Our Team

Our Team

Staff Profiles

Beverly Bronson - Founder  


British born and adventurous by nature, Beverly moved to New York City in the early 1970s and worked in magazine editing and the theater before opening up an antique store, and was a beloved fixture in the East Village.

She first came to Nepal in 1999 to volunteer as a social worker when she found the two abandoned brothers in 2001 who became the first two members of the House with Heart (HwH) family.

Beverly served as the President and CEO of the organization. Sadly, she passed away in May of 2018.

Hem Bahadur Rai - Manager

A staff member at House with Heart since 2006, Hem manages the accounting, security, and all of the building construction and maintenance projects. He participates in managing our programming as well. He holds a BA in business and and is working on his MA in sociology.  

Samista Thapa - Children's Supervisor

Samista Thapa joined House with Heart in 2012 and oversees the children, providing a loving and supportive family structure. Known as Auntie, she lives in the House full time and manages the myriad of activities required to run a very large family, including managing the household staff and inventory. 

Our U.S. Board of Directors

Philip Glass

Honorary Chair

Philip Glass, 2017
Photo by Danny Clinch Photograrphy

Adam Thorburn

Board Chair

Dympna Burkhart


Nicola Hayward

Treasurer &

In-country Director

Georgie Palmer


Colleen Boland

Chair Emerita

The US Board of Directors oversees

all of House with Heart’s operations.

Advisory Council

Daniel Bronson, Owner & Professional Engineer, connectPCsupport

Bonnie Chollet, HwH Volunteer

Lisa Hartmann, HwH Volunteer & former HwH Board Member

Beth Hayward, HwH Volunteer, Registered Nurse

Natasha Low-Kefford, HwH Volunteer

Francesca Mirenda, Social Media Coordinator; Owner of PalazzoNYC, Apparel Designer, Artist

Lyn Pentecost, Executive Director, The Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY
Jody Popple, Ph.D., Clinical and Corporate Psychologist, Founder of pSymphony Women's Leadership Development

Dick Puccio, Owner, Marich Music, Inc. and past President, Rotary Club of Corning, NY

Lou Seitchik, Computer Programmer
Aarti Shah, McTimoney Chiropractor
Kunga Sherpa, former Board Chair, Ghar Sita Mutu
Elena Stonebraker, HwH Volunteer
Kanani Titchen, MD, Adolescent Medicine and Co-founder, Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans
Pauline Turley, Vice Chair, Irish Arts Center
Susan Young, Conceptual Artist, Garment Manufacturing & Sourcing Executive (retired), Production Consultant to global organizations

Our Nepal Board of Directors

Tashi Gurung


Birendra Kumar Singh


Rachana Banepali

Ram Chandra Kilambu

Mini Kumari Shrestha

D.B. Ranapal

Vice President

Binda Dhakal


Dil Kumar Karki

Kamala Lama

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