KARLA TILLAPAUGH | Co-Founder + Director
Having lived in three different continents so far, Karla has grown to love cultures and people from across the globe. With a degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University, Karla resides in Westminster, Colorado with her husband and three kids (two of whom are already grown up!). As a family, they love traveling around the world, but especially to the MineField Village where they spend each summer loving on children, serving, and helping with the development of this precious place.
AMREITHA JEEVA | Co-Founder + Program Developer
Adopted from India when she was three years old, Amreitha's life as an orphan changed forever when she moved to the loving adoptive home of her parents and became a farm girl from Kansas. Amreitha has a zest for life, a spunk, and a pursuing heart for people that others can't help but be drawn to. Amreitha has keen abilities as a visionary and helps give framework and function to LandMine Design serving as our Program Developer. She has a passionate heart for the desperate needs of others, especially in poverty stricken areas of the world. When not working, you can find Amreitha enjoying cultural events with her adventure-seeking husband; they both adore living life to the fullest.
JANIE THOMAS | Customer Relations
Having a busy life with her husband and children, Janie never expected to grow a passionate heart for women and children in a small village built on a landmine in Cambodia. Spending time in The MineField Village with the amazing women we employ and making sure the world has an opportunity to buy their beautiful jewelry has become such a joy in her life. When Janie isn’t working for LandMine Design with the women in Cambodia or getting their jewelry out the door from our office in Denver, she’s helping her husband with his medical X-ray business and tending to the needs of her two sons and daughter. In her free time Janie and her family love to camp and hike in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with their two crazy dogs!
KAITLYN RUDE | Creative Director
Kaitlyn is our token Canadian, and a farm-girl at heart. She has a training background in Graphic Design and has spent her career thus far working in a variety of Marketing and Communication environments. Kaitlyn's relentless attention to harmony and design, paired with a deep concern for the intrinsic value of all people is what launched her adventure into working as Creative Director for Landmine Design. She delights in witnessing communities celebrate the strengths and skills of their members - especially in the MineField village. When not working with Landmine Design or her own business, the Pedestal, Kaitlyn is most likely to be found humming a song, and traveling across the city and/or the continent to spend time (hopefully outdoors) with her dear friends and family.
SAMANTHA SHOENAIR | Office Manager
Born and raised in Arizona, Samantha came to Colorado for her Counseling Psychology degree from Colorado Mesa University. Also coming from a family of eight, she is use to a lot of chaos around the house. This is one of many reasons she fell in love with the MineField Village this past summer. Having a heart for helping people is one of her biggest passions. Samantha has also worked with at-risk youth and intellectually disabled individuals. Her walk with the Lord is one that shows her gentle and heartfelt side, but also displays her eager commitment to follow the Lord wherever He leads. In her free time, you can find her camping, hiking, and playing volleyball.
JUDY MAHALA | Bookkeeping