Board of Directors

Bhavini Patel

Bhavini is a passionate systems thinker, who thrives on cultivating intimate connections with people of all cultures, backgrounds, and sectors. As a naturally curious person, she persistently asks questions and seeks to solve social problems through direct impact. Her personal narrative stems from the very firm belief that what you say about yourself is just as important as what you do. This has inspired her to strive for a multidisciplinary understanding of the social sciences guided by practical community engagement projects.

She is currently a Masters of Philosophy candidate at the University of Oxford broadening her understanding of international relations. She hopes to spend the following two years learning the political causes of chronic refugee situations and how to engage in long-term solution building. While at Oxford, she remains open for communication on issues that relate to Pittsburgh, specifically pertaining to her ongoing role as CEO/Co-founder of Beamdata and Board Member of Wilkinsburg-based nonprofit Civically Inc.

As a Pittsburgh native and University of Pittsburgh graduate, her experience with local communities has taught her the major themes of globalization are not remote realities confined within their borders—these patterns have local realities. The mindset of a “global thinker” continues to inform her approach to learning about social issues and designing solutions at the community level. After completing her Masters degree, she plans to return to Pittsburgh and leverage her skillsets towards the efficient and effective growth of the city.

Most recently, she was also recognized as a 2018 Western PA Rising Star by Get Involved! Inc. and The Incline’s Who’s Next: Politics 2018.

 

Suraj Nepal

Suraj Nepal has a strong background working extensively with Bhutanese youth, adults, and seniors from the Pittsburgh community. He initially got involved with BCAP as an active volunteer for ELCE class since the early phase. He also played soccer representing Bhutanese community while working as a Liaison/Classroom Assistant Teacher at Pittsburgh Public School assisting the densely diverse population. Besides that, he is active in organizing youth events, involving in community engagements activities, and advocating for education and health. Data and Statistics are strong areas of interest. He is currently a candidate for a Masters in Applied Mathematics along with graduate certification in Data Science.

Luv Moni Biswa

Luv Moni Biswa: Born in Bhutan/raised in a Refugee Camp in Nepal and an America citizen now. Currently, serving as the President of the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP).

Our President, Luv M. Biswa, has the vision and leadership- the ability to see the big picture and courage to set direction to achieve the organization’s goals. Mr. Biswa possesses a sincere and respectful attitude towards colleague and their views. He has a passion and deep interest in the mission of our organization.

With us since our founding, Luv is one of our veteran team members. We wish him only the very best and remains grateful always.

Education:

  • Associate Degree in Science, and Liberal Arts (Tucson, AZ)
  • Associate Degree in Business Administration (Nepal)
  • B.Sc. from California University of Pennsylvania
Skills:
  • Music Composer/Audio Engineering at Zion Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • President of the Nepali Interpretation & Translation (NIT) Inc.
  • Translation/ interpretation- Legal, Medical, Business Etc.
  • Members of the Council at Zion Christian Church(A Nepali Bible-based fellowship).

 

Barbara Murock

Barbara Murock administers the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Immigrants and Internationals Initiative, created in 2007 to advance the Department’s vision of an accessible, culturally competent, human services system for all Allegheny County residents, particularly for those from vulnerable populations.
The initiative’s very active Advisory Council, comprised of representatives of immigrant and international communities and agencies that work with them, has been recognized as the leading immigrant organization in the Pittsburgh region. It has led the way in collaboratively developing ways to support immigrants in building on their strengths, achieve self-sufficiency and integrate successfully into the community. The Immigrants and Internationals Advisory Council has been awarded the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Organizational Leadership Award from CORO Center for Civic Leadership.
Ms. Murock also serves as Chair of the board of the Consumer Health Coalition, providing support and analysis of public healthcare programs across all DHS program offices. She has over 35 years’ experience serving local, national and international organizations, providing program development, policy advocacy and community outreach. She has also served on several local and national boards, including the Squirrel Hill Health Center, National Underground RR Bicycle Route, local and national boards of the ALS Association and chairs the board of the Consumer Health Coalition.
Ms. Murock received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University.

BCAP appreciates her contribution and will always remain grateful unto her. She serves as one of the Board of Directors at BCAP.

