Board Of Directors
Bonnie Ellison – Ama Ghar Children’s Home, Kathmandu, Nepal (Country Director)
Suyesh Karki – Ernst & Young, Salt Lake City, UT (Chairman)
Yasmijn Adhikari – Former Global Securities Lending Group, BlackRock, Inc. – San Francisco, CA (Treasurer)
Rob Sanders – Digital Marketer, Adjunct Professor and Global Citizen – San Francisco, CA/Cartagena, Spain
Jane Ellison- Interior Designer, San Rafael, CA
Poonam Mudvari – Bethesda, MD
Sarah Nikles – Geneva, Switzerland
Leslie Brown – Seattle, Washington
Mary Averill – Western Massachusetts
Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently serves as a Director of an Integrated Duals Health Plan in Massachusetts. She excels in programmatic development and clinical knowledge for an underserved population with complex medical and behavioral health needs. Her expertise is in developmental trauma work. Over the past 30+ years and whenever she can, Mary gets on an airplane for Southeast Asia where she has volunteered for a number of non-profit human service ventures. Nepal and Ama Ghar captured her heart when she ventured there with her 11 and 13-year-old 10 years ago after tiring from arguments about privilege with her then budding teen daughter.
Andrea Osborn - San Francisco
Born and raised in Southern California, Andi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University of Long Beach. At 22, she moved to the UK and earned a Master’s Degree in Media and Cultural Politics. She moved to San Francisco and continued her career in Commercial Banking with Wells Fargo, where she met fellow board member Nick Ray. They quit their jobs in 2015 to travel around the world; this was when they first visited Nepal and the Ama Ghar home. They fell in love with Nepal, the mountains and the children, and in November 2018, they completed their third trip to Nepal where they trekked the Annapurnas and visited Ama Ghar. Andi is "thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that does amazing work and with whose mission I align so closely."
Nick Ray - San Francisco
Nick resides in San Francisco, with his partner and fellow board member Andrea Osbon. He studied Business Administration at California State University, Chico, and has spent his career working in Commercial Banking with Wells Fargo, primarily in Relationship Management. His first visit to Nepal was in 2015, when he was on a 18 month travel break, and he fell in love with the country and people immediately. Ama Ghar was introduced to Nick by a San Francisco friend who had spent time volunteering with the organization. Nick was deeply touched by the compassion and love of the staff, the countless stories that Bonnie shared, and especially the joy and laughter of the Ama Ghar children. He believes that his passion about the organization, finance background, and Bay Area network will help raise money and bring awareness to the Ama Foundation.