Board of Directors

Board of Directors for Namlo International

Tammy Laushey (Board Chair)

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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.

Elizabeth Weight (Vice Chair)

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For more than 20 years, Elizabeth has designed, directed, and evaluated international development programs for non-profit organizations and the United Nations in 14 countries in Asia and Africa. Her expertise is sustainable and equitable agricultural value chains that increase smallholder farmers’ incomes. Within this field, she specializes in monitoring and evaluation, addressing gender gaps, and capacity building. Most recently, she served as the Global Uptake Coordinator at the CGIAR’s International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, and led the Institute’s engagement strategies that supported evidence-based policies and investments in 11 countries.

Elizabeth received her BA in International Relations from Connecticut College and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, Environmental Economics and Policy concentration.

Gene Dionne, Colonel (Retired) USAF (Treasurer)

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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.

Can be contacted at gene.dionne@gmail.com

Jan Mueller

JanPicJan 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 is travel which has led her to travel to over 3 dozen countries including Nepal and Nicaragua.  She has a passion for the people and culture and is currently working for Namlo on raising additional funding to support in-country programs.  Jan has a BS from the University of Wisconsin.

 

Pete Tierney

IMG_0005Pete Tierney is a retired educator, having worked with teenagers for 49 years.  He began with his first two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and ended with his last 22 founding and being the lead teacher at Long View High School, a public alternative school in Lakewood, CO.  In between he taught, administered, and counseled youth at the margins of society.  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. 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, all of whom he is justly proud of.  Beyond family, his personal interests include running, biking, swimming, competing in races and triathlons and endurance events, hiking, outdoor activities, reading, writing, and travel. In 2002, he carried the Olympic Torch.  He spent the fall of 2016 in Nepal, part of the time working on an education project with Namlo.  Upon returning, he joined the Namlo board. His area of interest is, not surprisingly, education.

 

NAMLO ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Andrew Gibbs

Lawyer Andrew J. GibbsAndrew Gibbs is a partner at the law firm of Tueller & Gibbs, LLP, where he focuses his practice on complex business, real estate, construction and owner association litigation.  Andrew is also a certified mediator.  Andrew received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his BA from the University of Arizona.  Andrew studied international comparative law at the University of Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya and was a teaching fellow for the Masters in American & Comparative Law program at University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In his personal life, Andrew is an avid skier and mountain biker, and loves traveling the world with his wife, Lea.

Lea Julson Gibbs

Lea Gibbs cropped photoLea Julson Gibbs is a Colorado licensed elementary school teacher.  Lea received her BS from Western Oregon University and her Masters of Teacher Education from Eastern Oregon University.  Before moving to Denver, Lea taught at Amity Creek Elementary School in Bend, OR for ten years.  In Colorado, Lea worked as an elementary teacher at Denver Academy for four years, where she focused on empowering diverse learners (ADD and dyslexia) through student-centered, differentiated and transformative education.  Lea continues to enrich the lives of children at Denver Academy as a teaching assistant. In her spare time, you can find Lea racing her mountain bike on the local enduro circuit, riding her road bike, skiing or traveling the world with her husband, Andrew.

Blanche Kapushion

blancheBlanche Kapushion has been in the field of education since 1983. With a MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D in Educational Policy and Administration, Dr. Kapushion has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, program coordinator, assistant principal and principal in Jefferson County Public Schools. Currently, Dr. Kapushion is the Director of Gifted and Talented programming in Jeffco and serves as the President of the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented. A passion of assuring all children have access to edcation led Dr. Kapushion to NAMLO six years ago when she led a Sister School project with NAMLO’s Barrio Nuevo school in Nicaragua. Blanche is a Colorado native and loves to travel the world to learn about new cultures, their educational systems and traditions.

Rob McGough

robRob McGough is an attorney in Denver, Colorado. Rob has over fifteen years of complex commercial litigation experience, and currently volunteers as pro bono counsel with Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Rob has a BA in International Relations and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a JD, cum laude, from Catholic University Columbus School of Law, and an MA in International Studies from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. Rob and his wife, Dr. Mana Amir, a pulmonologist in Denver, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Leila, in March of 2011.

 

 Dale Rademacher

daleDale Rademacher is a 4th generation resident of the St. Vrain Valley in Northern Colorado and was raised on the family farm east of Longmont. He has been involved in water and land stewardship issues since his early child hood summers which were spent irrigating crops on the farm. Dale graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1982.He is a registered professional engineer and started work at the City of Longmont in 1984 and is currently Director of Public Works and Natural Resources for the City of Longmont.Dale is a charter member of the Mead Rotary Club and co-chair of the Nicaragua Water Committee which is working to provide clean water and sanitation facilities for three villages in Nicaragua where Namlo has previously built schools: Los Pinares, Barrio Nuevo, and Miraflor. Dale and his wife Karen have four children, Kyle, Jeff, Greg and Katie.