Board of Directors
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.
Parmila Kafley is a former refugee who migrated to the United States in 2008. She holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is passionate about helping the Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh and empowering women of color. Currently she is initiating BCAP's Youth Support Group. She also serves as Board Secretary.
Durga Uprety serves as one of the Board of Directors at Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh.
Kumar Odari is a compassionate IT professional as well as a community servant. He has worked with the Catholic Charities of Dallas since the early stage of the Bhutanese resettlement process and empowered Bhutanese as well as other legal immigrants who sought support for food and shelter and secured stable employment with continued language and transportation services.
He is a founding member of the Bhutanese Youth Club (DFW) and an Advisory board member of the Organization of Bhutanese Society (DFW).
Currently, he is also serving as a board member of Omkar Pariwar, Pittsburgh.
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.
Immigrants Services and Connections (ISAC)
Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JF&CS)
Managing Editor: Bhutan News Service (BNS)
Board Member: Carrick Community Council
Secretary: Literature Council of Bhutan (LCOB)
Founding Member: www.bhutaneseliterature.com
Board Member: BCAP
Community Health Partnership Champion, Award-2015
UPMC, Center for Engagement and Inclusion
• 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)
• Master of Ceremony (MC)
• Short Story writing
• Poetry works
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.
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.
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.
Christine Bethea, a local Pittsburgh artist, designer and a 20 year veteran of arts administration who teaches multi-generational art forms, has been chosen as Artist-In-Residence for BCAP. She has worked with national and international organizations, nonprofits and local governments to advance the visibility of Pittsburgh through its artistic community. She is the winner of several prestigious awards for business and art collaborations which include recognition from the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Arts Council. As an artist, Bethea works in various media which include painting, sculpture, and assemblage. In addition, she is a Western Pennsylvania heritage quilter, whose work and words have been archived in the Library of Congress and by the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Christine is pleased to be selected by the BCAP in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art to expand on the culture and history of the Bhutanese people in America and in the city. During her first year, Christine will be getting to know the Bhutanese community. She will be working at the BCAP office in Brentwood during the week, learning about programs the organization offers and visiting various BCAP community sites to meet people and gather the names of those who are interested in working with her to create arts programming, activities and classes focused on youth and women.