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ECTA International Holistic Health for the Himalayas



Ryan Phillips: Co-Founder, Former Exec. Director and Board member Ryan has traveled extensively in the Bhutanese, Indian and Nepali Himalayas. He has been living and working in the Darjeeling District since since 2003. He is fluent in Nepali and well versed in local culture. From 2003 until 2009 he was the project coordinator of the "Smoothpath" project under IDEAS in the remote village of Daragaon, West Bengal, India. This project reconstructed the footpaths linking the village to the outside world, founded a primary school (Red Star Academy) with 80 students and established a Health Center (Daragaon Samajik Swastya Kendra) which serves a community formerly lacking medical care. These projects now continue on as a part of ECTA. Graduating with a degree in Global Studies from Colorado Christian University, Ryan went on to receive training as a TESOL English teacher, became a Wilderness EMT through NOLS and graduated from a 7 month long program in Primary Health Care (Mercy in Action). He is soon to complete a degree in Science and will begin studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor in the fall of 2015. His ultimate intention is to improve health services in South Asia fostering the growth of holistic health. Ryan is married to Amanda Phillips and is the father of three sons (Asher, Shepherd, Cedar) and one daughter (Juniper). Amanda Phillips: Board member, Midwife (CPM - NARM) Amanda Phillips has lived in the Himalayas since 2003 with her husband and children. She is a NARM Certified Professional Midwife from the National College of Midwifery and earned a B.S. in Science from Colorado Christian University. Amanda has a heart to help the women of North Bengal to not be afraid of birth and embrace it as a passage into new life. Amanda spent years attending births in the homes of "her mothers" and training village women in Midwifery skills. She is currently in the USA furthering her education with the intention of deepening her impact on Maternal Child Health in South Asia. After living in the midst of isolated Nepali villages in the Darjeeling Dist. of West Bengal, she has gained special insight into the needs of the region's mothers and children. Now, being a mother of four herself, her resolve has increased along with her compassion.
Linda Phillips: Board member, Accounting and Finances Linda has been volunteering her time since 2009 doing ECTA's bookeeping, communicating with our international partners and making sure the funds get to our projects. Without her steadfast behind the scenes service ECTA could not make an impact half a world away. Linda is a mother of three and has travelled to India/Bhutan three times. In 2008, Linda trekked along the Signalila range whihc straddles the border of Nepal and India. In 2011 she spent 6 months in Kaffer, West Bengal, India with the Dayasagar Project.
 Dr. William Watson - Board Member Dr. William Watson is Professor of History and Global Studies at Colorado Christian University. His degrees are from Cal Poly (BA History, 1976), Talbot Seminary (MDiv, 1979), University of California Riverside (MA European History, 1981 & PhD English History, 1995). He served as a linguist for Army Intel in Berlin (1973-75), taught at a high school in the 80's and at Azusa Pacific and Cal Baptist in the early 90's before coming to CCU in 1996. He also teaches occasionally as an adjunct professor in Western Civilization at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Moldova in 2004 and an Oxford Visiting Summer Fellow in 2007. As a graduate student he studied at the Huntington Library, the British Museum, and the libraries of Oxford and Cambridge. His research specialty is 17th and 18th century English Church History, with a doctoral dissertation on the political ideas of English clergy. He has studied seven languages, lived in five countries, and traveled to 38 nations. Dr. Janet Black: Board Member, secretary Janet Black is an Associate Professor of English at Colorado Christian University. She lives in Lakewood, Colorado, with her family. She has a , a BA in religion from Eastern College, an MA in English from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. Dr. Black recently returned from a year in Uganda serving as a Fulbright scholar and has traveled extensively around the globe. Dr. Stanley DYCK: Board Chairman Bio coming soon!

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