Meet the Board of Directors and Co-Founders
President and Co-founder
Sally is a native of Colorado and has a passion for mountain environments, women’s empowerment and the Himalayas. A mountaineer, Sally has climbed peaks including Island Peak, Denali, Mount Rainier, and has done attempts on other big mountains including Cerro de Aconcagua. She holds a Certificate in Non-profit Management from Duke University and an M.Sc. with Distinction in Sustainable Mountain Development from the University of Highlands and Islands in Perth, Scotland, where she studied under Martin Price. Sally completed field research for her dissertation, ‘Identifying paths to girls’ successful Higher Education in the Solukhumbu district, Nepal’ in November 2016, which was published in Mountain Research and Development in 2020. She has traveled to Nepal four times for trekking, climbing, humanitarian work, academic research and NGO project implementation. Sally has been touched, inspired and humbled by the incredible people and communities she has had the honor of living among there.
Vice-president and Co-founder
Karma is a native of the village of Deku in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. Karma’s life was transformed by the gift of education and support from an American trekker. After experiencing the revolutionary power of education in his own life, he decided to dedicate his life to providing the same opportunities for others. In 2006 he founded The Small World in Nepal to address the needs of girls and communities in his home district. Read a message from Karma here.
Matt is a retired pediatric dentist currently residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He spent his last 27 years working with the Indian Health Service providing dental services to underserved Native American children. Annually for the past 7 years, Matt has volunteered in Nepal with multiple nonprofit organizations. He met Karma and Sonam, the founders of The Small World, in 2013 and is proud to support and call them friends. He continues to be amazed with the projects, accomplishments and outcomes of The Small World and looks forward to helping the organization reach their future goals.
Erin is contagiously passionate about global education and exploration. She has spent the last two decades working in a variety of roles at EF Education helping teachers open the world through education. In 2009, she founded Edge of Seven, a Denver-based nonprofit that supported sustainable development initiatives that created access to education and economic opportunities for girls, women, and rural developing communities across the globe. Edge of Seven partnered with The Small World in Nepal during its lifetime, and Erin is excited to continue that collaboration as a board member for TSW USA. Her husband, Binod, is originally from Nepal, and they live in Boston with their two spunky daughters, June and Indie.