Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Narayan Shrestha, Founder and President

Narayan Shrestha started Helping Hands Health Education in 1992 with the intention of uplifting the spirit and livelihood of his hometown of Khandbari, as well as the country of Nepal as a whole. He has successfully managed to open schools, hospitals, and health clinics in Nepal, as well as one school in Nicaragua so far. Through his wife Sreejana’s enormous support, Narayan has provided monumental help to people of various countries such as Nepal, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Namibia, India, Tibet and Bhutan. He offers his undivided attention to better the lives of children, as well as any other individuals of the world that are in need of help. His dedication to making the world a better place has been extraordinary. Narayan has achieved numerous awards including: City of Boulder Volunteer of the Year; Rotary Club’s Humanitarian of the Year; Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award; as well as many other awards. He has been featured in many news articles that have been printed in the New York Times, the Boulder Camera, and The Denver Post. He has also been featured on PBS, CBS, NBC, and, ABC, and his documentary, All Roads Lead to Nepal produced by PBS has aired in several states. Narayan is a man who consistently gives of himself, cares for others, and is compassionate and empathetic toward all that walk into and across his path.

Board of Directors

 Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

George Newell, Vice-President

George Newell is a retired airline captain. George has also spent over 20 years as a volunteer board member of non-profit organizations building schools and potable water projects in rural Nicaragua. In addition, George is celebrating his 40th year as a volunteer in fire departments, mountain rescue teams, and other emergency services groups.

 Photo Credit:  dimnikolov

Steven Henry, Treasurer

Steven T. Henry is the current owner of Henry, Waters & Associates, Inc., a tax and accounting practice focused on small and medium businesses. He holds an accounting degree from the State University of New York, Fredonia.


Kathy Mitchell-Garton, Communications Coordinator

Kathy Mitchell-Garton is an artist, writer and business owner from Lakewood, Colorado. She has traveled with Helping Hands Health Education to China, Tibet, and Nepal. Her passion for international travel began early, with a high school trip to East Asia with the People-to-People Program. She holds degrees from Naropa University, Indiana University, and Earlham College


Eric Hernandez, Medical Coordinator

Eric Hernandez grew up in Littleton, Colorado.  He attended college at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins and medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He enjoys his career as a family physician serving the community in and around Boulder, Colorado.  He has provided medical care to the people of Nepal at an HHHE sponsored medical camp and toured the HHHE School as well as the HHHE Kathmandu & Dharmasthali hospitals.


Dr. Herbert Rheingruber, International Medical Coordinator

Dr. Herb Rheingruber is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and a graduate and Israel Levin Scholar of the University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Rheingruber is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served three years at the US Army Hospital, Livorno, Italy, where he was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Professional Services. Since his retirement, Dr. Rheingruber has worked full-time volunteer service for Helping Hands Health Education in several locations within Nepal, as well as Nicaragua, Viet Nam, Mexico, and India.


Susan Rheingruber, Children's Home Coordinator

Mrs. Susan Rheingruber is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, where she studied sociology and early childhood education. She has volunteered with Helping Hands Health Education in many locations, including Nepal, Nicaragua, Viet Nam, Mexico, and India.


Heather Shockley, Program Coordinator

Heather Shockley MSN, RN, BC-NC, RYT-200, is a Board Certified Integrative Health Nurse Coach (BC-NC), Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).  Heather is passionate about living an integrative health and wellness lifestyle. She enjoys yoga, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, traveling, seeing music concerts, and spending time with friends and family. She loves to be part of community and seeks out opportunities to contribute locally and internationally. Heather has volunteered with Helping Hands Health Education in Bhaktapur, Nepal and Jalapa, Nicaragua.


Susan Mitchell, Program Coordinator

Bio coming soon!


Gordon & Nancy Calahan, Sponsorship Program Coordinators

Bios coming soon!