Board of Directors
Ed Antoine, President
Ed is the CEO and Founder of Team Global Network Inc. and Director of Team Global Network France, a business, individual and team coaching global boutique company. He has been an executive coach for over 20 years, working with executive teams in global corporations and start-ups, providing insight into navigating the complexity of an ever changing business world. Previously, Ed served as the President of the International Coach Federation’s New Jersey chapter. In 2010, Edmond launched the Legacy Odyssey Coaching Treks of Nepal, taking executive clients to the Amadablam Base Camp. During this transformational journey to an elevation over 15,000 feet, clients acquire the tools to create their own “Hero’s Journey”.
In 2015, after the devastating mega earthquake in Nepal, Ed was moved to create an organization that could not only provide immediate relief to the Nepalese people, but that could also support underserved communities in other regions of the world. Ed’s passion is to give back in the form of education and preserving and strengthening significant cultural elements, that all contribute to building a better society for tomorrow.
Craig Frischling, Treasurer
Craig Frischling is an angel investor and member of The New York Angels. His portfolio focuses on B2C companies including travel, fashion, e-commerce, health and wellness businesses. He is a board member or advisor for startups, including DermApproved, Stylinity and Selvera. Additionally, he has over two decades of operating and leadership experience in specialty chemicals (cosmetic ingredients), wellness (weight loss and nutrition), and brand marketing.
As president of Lipo Chemicals, Craig led a network of fifteen affiliated companies in thirteen countries which distributed, marketed, produced and developed a broad line of ingredients for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Previously, Craig worked in brand management for Weight Watchers International and consulting/field marketing for American Consulting Corporation.
Craig holds degrees in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and Economics from The Wharton School.
Craig visited Nepal in 2012 on a trek led by Ed Antoine. After the 2015 earthquake, Craig joined Ed in his mission to support the rehabilitation and preservation of unique historical sites in Nepal. Through Altruistic Odyssey, he hopes to have the opportunity to help other threatened local cultures maintain their identities as they become more connected with the global community.
Anne Corwith, Secretary
Is a PhD candidate in International Education Policy focused on Education in Emergencies at the University of Maryland. Previously, Anne worked at the Institute of International Education on U.S. Department of State funded education programs as Director of Finance and Administration for the Fulbright Scholars Program and Deputy Director for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.
Anne spent seven years working on educational programs in Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Switzerland. While completing her Master Degree, Anne was an Americorps volunteer and then worked with the American Red Cross in Salinas, California. She is conversant in French and Russian and is hard at work learning Nepali.
In her spare time, Anne loves to backpack, hike, and rock climb. She has served on the board of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and volunteers on a trail crew that helps maintain the Appalachian Trail and other hiking trails where she lives.
Anne holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University and Master degree in Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute).
Anne visited Nepal in 2016 to volunteer as an English language teacher in the district of Singapalchowk and will return to conduct her PhD studies on the humanitarian response for education after the 2015 earthquakes. Anne hopes through her involvement with Altruistic Odyssey to help empower and support local communities to determine their own path to development.
Puspa Kumari Tamang, Member
Puspa was born and raised in Nepal and is fluent in 5 languages, including Nepali, Tamang, Sherpa, Hindi, and English. She received her certification as a C.M.A (Community Health Assistant) from the Madan Memorial Academy, and has worked in community and hospital settings. Her innate knowledge of Nepalese culture and local women’s issues is a significant asset to Altruistic Odyssey, and she brings this breadth and depth of knowledge as a Nepal-based board member. Puspa is also serves as a board member of Hello Himalayan Homes, a Nepalese travel advisory resource for mountain climbers. Puspa is passionate about supporting the remote Sherpa and Tamang communities of Nepal and serves as a local ambassador for Altruistic Odyssey and an advocate for her community. Through her advocacy, she hopes to inspire other Tamang women to feel empowered to develop their skills and talents.
Jacques Ausenda, Member
Jacques met Ed during his own Heroes’ journey in 2014 in Nepal. As Biochemistry Engineer Jacques worked for more than 35 years in a big Pharma involved in Industrial Operations, around the world, from the Production facility to the management of several Industrial Sites in China. Spending its time and energy to lead projects and building teams to develop the Company’s growth. Jacques ended his career in 2014 as VP in charge of a Global Transformation Mission for all the Industrial Sites in the SANOFI Human Vaccine field.
Passionate and warm, Jacques retirement in the south of France allows him to rehabilitate a beautiful old fortified house, and, that was not enough, so he traveled with us in November 2015, and chose to be committed to make a difference in supporting the projects we have in Nepal.
Jacques is also building the “french” team of our organization. There may be an Altruistic Odyssey France one day.
Javier Folgar, Member
Javier Folgar joined Altruistic Odyssey as a board member in 2018. With over a decade of experience in Communications, Javier is a conservationist who served in key roles protecting wildlife and our natural & cultural resources. He received a B.S. in Marketing from Rutgers University and earned an MBA from Montclair State University.
Currently, he serves as the Director of the Communications for Bat Conservation International, an organization dedicated to conserving the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. Previously, he worked for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as their Director of Marketing and Communications with accomplishments including developing an award-winning video series, called myATstory, that elevated the exposure for the organization. He also led nationwide campaigns that substantially grew ATC’s brand identify, advocated for America’s public lands, and increased financial support for the organization.
Javier is a volunteer for the Catholic Fellowship of Frederick and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. During his free time, Javier is a competitive swimmer for the Tsunami US Master swim team and enjoys hiking on the weekends with his lab.
Advisory Board Members
Members Coming soon!!!
Nepal Operations Team
Pasang Tshering Sherpa, Field Operations Liaison
Pasang is considered a rising leader in the Sherpa community and is the local liaison, advisor and representative for Altruistic Odyssey’s project execution. He was born and raised in the high mountains of Nepal and therefore holds a unique and highly valued understanding of the local Sherpa community. Pasang is fluent in 5 languages, including Nepalese, Sherpa, Tibetan, Hindi, and English and is a tremendous asset to the success of Altruistic Odyssey’s work that requires significant translation and cross-cultural communication. Pasang holds a Bachelors Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Tribhuvan University, the first national institution of higher education in Nepal. He has held several board positions and executive roles with Nepalese organizations, and is the author of a book entitled Sherpas, the Ultimate Mountaineers about the Sherpa process of preparing climbers to summit Mount Everest.
Manisha Basnet, Nepal Representative
Manisha earned her high school diploma from the United States in 2011. After her experience in the US, she became aware of the deficiencies in Nepali education system. This led her to start working with a local NGO called “A School for Community”, which educates under-privilege children in her hometown of Pharping. She also worked with the Umbrella Foundation, which provides aid for street children in Nepal. Today, Manisha serves as representative for Altruistic Odyssey in Nepal, working towards alleviating poverty and injustice through international development.