Paula Kelly

Born and raised in the Borough of Whitehall in Pittsburgh, Paula began working part-time as a page at the Whitehall Public Library in 1997, never realizing that it was the first step towards a whole new career. She made the decision to attend graduate school, and received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree in 2009. Shortly thereafter she became the Library Director.

During her tenure, the Library has acquired grant funds for a Senior Space, the creation of a Family Place in the Children’s Library, and funding for special programs and services for the Borough’s resettled refugee population.

In 2010 Paula became a certified English as a Second Language literacy tutor with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. She has served on numerous committees involving library service to special populations. Paula has received a Pittsburgh Pirates Community Champion Award and a national Jefferson Award for her volunteer work with Literacy Council and her efforts create increased public awareness around issues of diversity.

In 2013, the Whitehall Public Library received a$5,000 award from the Allegheny County Library Association for outstanding work in community engagement. In addition to its monthly LEARN Bus program, the Library has offered English conversation practice classes, citizenship training, and opportunities for participation in the local Fourth of July parade.

Paula is proud to serve the Borough of Whitehall. She welcomes and celebrates its unique diversity and currently serves as one of the Board of Directors at the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh.

BCAP is very grateful unto her and always appreciates her contributions.

Lok Mahat Bhandari

Lok Bhandari is an active volunteer for Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh. She has the integrity to serve the interests and pursue the goals of our organization, as well as the public and our organization’s intended beneficiaries. She has BA in English and Sociology. She was also a community worker and a leader while in camps. She had worked as a teacher from 1996 to 2009 in Nepal.
Currently, she has been working as a Direct care worker since 2010.

We are grateful for her contribution and appreciate her volunteerism.

Rup Pokhrel

Involvement:
Service Coordinator

Immigrants Services and Connections (ISAC)
Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JF&CS)
Managing Editor: Bhutan News Service (BNS)
www.bhutannewsservice.com
Board Member:   Carrick Community Council
Secretary: Literature Council of Bhutan (LCOB)
Founding Member: www.bhutaneseliterature.com

Board Member: BCAP

Awards:
Community Health Partnership Champion, Award-2015
UPMC, Center for Engagement and Inclusion

Trainings:
• Civic Leadership Academy, Pittsburgh City Mayor’s Office (2014)
• Radio Program Production Pathivara- FM, Damak-Jhapa Nepal (2005)
• Basic Journalism/Reporting/Editing (2003)
• Creative Writing (2005)
• Support Group Leadership (2013)
• Mental Health First Aid-Provider(USA) (2014)
• Working with Immigrants: Understanding Culture and Fostering Well-Being (2015)
• Medical Interpreter (2014)
• Conflict Management and Community Counselling (2006)
• Working for Families with Crisis (2015)

Skills/Hobbies
• Master of Ceremony (MC)
• Short Story writing
• Poetry works

Published: ‘The Silhouette of Truth’ Collection of Short Stories
Author: Late Omnath Pokharel
Editor: The Pathetic Journey
Collection of Poetry works
Author: Narad Pokhrel

Parmila Kafley

Introduction: Parmila Kafley is a former refugee from Goldhap camp who migrated to the United States in 2008 at the age of 11. She is currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and plans on majoring in Chemistry and Political science. She is passionate about helping the Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh and empowering women of color.

BCAP remains grateful for her unwavering commitment for the community.

Ganga Baral

Ganga Neupane Baral, originally from Bhutan, has been in the US for the last ten years. She moved to Pittsburgh, PA from Phoenix AZ. Mrs. Baral worked as a case manager for more than eight years with the refugee resettlement program where she was responsible for ensuring the delivery of services as outlined in Reception and Placement and state-funded refugee program in a timely and effective manner to provide the best practices for successful adjustment of refugees in their new country.  Mrs. Baral’s past experience urged her to further her studies in the field of social work. Currently, she’s taking classes at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work.

Mrs. Baral also works at the Consumer Health Coalition as a Community Health Worker for the Bhutanese community. CHW connects and educates community members with services related to health care access, education, housing, food, and personalized support.

Durga Uprety

Durga Uprety serves as one of the Board of Directors at Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh.