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 the President of the Board of Directors of Himalayan Education Foundation (HEF), a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen communities in the Indian Himalayas through education. He believes that the key to success lies in taking time to understand other human beings, direct experience and building trusting relationships.

He is also a Product Manager for a Machine Learning and Analytics platform at Oracle Corporation. He has over 30 years of experience in technology and environmental consulting companies managing complex projects, which helps him bring the rigor of a for-profit company to the non-profit.

Born and raised in India, Jayant came to the United States in 1987 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 local agricultural life, music and hiking.

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.

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.

Betsy DiPrima

Betsy holds a MA Ed. from Antioch NE University. As an educator, she has worked in many different educational settings through the years, from rural New Hampshire schools to inner city schools in West Chicago. She has been a classroom teacher, reading instructor, and special ed teacher. The most important thing she learned as a teacher was the importance of finding ways to make connections with students through respectful and thoughtful means.
When Betsy came to Chakouri HIC Principal Devbala Bisht asked her to share her knowledge and understanding of methods of education with teachers and to look at ways to integrate these into their daily teaching. She then also reorganized the school library, making it more accessible to students to borrow books and helped to develop a school-wide reading program, which included creating classroom libraries for grades K – 6.
Betsy lives in Hancock, NH, where she spends lots time with family, teaches yoga classes, gardens, reads, knits, spins and weaves, and thinks about ways to continue supporting HIC educators and contributing to the education of these wonderful students.