Our Mission

The Druk Foundation for Art Preservation was established in 2014 as a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable entity in the USA. Its primary purpose is to support the preservation and conservation of Bhutan’s sacred arts and the activities of the Buddhist Art & Cultural Conservation Centre.

The Foundation serves as the lead international fundraiser for the development and construction of a permanent home for the Buddhist Art & Cultural Conservation Centre.

Our Board of Directors

The Druk Foundation for Art Preservation’s Board of Directors is represented by individuals who deeply care for the arts and culture of Bhutan, and are committed to fostering awareness of art conservation and its significance to the Bhutanese people.


David B. Franklin
Board Chair

Attorney admitted in California and Hawaii and Partner at VLP Law Group LLP.

San Rafael, CA


Terese Tse Bartholomew
Board Secretary

Curator Emeritus, Himalayan Art and Chinese Decorative Arts, Asian Art Museum

San Francisco, CA


Evelina J. Cichy
Board Treasurer

Vice President of Instruction (retired), Kishwaukee College

Malta, IL


Ephraim “Eddie” Jose
Board Member and Founder

Renowned Thangka Conservator, Master Asian Art Conservator and Lecturer

Bellevue, WA


Marcos Roces
Board Member

Art Collector and Expert on Philippine Native Plants

Manila, Philippines


Grittip Sirirattumrong
Board Member

Architect, historic building conservator and President of Dearborn Street Design International Co., Ltd.

Bangkok, Thailand


Susan Tai
Board Member

Elizabeth Atkins Curator of Asian Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara, CA