Meet Namlo’s Governing Body
get to know our Organization’s Board
Peter joined the Namlo Board in 2017 after returning from two incredible stints in Nepal. The first was in 2011 where he was one of eight cyclists who rode one million meters from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal. The second, five years later, found him working side by side with parents, students and teachers in the remote village of Raghu in northwestern Nepal, helping to rebuild their elementary school after the devastating earthquake of 2015. He found himself immersed in the culture and captivated by the Nepalese people while trekking to Everest Base Camp and topping off at 20,075′ after summiting Lobuche East peak.
Peter was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in New York and is a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in English. He recently retired from a fulfilling and successful career as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife Karen in Lakewood, CO and enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking and discovering the hidden gems of foreign countries by bicycle.
Karalyn is the founder and Managing Director of a wealth management firm in Seattle, Washington. She enjoys taking an active part in serving our community, both locally and internationally focusing on inequity and conservation issues. Karalyn and her husband have two adopted children, their daughter born in Nepal. Karalyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ghadi Tayeh is an environmental engineer and visual storyteller who wields his dual passion for art and science in service and gratitude to the natural world. After working with Namlo International on the Sabhung Water Supply project through his involvement with Engineers Without Borders-USA, Ghadi was inspired to join the Namlo Board in 2019 and help further the organization's mission with his video and design work, among numerous other talents. Through his independent environmental design firm and his current work with pollution remediation in New York City, he has worked in many communities, both domestic and internationally, to enhance their lives in harmony with their natural environment.
Laura Welland is both an engineer and a jazz musician by profession, and first began volunteering for Namlo in 2010, leading the Sabhung Water Supply project with Engineers Without Borders. She has traveled to Nepal dozens of times on Namlo’s behalf, and joined the Namlo Board of Directors in April of 2018. In January of 2019, Ms. Welland became the Executive Director for Namlo, guiding the organization to successful completion of its three-school Reconstruction Project and directing Namlo towards a bright and thriving future. For more on Laura, see her full bio here.
Colonel (Retired) USAF
Gene is a retired aerospace engineering and program management executive. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and earned a MBA from Auburn University. Gene spent 26 years as a R&D engineer and program manager in the US Air Force, retiring in 1994 as a Colonel and Director of the Air Force’s Research Laboratory with responsibility for space and missiles technologies. The next phase of his career was at Lockheed Martin (LM) Space Systems Company in Denver where he was a Program Manager, Vice President of a classified product area and Vice President for Engineering and Operations. Since retiring from LM in 2005, Gene has served as a consultant to them and several other aerospace companies.
His introduction to Namlo International was in 2010 as part of an “volunteer-tourism” team that refurbished a school building in the village of Sabhung, Nepal. He and six of his friends helped the villagers rebuild the two room structure in one week as well as raising the funds for construction material and to pay for a few local skilled laborers. On returning, he reported: “we were highly impressed by the dedication and commitment of the villagers to improving the quality of life of their children through better education facilities and opportunities.” Gene joined the Namlo Int’l board of directors the following year.
His particular interest areas on the Namlo Board are strategic and financial planning. His personal interests tend towards outdoor activities such as long-distance cycling, skiing, trekking, mountain climbing and adventure travel.
Tammy Laushey is a retired CPA and business owner. She graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in accounting and information systems and earned a Masters in Taxation from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tammy has over 25 years of experience as a CPA, business consultant and business owner. She has worked internationally in Canada, Mexico, South America, Micronesia and Europe.
Tammy enjoys world travel for adventure, learning and volunteering.
Karen LeVasseur grew up in Indiana and graduated from Ball State University with a BS in Education. She did her post graduate work at Indiana University and sat for her CPA exam shortly after that, after which she worked as a CPA for a regional firm in Fort Wayne. She and her family moved to Colorado in 1999 where Karen was a “domestic engineer” raising their daughter. Also, during her time as a stay-at-home mom, Karen kept busy with self-employed accounting and tax work. These days she handles all of Namlo’s financial work as a volunteer – one of the many professional volunteers that help keep Namlo’s donations going directly to beneficiaries. Karen also enjoys cycling, reading and quilting.