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Freema Davis, Founder / Executive Director

Freema Davis founded Global Family Village, Inc. in March 2007. She has been working on behalf of Nepal’s disenfranchised women and children since 1994. (Read more…)



Board of Directors

Bernard “Bud” Davis

Bud is an independent business consultant, currently living in Miami, Florida. He generously offers financial and organizational development expertise and counsel to Global Family Village. (Read more…)


Lin Hightower, Ed.D., MFA, Professor

Dr. Lin A. Hightower, is currently a professor with Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles and an Art Education Doctorate. (read more...)



Amy Gedal Douglass, MPH

Amy has worked in the area of maternal and child health in the US and Asia for over eight years. Currently, as a Senior Consultant at The Lewin Group she develops monitoring tools and evaluation methodologies for the Office of Head Start.  (read more…)


Anna King

Anna is a project management and community development professional. Her communications expertise is complemented by experience in stakeholder engagement, project management, fundraising, campaign management and advocacy in international development and the public sector. (read more…)



Melisandra Leonardos

Melisandra Leonardos has worked as a policy analyst and program manager in the field of K-12 and higher education for over 12 years. She has a Masters in Organizational Devleopment from Cal State East Bay and a Certificate in Community Mediation from UC Berkeley. She is currently working as a Special Project Analyst at the Student Affairs Division of  the University of California Office of the President.  

Melisandra is a creative problem-solver experienced with complex administrative and educational policy issues. Her specific organizational expertise has been a great advantage to Global Family Village as we continue to develop our model and begin replication.

Past Board Chairs

Anda Bruinsma

Anda Bruinsma is the president of People Matter Consulting, an organization that helps businesses and individuals increase their capacity and effectiveness. (Read more…)



Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook, recently deceased, had worked as a tireless and most generous volunteer in Nepal for almost 20 years, working on behalf of disenfranchised women and children. (Read more…)



Advisory Board

Joy Amulya, PhD, Former Board Member
Joy Amulya, PhD, works domestically and internationally to promote research and practice in the implementation, support, and evaluation of community and development initiatives. (Read more…)

Nancy Compton, PhD, Former Board Member
Nancy Compton, PhD, is an associate clinical professor at the University of California Child Trauma Research Project. (Read more…)

Aaron Lones, MPH, Former Board Member and Fund Developer, is a development manager at a community health center in Alameda County, California.(Read more…)

Michael Sautman Chairman of the Board
Michael Sautman specializes in Nonprofit Organizational Development. (Read more…)

Shanti Basnyat, Nepal, started her association with GFV as an advisor on June 1, 2007, and took over as Country Director, GFV Nepal office on December 1, 2007. (Read more…)

Narendra K. Basnyat is the chairman of Himalayan Distilleries, Ltd. He is also founder/chairman and member of the executive committee (Read more…)

Anil Chitrakar is a noted architectural heritage expert, social entrepreneur, and cultural historian. (Read more…)

Govind Shahi is the owner of Himalayan Travels, a Bay Area travel agency. (Read more…)

Rita Thapa A feminist activist for the past 25 years, Rita is recognized for her groundbreaking work in founding Tewa, the Nepal Women’s Fund. (Read more…)

Andrea Scott is currently a mental health clinician who specializes in treating infants and toddlers in foster care.

GFV Friends


Sunil Sakya is a past president of the Nepal-USA Chamber of Commerce & Industry and founder of two Rotary Clubs in Kathmandu. (Read more…)

Helen Walka, PhD, former Board member is a developmental psychologist with 30 years experience working with infants, young children, and families in research, clinical and applied settings. (Read more…)

Kim Webb, principal, Webb Design, San Francisco, Kim Webb is the founder of Webb Design, a graphics firm specializing in corporate print and web design. (Read more…)