MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS.
We are a volunteer board who share in the passion to help the children of Northern Thailand Hill Tribes.
Heather McCarthy has been actively involved with Charities Within Reach since its beginning. She spent a year in Thailand at Promise Home helping get it running and the children safely situated. In 2014 she returned to the United States and currently works part-time for UCHealth and as a barista at Starbucks. She regularly travels back to Chiang Rai for visits and "check-ins", attempting to visit at least twice a year. Her continued focus for the children is to provide them with a loving family environment, healthy living and the opportunity for a good education. She is delighted that all of children and the house parents call her mom to this day.
Joan Lee, Treasurer, 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 at least annually since that time. 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 two 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 in the lives of children. They come from such difficult backgrounds and yet they always have a smile and are so appreciative of us and our donors.”
We sincerely thank you, and most certainly, the children thank you.
Max Koch is an Executive Assistant for Forte, a software company. Having discovered Charities Within Reach through a family friend, Max inquired about and accepted 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.”
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".
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."