Bhuwan Gautam, MPA, BA, BBS

President of Board of Directors

Mr. Bhuwan Gautam was born in Bhutan. He became a refugee at the age of seven and lived for fifteen years in the Timai refugee camp in Eastern Nepal. He came to Springfield, Massachusetts through refugee resettlement program in 2008. Mr. Gautam has experience working with refugee resettlement for over five years and behavioral health … Read More


Cornelia Daniel, PhD

Board Member

Dr. Daniel has been serving as the board of director with us since 2015 and provides non-profit management technical assistance to the board of directors. She is an Associate Professor of Economics and Management at Westfield State University.

Hari Khanal

Hari Khanal

Board Member

Mr. Hari Khanal is the founding President of BSWM. He has volunteered with us since 2008 in different capacities. He was born in Bhutan, lived in Beldangi refugee camp for 17 years prior resettling to Springfield, MA in 2008. He was the second Bhutanese family resettled by Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts. Mr. Khanal … Read More

Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar

Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar, PhD, MPH, MPHC,CGM

Board Member

Dr. Tandukar has been serving on our board since May 2017. She worked with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal as well as in the United States. Dr. Tandukar is an Assistant Professor of College of Nursing with University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  

Chandra Bhattarai

Chandra Bhattarai


Chandra Bhattarai is a former refugee from Bhutan and is now Bhutanese American. He has been serving the board in the treasurer’s capacity since January 2013. He lives in Springfield, Massachusetts with his family members.

Taran Tiwari

Taran Tiwari, BBA

Board member

Mr. Taran Tiwari has been serving as the Board of Director with us since January 2015 and currently serves as the board chair. He was born in Bhutan. Mr.Tiwari came to the United States in 2008 under the third country resettlement program. Since then he has been working with refugee resettlement and community organizations. At … Read More

Kumar Bhujel, board

Kumar Bhujel

Board Member

Mr. Bhujel has been serving on the board since January 2013. He was born in Bhutan, lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for 16 years prior resettling to the United States. Mr. Bhujel is currently pursuing his bachelor’s in nursing from Elms college. He lives in Westfield, Massachusetts.


Bandhu Adhikari, MSW (First Year)

Board Member

Mr. Bhandhu Adhikari is a former refugee from Bhutan and now a New American. He was resettled in Springfield MA by Jewish Family Service in 2010. He lived in Beldangi refugee camp for 17 years. He has been a board member with us since 2015. Mr. Adhikari is pursuing his master’s degree in clinical social … Read More