Our Boards

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Himalayan Health Center Board:

  • Founder & President: Ravinder Singh
  • VP & Secretary: Dr. Guy Nuki
  • Board Member: Dr. Sujata Tipnis
  • Board Member: Dr. Gary Gross
  • Board Member: Dr. Gary Niess, FACC, FSCAI

Himalayan Health Center Foundation Board:

  • President: Dvora Levkovich
  • Board Member: Tess B. Walvoord
  • Board Member: Gail Eaton
  • Board Member: Dr. Shawn Vanio

Founder & President: Ravinder Singh

A native of the Himalayas, Ravi was born and raised in Shimla in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. He has participated in and led bicycling, motorcycle and trekking expeditions throughout the Himalayas. He moved to the U.S. in the mid-1980s to pursue higher education and business interests. In 1992, he founded Himalayan Spirit Expeditions, combining his entrepreneurial spirit with his love for the Himalayas. It was on these expeditions to remote regions that he came to know of the healthcare deficiencies of the rural populations and, in 1996, founded the Himalayan Health Exchange. He has brought together a group of hardworking and dedicated staff who provide participants with a unique international health experience and a memorable adventure.

VP & Secretary: Dr. Guy Nuki

Dr. Nuki received his degree from the University of Connecticut and completed residency at Ventura County Medical Centers Family Medicine program. He practiced as a rural family physician in Washington for 6 years. after which he became a full-time residency faculty member at Central Maine Medical Center where he founded the Wilderness Medicine Track and the Immigration and Naturalization Services Clinic. He has been a volunteer with the Adventure Medicine Consultants and currently serves as the Operational Chief of Emergency Medicine at Maine General Medical Center in Waterville, Maine.

Board Member: Dr. Sujata Tipnis

Sujata Tipnis is a general pediatrician practicing in California at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She has been interested and involved in international child health for several years and has spent time working in India, Gautemala, Botswana and Mexico. In addition to serving on the Board of HHC, she also serves on the board of the newly founded Global Health Research Foundation. She looks forward to working with HHC in striving to improve health outcomes for children in India and around the world.

Board Member: Dr. Gary Gross

Gary grew up on the East Coast and trained in California and Colorado in pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology. He was a migrant health care physician for a time and has retired from the Navy as a Captain. He is in pediatric practice in Southern California for eight months out of the year and on the staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and Encinitas. Dr. Gross and his wife live in Leucadia. He loves sports, is an avid long distance hiker and backpacker, swims and works out regularly. In recent years he has been a medical volunteer on journeys to Honduras, Mexico and Thailand. Through trips to India with HHE and work with Global Healing, based in London, he has developed an interest and expertise in remote pediatric practice. A lot of his experience has been in mountain and tropical locales. He is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society.

Board Member: Dr. Gary Niess, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Niess did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College where he first learned to love the outdoors. He received his medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and did his internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Currently he is Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Presbyterian Hospital outside of Charlotte, NC. He is Chief of Staff Elect of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews. Dr. Niess got his first dose of HHE when his daughter Meredith, a student at UNC Medical School, invited him to come with her on her trip to Spiti. He has prior exposure to international healthcare as Chief of Cardiovascular Services for Emirates Polamar, a group who worked with the Harvard Hospitals to upgrade the national healthcare system for the United Arab Emirates military. His long term interest is in advancing international healthcare opportunities for those who find healthcare hard to obtain.

President: Dvora Levkovich

Dvora Levkovich, proprietor, founded and started D. Diamante Ltd (a diamond wholesale company) in 1998 and is a certified gemologist by the Gemological institute of America. In her personal time, Dvora volunteers at Children's Memorial Hospital as an interpreter. She also travels abroad as a non-medical assistant on medical missions to remote villages in the Himalayas and has been doing so since 2000.

VP& Secretary: William Norton

Dr. William Norton graduated from University of Georgia in 1971 with a doctorate degree in educational psychology. He has written five books on Marriage Counseling and Marriage Evaluation. Dr. Norton has traveled extensively and had been active in anthropological research work on Australian and American Aborigines for the University of California/Berkeley. He has been an active participant in many medical and dental camps with many non-profit organizations and has traveled with Himalayan Health on ten expeditions since 1996.

Board Member: Tess B. Walvoord

Tess B. Walvoord is a graduate of Northwestern University where she received her BS in Speech and is currently employed by Questex Media in New York City, serving as a National Sales Director in their events department. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Foundation board from her experience in sales, fundraising, grant writing, marketing and most importantly, her passion for philanthropy. Ms. Wolvoord fell in love with India on her first trip and is dedicated to raising the quality of life for the people she met through her work in the region. She is thrilled to be a part of the HHCF board and is looking forward to breaking ground on the new Health Center.

Board Member: Gail Eaton

Gail Eaton is an accomplished non-profit marketer with over 30 years of experience in advancing major institutions including New England Conservatory of Music, The Children's Museum of Boston, Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, and the Palm Beach Zoo. In addition to service on the HHC Board, she serves on the boards of the Marshall Foundation and the Palm Beach Cultural Attractions Association. She is committed to being of assistance to Ravinder Singh in his nobel efforts to serve the people of his homeland.

Board Member: Dr. Shawn Vanio

Shawn Vainio MD is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed his residency at the University of Utah in Family Medicine. He is currently a Board Certified Family Practitioner practicing in Kodiak, Alaska. He has participated in five HHE expeditions and has practiced in Alaska, Utah and Antarctica.