Meet Namlo’s Governing Body
get to know our Organization’s Board
Pete Tierney is a retired educator, having worked with teenagers at the margins of society for 49 years. He began his career with two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, and ended with the last 22 years of his formal career founding Long View High School, a public alternative school in Lakewood, CO. He also founded and ran the first youth conservation corps in Colorado, and was a founding member and past president of the Colorado Youth Corps Association. In 2011 the US State Department sent him to Ukraine to train teachers and in 2018 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from Notre Dame. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his MA from Goddard College in Vermont in Alternative Education.
Pete has been happily married for 43 years, with two children and four grandchildren. His personal interests include running, biking, swimming, competing in races and endurance events, hiking and other outdoor activities, reading, writing, and travel. Pete spent the fall of 2016 in Nepal, where he worked on an education project with Namlo. Upon returning to the US, he joined the Namlo board and subsequently became President of the board in March of 2018. His area of interest is, not surprisingly, education.
Jan is an executive at a large management consulting firm. Her expertise is in helping organizations transform and grow. Her work has helped companies streamline processes, grow through new channels, and drive new revenue. She has spent the last several years helping to grow her firm through geographic expansion which includes talent acquisition, business development and building a strong culture.
Jan’s passion for travel has led her to over 3 dozen countries, including Nepal and Nicaragua. She has a passion for local people and culture and works diligently for Namlo, raising funding to support in-country programs and providing oversight of Namlo’s activities. Jan has a BS from the University of Wisconsin.
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.
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.