Jay, along with Don, is a founder of HDF. Jay graduated from the University of Arizona and then off to graduate school, earning a Masters of Organizational Management. Jay’s career path includes: sales/marketing for a Fortune 500 Logistics and Supply Chain Management company; Orthopedic Surgical Sales; private business ownership; Real Estate and as an Outdoor Educator, at a children’s adventure camp in Australia.
After several years of globetrotting and experiencing many different cultures, Jay had the great fortune of meeting Don in 2009, when they were both part of a humanitarian/trekking expedition to the remote Solukumbu region of Nepal. The trip was indeed life changing and when Don approached Jay about his vision of building a nonprofit organization, the roots of HDF were born. After successfully assessing and completing projects at the local level, the two realized that they shared a similar passion for service and the desire to continue assisting the development of this amazing region.
Jay’s volunteer & group related experience includes: working with children in both peer and youth settings, as well as with the Adopt-A-School Foundation, with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and with the National Veterans Association. Jay was the recipient of the 2006 BRIDGE Award, for his volunteer work with the Department of Veteran Affairs, AASK (Aid to Adoption of Special Kids) and the Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary. Jay is currently set to open a State Farm Insurance agency—with his childhood best friend and former business partner—the 1st quarter of 2011.
Himalayan Development Foundation was officially started in 2011 when the IRS granted us tax exempt status.