DPR Office Contacts

For frequently asked questions please go to the DPR Office FAQ page.


Chief of Staff (COS) – Cindy Shelton.  cindy@dproffice.com

Along with the Deputy COS, Cindy is responsible for communicating Rinpoche’s overall vision within the Nalandabodhi mandala, for supporting the development and execution of Rinpoche’s many projects, and for programs and planning support.

Contact for: Questions regarding Rinpoche’s activity, matters relating to Nalandabodhi International (NBI) administration and projects, and correspondence relating to Marpa Foundation, Zabsang Shedrup, and other dharma centers.


Assistant to the COS  – Kim Haroche. kim@dproffice.com

Kim assists the COS with correspondence, organization, research, and communications relating to NBI, CAUSA, the Buddhist Resource Project (BRC), and other special projects.

Contact for: General questions relating to Rinpoche’s activity and projects and also for any other inquiry not falling into the categories listed on this page.


Deputy Chief of Staff  – Chris Stagg.  chris@dproffice.com.

Chris supports the COS in maintaining the overall vision of dprO, communications with NBI leadership and external organizations, and program planning and support.

Contact for: Any general concerns regarding Rinpoche’s activity and questions related to Nalandabodhi Europe and Nitartha Institute. (See also the “Schedule” position below for Chris’s activity managing details of Rinpoche’s teaching schedule.)


Personal Secretary – Ben Mikolaj. ben@dproffice.com

Ben assists with Rinpoche’s daily schedule, personal needs, and day-to-day communications. Ben also serves as the primary contact for communication with Rinpoche’s personal students. He also oversees arrangements for Rinpoche with hosting organizations once an invitation has been confirmed.

Contact for: “On-the-ground” communication for programs and events, and personal student correspondence including requests for interviews.


Attendant and Tibetan Needs – Tenzin Namdak (Tenam). tenam@dproffice.com

Rinpoche’s long time attendant, Tenam assists Rinpoche with personal needs and issues related to the larger Tibetan community.

Contact for: Matters concerning Nitartha International Publications, Tibetan communications, KTGR nunneries, and Rinpoche’s projects in Tibet.


Schedule – Chris Stagg (Deputy of Chief of Staff).  chris@dproffice.com

In his role as Schedule secretary, Chris is responsible for reviewing all speaking and teaching invitations, maintaining Rinpoche’s annual teaching schedule, and communicating with hosting organizations until event confirmation.

Contact for: Submitting a teaching invitation or questions about Rinpoche’s teaching schedule.


Travel – Midori Nakamura. midori@dproffice.com

Midori makes travel arrangements for Rinpoche and staff related to Rinpoche’s teaching schedule. She also works on financial arrangements with hosting organizations.

Contact for: Financial reimbursements for DPR visits.


Finance – Andrew Clark.  andrew@dproffice.com

Andrew oversees financial matters for dprO.

Contact for: Any financial matters related to dprO


Publications – Cindy Shelton cindy@dproffice.com

Contact for: Questions regarding Rinpoche’s English and foreign language book publications, permissions for use, and requests for print and web articles.


Director of Communications and IT – Ceci Miller ceci@dproffice.com

Ceci is responsible for outreach to the general public, marketing and publicity, and development and maintenance of Rinpoche’s various media outlets. Ceci also oversees IT concerns for dprO.

Contact for: Issues regarding media, publicity, and outreach.


Communications – Carlos Ferreyros. carlos@dproffice.com

Carlos is responsible for outreach to the general public, marketing and publicity, and development and maintenance of Rinpoche’s various media outlets. Carlos video records many of Rinpoche’s teaching programs.

Contact for: Issues regarding DPR Facebook pages and outreach, particularly video recording.


IT – Jeff Furlong jeff@dproffice.com

Provides general IT support and guidance to dprO, including server configuration and maintenance, email account management, and software/technology troubleshooting.  Develop software for special projects.  Liaison between dprO, NBI and the greater mandala for IT support planning and issue resolution.

Contact for: Requests for IT support within Rinpoche’s office.


Household – Midori Nakamura and Stella Young midori@dproffice.com   stella@dproffice.com

Midori and Stella are responsible for the day-to-day managements of Rinpoche’s personal residence.

Contact for: The latest dietary guidelines for Ponlop Rinpoche and attendants.


Family Care – Colleen Paul. colleen@dproffice.com

Contact for: Matters related to hosting Rinpoche’s family and general family care.