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

Mike Karpfen - Executive Director & Co-Founder

Mike and his wife Tricia co-founded Shanta Foundation in 2006 and Mike has been the Executive Director since its inception. 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.

J. Cornish, Executive Director

J. Cornish - Executive Director, In Transition

Cornish was appointed as Executive Director in April 2018. Cornish brings to the position over two decades of international experience with organizations including Peace Corps and International Rescue Committee. Cornish has a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from Bowling Green St. University & University of Utah and an M.A. from the University of London. He enjoys spending his free time exploring the Durango area with his wife and two young children.

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.

Karen Berger - Outreach Coordinator

After years of working in the corporate world, Karen was excited to bring her skills to Shanta. Karen has over 10 years of experience with office and financial administration, website and social media management, and client communications. She has a Master of Arts in Education from Alliant International University and a B.S. in International Business Administration from the United States International University. Karen lives in the beautiful Animas Valley of Durango, Colorado with her husband Curtis and their two sons. Hiking, reading, scuba diving, and going on family adventures are a few of the many things Karen finds enjoyable.