Born at Montreux in 1929, Denis Bertholet is a mountain guide, ski teacher, photographer and cameraman, graduate of the School of Applied Arts of Vevey. In 1954, he joined and organised several expeditions and treks in the Himalayas, India, Tibet and particularly Nepal. He helped found the primary school at Lukla in 1984 and the secondary school at Chaurikharka in 1991-92. He returns to Nepal almost every year. He is the founder of the Lukla-Chaurikharka Association.
Born in Bruson, Véronique Coppey is a public relations specialist (federal diploma) with a master in tourism management. Since 2010, she has been running a bed-and-breakfast in Montreux (www.bnb-belalp.ch). She has made several trips to Nepal, to Lukla and Chaurikharka. Secretary of the association since its foundation, she became President at the General Assembly of 23 November 2013.
Born in 1951 at Martigny, Bernard Polli is a mountain guide and ski instructor. In 1979, he made an initial trip to Nepal with Denis Bertholet. This was followed by numerous treks and expeditions, including Annapurna III (7,555m) in 1980 and Kangchenjunga (8,598m) in 1983. In 1979, again with Denis, he founded La Fantastique Ski School and is its current President. He is also a founder member of the Club des Combins of Verbier.
Of British origin, Rosemary Duc arrived in Switzerland over 40 years ago to work for the International Olympic Committee as bilingual secretary, then technical assistant. From 1988 to 2005, she was employed by the International Volleyball Federation. In 1985, she participated in a trek in Nepal led by Denis Bertholet.
Bernard Gygi, born on 26 June 1938. Studied philosophy and German literature. Taught at secondary schools in Geneva, in charge of training secondary teachers until 1999. Sportsman (participation in marathons and group leader at the Swiss Alpine Club for ski tourism), he met Denis Bertholet at a trek in the Khumbu in 1993 and joined Luklass in 2012.
Of a family originating from Geneva, René Greiner was born in 1935 at Montreux where he graduated with a commercial diploma. Retired from the Nestlé Group for which he worked during 31 years, 15 of which in Japan and another 5 in Malaysia as financial director in these two countries. He was Vice-President of the association from its foundation until 2013.
Of a family from the canton of Valais, born in Zurich in 1994, Céline Michellod finished her training as technician of biomedical analyses in 2015. Her humanitarian interest was awakened during a visit to Burkina Faso in 2015. She had the opportunity to stay for five months at Lukla school in 2016, thanks to Luklass, teaching maths, giving extra tuition and playing with the pupils. She returns in 2017 for two months.
Mariatina Alò, social worker with a degree in law and a master in
social/educational studies. She has worked as designer and coordinator within many associations on projects aimed at helping children and families in need, young people and women. She has a great passion for volunteering and helping people to attain better living conditions.
Jean-Claude BadouxVice-President FMOI
Philippe ChoquardPhysicist EPFL, retired
Frits van DijkDirector General Nestlé, retired
Jean-Pierre RothPresident BNS, retired
Jean TroilletMountain guide
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