Lama Yeshe Jinpa
Chairman of the Board, Spiritual Director
Lama Yeshe Jinpa is the Spiritual Director and resident teacher of Lion’s Roar Dharma Center which he co-founded with Geshe Losang Gyatso in 1992. He is also the founder of Middleway Health – a center for healing, creativity and growth, and Middle Way Health Foundation – a nonprofit center providing free services to the community. He has co-authored two books and offers workshops that blend his Buddhist teachings with real-world career and life experiences. For more information on Lama Jinpa.
Judy Taylor – Board Member, Secretary
Judy Lynn has been an assistant and office manager to Lama Jinpa since 2001 and has played an intregal part in Lion’s Roar growth. She is the Secretary of the Board and maintains the daily financial and administrative flow for Lion’s Roar and is responsible for serving as the CPA and producing monthly reports for the Board. She handles all state and federal requirements for Lion’s Roar to maintain it’s non-profit status and supports the volunteers in running ongoing functions at the center. She has a background in office management, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and teaches through her business Adventures in Shamanism.
Debbie Dietz – Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
Debbie joined Lion’s Roar in 2009. She handles the board meetings and provides day-to-day support to Lion’s Roar Associate Teacher, Geshe Damchoe, and for the Sangha House in Orangevale. Debbie retired from the workforce in 2011. Prior to her retirement, she worked over 30 years in the federal government in a variety of areas including budgeting, accounting, setting electric power rates, and analyzing regulations. Debbie is part of a group in her local community that is working to preserve riparian forest land in the neighborhood as a natural habitat for plants and animals, and a contemplative space for local residents. Debbie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Susan Farrar – Board Member, Program Manager
Susan joined Lion’s Roar in 2008. She provides administrative assistance, day-to-day support for the temple, facilitates the Buddhism from the Ground Up discussions and leads practice and meditation sessions. Prior to her retirement in 2004 she worked as a legal secretary, paralegal and law office manager. After moving to California she worked as an analyst and manager for the State, specializing in data and demographic research. Susan is active as a hospice volunteer providing caregiver relief and visits elderly residents of long-term care facilities as requested. She has a BA from the University of Colorado and post-graduate work in urban planning from UCLA.
Baasan Lam Altangerel – Operations Manager
As the Operations Manager, Baasandorj serves as the liaison to several highly regarded Buddhist teachers who visit Lion’s Roar Dharma Center on a regular basis. Baasandorj translates teachings from Lion’s Roar Resident Teacher, Geshe Damchoe, acts as Umzei for visiting teachers, assists Geshe Damchoe with preparation for special events at Lion’s Roar and preforms buddhist ceremonies and blessings for the community. He also provides the day-to-day maintenance at the Sangha House in Orangevale. Baasan has a Bachelor’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Sera Je Monastery, in Southern India.
Melanie Noel Light – Community Liaison Director
Melanie has inhabited the role of community liaison for various local City, County and nonprofit groups. As an author, public relations consultant and wellness coach, she works with residents and organizations fostering clear communication and mutually beneficial visions and goals. For Lion’s Roar she acts as an interfaith ambassador strengthening connections between Lion’s Roar Dharma Center and members of the community; local nonprofits, organizations and governmental entities.
Erika Stone – Executive Manager
Erika is the Executive Manager for Lion’s Roar, working alongside Stephen Walker to coordinate strategy development and implementation. She has a background in accounting and office management. She is certified in QuickBooks and loves crunching numbers and making sure everything adds up. Erika also received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2002 and taught yoga full time for several years. During this time she deepened her study of therapeutic yoga and worked with clients dealing with special needs from Fibromyalgia to those recovering from sports related injuries and surgeries.