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 Dzogchen Center’s President and Spiritual Director.  A brief bio is located here.

Eddie Hauben

Eddie Hauben, has been studying spiritual practices and meditating for 50+ years. His life has been an adventure of learning and spiritual discovery. Born in The Bronx he attended the High School of Music & Art and then graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture. Upon graduation Ed attended the 1st World Game workshop at the NY Studio School run by R. Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller. Subsequent to that he worked with Bucky on its development and promotion.

Ed’s work life has reflected on two main themes: mindfulness practice and change/impermanence. He has had many different professional roles from Bucky’s associate, to Co-founder and Managing Director of Interface, at the time New England’s largest and most successful wholistic education center, Director R&D, Design and Production for Illuminations, one of Inc. magazines fastest growing private companies; creator of the Rainbow decal; Co-founder, Vice-President and COO of Ruby Shoes Studio, a graphic communications studio; Operations Business Manager for OMR, a mid-sized architectural firm specializing in school and religious building design to Executive Director of Newton Community Education, Eastern Massachusetts largest community education program.

His spiritual practice has had 2 main trajectories: Vipassana (insight) meditation as experienced at the Insight Meditation Society retreat center in Barre, MA and the Karma Yoga practices of Neem Karoli Baba – Maharaj-ji as experienced through working with Seva Foundation and one of its founder Ram Dass. His over 50 years of spiritual practice and dear and close friendship with Lama Surya Das makes Eddie a valuable asset and contributor to the workings of the revitalized Dzogchen Foundation Board.

Martha Wooding-Young

Martha Wooding-Young is a senior banker in Bank of America’s Municipal Banking and Markets Division where she works on change management, regulatory implementation, and problem solving, and leads the division’s national qualitative group. From 2005 to 2014 she was in the Public Finance Group where she was the lead relationship banker for the The City of New York and the State of Connecticut families of credits. Prior to joining Municipals, she had 15 years of experience in global Investment Banking including financing, joint venture and mergers and acquisition transactions for her corporate and government clients in North and South America and Europe, having joined Merrill Lynch in London in 1987. She started her career in the legal department of Amnesty International. Martha has been an active member of the Dzogchen Center mandala since 2001, and has been teaching mindfulness on and off Wall Street since 2009. She holds a BSc (Econ) in Finance from the London School of Economics. Martha lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three pugs. Together they raised four children, and now have two grandchildren.

Elizabeth Dabney Hochman

Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, MM, is the Founder and Executive Director of KidSpirit, a nonprofit web community and magazine for youth around the world to explore life’s big questions in an inclusive spirit. KidSpirit gives kids from all backgrounds and traditions a creative and collaborative outlet to build mutual understanding and cultivate inner grounding. In eleven years, KidSpirit has published young writers, artists and poets from 28 countries, garnered 16 awards and inspired readers in 180 countries. Elizabeth has published articles on spiritual development in young people and has spoken at Yale Divinity School, Princeton University, The Religion Communicators Council, the Big I Conference, Search Institute, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions, among others.

KidSpirt emerged from Elizabeth’s lifelong spiritual path. In addition to meditation and tai chi, she expresses her spirit through music, having worked for over fifteen years as an opera singer. Elizabeth is a graduate of Princeton University, with a Master’s in Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She lives with her family and three dogs in Brooklyn, New York.


Jeff Wallman

Jeff Wallman is a senior consultant in the nonprofit and social enterprise space, specializing in product development, fundraising, organizational strategy, data science, digital asset management, and digital archiving. For the past 18 years, Jeff led Buddhist Digital Resource Center on its journey from a start-up to a vibrant, information-rich global non-profit.  Jeff is currently consulting several social enterprises on fundraising, digital asset management, block-chain and artificial intelligence.

Jeff has known Lama Surya Das for 20 years through their mutual friendship with BDRC’s founder E. Gene Smith.  Jeff is Dzogchen Center’s part-time Executive Director and is committed to facilitating Lama Surya Das’ mission of transmission of the profound Dzogchen lineage.

If you’d like to reach Jeff, please email him at If you need to reach the Board of Directors or our Community Council, please contact us.

Kathleen Albanese

After spending many years working in marketing in the high tech world, Kathleen left to raise her family. When her twin daughters left for college, on the recommendation of a friend, she met and went to work with Lama Surya Das as his executive assistant. Throughout the past ten years, her responsibilities have grown to include managing Lama’s events, social media, and website, as well as supporting the Dzogchen Foundation’s retreat programs.

If you’d like to reach Kathleen, please email her at If you need to reach the Board of Directors or our Community Council, please contact us.


All Dzogchen Center programs are run by a dedicated group of volunteer practitioners.