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 - Executive Director
Laurie joined Shanta’s Board in March 2018 and became Executive Director in 2019. 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.
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.
Dan Osnato - Program Manager
Dan joined Shanta Foundation in December 2019 after ten years managing and leading humanitarian responses in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Haiti. He most recently served as Head of Mission in Bangladesh and Libya, and as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor providing global support for Save the Children’s approaches and practices to partnering with local organizations. Dan has spent much of his time in these roles strengthening local capacity to operate independently in a principled, accountable manner. Dan received a Master of Public Administration from NYU in International Nonprofit Management and Policy and a BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego. Having just moved to Durango, Dan is excited to hike and bike the beautiful mountains and high desert terrain and to volunteer at the local humane society.
Margery Poitras - Administrative Assistant
Margery is a passionate member of the Durango community with experience helping various clients with their administrative needs over the past 4 years. Prior to administration, Margery worked in the culinary field as a caterer, recipe tester, restaurant chef and all around food entrepreneur. She has three active teenagers, a loyal pooch and enjoys travel, food, and the great outdoors.