Royal Advisory Council of Bhutan,
of National Assembly
Geoffrey Drucker, JD
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Satya Gabriel, PhD
Professor of Economics
Mt. Holyoke College
Lopen Karma Gelay
Secretary, Board of Education
Royal Government of Bhutan
Gilbert P. Hager, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
E. Kelly, Sr.
Insured Aircraft Title Service
Gardner Quarton, MD
Steve Rogoff, MD
|FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
James L. Winkler
Matthew B. Kelly
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up to a Bhutanese sunrise. Counterclockwise from upper right, James
Winkler, Dorrie Winkler, Mary and Matthew Kelly,
Dhyana Winkler, and Sonam, a Bhutanese child who adopted
us for the day.
|Chief Executive Profile
/ Founding Director
James Winkler, PA-C has practiced medicine in Hawaii for 22 years, and serves as President of Kauai Community Health Alliance while also caring for patients as a medical provider at Hale Lea clinic. Winkler graduated class president from the USC School of Medicine Primary Care PA Program in 1984 and has advanced training in functional medicine. Teaching appointments include Pacific College, and at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program. Professional memberships include the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Greater Los Angeles Nutrition Council. Winkler has been a published medical newspaper columnist for many years. He is also the founding director of a non-profit humanitarian organization, the Amicus Foundation, which sponsors projects in medicine, education, women's needs and cultural preservation. Also a professional musician Winkler has worked with Charles Mingus, Gabor Zabo, Benny Powell, Johnny Guitar Watson, Alex Acuna (Weather Report), Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Todd Rundgren, Makana, and many others. He presently resides in Hawaii with his wife and artist Dorianne (www.DorianneArt.com).
|The AMICUS family
|Executive Vice President
Matthew Kelly (left), Julia Butterfly Hill and actor
songwriter, and record producer, Matthew Kelly's music
career has spanned over thirty years. He has performed
and toured extensively
with many of the worlds most renowned blues musicians including
T-Bone Walker,Brownie McGee, Champion Jack DuPree, and
Mel Brown. Matthew has on numerous occasions performed
with the legendary band The Grateful Dead, as well
as being a
guest artist on three of their records.
along with Bobby Weir of the Grateful Dead, Kelly formed
the well known
band Kingfish. Kingfish, along with several other Grateful
Dead offshoot bands with Bob Weir, kept Kelly on the
road and in the recording studio until 1998, when he
decision to leave the music business and dedicate his
life to charitable work. Although Matthew was no stranger
benefit concerts throughout his lengthy musical career,
it was not until his association with environmental
Julia Butterfly Hill, his co-recipient of the Ark Trust
Genesis Award, that he was finally moved and inspired
to devote himself
full time to benefiting others through working with the
Mary Kelly grew up
in Vermont on Shelburne
Farms , an estate created by her great grandparents, Dr. William Seward Webb and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. In 1972 Mary and her family became founding board members allowing Shelburne Farms to become a non-profit environmental education center which is still enjoyed today by thousands of visitors. During the 1980's Mary completed the Waldorf Teacher Training Program and was an active board member at Rudolf Steiner College. She also received her Early Childhood Education Certificate and has taught kindergarten at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula. While working as a nursing assistant in the '90's, Mary returned to school, became an RN and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Public Health Nursing certificate. Today, both Mary and her husband Matthew are running Amicus Foundation of Thailand .They have two children who are both graduates of Montana State University.
A founding board member, Dorianne
Allister Winkler started her career as a professional
musician, working and performing out of Los Angeles for over
a decade. Her work as a musician eventually gave way to her
passion to benefit children. Ms. Winkler has been a children¹s
educator now for over fifteen years teaching in varied capacities
in both public education and private sector. Since 1996 she
has worked almost exclusively developing and teaching conflict
resolution skills to children in the Hawaii public school
system. Her programs for the prevention of youth violence
have been called innovative and insightful. Presently Dorianne is living on Kauai with her husband, working with children and pursuing her art. Her works are on-line at Dorianneart.com
An important bridge for the Amicus
Foundation in Asia, Dhyana Winkler is fluent in Tibetan,
French, speaks some Nepali and is learning Bhutanese (Dzongkha). She
has acted as translator for the Nepali government and local
newspapers, helping interview recent escapees from Tibet.
Graduated Cum Laude with High Honors from Mount Holyoke College,
with a major in Economics and Asian Studies, she lived for
several years overseas doing research in Nepal, Bhutan, India
and Tibet. While living abroad Dhyana filmed Little Miracles,
a documentary about Tibetan refugee nuns and orphans living
in Nepal, which was later broadcast on Bhutanese television
(BBS).Most recently Dyana is living in Paris, France pursuing her Masters in Film.
