Our Team


LINDSEY KRUGER Heart of gold until you’re up against her in a game of Bananagrams, Lindsey is our resident visionary. She founded Nivas after working on the ground in Solukhumbu and Dhading districts of Nepal where she saw first-hand what folks in under-served communities need most. During her career in architecture/design she dove into international humanitarian aid projects and is currently working toward a Masters of Development Practice.

LINDSEY KRUGER
Heart of gold until you’re up against her in a game of Bananagrams, Lindsey is our resident visionary. She founded Nivas after working on the ground in Solukhumbu and Dhading districts of Nepal where she saw first-hand what folks in under-served communities need most. During her career in architecture/design she dove into international humanitarian aid projects and is currently working toward a Masters of Development Practice.

UPASANA SHAKYA The ultimate multi-tasker, if you’re willing to overlook a burnt omelet, Upasana is our in-country project manager. She has a background in Public health and a Master’s in Sociology. Most of her working years have been spent in the field working with various INGOs and NGOs. A keen traveler she likes to explore new places, people and communities.

UPASANA SHAKYA
The ultimate multi-tasker, if you’re willing to overlook a burnt omelet, Upasana is our in-country project manager. She has a background in Public health and a Master’s in Sociology. Most of her working years have been spent in the field working with various INGOs and NGOs. A keen traveler she likes to explore new places, people and communities.

KARMA SHERPA A man of action, Karma was born into a nomadic family in mountainous Nepal. Karma is the Executive Director of our partner organization The Small World. His skills in community organization and project management are exceptional. The Small World has been in operation for 10 years and is very highly regarded in Solukhumbu and the Kathmandu Valley.

KARMA SHERPA
A man of action, Karma was born into a nomadic family in mountainous Nepal. Karma is the Executive Director of our partner organization The Small World. His skills in community organization and project management are exceptional. The Small World has been in operation for 10 years and is very highly regarded in Solukhumbu and the Kathmandu Valley.

PAULETTE DEPUMPO A sort of Mother-Teresa-type who knows how to throw a party, Paulette is energetic and positive to no end. Thus she is in charge of all things social at Nivas. As a star real estate agent, she also takes the lead on the home-renovation portion of our funding structure. Her volunteer life has been dedicated to helping marginalized children to be heard and find safety, love and inspiration.

PAULETTE DEPUMPO
A sort of Mother-Teresa-type who knows how to throw a party, Paulette is energetic and positive to no end. Thus she is in charge of all things social at Nivas. As a star real estate agent, she also takes the lead on the home-renovation portion of our funding structure. Her volunteer life has been dedicated to helping marginalized children to be heard and find safety, love and inspiration.

RAM GURUNG A seasoned veteran at community organization, construction and implementation, Ram is our Project Coordinator through our partnering organization. He has excellent report within our communities and his reputation precedes him... in the best way possible. Ram's smile & confidence help our partner families get through even the toughest job.

RAM GURUNG
A seasoned veteran at community organization, construction and implementation, Ram is our Project Coordinator through our partnering organization. He has excellent report within our communities and his reputation precedes him... in the best way possible. Ram's smile & confidence help our partner families get through even the toughest job.

KEN STORM Our analytical dreamer, Ken is in charge of inspiring all of those around him to think BIG.   7 out of 10 of his ideas aren’t even that crazy. Ken grew his knowledge of community-based design while working for and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in South Carolina, Colorado and New Zealand. As principal of Storm Design/Build, Ken is inspired by projects with constraints and unique challenges.

KEN STORM
Our analytical dreamer, Ken is in charge of inspiring all of those around him to think BIG.   7 out of 10 of his ideas aren’t even that crazy. Ken grew his knowledge of community-based design while working for and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in South Carolina, Colorado and New Zealand. As principal of Storm Design/Build, Ken is inspired by projects with constraints and unique challenges.

VICTORIA INMAN Hailing from the East Coast, Victoria has a penchant for big hair and fast walking. Her background in is Architecture and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure, with a focus on informal settlements in developing cities. She is passionate about using design as a tool for helping under served communities, both locally and globally.

VICTORIA INMAN
Hailing from the East Coast, Victoria has a penchant for big hair and fast walking. Her background in is Architecture and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure, with a focus on informal settlements in developing cities. She is passionate about using design as a tool for helping under served communities, both locally and globally.

LALIT KARKI Field Manager of our ReCover Nepal Program, Lalit's energy and daily presence on location are crucial to the program's success. Our applicants are able to access his knowledge and expertise to allay any concerns and to make plans for quick implementation. This allows us to get families into safe shelter quickly. Lalit has a degree from TribhuvanUniversity. 

LALIT KARKI
Field Manager of our ReCover Nepal Program, Lalit's energy and daily presence on location are crucial to the program's success. Our applicants are able to access his knowledge and expertise to allay any concerns and to make plans for quick implementation. This allows us to get families into safe shelter quickly. Lalit has a degree from TribhuvanUniversity. 

STACEY TWIGG As an interior designer at Shopworks Architecture, she is usually shaping housing opportunities in Denver through low-income housing projects and homeless shelters. Stacey worked with Lindsey on their very first trip to Nepal and while she loves improving the city in which she lives, she is thankful for the opportunity to extend her passion for community enrichment internationally.

STACEY TWIGG
As an interior designer at Shopworks Architecture, she is usually shaping housing opportunities in Denver through low-income housing projects and homeless shelters. Stacey worked with Lindsey on their very first trip to Nepal and while she loves improving the city in which she lives, she is thankful for the opportunity to extend her passion for community enrichment internationally.