About

We believe that sustainable and holistic development is key to ending poverty in northern Thailand. We raise funds for this to happen.

Board Members

Eric Hanson

Board President; Orthopedic Surgeon, Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center

Why are you on the board? I am deeply committed to the vision and mission of Integrated Tribal Development Program. Lanna Foundation is a critical arm in raising awareness and support for the work of ITDP.

What do you hope to accomplish for the Lanna Foundation? My ultimate goal for Lanna Foundation is for it to have a broad self-sustaining base of support that lasts beyond me and the current board.

Favorite place you’ve traveled: MaOhJo, Thailand

What is one thing you want people to know about you? I grew up in Thailand until the age of 13.

Darlene Hanson

Secretary, Retired RNBSN who still keeps her license active to serve in a medical capacity in Thailand

Why are you on the board?: Being on the board is my response to one of the ways God has called me to serve his kingdom. Helping the Hill Tribe people is what I think about almost every day!

What do you want to accomplish for the Lanna Foundation?: A long and sustainable organization that has the funds to further the work in Thailand with ITDP

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled? Besides Thailand, Belize

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? I love being a grandma almost as much as I love being a wife and mom!

Dr. William Carveth

Board Member, Physician- Central Valley Colon & Rectal Surgical Associates

Why are on the board? To support the stateside effort to fund children in Thailand.

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? Support the foundation to grow and fund more children in Thailand

Favorite place you’ve traveled? Colorado

What is one thing you want people to know about you? Despite my outward appearance I am a very compassionate person

Bryan Feil

Board Member: CEO, Lanna Coffee Co

Why are on the board? The work that ITDP does in Thailand is a privilege to take part in. I enjoy serving alongside of those who also have a passion to see those who are under-resourced in Northern Thailand. To operate Lanna Coffee Co. and serve on the Board of this amazing organization allows our vision and impact to be aligned and one that can change the lives for those who farm our coffee and work hard for our delicious morning brew.

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? I hope to continue to be a voice for those in the hill tribes through clear marketing and storytelling. I hope to continue to utilize the relationships that Lanna Coffee Co. has to raise funds and continue supporting the work that ITDP is doing.

Favorite place you’ve traveled? Besides the glorious hills of Northern Thailand and the streets of Chiang Mai, it would probably be the luscious rolling hills of England.

What is one thing you want people to know about you? That I love seeing businesses operate in a way that create value for all involved. I love light roasted coffee.

Jaime Strmiska

Board Member, Wife and Stay-at-Home Mom

Why are on the board? I love the heart behind Integrated Tribal Development Program. Having been to Thailand and seen first hand ITDP’s holistic approach to community development, I knew I wanted to stay connected and support its work. I’m inspired every time I see the communities ITDP partners with multiply its resources in ways that are literally changing lives before our very eyes and for generations to come.

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? I want to help others learn about the life-changing work of ITDP and find ways for others to become involved.

Favorite place you’ve traveled? Cinque Terre, Italy

What is one thing you want people to know about you? I’m a big fan of one-on-one conversations over a slow meal.

Debbie Tingley

Board member: Store Manager/Buyer, David’s Home Decor & Gift Boutique

Why are you on the board?: It is my genuine passion to support ITDP and the hill tribes in whatever ways are needed, while bringing my God given gifts to complement the Lanna Foundation Board to reach our goals, financially, physically and spiritually. My four years of experience serving alongside ITDP and villagers bring knowledge of the culture and changing needs of ITDP and the Hill Tribe.

What do you want to accomplish for the Lanna Foundation?:  Currently, I am spearheading the Women’s Cooperative Project in an effort to come alongside them through micro-loans and branding/marketing of artisan craft. Helping to  inspire and create more sustainability within the Cooperative Project members.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?  The Hill Tribe area of Northern Thailand

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? My genuine and committed desire and passion is to come alongside ITDP, Mike and Becky Mann and the villagers of the Hill Tribe areas; to continue to listen to what the needs of ITDP and the villagers are at hand and to work as a team on the Lanna Foundation Board to aid in accomplishing these goals.

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Jessie Thiesen

Board member, Teacher turned stay at home mom

Why are on the board? I feel honored to be on this board and grateful my two trips to Thailand. I traveled to Thailand 8 years ago for my first missions trip with ITDP.  On that trip I fell in love with the people, culture, and their passion for life. The children in the village really captured my heart and I’m passionate about their education and well being.

 

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? I want to bring awareness to this foundation, the villages and people it represents. So many amazing things are happening with ITDP in Thailand and I think people don’t understand how giving a little can really make such a huge difference in these villagers life.

 

Favorite place you’ve traveled? Traveling to Thailand for my first time  was by far the best trip of my life. We live in a country where everything is just a click away, but the villagers in Thailand have very little and yet are some of the happiest people I’ve ever met. They were so encouraging and uplifting!!

What is one thing you want people to know about you? One thing people might not know about me is that I met my husband on my first mission trip to Thailand, and on my second trip we announced we were pregnant with our first child. So Thailand holds a special place in my heart for many reasons!

Sarah Davis

Staff, Accountant

Business: Controller – AYC Construction, Accountant – Lanna Coffee, Accountant – Neighborhood Industries

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? Keep the books in good shape 🙂

Favorite place you’ve traveled? Bora Bora

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? I’m a very giving person and will do what it takes to make everyone happy.

Kelly Mitchinson

Staff, Administrator

Business: Administrative Director- Lanna Coffee Co.

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? I’m honored to work with such amazing people. My goal is to establish systems of operation that will better organize the Foundation and communicate the story of the hill tribes needs. I want to create ways for others to connect with us to make a difference.

Favorite place you’ve traveled? Sea of Galilee, North Shore, Oxford, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Ma Oh Jo, Tarifa.

What is one thing you want people to know about you? Puns and good food are my love language. I’m passionate about transformation and freedom.

Matthew Strmiska

Advisory Council, Agricultural Consultant and Small Business Owner

Why are on the board? The LORD has used Lanna to alter my modus operandi of life. The holistic support of people with tangible and practical needs all while proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ was incredibly eye opening to witness first hand and I have stayed involved since 2012.

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? To serve on the board carries responsibility to see that the work that was begun so many years ago can continue long into the future.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?  My favorite place to travel is definitely the Northern Hills of Thailand!

What is one thing you want people to know about you? If people could only know one thing about me, it would be that I am passionate for the things of the Lord.

Matthew Weaver

Advisory Council Member, CEO- Weaver & Associates Insurance Brokers

Business: Weaver & Associates Insurance Brokers

Why are on the board? To support the work of Mike and Becky

What do you want to accomplish for the foundation? Continue to bring living water to the Hill Tribes

Favorite place you’ve traveled? Villages in the rainy season

Richard Mann

Lanna Foundation Thailand Staff/Director of Coffee Operations, ITDP

What do you dream to accomplish for ITDP?  I would love to help ITDP make a name for itself in the coffee Industry. To continue developing Thai coffees and see it gain in popularity as a result would be awesome.

Why do you work at ITDP? How did you get started/connected with it? I work at ITDP because I love working with villagers and spending time in the hills. Growing up in Thailand, ITDP has been a part of my life since a was a kid. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to come back as an adult, and help ITDP continue to grow.

Favorite place I’ve Traveled: Vietnam and  a village in the middle of nowhere that takes multiple days to get to.

What is one thing you want people to know about you: I judge travel destinations by food options