Kathleen Bollerud


Kathleen Bollerud is a psychologist and independent consultant, specializing in executive coaching and leadership development.

Over the last 25 years, she has worked with a diverse clientele representing a wide variety of public and private organizations in distribution, retail, finance, health care, insurance, manufacturing, education, technology and not-for profits. She is currently an executive coach for Duke Corporate Education (Fuqua School of Business), a leading provider of executive education programs worldwide.

She has been a teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Medical School and an Adjunct Faculty at Antioch Graduate School. She is a recipient of the Cleveland International Fellowship from Stockholm, Sweden. Active in community affairs, she has worked with United Way, Monadnock Music, the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Network and is currently a Trustee of Historic Harrisville, a National Historic Landmark site.

In 2013 the women of Chakouri and Kathy developed the vision of a sustainable woolen craft business to create livelihood enhancement and improve the women’s quality of life. Through her leadership the group has received start up grants, design, sales, and marketing support as well as computer and business training.

Vikram Chhachhi


Of his 20 years’ of experience, Vikram has spent the past eleven years in Executive Search and Corporate Recruiting. He is a Director with Accord Group India – a member firm of AltoPartners Executive Search Worldwide – and is based out of Gurgaon/ New Delhi.
His area of expertise is in assisting clients in the Consumer, Retail Services, Telecom, Technology and Media industries involving business and functional leadership hiring and consulting. Prior to this, Vikram has spent many years in leadership roles of U.S-based and India-based executive search companies. Before Vikram joined the Executive Search profession, he was a senior editor with the leading business fortnightly, Business Today. Vikram is a graduate in Computer Science from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Vikram likes to travel and gain a deeper understanding of local communities, their ecosystems and issues and how those could be resolved on a sustainable basis. His wider interests are Education, Healthcare and Wellness, along with being a devoted long-distance runner and a cross-genre music buff.

Jay Hardikar


Jayant is the Founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Himalayan Education Foundation. He believes that the key to success lies in taking time to understand other human beings, direct experience, building trusting relationships and listening to others for creative ideas.

He is also a Product Manager at The Weather Company – an IBM venture. With over 25 years of experience in environmental consulting and high-tech industries, he has managed large scale engineering projects and complex partnerships between large companies to deliver successful products to market.

Born and raised in India, Jayant came to the United States to obtain a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science. He lives in Peterborough, NH where he is deeply engaged with the local community through his children’s schools, music and local agricultural life.

Monica Lehner


Monica received her BA from Wheaton College in 1984 and received her MA from the School for International Training in International/Intercultural Administration in 1990.  She subsequently worked in the US, Kenya, and Italy in the non-profit education sector in a variety of capacities. For three years she chaired the board of the Well School in Peterborough, NH. She headed the Well School’s fundraising committee and started the school’s annual International Cultural Festival.  As a community activist, she played an instrumental role in conserving ~1,000 acres in Greenfield, NH.  She currently serves on the board of the Monadnock Conservancy and the MacDowell Colony. For each board she works with the Development Committee building relationships with new friends and donors. She served as a mentor for Voices of Our Future, an on-line training program in digital journalism giving a voice to women from communities around the world.  She currently works with under-privileged students from Beacon Academy in Boston, Massachusetts.

Anish Mangal


Anish is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor’s Master of Entrepreneurship program and is working to create sustainable value in ed-tech through social entrepreneurship approaches in India. His primary interest is in using freely licensed technology to innovative and disruptive ends in education. For the past four years, he has been involved with the One Laptop Per Child/Sugarlabs projects, working in the field in Uruguay and Paraguay, and was closely involved with Australia’s One- Education program. He is also one of the early volunteer contributors to the School Server Community project. He helps run a small pilot project in a village called Bhagmalpur, near Varanasi. Recently he worked to organize a MOOC (Massive On-line Open Course) for teachers and teacher-educators in the area of Open Educational Resources. He is facilitating the creation of an online state-funded Open Education repository containing multilingual digital content.

Alice Pell



International development, education and agriculture have been the foci of Alice Pell’s from the three years she spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana to serving as Cornell’s Vice Provost for International Relations. She has first-hand agricultural experience running a diversified farm in Vermont and overseeing Cornell’s international programs. Her first appointment at Cornell was a research-extension position in dairy nutrition so she has experience in community education and outreach. She was the Principal Investigator of a large NSF-funded Biocomplexity project on poverty and environmental degradation in the Kenyan highlands, co-director of the African Food Security and Natural Resource Management Training Program funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, director of  an AID project on community forestry in Afghanistan, and director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development. These initiatives have given Pell experience administering interdisciplinary field research and development projects. As Vice Provost for International Relations, she was a member of the senior management team of the university and the Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell Abroad, and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development reported to her. Over the past two years, she has extensively involved in the African Doctoral Academy, a continent-wide program to improve Ph.D. education and ensure that the supply of qualified faculty is sufficient to meet the demands of Africa’s rapidly expanding universities.

Jeff Williams


Jeff Williams has travelled to volunteer at the Himalayan Public School three times in the last four years.  He brings the school, and HEF, a wealth of experience in education, having spent thirty-five years in public schools, working with children from grades 2 to 21.

For the thirteen years prior to his retirement, he was Department Head of Special Education in the school district in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  In that capacity, Jeff developed parent education programs, bereavement programs for youth and their parents and conducted teacher training.  He has taught about mental health issues in public schools to guidance counselors and school psychologists. Currently Jeff is working as a therapist in several schools in Boston.

Jeff was trained as a Clinical Social Worker at Boston College.  He has worked in psychiatric hospital and community mental health settings, as well as conducting a therapy practice for a number of years.  Jeff has served on the board of the Boston Living Center, a community service agency for individuals with AIDS.  He volunteers in the Boston Public Schools with second graders. Working with and advocating for young people has always been at the heart of his career.