Our board members provide sharp and perceptive guidance and are involved in daily aspects of our operations, both in the States and in Myanmar

David Peters - President of the Board

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.

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.

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.

David Marvin

David joined Shanta’s board to support the community work that is making such a difference in the local economies of our partner villages in Myanmar. He is inspired by the impact Shanta has had and wants to support the growth of the organization at this import 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 thorough travel, outdoor activities like hiking, river trips in the southwest US, climbing, cycling, skiing and playing acoustic music. He lives with his wife and two sons in Durango, CO.

Kayo Folson

Kayo 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 of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and for the past 13 years as 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 the variety of outdoor activities that Durango has to offer, especially white-water rafting.

Anna Pool

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.