Advisory Council and Board of Directors bring together many
disciplines including medicine,
economics, education, dispute resolution, law, spirituality,
and the creative arts.
is working to
preserve profound and beautiful cultures which may
soon be swept away by the forces of globalization
AMICUS is working to give hope to
women and children by providing them with improved living
conditions and opportunities for education.
AMICUS is working to keep traditional
communities intact, helping them to maintain their integrity
and spiritual values.
AMICUS is working to help ancient cultures
make a smooth transition into the modern world, helping
them to enter the global community while retaining their
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has always allowed the needs and insights of the
people we are serving to steer our work, rather than imposing
culturally inappropriate solutions.
We try diligently
to embrace these timeless words:
to the people
Live with them
Learn from them
Start with what they know
Build with what they have.
With the best leaders
When the work is done
The task accomplished
The people will say
"We have done this ourselves!"
supporters in Bhutan include:
His Eminence the
Lyonpo Jigme Thinley
Dasho Sangay Wangchuk
Secretary of Religious and Cultural Affairs, Bhutan
The late Nyoshul
Venerable Lopen Kado
Councilor Gembo Dorje
Member of the Royal
and Bhutan National Assembly
Lopen Karma Gelay
Secretary of Education
Royal Government of Bhutan
Principal of Tango
Bhutan's poet laureate
His Holiness Jamgon
...and many other wonderful people too numerous to mention.
4217 Waipua St Kilauea, HI 96754 USA
Year Founded: 1987
No. of Board Members: 5
No. of Full Time Employees: 0
No. of part-time Employees: 0
Locations Served: Bhutan, Tibet, Thailand, Nepal
Amicus is a d.b.a. of Cloudless Sky Vajrayana Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
Mission and Purpose
Amicus works with orphaned children, destitute
families, disenfranchised women and imperiled cultures in Bhutan and Thailand.
We sponsor projects in medicine, education, women's needs
and cultural preservation.
AMICUS/Cloudless Sky Foundation programs include:
- Supporting cultural centers in the Himalayas that provide
a basic education to women, enabling these women to contribute
social services in their remote communities.
- Supporting orphaned children, families at risk,
and the elderly in Bhutan and Thailand.
- Building a Performing Arts Center and Cultural Heritage
Center in Bhutan.
- Developing educational community centers and libraries
for children in rural Thailand.
- Helping develop the National Library of Bhutan.
- Providing medical aid overseas.
- Helping Thailand's poorest families by providing
them with food, clothing, and basic living necessities.
- Providing tsunami relief in the south of Thailand.
Accomplishments to date:
- Constructed two educational community centers and libraries
Thailand providing services to many villagers and children.
- Began development of the Cultural Heritage and Performing
Center of Bhutan in order to help preserve this imperiled
- Provided eye care to children in 12 remote villages throughout
Thailand (Unite for Sight).
- Provided architectural planning, financial assistance,
Amicus volunteers for the development of Children's World
- Provided English teachers at Nongboat School in Isan,
- Expanded the resources of the National Library of
Bhutan and a
public library in Isan, Thailand
- Provided food, clothing, and emergency housing repairs
to some of
Thailand¹s poorest communities.
- Sponsored Simtokha School and Orphanage in Bhutan.
- Sponsored historic Sewala Monastery and Educational
- Reconstructed and expanded the Ani Gompa Women¹s
Center in eastern Bhutan.
- Provided educational scholarships for two Bhutanese
study at the University of Hawaii, USA.
- Fundraising to support 400 orphaned children and 200
women in the Himalayan country of Bhutan.
- Funding of our International Scholarship Program, allowing
recipients to further give back to their families and communities.
- Implementing "Change a Child's Life" Program,
giving Amicus donors a
chance to "adopt" and establish a relationship with
- Fundraising to begin construction of the Cultural Heritage
Performing Arts Center of Bhutan.
- Working to assist hill-tribe refugees, particularly
- Continued development and support of educational and
projects for the poorest communities in Thailand.
- Continued support for poor families in Thailand and
Nearly 100% of donated funds go directly to support our projects,
reaching the people most in need. Our staff takes no salary
wish to thank the countless number of people like yourselves who
have volunteered their time and effort to make the AMICUS vision
AMICUS is a dba of Cloudless
Sky Vajrayana Foundation
A non-profit 501(c)3, Federal ID# 95-4047820
4217 Waipua Street
Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii 96754 USA
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