Board of Directors


Back row: Left to right – Carolyn Moller, David Marvin, Kayo Folsom, Executive Director Mike Karpfen.
Front row: Dave Peters, Anna Pool, Tricia Karpfen, Kathy Sinton

Shanta Foundation’s board members are the soul of our organization. Not only do they provide sharp and perceptive guidance but are involved in daily aspects of our operations, both stateside and in Myanmar. This cohesive group is dedicated to making the world more compassionate, just and sustainable.

David Peters, President of the Board

David-PetersDave is very active with Shanta’s economic development programs, financial oversight and investments. Dave retired to Durango after a career as a manager for an international energy firm. He has extensive international experience with specific work in Southeast Asia since 1997, having lived with his family in Thailand for nine years. In his work, he helped develop, support and oversee several humanitarian and social programs in Myanmar that included health education, socio-economic development, microfinance, vocational training and TB/HIV detection and treatment. Dave has a strong interest in promoting sustainable humanitarian programs in Myanmar. He is also an avid golfer and skier.


Tricia Karpfen, Co-Founder

Tricia-KarpfenTricia leads Shanta’s efforts in health care, women’s issues and staff development. Tricia facilitates corporate leadership development around the U.S., trains health coaches for Duke Integrative Medicine and is an acupuncturist. She was director of programming at Kripalu Center from 1986-1991. Her loves include horses, gardening and high-country hiking.



Kathy Sinton, Treasurer

Kathy StintonKathy moved to Durango in 1977 to attend Ft. Lewis College. She is a C.P.A. with a prior background in nonprofit auditing. Kathy has been on the board of several non-profits, including the FLC Alumni Association and Animas Conservancy. She is also on the board of a private foundation and is an active volunteer with several local organizations. Kathy and her husband, Frank, have three children. She enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, biking and tennis.


 David Marvin

David-M_circle photoDavid joined the Shanta board to support the community work that is making such a difference in the local economies of selected villages in Myanmar.  He is inspired by the impact Shanta has had and wants to support the growth of the organization at this important transitional time in Myanmar.  David’s career has focused on developing leadership potential in people worldwide; he has served as a trainer, facilitator and executive coach for 25 years.  David enjoys exploring cultures through travel, outdoor activities like hiking, river trips in the southwest US, climbing, cycling, skiing and playing acoustic music.  He is married and lives with his wife and two sons in Durango.


Kayo Folsom

Kayo_circle photoKayo is an eighth generation native of Durango.  He has had a long and varied business career in Durango, including 17 years as the Vice President with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and for the past 13 years the President of Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, a franchisor of retail candy stores in 22 U.S. States and the U.A.E.  Since the beginning of Shanta Foundation, Kayo has been active as a donor and a volunteer.  He has a passion for helping those less fortunate and is excited to be participating as a Board Member. Kayo enjoys all the variety of outdoor activities that Durango has to offer and particularly enjoys white water rafting.


Anna Pool

Pool-AnnaAnna joins the board after giving years of support as a donor and volunteer.  Her business background includes experience at the vice president and Board level of a medium sized alternative health care facility, and as the former Director of Organizational Consulting for Lore International Institute (now a Korn Ferry company).  Anna has facilitated leadership and organizational development, executive education, and executive coaching across a broad range of industries. She is the author of the Bronze Telly Award winning video series, Effective People Skills, and is the co-author of Lore’s 360 Assessment of Collaborative Tendencies.  She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara CA. and has completed a two-year certification with The Gestalt Institute of the Berkshires.


Candice Carson, Ex Officio Board Member

Candice-CarsonIn 1993, Candice and her husband retired and moved from the Caribbean to Durango. Since then, she has served on several boards of nonprofits, including Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Durango Nature Studies, the Women’s Resource Center, La Plata Electric Association Round-Up and the Leadership La Plata Steering Committee. Candice is president of a private foundation and has written two books: Wildflowers of Durango and High Country Wildflowers. Currently, Candice divides her time between Colorado and cruising on her sailboat to New Zealand.

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