Kimberly is an emergency physician, currently practicing urgent care and occupational medicine. Her educational experience includes a fellowship in ethnomedicine at Columbia University focusing on the importation of traditional medicine practices by immigrants in NYC—specifically in Dominican and Tibetan communities. Kimberly has traveled to the Himalaya ten times, served as an expedition physician for a Mount Everest climb in 1990, and held the position of Medical Director at a remote clinic in Bandipur, Nepal. She was a board member for the Wilderness Medical Society, where she also served on the Research Committee, and Chaired the Environmental Council (exploring the relationship between human health and environmental health). She currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Performance Evaluation Task Force for dZi Foundation. Kimberly lives in Durango, CO.
Jeff began his professional career as a process engineer in an oil refinery for Chevron. A decade later he began working for Goldman Sachs, initially as a commodities trader and ultimately as Managing Director and Partner with the firm. In 2011 Jeff retired and moved to Telluride full time, where he pursues his love of the outdoors, with special passions for bicycling and backcountry skiing. When not in the mountains, he can often be found working in his wood shop. Jeff has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations. From 2009-2012 he was Treasurer of the Board at Riverkeeper in NY. Whether in business or philanthropy, Jeff brings a practical and logical approach to decision making. He is an Advisory Board member at dZi Foundation because he believes dZi is making a lasting and significant difference in the future for many people in Nepal. Jeff has been married to his wife, Debbie, for over 31 years. They have two sons, Daniel and Kyle.
Karsang Sherpa is a Senior Vice President at Tralee Capital Partners, a Private Equity Real Estate Investment Company based in Denver, Colorado.
Karsang is originally from Khumjung, Solukhumbu and graduated from Cambridge University in 1993 with a B.A. in Architecture and from the University of Pennsylvania with Master's in Architecture in 1998. Karsang earned his MBA from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. As an architect prior to MBA, Karsang also worked for Venturi and Scott Brown Associates, one of the most famous firms in the world.
Karsang currently lives in Denver with his wife and daughter.
Brent Bishop is an accomplished climber, environmentalist and businessman. Brent first reached the summit of Mt. Everest in 1994, and again in 2002, with the National Geographic Mt. Everest Expedition that marked the 50th anniversary of the mountain’s first ascent. In 1994, Brent co-founded the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition (SEE), an organization committed to cleaning trash off the slopes of Mt. Everest. Since its inception, the organization has removed more than 25,000 pounds of trash from the mountain, as well as trained over 500 Balti Porters on Leave No Trace Ethics.
Brent received an undergraduate degree in economics from Duke University in 1988, and an MBA from the University of Washington in 1993. Brent’s business experience ranges from consulting with Fortune 500 companies to early stage start-up ventures. Brent’s climbing and work as a guide has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Antarctic.
Buck brings a strong organizational background to dZi, as former Board Chair of the Walking Mountains Science Center, an environmental learning center in the Vail Valley. He was a founding director of the Vail Leadership Institute—a leadership development organization focused on inside-first principles—and is also a founding director of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System. Buck started their family owned business, Paragon Guides, in 1978 and lives in Edwards, CO, where he and Holly raised their 3 children.
In May 2017 Tom started Fritz Insight Group in order to focus on and serve the outdoor and adventure travel industries by providing outside insight to deliver strategic growth. Prior to launching his consulting company, Tom worked for Chief Outsiders, a national management consulting firm. Before consulting he served as VP Global Marketing at Marmot Mountain in the outdoor industry for 18 years. Tom has over 30 years of marketing experience at companies including Clorox and Nestle, and diverse industry experience including agricultural products, food & beverage, toys, outdoor clothing & equipment.
Tom and his wife Joan of 35 years have raised three boys in California; two firefighters and one college student. He coached all three in baseball, basketball and soccer over the course of 18 years, and now he stays active by mountain biking, road cycling, stand up paddling, kayaking and hiking in the outdoor community of Santa Rosa, California.
Caroline serves as President of Fisher Consulting Group, a firm specializing in organizational effectiveness, group alignment, organizational direction setting, and corporate culture development. Her clients span a range of sectors, including public, private, and not-for-profit. Caroline holds a master's degree in organizational development and management, as well as a doctorate in organizational psychology.
