Meet Our Board Members
We are a fully volunteer board who share in the passion of helping disadvantaged Hill Tribe youth in Northern Thailand
I became involved in Charities Within Reach after my first visit to Thailand in 2011. I was most impacted by the children who despite difficult living conditions and situations always demonstrated a love of life, a love of God and who always were grateful for whatever they had. In 2012 after experiencing difficulty in locating an acceptable place for two of our girls to live, the idea of opening our own home was conceived. In 2013, I moved to Chiang Rai to open Promise Home which the charity ran until 2022. I returned back to the United States in 2014 when I became President of the board and have served in that capacity ever since.
The goal of Charities Within Reach was to provide our children with a safe environment, food, basic necessities and the opportunity for an education through high school and beyond if that is what they desired. The home was a tremendous success. Three of the children graduated high school and went on to university, one is in technical school and the others remain in school. After the graduation of the three girls from high school, COVID and difficulties for travel to Thailand, we closed the home but we continue to support the remaining children who are now living with their parents.
I have always had a servants heart and a desire to help small children and young adults. My main career was 9-1-1 Public Safety communications where I spent 30 years. During that time, I co-directed a parent/daughter Girl Scout camp weekend and traveled to Thailand. I am currently a Program Coordinator for Radiology at the University of Colorado Hospital and I serve as a teacher for pre-K children at my church.
Max Koch is the Operations & Administration Manager of Usona Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving mental health. Having discovered Charities Within Reach through a family friend, Max inquired about and pursued the opportunity to spend the fall of 2013 as a long-term volunteer at Promise Home. Moved by his experience with the kids of Promise Home, and with admiration towards the work that Charities Within Reach was and continues to accomplish, Max was eager to continue his efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of the kids of Promise Home and others in need in the Chiang Rai area by accepting an invitation to join the Board of Directors in January 2016. “Once you meet the kids that have been impacted so positively by Charities Within Reach, it’s impossible to imagine a world where you no longer share a powerful connection with them.”
Kimberlie Pascoe has worked in the Private Security industry at various levels for over 20 years including government, aviation, and the healthcare environment. During this time Kimberlie has been involved directly and indirectly in several non-profit organizations within the community that have kept her engaged and busy with many activities: Big Brother Big Sister of South Dakota, Habitat for Humanity as well as hosting and co-hosting several children’s events with the National Elks Organization. My passion for helping people through my personal and private life continues to intertwine allowing me to always look for a way, even the littlest helping hand, can make the biggest difference in someone’s life. Because “You have nothing to lose by giving your best.”-Lailah Gifty Akita
Jackie Osborn has enjoyed volunteering for many years and could not say no to this brilliant opportunity to work with this fine group at Charities Within Reach. Jackie originated in NY and finished her education in CO and never left. She was managing partner at Bolder Staffing, Inc. for 26 years and after selling in 2018, Jackie volunteers with several organizations including CWR for the last 16 years. She is happy to lend some marketing strengths and direct help to provide educational opportunities for remote Northern Thailand Hill Tribe children so they may lead enriched lives and pursue a path to their dreams or give back to their country of origin. I have been amazed at the level of commitment and results that the board members, volunteers, and our donors, YOU, have given so purely.
Joan Lee is a retired registered nurse. She worked for 27 years for a company that provided case management services to insurance carriers and large employers. Joan and her husband, Denny, have been married for over 50 years. Together, they travelled to Thailand in 2011 and 2013, and Joan has returned numerous times with family and friends. Her training specialty in acute care nursing is pediatrics and she has always loved children. They have two sons; one is a registered nurse and the other is a Colorado State Trooper; and three granddaughters. Joan loves to travel, volunteer, read and hike the mountains of Colorado. “I joined the board to be part of a project that makes an ongoing difference for children. They come from such difficult backgrounds and over the years I’ve seen the positive difference we can make in these children’s lives.”
Judy LaBuda is in the legal profession and discovered a small children’s home in July 2008 on a trek through Northern Thailand her sister Jane and her niece Claire. The children captivated her heart and she has returned many times, with family and friends, including her two adult children, Brent and Jessica. When asked why Judy was on the board, she replied, “In my heart, I understand and embrace what Margaret Mead meant when she said, "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Judy lives in the small Colorado community. Her life passions are traveling, family and friends and living in a "just world".
Former Board Members
We would like to thank our former Board Members for their generous contributions to our organization:
Dana Dodge has worked in the computer technology field for over 25 years within the network device and monitoring, mass storage and satellite imagery industries. Dana holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Purdue University and a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a wife and mother of two children residing in a small town outside Boulder, CO. "Having financed my graduate and post graduate studies through the donations of scholarship and fellowship programs, I am motivated to positively influence and create opportunities for children. I realize the difference this organization makes in the lives of others and I am extremely fortunate and excited to be a part of CWR."