Jerry has a long history with Nepal and Tibet, along with their respective refugee situations. He considers himself a Nepal junkie and is a former resident of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where he lived, worked and started a family. He is a fluent Nepali speaker who has taught Nepali to refugee service providers in the past. Jerry is also a student of Himalayan culture and religion and enjoys sharing his knowledge with those who have similar interests.
Jerry is the owner of Skychasers, LLC (skychasersworld.com), a trekking and adventure outfitter specializing in challenging journeys to the High Himalaya. He founded Skychasers as a means of introducing others to this exotic region, known for its mountains, underrated for its colorful culture/religion, and overachieving with its hospitable people.
Currently living in Lancaster, PA, Jerry’s spent the past six years volunteering in the resettlement of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese and other refugees in and around the city. He also serves on the advisory board of CWS Global, the local resettlement agency. As well, every fall he and his family organize the Pedal Harder Charity Bicycle Ride in memory of his brother Glen. In years past, the goal has been to raise funds for scholarship money to assist refugees in pursuit of a nursing education. However, this fall, all funds raised will go towards earthquake relief in Nepal.
In addition, Jerry’s a member of the board of The Common Wheel, a local community bicycle shop that advocates for cyclists and provides bikes and education to low-income kids. He loves to use his bicycles for transport, exercise, and mind medicine, and heads out on offbeat adventures with his family at every opportunity.
What does Coworking mean to you?
On a very basic level, coworking gets me out of the house and away from all the distractions there. Beyond that, it gives me access to other creative minds and a creative space resulting in new ideas coming along organically and easily rather than being birthed through hard labor.