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Mary Goldsmith-Mahoney

Founding President

Mary founded Women Light The World after she was introduced to Nepal, and Humla specifically, when she volunteered on a medical mission to the area.  While moved by the majestic beauty of the area, she was inspired by both the gentleness and positive energy of the people despite their serious needs of basic things, like light. Through a series of unplanned (and unexpected) meetings she was encouraged to bring to reality Women Light The World to develop sustainable economies through empowering women.  This was in 2017.  While Mary remains president of Great Circle Real Estate, her international real estate company, she has dedicated herself to Women Light The World.

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Patrick Chan

Board Member

Patrick Chan has served as CEO for Ling Skin Care, based in New York, for over 20 years. Patrick has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity Global Village programs in India and Vietnam and volunteered multiple times for Habitat for Humanity Post Hurricane Katrina Recovery efforts. Patrick has also volunteered for God's Love We Deliver, first in the kitchen and then as a lead driver to deliver meals to the ill and undernourished. He is also a motivational and inspirational speaker to women and men, mainly in the spa industry. Patrick is a student of Tibetan Buddhism and is passionate about empowering and uplifting others.


Nancy Young

Board Member, Vice President of Development

Nancy is a nonprofit executive with more than 25 years of fundraising, communications, and leadership experience. She’s a strategic problem-solver, articulate communicator, and seasoned fundraiser.  She brings an outstanding record of leading major development programs and raising millions from individuals, corporations and foundations. As someone who has worked with women’s groups in the US and abroad, she feels a deep connection with Women Light The World’s mission to empower women to make positive changes in the world.