Former Staff

Kunti Gurung

Kunti Gurung was serving as an administrative assistant for BCAP. She’s a part-time employee for BCAP. She used to work from 9 am to 1 pm during her work days. Currently, She also runs Parent-Child Class every Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

She is no longer employed by BCAP, however, she remains the active volunteer to this day. We wish her the very best.

Bishnu Timsina

Born and raised in Bhutan, Bishnu Timsina fled her home country and became a refugee in 1992. Prior to coming to the USA, Ms. Timsina worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years in Kathmandu, Nepal. She lived and worked in the refugee camp from 1993-1996. Ms. Timsina holds Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from India.

She came to the USA in April 2009 to NYC where she lived in the Bronx and worked for the Strawberry Clothing Company. Ms. Timsina and her family relocated to Pittsburgh in December 2009. Ms. Timsina worked for South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) Early childhood program as an assistant teacher for five years (part-time). She worked especially with pre-school children who were multi-national.

Current Work
Ms. Timsina has worked for Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) as a caseworker/interpreter since 2010 to present. She runs office hours in the community, where she helps people with mail, bills etc. and connects them to further resources and services. Ms. Timsina currently coordinates youth programs where she does a number of things:
(1) After-school refugee/immigrant program for Baldwin High School juniors and seniors;
(2) After-school refugee/immigrant/non-refugee for Brashear and Carrick high school students;
(3) “Learn and Earn” summer internship program for county and city youth.
She helps students and parents translate/interpret documents between themselves and their school.

Upendra Dahal

Upendra Dahal, a longtime volunteer and a Secretary of BCAP, is now serving as the Project director for BCAP under a project funded by the ORR. Mr. Dahal has been volunteering for the community since the beginning of resettlement here in Pittsburgh.
His educational background is extensive; he received a Masters of Business Administration from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Tribhuwan University in Nepal, and a Bachelors in Political Science Majors from North Bengal University, India. Not only has he worked to help the Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh, but Mr. Dahal has also worked to help those in the refugee camps, where he served as a teacher for over 10 years.

Mr. Dahal is also an active member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America and its GC, Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh. He describes himself as a passionate community volunteer, excellent networker, and a great fan of Penguins and Steelers!

BCAP remains grateful to Mr. Dahal and wishes him the very best always.

Travel, family time, picnics, reading, watching sports, music, gardening, and housekeeping.

Politics, economy, international relations, community work.

Collaborate, collaborate and collaborate if you want to work for the community.

Kishor Pradhan

Kishor Pradhan has a passion and deep interest in the mission of BCAP. Mr. Pradhan is one of the founders of the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh and stays very active until today. We appreciate his volunteerism always.

Biswas Gurung (Balaram Gurung)


Balaram Gurung has been the active volunteer with Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP) since his arrival in 2010. He was employed full time as Outreach Manager. He handled all BCAP cultural & Musical events. He also maintained associations Website and other technical issues until 2016.

Mr. Gurung currently lives in Michigan, and we wish him the very best always. BCAP remains grateful for his services always.


  • Entrepreneur and networking,
  • Case Manager with Refugee Resettlement Agency.
  • Worked with BNY Mellon, 500 Ross Street, Pittsburgh,PA.
  • Worked as  Relationship Manager Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd., Gangtok, Sikkim, India and Sales Development Manager (SDM) with HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd., Gangtok, Sikkim, India.
  • Science and Mathematics Teacher in India and Nepal Schools.


  • B.Sc. honors  in Chemistry from North Bengal University, India
  • Diploma in Computer Science.


  • Strong community relations and social worker.
  • Fluent in English, Nepali, and Hindi
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Data entry proficient and basic computer literacy


Pradeep Rai has been an active volunteer of BCAP since 2012. He served as a treasurer of the community handling origination’s financial transactions as and when needed. Currently, he is employed by BCAP as a Finance Officer. He works as a Finance officer for the funded projects and  Treasurer for the community.
He is currently Accounting student at CCAC College, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Mr. Rai is no longer employed by BCAP, we thank for bringing his expertise and service to the community. All the best!

Bachelors in commerce from NBU, india.

Accountancy (honors) from NBU, india

Christine Bethea


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. Her second year will be devoted to the creation of a formal art project that will benefit the Bhutanese community.

She invites anyone interested in assisting to call her or e-mail her to set up an appointment to discuss being part of this project. She can be reached by e-mail: or through the BCAP office.