Board of Directors
Dr. Shakya is the Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in the Asia Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Colombia. He is a widely published scholar, on both historic and cotemporary Tibet. He has acted as an expert for Tibetan asylum cases in UK, EU, and US Department of Homeland Security for many years. Among his many published texts, his most expansive work to date The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 (Pimlico, London 1999) is a world renowned text on the modern history of Tibet. Dr. Shakya attended London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with a B.A. Honors in Social Anthropology and South Asian History. He received his M. Phil in Tibetan Studies in 2000 and Ph.D. in Tibetan Studies June 2004. Dr. Shakya has also taught at the centre of Refugee Studies at Oxford University, England.
Board of Director
McCorkell is a social worker who has volunteered in different capacities with Tibetans in Seattle including the Tibetan Refugees
Settlement Project, as well as organizing weekly English conversation groups. She was a Special Education teacher in Olympia,
Tumwater and Mukilteo School District, WA and also taught English as a Second Language for two years in Chang-An University, Xi’an, China.
Currently, she is involved in One World Foundation, teaching English classes for children in Ecuador and Teotitlan, Mexico, as well as the
Literacy project for Odyssey Elementary School in Everett, Washington. She holds a MA in education from the University of Washington and a BA in
Education Western Washing University and Teaching Endorsement, English as a Second Language Seattle Pacific University.
Early Childhood Guidance Consultant
Lisa Poelle has more than thirty years of experience in child development/guidance and parent education. Throughout her career, Ms. Poelle has provided parent education to more than 1000 families and professional development or technical assistance to more than 100 child care programs/schools. She currently serves as a private consultant to educators and parents, conducts in-service trainings, webinars, and is a frequent keynote/featured speaker to parents, teachers, and administrators. Her book, The Biting Solution, published by Parenting Press, is a popular resource for both parents and centers, even drawing international attention. For several years, she has worked as a mentor/consultant for the Center for Children’s Initiatives, as a supervisor of undergraduate student teachers, and as an adjunct professor in the education department at the City University of New York. She also served actively on the governing board of the New York City Association for the Education of Young Children, chairing the annual conference and communications committees. In 2014, she received the Champions for Children Award from the NY State division. Ms. Poelle holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California. Her website is www.stopthefightingandbiting.com
Tsering Dorjee Bawa: a Tibetan stage and film actor, singer, dancer and musician
Tsering Bawa was born in Toe Bawa (Nyari region) in the western part of Tibet. At the age of 16, he started training in music, dance, and theatre at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India. In 1994, he graduated with a degree of advanced studies in Tibetan secular dance, music, opera, and sacred/monastic dance. In 2000, he got his Master’s degree in every field of Tibetan Performing arts, and was appointed as a special teacher at TIPA. He has also done extensive research on Tibetan performing Arts, in particular theatrical arts, regional folk songs, traditional opera, and Tibetan musical instruments. He has toured worldwide, acted in number of films, performed in theater, and also worked with number of well known artists and performers. He is currently residing in Bay Area, California where he teaches dance, songs and music to the young Tibetans.
Co-founder and Executive Director
Diki’s education began in Lhasa,Tibet where she was born. Having performed well in primary school, she was offered the opportunity to continue her education in Xian, China. She later attended Tibetan Children’ Village school in India. With her proficiency in Chinese and her life experience in different countries, she majored in international business at Seattle Central College in Seattle, Washington. Upon graduation, she was offered a job at a corporate travel management company (Direct travel) in New York City. There, she served as travel consultant to major companies like JCrew, IBI, and Martha Stewart by helping them organize their business trips and maintain their travel budget. When her first child was born, she decided to open Diki’s Daycare Center, which soon rapidly expanded to include other services for the Tibetan community in Queens. Her desire to truly serve the Tibetan people led her to create New York Tibetan Service Center, where she is now the executive director. Email: email@example.com
Kelly was born and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2007 with a B.S. in Secondary History Education and an appetite to see and serve the world. In 2008, she began working with English Language Institute China which relocated her to Lhasa to teach English to community college students there. For three years she trained and taught hundreds of Tibetan and Chinese students, and learned more from them than she taught. In 2012, she completed her Master’s degree in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and has since taught ESL to every age of student from pre-K to senior adult. Her current work with NYTSC combines her passions for service and familiarity with Tibetan culture. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nawang came to the United States in 2008, served as a translator and assistant for National Geographic filmmaker Liesl Clark, on a documentary entitled “Cave People of the Himalayas” < http://www.pbs.org/program/cave-people-himalaya/>. Nawang has also worked as a research assistant on several research projects of Sienna Craig, an anthropologist at Dartmouth College who has been working in his home region of Mustang for many years. This work has included ethnographic research in New York and back in Nepal. Nawang is a co-author on several presentations and publications based on this work, including “The Kora of Migration: Everyday Practices of (Well) Being and Belonging between Mustang, Nepal and New York.” In David N. Gellner and Sondra L. Hausner, eds. Global Nepalis: Religion and Culture in a New Diaspora (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Email: email@example.com
Tsering Wangchuk Ghongpa earned associates degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology from Seattle Shoreline College in 2000 and followed that a Microsoft Certification in Software Engineering. He has since had a distinguished career working for various data and research centers and most recently completed a term working as a Career Services Technician for JP Morgan and Chase Bank. Since he began working for NYTSC full time, he has taken his role as office manager seriously and been instrumental in maintaining business records, strengthening relations with the Health Department and Education Department, and resolving any office related issues. He is also participates each year in the NYTSC Tibetan opera as a lead male character. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org