rafting and trekking companies.
During these business adventures, Tony always hired locals and was adamant about teaching them viable skills to create opportunities in their own communities. Tony has been a full-time resident of Nepal for more than 30 years.
Marguerite (Peg) Swift has a long-standing commitment to Nepal, including a thirteen-year tenure as a Board Member with Nepal SEEDS, and several years as Assistant Director/Anthropology Instructor for Naropa University Study Abroad Program in Kathmandu. Her Asia experience includes teaching for Naropa University in Gangtok, volunteering for the Ladakh Society of Traditional Medicine in Leh, and the Flagstaff International Relief Effort in Ulanbaatar, plus extensive travel. A writer and photographer, with an M.S. in Forestry/Multi-Resource Management, she previously worked with indigenous populations in the American Southwest, focusing on socio-cultural, educational, and natural resource concerns. Originally from the East coast, she currently resides in northern Arizona.