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

Mark Mastalski - Board Member

Mark Mastalski - Board Member

What excites Mark about participating on Shanta's board is he sees a direct connection through his work with Shanta to his commitment with the LeaderShape Institute. The Institute is a non-profit headquartered in Champaign, IL whose mission is “to transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and have a healthy disregard for the impossible.”

David Peters - Treasurer

David 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.

Zachary Ray Board Member

Zachary Ray - Board Member

Zach is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Sociology and Human Services. He served four 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, traveling and learning other languages.

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Steve Ruddell - Board Member

Steve Ruddell is Founder and Principal at CarbonVerde, LLC (2009), a bio-carbon project and policy consulting firm. As a professional forester and natural resources economist, Steve has 40 years of experience in public and private forest resource management, forest policy, forest economics & market research, manufacturing management, forest products supply chain management, and forest carbon asset management. He has led the start-up of four for-profit companies and business units, and one non-profit international NGO. For the past 20 years Steve has consulted in investing in forest conservation and sustainability initiatives using market-based mechanisms that include carbon asset management strategies for trading emission reduction credits, and investing in sustainable forest management practices required to access North American markets. Steve’s international work spans 20 countries.

Kathy Sinton - Board Member

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 Weiner Board Member

Arlen Weiner - Secretary

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.