Protecting the financial integrity, legal status and sangha community of Nalandabodhi to ensure the flourishing of dharma in the west.
Karma Sangha’s roles in the workings of Nalandabodhi U.S. are:
Karma Sangha supports the Chief Operating Officer in making NBI an effective organization, assesses Nalandabodhi U.S. activities, protects the assets of Nalandabodhi U.S., such as NalandaWest, provides financial oversight, and, lastly, ensures the legal and ethical integrity of Nalandabodhi U.S.
Susan Busby, Chair – email@example.com
Susan became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2002. She has been a co-director of Nalandabodhi Sangha Retreat, served as the Director of Nalandabodhi Connecticut for five years, and was the Nalandabodhi Director of Practice for six years. Susan has two six-foot tall sons, and runs her own law firm helping couples and individuals through the divorce process using non-adversarial means. When she is not working for Nalandabodhi, Susan volunteers her time at Family Court and the Children’s Law Center, working with high-conflict parents. Her colleagues call her the meditating mediator.
Nadine Selden – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadine Selden has been a formal student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2009. She has coordinated programs at Nalanda West and Nalandabodhi Seattle, and serves as outreach director for Nalanda West. She recently retired after a long career as a researcher at three newspapers, and has also worked coordinating logistics and reporting for Red Cross aid programs in Cambodia, the Balkans and Turkey. Nadine graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in business and journalism, and has done graduate work in social science at UC Irvine, Syracuse University, and Cornell. Nadine has two children and five grandchildren. She lives in Seattle.
Greg Potter – email@example.com
Greg has been a formal student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2007. He is the Director of Finance for Nalandabodhi New York and serves on the NBNY fundraising team. Greg spent 20 years as a Wall Street professional who specialized in OTC commodity derivatives. Greg is married with two children, ages five and one.
Robbie Rettmer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Robbie became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2002, after having several years of connection with him in Boulder. She served as Nalandabodhi Sangha Retreat co-chair from 2006-2009, and has held practice roles in Boulder and at the national level. Robbie works in organizational and leadership development, where she brings her passion for human potential to corporations. She has one daughter and two step-children with her husband, Patrick. Robbie loves climbing, hiking, backpacking, and free dancing.
Kris Shaw – email@example.com
Kris has been a student of Rinpoche since 1997, and has been a co-director of Nalandabodhi Seattle. He is also a popular local study facilitator. Older students may remember Kris as the ever-cheerful van driver from Sangha Retreats past. Kris brings to the Board his institutional knowledge of Nalandabodhi, legal knowledge, compassion, and humor.
Wendy S. Pearson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Pearson has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2003. Wendy has volunteered her services in the areas of finance and legal over the past decade with Nitartha Institute, Nalandabodhi Seattle, and Nalandabodhi International. For the past three years, she served as the Director of Finance for Nalandabodhi U.S. Wendy has been an attorney for too long to mention, advising Indian Tribal governments and nonprofit organizations. Wendy lives in Seattle, Washington with her wife of 33 years.
Damayonti Sengupta – email@example.com
Damayonti became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2007 after having several years of connection with him. She served as Nalandabodhi International’s first Chief Operating Officer, was the General Manager of Nalanda West from 2014-2018, and held various leadership roles at Nalandabodhi Seattle. Damayonti’s background is in domestic and international non-profit organizations focusing on intercultural education, volunteer management, and organizational development. She is a founding board member of The Karmapa Center 16, an advisory board member for Bright Future Transitional Home in Uganda, and a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Damayonti enjoys traveling, connecting with people, drawing, writing, walking, swimming, and laughing.