Local Leaders

The Shambhala Council is the governing body of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. It is comprised of the heads of all the areas in which Shambhala offers programs and events. It takes many individuals to create our LA Shambhala world.  Here’s who we are. To contact anyone on the list please check your Members/Friends Directory or leave a voice message at the Center.

*denotes membership in the SMCLA Council

Center Director: Cynthia MacKay* director@lashambhala.org
Shastris: Pamela Bothwell, Marcy Fink, Marilyn Moore and Joel Wachbrit
Chagdzo: Jennifer Wang*
Center Administrator: Alice Toohey
Southwest Regional Representative of the Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum: Guy Blume
Local Representative of the Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum: Carolyn Sykes


Practice and Education

Director: Marian English*
Deputy of P&E: Open
Westside Practice Coordinator: Sheryl Beard
Vajrayana/Ngöndro Practice Intensive Coordinator: Patsy Brown and Marian English
Feast Coordinators: Gail Whitacre ER and Sharon Owyang/Kate Summers WS
Head Shrine Keeper: Open
Meditation Instructor Coordinator: Chris O’Hare
Ashe Society: George Gomez
Supervising Coordinator of Shambhala Training (Heart of Warriorship): Open
Supervising Coordinator of Way of Shambhala I Weekly Classes: Jennifer Gilman ER, Open WS
Supervising Coordinator of Sacred Path: Open
Supervising Coordinator of Way of Shambhala II and Buddhist Studies Weekly Classes: Barbara Vanek
Special Programs Coordinator: Kim Christensen
Open House and Thursday Night Public Programs Coordinator: Malcolm Dysart
Open House and Thursday Night Hosts Coordinator: Patrick Knisely
Kitchen Sink Dharma and Wednesday Night Public Program WS Coordinator: Lisa Oxley
Kitchen Sink Dharma and Wednesday Night Public Program WS Hosts Coordinator: Candace Peterson Kahn
Vajrayana Education Coordinator: Open
Visiting Teacher Coordinator: Alex Lippman


Contemplative Arts

Director: Anne Saitzyk*
Deputies: Alicia Vogl Saenz, Amanda Tasse
Kado and Ikebana: Elayne Rail
Kyudo: Marian English
Miksang (Contemplative Photography): Darryl Burnham
Contemplative Writing: Alicia Vogl Saenz and Debra Dysart
Shambhala Arts Festival: Open
Shambhala Art: Anne Saitzyk
Shambhala Film Society: Harish Rao
Creativity Lab: Darryl Burnham, Debra Dysart, Laura Landau, Angela Lloyd, Anne Anderson Saitzyk, Steven Saitzyk, Elayne Rail, Harish Rao, Franny Smith, Carolyn Sykes, Amanda Tasse, Alice Toohey, Elaine Welinder


Societal Health and Well Being

Director: Marguerite Stouthamer*
Membership Coordinator: Joel Wachbrit* membership@lashambhala.org
Membership Assistants: Rhona Lebner OC, Open WS, Open ER
Families and Children ER: Laura Burnham, Laura Landau
Care Team Coordinator: Jennifer Gilman
Volunteer Coordinator: Ron Schultz
Head of Diversity: Harish Rao
Hospitality Coordinator: Open
Mental Health: Katie Bainbridge
Culture and Decorum: Open

Community and Social Transformation

Heart of Recovery ER: George Gomez, Carter Smith, Stephanie Miller
Healing Circle Coordinators ER: Darryl Burnham, Laura Burnham, Chris O’Hare, Alice Toohey, and Dustin Rubin
Meditar en Español: George Gomez, Lisa Oxley, Alicia Saenz
Group on Aging Coordinators: Marilyn Moore and John MacAdams
Ziji Collective (Young Meditators) WS: Danny Pugh and Mo Summers
Ziji Collective (Young Meditators) ER: George Gomez and Alexandra Lippman
Ziji Collective Regional Coordinator: Alexandra Milsom
Prison Dharma: Cynthia MacKay, Kate Summers, and John MacAdams
Salons: Lisa Oxley, Karen Schwarzman, Jason Elias
Running Group: Cynthia MacKay, Alicia Saenz
Food Bank ER: Lynn Kelley-Piper
Mental Health Consultation Group for MIs (Developing): Open

Media and New Media

Shambhala Film Festival (Developing): Karen Schwartzman, Jason Elias
Shambhala Filmmakers Forum (Developing): Harish Rao
Shambhala Film Night: Sharon Owyang, Harish Rao


Kasung

Regimental Commander for the Windhorse Regiment: Darryl Burnham
Regimental Desung Commander: Laura Burnham
Rusung: Ed Anolin* (ER) and Justin Basch* (WS)
Khenchung: Steven Whitacre (ER) and Marcus Teply (WS)
Desung: Alicia Vogl Saenz and George Gomez
NCO: Open
ROTA coordinator ER: Steven Whitacre
ROTA coordinator WS: John Beard


Finance

Director: Jennifer Wang*
Assistant: Open
Development: Open
Council Secretary: Open*
Bookstore Manager: Amanda Tasse


Communications Mandala

Director of Communications: Greg Heffron* communications@lashambhala.org
Publicity Leads: Open
Head of Outreach: Open
Web and Graphic Consultant: Sara Apelkvist
Website: Debra Dysart (Editor), Claude Zachary (Database/Calendar) and Larry Jordan (Webmaster)
Email Newsletter: Isaac Wostrel-Rubin
Graphic Arts: Danny Pugh and Elaine Welinder
Social Media: Jennifer Wang, Bruce Oglesby and Ezra Herman


Information Systems

Archives: Claude Zachary
Audio Visual: John MacAdams
Database Management: Alice Toohey
Digital Audio Archives Supervisor: John MacAdams and Joel Wachbrit


Eagle Rock Meditation Group

Coordinator: Deirdre Waters*
Deputy Coordinator: Open
Eagle Rock Meditation Steering Committee: Open
P&E liaison: Marian English
Environment Mandala: Mo Suradiman
Shrine Keeping: Open
Umdze/M.I. ROTA: Renee Klang

Westside Meditation Group

Coordinator: Chris Best*
Deputy Coordinator: Open
Westside Meditation Steering Committee: Claude Zachary, Anne Saitzyk, Tom Gottlieb,  Kathy Gronau, Kate Summers, Jason Elias, Alex Milsom, Justin Basch, Jennifer Wang, Chris Best, Nancy Sander, Fred Cassidy
P&E liaison: Marian English
Environment Mandala: Fred Cassidy
Social Coordinator: Jason Elias
Shrine Keeping: Shirley Hamstra
Umdze/M.I. ROTA: Kathy Gronau, John Beard


Orange County Meditation Group

Coordinator: Sepi Tabai*
P&E Liaison: Elaine Welinder
Culture & Decorum Liaison: Elayne Rail
Membership Liaison: Rhona Lebner
Communication Liaison: Harish Rao
Finance Liaison: Marilyn Moore
Health & Well-Being Liaison: Open
Steering Committee: Elaine Welinder, Gil Figueroa, Marilyn Moore, Elayne Rail, Harish Rao, Rhona Lebner, Steve Savlov, Pablo Nardi, Steve Pool, Shauna Eheler, Tony Nadratowski, Claire Fisher and Sepi Tabai
Steering Committee Secretary: Shauna Eheler
Film Night Coordinator: Claire Fisher and Harish Rao
MeetUp Coordinators: Gil Figueroa and Marilyn Moore
Healing Circle Coordinators: Tony Nadratowski and Rhona Lebner
General Environment: Open

Email la@shambhala.org for more information.