The hard-working and dedicated US Staff who maintain the vision, train and supervise our Myanmar staff, raise the funds, and spread the word to continue Shanta’s important work

Laurie Meininger Interim Executive Director

Laurie Meininger - Interim Executive Director

Laurie joined Shanta’s Board in March 2018. 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.

Mike Karpfen - Advisor & Co-Founder

Mike and his wife Tricia co-founded Shanta Foundation in 2006 and Mike was the Executive Director from 2006-2018. As a psychotherapist in private practice since 1995, Mike specialized in working with couples and relationship issues. Prior to starting his practice, he was a member of the executive team of the Kripalu Center, the US’s largest residential wellness center. Mike enjoys all kinds of outdoor recreation, biking, travel and yoga. The adage that guides him is: “the whole world is one family.” Read the story of Mike & Tricia founding Shanta here.

Amy Hartenstine - Director of Philanthropy

Amy joined Shanta Foundation in 2014 with fifteen years of experience in nonprofit management, including developing and managing a national financial education program and coordinating volunteers and soliciting donations for a homeless shelter. From 2001-2003, Amy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, where she worked with the city mayor’s office to develop a youth volunteer program. Amy earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a B.S. in Human Ecology from Ohio State University. Amy and her husband, Curt, have two children. Amy enjoys camping, reading, and traveling.

Nicole Fabrey - Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Nicole joined Shanta Foundation in April 2018. Nicole’s enthusiasm for her community has led to helping nonprofit organizations and small businesses implement strategic communications, build capacity, partnerships, network, and obtain funding so that they can carry out their mission. Nicole earned a Master’s degree of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She has three active daughters and spends her free time practicing yoga, traveling, sailing, and riding things with 2 wheels.

Janette Nickerson

Janette Nickerson - Administrative Assistant

Janette is new to the non-profit world and joined us in July 2018. She has a long history in Durango as a legal secretary and office manager. Janette is a graduate Fort Lewis College, with a degree in English. She has four children and one grandchild. Janette spends her free time reading, quilting, doing paper crafts and having fun with her granddaughter.