Dr. Houston has worked in international public health and epidemiology for the past 20 years, following clinical practice in rural settings. Dr. Houston has focused on maternal and child health; nutrition; infectious diseases; and community-based approaches; with an emphasis on monitoring and evaluation and program design. He was resident in Nepal from 1983-1989, and has focused consultancy work in Zambia. He has worked extensively in both Africa and Asia, and is currently involved with several ongoing projects.
Matt Glerum has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer-direct and multi-channel retail sectors and is currently CEO of Zoom Systems. His broad experience includes strategic planning and partnership development, integrated digital and print media marketing, apparel design and sourcing, as well as wholesale program development. His extensive leadership experience has been focused on accelerations, turnarounds and cultural transformation. He joins Zoom Systems after leading the successful turnaround of TravelSmith Outfitters as its President. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Garnet Hill, where he led Marketing, Business Development and Ecommerce, and as Vice President of Sportif USA, where he was in charge of Marketing and the Consumer Division. During the first decade of his career, Matt gained unique business exposure and experience by working his way through a variety of roles at The Orvis Company, from fly fishing instructor and technical advisor to managing the flagship store, from product development and catalog management to ecommerce programming. In the fall of 2014, Matt and his wife, Candra, trekked in Nepal, visiting some of the dZi Foundation’s project areas. It was there that Matt began to understand the impact and extraordinary model of the dZi Foundation. Matt now sits on dZi’s Advisory Board.
After 42 years in semiconductor process engineering and program/general management, Frank recently retired from Intel Corporation, which allows him to now say he is a full-time climber. He is extremely fortunate to live with his wife Jeanne in Ridgway, CO where he spends as much time on the rock, ice and high places as his abused feet will tolerate. He is privileged to help with the work of the dZi Foundation on the Advisory Board and Fundraising Committee.
Ted Kerasote is the author of hundreds of articles and many books, including the longtime bestseller Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Out There: In The Wild in a Wired Age, which won the National Outdoor Book Award. He has traveled to the Himalaya many times, most often in Nepal, writing about its people as well as the environmental and political challenges they face. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. More background about him can be found at http://www.kerasote.com.
Peter is a world-recognized authority on high-altitude medicine and a lover of the Himalaya and its people. He has climbed Everest, lived in Nepal for six years, and been instrumental in starting the Himalayan Rescue Association. He operates the Institute for Altitude Medicine in Telluride and also is on staff at the Altitude Research Center at the University of Colorado School of Health Sciences in Denver.
Senator Udall's connection to dZi is his passion for the Himalaya and his personal relationships with many current dZi board members from when he was Executive Director of Colorado Outward Bound (1985 to 1995). An avid outdoorsman, he has climbed all the Colorado 14ers (54 in total) and attempted some of the most challenging peaks in the world—including Mt. Everest.
Sherry is a landscape architect specializing in high-altitude environments. Her avid interest in the Himalayas began when, after earning her master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, she won a U.S. government fellowship to work for a year in Kashmir on solutions to environmental and land-use issues. Based in Vail, Colorado for the past twenty-five years, she has worked on master plans and landscape designs for a variety of public- and private-sector clients throughout the western U.S. and abroad, including ski resorts, mountain towns, schools, library and recreation districts, residential developers, and mountain homeowners.
Darvin is President of Ayre & Associates, focusing his work in the areas of strategic planning, change management, leadership development, and effective teaming. He has consulted and taught in a variety of private, public, and non-profit environments throughout the U.S., central Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Thomas became involved with dZi through his participation in the Trois Etapes cycling race in France. Thomas lives in Sausalito with his family and regularly enjoys biking with fellow dZi Board Vice Chair Bill Keller and Advisory Board member Scott Penzarella. Thomas co-owns an investment advisory business in downtown San Francisco, Jacobs & Company, and enjoys commuting by bicycle daily. He serves his local community as a Trustee of the Sausalito Marin City School District.
Scott Penzarella is concept founder and general manager of Studio Velo in Mill Valley, Ca and managing partner of The Station SF, a Blue Bottle Coffee cafe in downtown San Francisco. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Scott holds an undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish from Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO and a Graduate Degree in International Business from ESIC in Sevilla, Spain. Scott has traveled extensively nationally and internationally. A well-rounded competitive cyclist, Scott passionately competes in MTB, cyclo-cross, and road competitions. He commutes daily to work on his bike and is a 10-year volunteer at The Redwoods, an assisted living center in Mill Valley. Scott is also a Board Director for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC). His passion is now his business and the cycling community that surrounds it.
