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Board of Directors and Staff

Our Board of Directors

Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das established the Dzogchen Center
in 1991 upon the return from twenty years of intensive
study and retreat in India, Nepal, and France.

Lama Surya Das is the Dzogchen Center’s
President and Spiritual Director.  A brief bio is here.

Judi Ricci

Judi Ricci retired in 2008 after a career in public
health research. Trained as an anthropologist and
epidemiologist, she worked in the fields of human
nutrition and chronic and infectious disease both
internationally and in the United States. Judi has
published many articles and abstracts in scientific
journals, has presented at national and international
professional organizations, and has been a peer reviewer
for a number of scientific journals. Judi earned a master’s
degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania
and a doctorate in international health fromThe
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Judi is also a yoga instructor, silversmith, cartoonist,
and community volunteer. She regularly practices
Tibetan energy yoga, Kundalini yoga, and
hatha yoga as a prelude to meditation. Judi
has been Lama Surya's student for over 10 years.

Kevin Buck

Kevin Buck is collaborative leadership and executive
coach, leveraging more than 30 years of consulting
experience to guide organizations toward
self-transformation. As the President and Founder
of Emergent Success Inc. since 2006, he and
his team offer collaborative leadership consulting
and advisory services including the following:
Executive Coaching (for individuals and teams),
Talent Development, Succession Planning, Strategic
Planning and Facilitation and Leadership Education.
The mission of Emergent Success is to assist
individuals, teams and organizations in ‘co-creating’ the
optimal conditions f
or success to emerge.


Kathleen Albanese


After spending many years as a marketing/advertising executive, Kathleen took leave to raise her family.
In 2009, on the recommendation of a friend, she met and went to work with Lama Surya Das.
In May of 2021 Kathleen took over as Director of the Dzogchen Foundation, bringing with her
many years of experience working in the non-profit world.

If you’d like to reach Kathleen, please email her at kathleen@dzogchen.org


All Dzogchen Center programs are run by a dedicated group of volunteer practitioners.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Dzogchen Center please contact our director,
Kathleen Albanese at kathleen@dzogchen.org

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