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Nick makes Austin Texas his home, but has spent time traveling internationally and living in San Francisco, California. He works in the technology industry, where you can find him designing and sketching a range of new products and services.
When Nick isn’t designing, he loves to travel, which is how he and his wife Cortney found Trailblazer in 2010 while taking a sabbatical in Southeast Asia. He and his wife Cortney volunteered with the Trailblazer foundation building filters and digging wells. That experience left a lasting imprint, and they have contributed to the organization since.
Nick joined the Trailblazer Board in 2019 and is excited to be a part of such a dynamic organization. He looks forward to adding his design and technical expertise to assist Trailblazer in its continued growth and success towards their mission of bringing clean water to the people of Cambodia.
Kevin is anchored in Golden, Colorado when he's not working in the field as a Sr. Program Manager at Engineers Without Borders–USA. His journey into International Development started at a young age with a subscription to National Geographic. Fast forward a few years and career stops in the private sector in business and supply chain management, to Kevin's next career goal, which was completing an MBA in International Development at Colorado State University. After his MBA, Kevin consulted for social enterprises and iNGOs focusing on Strategic Planning, Business Development and Leadership. In 2010 Kevin began managing supply chains for iDE, a global agriculture and WASH nonprofit. In 2016 he moved to Engineers Without Borders to manage programs for their Engineering Service Corps Initiative. In his career, Kevin has worked and traveled to over 25 Lower-Income Countries and is passionate about learning about different cultures and the unique aspects of the differences in people from around the globe.
Nicky was born and raised in southern California but currently resides in Durham, NC. She is a food-system practitioner, who has spent her career dedicated to building a stronger food system and increasing access to nourishing local food. Her current role is working with North Carolina Cooperative Extension as the Local Food Coordinator for Wake County, NC. Outside of work, Nicky is a certified yoga instructor that loves spending time outdoors with her partner, Noah, and their fur-baby, Niko.
Nicky spent the summer of 2016 working with the Trailblazer Foundation as the Agriculture Assistant, with the goal of increasing access for local Cambodian farmers to the local markets, such as restaurants. She loved her time getting to work with the local community while falling in love with the Siem Reap.
Nicky joined the Trailblazer Board in 2020 and is eager to bring her expertise and experiences, both domestic and abroad, to the organization as the Trailblazer Foundation strives "to improve health, food security, education, and economic development in rural Cambodia in ways that are self-sustaining by the individuals and communities we serve."
Cortney currently lives and works in sunny Austin, Texas as a product designer in the tech industry. She recently spent 8 years in San Francisco, California before making the move back to the lone star state with her husband Nick.
In 2010, Cortney traveled and volunteered extensively throughout South East Asia and South America. It was in Siem Reap where she and her husband Nick eventually crossed paths with Trailblazer Foundation. Helping build filters and dig wells in rural Cambodia was an integral point in Cortney’s life and travels. Continued contributions to Trailblazer’s clean water mission has been a true joy for her.
Cortney was elated to join Trailblazer Foundation board members in 2019. With over 15 years of advertising and product design experience, she’s looking to help develop and evolve the organization into its next phase of success.
Tatsuma was born and raised in a rural rice country of Sendai Japan during its development phase. He now lives in Austin TX, with his wife and toddler daughter. Tatsuma uses his design background to illustrate organizational engagement models or product governance processes to help with communication, a common challenge for mankind.
Outside of home & work, Tatsuma spends his time coaching (and being coached) in the grappling arts. Judo, jiu jitsu, sambo, wrestling, sumo, bokh are ways in which he finds connections with people from different walks of life.
Tatsuma came across Nick’s LinkedIn post about Trailblazer and approached with interest. He joined the Trailblazer board in 2022, and looks forward to using his design skills in socializing Trailblazer’s cause.
Born and raised in Montana, Christy currently calls Sacramento, California home. Passionate about all things water, Christy has had the pleasure of working in a variety of water-related professional roles ranging from marine pollution studies, environmental compliance, stormwater management, drinking water quality, as well as project and operations management.
In May of 2022, Christy traveled to Cambodia to pursue a lifelong goal of assisting with delivery of potable water to those in need. Christy was incredibly fortunate to connect with Trailblazer Foundation, where she was able to spend a month building slow sand water filters and digging wells in various rural villages outside Siem Reap. Christy’s experience with the local Trailblazer Angkor staff, and the members of the communities they serve, left a lasting impression. Upon returning to the states, Christy knew she wanted to continue working with Trailblazer Foundation and their mission of bringing clean water to communities in Cambodia.
Christy joined the Trailblazer Foundation board members in 2022, and is delighted to utilize her technical and operational background to further assist Trailblazer in bringing clean water to communities in Cambodia.
Members of our Board of Directors hail from the East Coast to the West Coats in the United States. They bring experience in non-profit management, health, education and job skills training, sustainable development, and the ways of Cambodia and its culture. Meeting quarterly by teleconference, and once a year in person, the Board plays a key role in establishing and monitoring Trailblazer's strategic direction, programmatic focus, and budgets.
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