Career Counselor and Placement Manager of VECC
Laxmi Ghimire is the Career Counselor and Placement Manager of the Vocational Education and Career Counseling Program. She joined NYF in 2014. She provides career counseling to youths and facilitates NYF training graduates to find employment. She holds a triple Masters’ degree, viz. MBA, MTVET, and Masters’ in Gender Studies.
Manager cum Dietician for NYF’s nutrition program
Sudha Maharjan is the Manager cum Dietician for NYF’s nutrition program. She has been with NYF since 2008. As a dietician, her key roles include preparing personalized diet plans for malnourished children at the NRH, diet counseling for mothers, and conducting nutrition training. She also manages the New Life Center, a treatment center for children with HIV&AIDS.
Ryan J. Walls
U.S. Executive Director
Ryan J. Walls joined NYF’s U.S. team as Executive Director in October 2022, calling the position a “once-in-a-lifetime full circle opportunity.”
He comes to NYF with 15+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, management, and leadership—including a great deal of hands-on work in education in the United States and abroad. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire, where he also studied International Environmental Policy as an undergraduate.
During his studies, Ryan spent a semester in an immersive cultural and language program affiliated with Tribhuvan University—NYF President Som Paneru’s alma mater! This program matched Ryan with a Nepali host family who helped him understand the culture, language, and day-to-day living of families in Kathmandu. He describes this experience as “formative,” shaping his “worldview and cross-cultural understanding in significant ways.” His time in Nepal, and the relationships he forged with Nepali people, were “some of the more profound experiences of [his] life.” Ryan loves Nepal and its people deeply and is honored to serve them through our remarkable programming.
Before NYF, Ryan’s career focused on support for people living with HIV, hunger relief, and other health and human services. He is passionate about causes in antiracism, the environment, international development, education, and social justice. Most recently he served as the Executive Director of 9/11 Day, a nonprofit devoted to the National September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance—a federally-recognized day of service.
Topraj Gurung grew up in Pokhara, Nepal. He got his Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He’s worked at a startup, and also large companies such as Google and Facebook working on initiatives such as internet.org. He currently works at Google.
Puran Singh is the Co-founder/Head of Engineering at a health-tech company providing market access platform for the prescription drug manufacturers. He’s been working in the Software Industry for almost 15 years now and has worked for small/large companies like Yahoo, Intuit, and Shutterfly before co-founding Phil in 2015.
For over twenty years, Emilie M. Calhoun has been working for individuals in trust and estate litigation and consultation matters, contentious trust administration, and financial elder abuse cases. Ms. Calhoun is passionate about protecting her clients’ interests, making sure that their voices are heard, and helping them to navigate the vagaries of our judicial system with perseverance and integrity.
Dipak Raj Onta and Samana Amatya
House Parents of Junior Boys at Olgapuri Children's Village
Dipak Raj Onta and Samana Amatya are the house parents of junior boys at Olgapuri Children’s Village. After the 2015 earthquake, Dipak managed the transit home that NYF had established in Gorkha for children displaced by the earthquake and also oversaw NYF’s EQ-scholarship program in the district. Both husband and wife joined NYF as house parents in January 2018. Samana is a fashion designer by profession.
Hem Prasad Shrestha and Binu Shrestha
House Parents of Senior Boys at Olgapuri Children’s Villlage
Hem Prasad Shrestha and Binu Shrestha are the house parents of senior boys at Olgapuri Children’s Villlage. The husband and wife pair joined NYF in March, 2020. Both of them have long experience of working with children as house parents.