Nalandabodhi National Administration US

The Nalandabodhi National Administration (NBNA) is the senior administrative team of Nalandabodhi US (NB US), who aspire to care for our sangha family with a combination of professionalism and a genuine heart of dharma.

Our primary goal is to create an environment of community that supports each NB member on their path of practice, study, and altruistic activity, according to the vision of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and other lineage masters such as His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. In this way we aspire to make the ancient Buddhist teachings accessible to 21st century American culture and applicable to everyday life.

To achieve these goals, we work in close collaboration with the Nalandabodhi Mitras, the Karma Sangha Board of Directors (US), and the leadership of local Nalandabodhi centers throughout the United States.

 

dbg mar 2014 v2Diane Biray Gregorio, Executive Director

and Director of Sangha Community Building (SCB)

Diane Biray Gregorio has been a student of Buddhadharma since 1994, under the guidance of teachers in the Theravada and Tibetan traditions. Her journey has taken her from organizational strategy, to international humanitarian work at Oxfam, to academia. She served as Chief of Staff for Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche during His Holiness Karmapa’s historic first visit to the United States in 2008. Diane has worked in research and activism on global health issues, poverty, and international development, especially the intersection of women’s health and human rights. She received a Ph.D. and A.M. from Harvard University and a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At the heart of Diane’s path is the aspiration to seamlessly integrate contemplative practice and action to alleviate suffering in the world.

Stephanie Johnston, Director
Nalandabodhi Publications (Pubs)

 Stephanie Johnston has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since 1985 and has been under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 1996. She is a graphic designer and began serving as Director of Nalandabodhi Publications in 2011. She also serves as Director of Practice Instructors and has been an active faculty member of Nitartha Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies since 1998.

Wendy Pearson, Director
Financial Planning & Well Being

Wendy Pearson has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since 1998 and has been under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2006.  Wendy is an attorney that advises nonprofit organizations and government entities on their federal and state tax exemption planning and compliance.  She has served on numerous nonprofit Boards in the capacity of audit and financial oversight.

Ceci Miller_cecibooksCeci Miller, Director
External Communications & Outreach (ECO)

Ceci Miller has practiced yoga and meditation since 1976. She began studying with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche in 2005, and was accepted as a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2009. Ceci has served as an editorial assistant on Rinpoche’s books, Rebel Buddha and Emotional Rescue, and has served as Director of External Communications and Outreach since 2011. Ceci has a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has taught writing and literature in a variety of settings, and has written and edited books for children as well as adults. She owns CeciBooks, a publishing consultancy.