Our board members provide sharp and perceptive guidance and are involved in daily aspects of our operations, both in the States and in Myanmar
Tricia Karpfen - Co-Founder
Tricia 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.
Laurie has spent her as spent her entire adult life in service to her community and her Country. Most recently, Laurie completed nearly 20 years of diplomatic service working in Embassies on five continents. Laurie has been honored to represent her country and lead resilient, multi- cultural teams to excellence in the pursuit of America’s foreign policy goals and objectives in Africa, Iraq, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Micronesia. Her last assignment overseas was as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Laurie has Master’s Degrees in both Social Work and Public Administration, speaks French and Romanian, and is the recipient of numerous professional awards over her career. Most recently Laurie was awarded the 2O17 James A. Baker Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission Award by the Secretary of State. She is the proud grandmother of two precious children who Iove people, great food and adventure as much as she does.
David Peters - Secretary
Davis is very active with Shanta’s economic development programs, financial oversight, and investments. Dave retired to Durango after his career as a manager for an international energy firm. He has extensive international experience with specific work in Southeast Asia, having lived with his family in Thailand for nine years. In his work, Dave 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’s an avid golfer and skier.
Anna Pool - President of Board
Anna joins the board after giving years of support as a donor and volunteer. Her business background includes experience as 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 the co-author of Lore’s 360 Assessment of Collaborative Tendencies. She holds a Master’s 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.
Zach is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Sociology and Human Services. He served 4 years working for Oxfam America as a CHANGE leader developing college age students to be leaders. In 2016/2017 Zach spent 19 months living in Myanmar working for Shanta Foundation as a Technical Advisor. He is now back in Durango and working for Desert Sun, a fair-trade coffee roaster, as the Operations Manager. Zach enjoys mountain biking, travelling and learning other languages.
Kathy Sinton - Treasurer
Kathy moved to Durango in 1977 to attend Ft. Lewis College. She is a C.P.A. with a background in nonprofit auditing. Kathy has been on the board of several non-profits, including the FLC Alumni Association and the 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.
Arlen is a public health professional, specializing in women’s health and gender equity. She was previously a manager at a global health consulting firm, specializing in program design, communications, and advocacy for reproductive health in developing countries. In her role, she managed multi-million-dollar contracts, maintained client relations, developed new business opportunities, and supervised and mentored diverse teams. Prior to her consulting experience, Arlen worked for the federal government, developing and analyzing health policy. Arlen has a BA in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at Harvard University.