As a professional photographer, Ace has an insatiable appetite for world travel. His favorite destinations, when he's not roaming around the southwest canyon country, are the mountain regions of Asia and the Himalayas. Ace generously donates photos for dZi Foundation’s ads, website, brochures, and fundraising events.
Bill Liske has been climbing, trekking, and guiding in Nepal since 1974. He has been on the dZi Foundation Board of Directors or Advisory Board since its inception. He is currently Chairman of the dZi Foundation UK, based in London and a member of the US Advisory Board. He lives in Ridgway, Colorado.
Bill has spent the last 33 years professionally involved in global financial markets, managing assets for small corporations and high-net-worth individuals. Bill is a full-time resident of Sausalito, California. He previously served as Chairman of the Sausalito City Council and is currently Chairman of the Planning Commission.
Candra has over 20 years in leadership roles in marketing and branding including at Highway One, a division of D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles focusing on Fortune 500 clients, and as Director of Client Services at Netcentives. She served as a marketing executive in hospitality at Tahoe Mountain Resorts and Mount Washington Resort. Candra opened Live Bright Now, LLC in 2008, a consultancy designed to support organizational culture, leaders and teams. Candra’s approach to lifelong learning has taken her across the globe often in pursuit of athletic adventure. Her passion for Nepal and the Himalaya was developed in 1993 during a 5-week tour of the trekking peaks. Her love of the Nepali people and the magic of the high peaks led her to her role on the board of dZi Foundation.
Robert brings to dZi an extensive experience in the media field. As senior vice president of digital marketing agency SolutionSet, Balmaseda spent eight years managing all aspects of a $10 million-a-year business, growing the business and managing complicated, long-term projects for some of the world's most recognizable brands, including Apple, eBay, Wells Fargo and UPS. When global firm Epsilon acquired SolutionSet in 2014, Balmaseda was promoted to General Manager and made responsible for one of the agency's practices within its Technology/Energy vertical.
Robert received a BA in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, participated in the doctorate program for European cultural and intellectual history at the University of California, Berkeley, and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Hilaree is a professional mountaineer and North Face team member. Her mountain adventures led Outside Magazine to name her one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports. She has repeatedly made a mark in the Himalayas. In 2005, she made the 2nd female oxygenless ski descent of the 8000m peak Cho Oyu in Tibet. In 2012 she climbed both Everest and its neighbor Lhotse, making her the first woman to climb consecutive 8000m peaks in a single day. As the recipient of a National Geographic Explorer’s Grant, Hilaree led a team of alpinists to attempt a first ascent on a remote peak in northern Myanmar in 2014. The film about the adventure, Down to Nothing, won the Best Cinematography Award at Telluride’s Mountainfilm in 2015. Most recently, Hilaree attempted another Himalayan giant, Makalu, which was named by Outside Magazine as one of the “Most Badass Adventures of 2015”. Between expeditions, Hilaree spends her time as a mother, adventuring with her two sons ages 6 and 8. Hilaree also shares her stories through motivational speaking engagements across the country.
Steve Fenberg comes to dZi from the nonprofit management and political advocacy world. Steve served as the founding executive director for 10 years for New Era Colorado, a nonprofit organization which engages young people in the political process throughout Colorado. Steve now serves in the Colorado Legislature as the State Senator from Senate District 18, comprised of Boulder County.
Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. When he stood on the top of Carstensz Pyramid in 2008, he completed his quest to climb all of the Seven Summits. In September 2014, Erik kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world.
Erik is the author of the best selling memoir, Touch the Top of the World, as well as The Adversity Advantage, which shows readers how to turn everyday struggles into everyday greatness. He is an internationally recognized speaker and brings his message of living a No Barriers life to audiences around the world.
Erik focuses his efforts on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life and founded an organization called No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world.
Matthew is a co-founder and Managing Director of Caprock – a privately owned investment advisor, with a focus on transparency, objectivity, and creating positive social and environmental value. He has been described as ‘thePhilosopher King of Impact Investing’– both a nod to his Buddhist practice, and his important role as one of the early pioneers of socially responsible investments. He is a frequent commentator, speaker, and blogger, who has advised Governments and top business leaders across the globe. Matthew is a life-long athlete, climber, and adventurer. He is a founding board member and has served as the Chairman of theLee Pesky Learning Centerin Boise, Idaho – a non-profit that works with children, families, and schools to provide opportunities for students with learning disabilities.