Meet Our Team!
Ang Dawa Sherpa, “Dawa,” is a senior trekking guide. He also writes about trekking and travel for Musa Masala and shares photos from the trail.
Ang Diku Sherpa is a Manager at Wongchhu Peak Promotion. She actively promotes tourism and the cultural exchange of ideas in Nepal. Before moving into the travel industry she was a primary school teacher for two years and worked for one year at the Center for Disabled Children Assistance (CDCA). Ang Diku writes for Musa Masala and helps oversee the activities of Musa projects from Kathmandu.
Hannah Dennison was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland where she now works as helicopter technician, musician and music and drill team instructor. Hannah came to Nepal with her sister Sarah, a physician, and they trekked with the WMS group to Everest Base Camp. Hannah now does an amazing job running our Facebook page, finding stories, writing for Musa Masala, speaking about our efforts and organizing events in Ireland to raise money for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital.
Kunga Sherpa is the English teacher at the Chyangba Secondary School in Chyangba Village, where he was born. He graduated from his studies in management faculty. Kunga has also worked as a porter and assistant trekking guide. Kunga writes and conducts interviews for Musa Masala.
Dr. Jennifer Konopka
Our friend and inspiration, Dr. Jen, left us on July 4, 2019, after her battle with cancer. Please click here for our story about her. We miss her every day.
Lakpa Sherpa is the daughter of the late Wongchhu Sherpa and Managing Director at Wongchhu Peak Promotion. She is a true “girl of the Himalayas” and has been working in the tourism sector to help build Nepali society and introduce her country to people around the world. She likes to always think positively and be positive. Lakpa writes posts for Musa Masala and helps oversee the activities of Musa projects from Kathmandu.
Michael McLaughlin, “Mike Ji,” as named by Ang Dawa Sherpa, (who claims it is a sign of respect – Mike did look that up, Dawa!) is an EMS provider in Los Angeles, California. Mike writes for and edits the Musa Masala website, and yes, the idea for Musa Masala did come from a mouse running over his head in a teahouse in Pheriche.
Phula Sherpa, “Super” Phula,” is a senior trekking guide and provides amazing pictures of Nepal for Musa Masala, especially from the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Sarah Frances McClure, DO is an emergency medicine resident at Memorial Health System in Marietta, Ohio. She is also a paramedic and holds a BA in anthropology. Sarah focuses her studies in prehospital and emergency care and wilderness medicine. With Musa Masala, she is excited to help support Nepali women as leaders in their communities and work on pubic health in wilderness environments. Sarah writes about these topics and more for our site.
Suzanne Cheree Ellis
Suzanne is a paramedic, instructor and artist. Currently in Texas, Suzanne attended a Wilderness Medicine Conference and heard about Musa Masala and has been a great help. Her artistic abilities are amazing. She donated work to the art auction and we look forward to many more amazing pieces from her. You can check out some of her work at her Instagram @suzannecheree_art.
Tatiana Havryliuk, MD originally from the Ukraine, is an emergency physician based in New York City. She travels the world and is passionate about the mountains and Nepal. She spent two seasons working with the Himalayan Rescue Association clinics in Manang and Everest ER. Tatiana writes as Dr. Yak for the Good Trekker Series and also supplies photos from her adventures spreading Musa around the world.
Yogesh Subedi, MBBS, DiMM, “Yogi,” graduated with an MBBS degree from Maharajgunj Medical Campus, IOM in 2016. He completed the Nepali diploma in mountain medicine in 2015 and obtained his diploma in global health in 2016 from Nepal. He volunteered at the Everest ER clinic from March to May, 2016. His areas of interest include emergency medicine and high altitude medicine. Yogi writes posts for Musa Masala and translates our altitude cards and other materials into Nepali.