Who We Are
Our Leadership Team…
Founder & Board President
Brad’s passion for mountain wilderness has had a profound impact on every aspect of his life. He has spent nearly 20 years as a professional mountaineer and high altitude filmmaker; racking up a nice list of accomplishments along the way – including being one of a rare few to have reached the top of Mt. Everest from both the North and South side of the mountain. More than any other mountain region in the world, the Himalaya has had a deep effect on Brad. After more than 16 expeditions to the Himalaya, spanning over 15 years in time, Brad has developed a sincere passion and respect for the people and places of the Himalaya. Over the years, a desire to give back and support the mountain communities of Nepal has become an even larger passion than climbing. Combined with a life long love of wildlife, a strong interest in protecting our global environment, and a serendipitous meeting with Dr. Som Ale; Brad was inspired to create Pangje Foundation.
Dr. Som Ale
Director of Programs
Dr. Ale is one of the most well-known and respected Snow Leopard biologists in the world. Born and raised in Nepal, Som spent over a decade working as a conservation manager in north central Nepal and was Officer in Charge of Nepal’s National Trust for Nature Conservation – Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Som now lives in the United States and serves as a professor of biology and ecology at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Dr. Ale is passionate about protecting the endangered Snow Leopard in ways that benefit the animals, environment, culture, and community; and has developed powerful, unique, and engaging conservation initiatives – creating real, sustainable change and improvement in the process. In addition to his ongoing Snow Leopard work in Nepal, Dr. Ale sits on the IUCN Big Cat Specialists Group – the panel that determines current status for the world Snow Leopard population.
Board of Directors
Alex Clark . Director, Telcobuy; Worldwide Technologies. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Molly Spowal . Vice President, J.W. Terrill. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Adam Steinberg . Vice President, NextGen RCM Services. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Dawn Gelderloos . Founder, Real Life Works. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Ryan Jamboretz . Chief Revenue Officer, Videology. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Amuda Mishra . Founder & Executive Director, Ujyalo Foundation. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Jennifer Mull Neuhaus . CEO, Backwoods. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Teresa Ridenhour . President & Co-Founder Unpluggit. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Mingma Ongel Sherpa . Five time Mt. Everest Summiter, Adventure and Tourism Professional.
Passang Tenjing Sherpa . Nine time Mt. Everest Summiter, Outdoor Professional. xxxxxxxxxxx
Brian Topper . Managing Director, Centaur Services Limited. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Peter Weber . CEO, Idea Holding Company. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Dr. Joe Wilferth . Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences – University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.