Board of Directors
Mary Camille Lutz
Mary was hooked into Buddhism by the Geshe Sherab’s teachings at both Ksitigarbha Center in Taos and Thubten Norbu Ling. She worked in higher and secondary education and putting her skills to use in our hospitality department as the Zoom Host Coordinator. She readily admits her attachment to a pair of well-worn pink western boots, to polka, waltz, or two-step. Mary and her dog, Sweet Diamond Jane, enjoy walking and hiking in northern New Mexico.
Jeremy Daniel Lewis
Jeremy met the FPMT community when FPMT was headquartered in Taos. He was part of the newly formed Kstitigarhba study group, now a FPMT center. Jeremy is from Rockport, Massachusetts and has lived in New Mexico since 2019. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon in the mid-nineties and from 2000 to 2007, he engaged with AmeriCorps fomenting positive youth development through conservation projects and urban gardening. Since 2007, he has been a public servant for New Mexico’s energy and land offices forwarding renewable energy.
Charlene has been an active volunteer and member at our center since 2007, after attending her first teaching with Ven. Robina Courtin. Charlene has served as the Dharma shop manager, the Sunday morning meditation leader, and umdze for Geshe Sherab’s classes on Sundays. She has served on our board of directors since 2007. Charlene and her cat, Snow, regularly attend lots of classes at our center.
Nancy began attending classes at Thubten Norbu Ling in 2014 and has served on the board of directors since 2016. She is the the People Care Manager and is available to our community to listen to praises, complaints, or both! She also recruits new team members for our various management departments. When she’s not working at our center, she works as a chiropractor in Los Alamos.
Deirdre is our new center manager. She first found FPMT in 1995 at Tushita Center in Dharamsala, India. A corporate paralegal by trade, she’s raised two kids with her husband Shankha. Deirdre lived and worked at Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek, CA and then went back to corporate law in Silicon Valley. Special interest areas for her are: institutional development, special-needs and adopted parenting, and a mom’s role in a Buddhist family. Recently Deirdre and Charmaine saved two horses from a kill pen and she’s busy helping them build trust in humans again.
Shankha Mitra has been an aspiring Buddhist since the mid-1990s after Kyabje Lama Zips Rinpoche turned his mind towards the Dharma and he started attending retreats at Vajrapani Institute near San Francisco. He has attended many retreats with Rinpoche and other great masters. He has been on the board at Vajrapani Institute and at Kadampa Center in Raleigh, NC. From 2017-2019 he was Spiritual Program Coordinator at Vajrapani Institute. Shankha is an FPMT Registered Teacher.
By day he works as a computer scientist. In his spare time he loves to study Dharma texts and enjoys playing the violin, participating in amateur chamber groups, and listening to opera. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Deirdre, who is also a Buddhist, and two (not yet Buddhist) rescue dogs. They have two college-aged–and still crazy–kids.
Ven. Losang Dondrub
Ven. Dondrub began studying the Dharma on his own followed by study at Drepung Loseling Institute in Atlanta in 2008. He became involved with Guhyasamaja Center after moving to D.C. in 2010. Ven. Dondrub took refuge vows from Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa in May of 2011 and novice monk ordination vows in October 2013.
Ven. Dondrub has been Guhyasamaja Center’s Spiritual Program Coordinator and a board member since June 2014. He is a Discovering Buddhism class leader and works on fundraising, advertising, and communications for the center.
Charmaine first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in 1999 at her first teaching with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is also a student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and has served Rinpoche’s center, Thubten Norbu Ling, since 2005. She served as Spiritual Program Coordinator from 2006 – 2009 and has led weekly meditation at the center for the last fifteen years. She has also served on the board of directors since 2019. She is a licensed psychotherapist, and an avid hiker and traveler — especially for dharma!