Meet our Founder and Board of Directors
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
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.
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.
Aaron Shupp MD, M.Eng,
Director of Academic Affairs
Dr. Shupp is a board-certified Family Physician that practices in Westminster, CO. He enjoys teaching clinical medicine to pharmacy and medical students in addition to volunteering his time to teach an undergraduate university course in Nepal entitled: “The Biophysics and Physiology of High-Altitude Mountaineering.” He has traveled to and worked in several Helping Hands schools and hospitals in Nepal and is working to develop further opportunities for international undergraduates in our Semester in Nepal Program. Dr. Shupp was born and raised in Colorado and worked as a chemical engineer and business manager prior to attending the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he earned his doctorate in medicine and a certificate in global health. He is passionate about addressing health and education disparities both locally and abroad through his work on the board of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians and on the board of Helping Hands.
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.
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.
Amanda Zeis, Communications Coordinator
Amanda Zeis is a web-designer with a passion for philanthropy. She has created and managed ecommerce sites for small to medium businesses throughout Colorado. Her work has focused on many non-profits, educational institutions, and medical/dental enterprises. She brings a breadth of experience to Helping Hands and provides support and technical insight to our mission. She was born in Colorado and grew up in Longmont and Colorado Springs. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business from Colorado State University -- Pueblo.
Susan Mitchell, Program Coordinator
Susan has been a nurse practitioner at Clinica Family Health in Lafayette, Co for more than 20 years. She is passionate about providing health care to under served populations. Susan first fell in love with Nepal on her first visit in 1985 and has returned many times to trek and travel throughout the beautiful country.
Gordon & Nancy Calahan, Sponsorship Program Coordinators
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