Local Leadership

Role of the Governing Council

The Governing Council is the senior-most body in the governing structure of the Atlanta
Shambhala Center. It is responsible for the overall vision and policy of the local center,
and its connection to the rest of the Shambhala community and Shambhala International.
The Council:
• Invites and sustains a deep and energetic connection with the Shambhala lineage
and lineage representatives
• Holds the strategic vision for the Center’s future
• Develops local governance policies.

The Governing Council presented the 2017 Strategic Plan at our Annual Members Meeting.

Next Governing Council Meeting is Thursday, January 17, 2019

7:30 – 9:00 PM

All members are welcome to attend the meetings.

December 5, 2018 Governing Council Meeting Minutes

September 26, 2018 Governing Council Meeting Minutes

August 23, 2018 Governing Council Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2018 Governing Council Meeting Minutes

May 22, 2018 Governing Council Meeting Minutes


Governing Council

*denotes the Council’s Three Pillars who are the primary leaders of the Atlanta Shambhala Governing Council

*Center Director – Dan Phillips

*Director of Practice & Education– Sally Larrick

*Dorje Kasung Representative —  Kc Wildmoon

Chagdzo —

Membership Chair – Sally Larrick until Liz Desimone takes over in March 2019

Director of Societal Health & Well-Being – Norma Harris

Representative of the Shambhala Office of Culture & Decorum — Laura McNulty

Community Relations Chair —  Brenda Collins

Council Secretary —  Debra Hiers

Office of the Center Director

Center Director –  Dan Phillips
Bookkeeper –  Lisa Federico

Executive Committee

Executive Committee Director –  Dan Phillips
Volunteer Coordinator – Sally Larrick
Site Facilities Coordinator –
Building Facilities Coordinator –
Communications Coordinator – Tommy Housworth
Dorje Kasung – Rusung Kc Wildmoon

Nyida Day Coordinator – Brandy Amato

Delek Coordinators – Laura McNulty

Maha-Coordinator of Education – Melissa Twaroski

Head of Practice –

Young Meditators – Aimee Copeland and Nakeem Purkiss

Contemplative Arts –


Office of Practice & Education

Director – Sally Larrick

Maha-Coordinator of Education– Melissa Twaroski
Supervising Coordinator Way of Shambhala —
Sacred Path Coordinator — Edwin Ashurst
IEL Coordinator —
Ikebana Coordinator —

Head of Practice —
Open House Coordinator — Rhonda Reno
Meditation Instructor Coordinator —
Feast Coordinator —  Chris Wenger
Shrinekeeper —  Edwin Ashurst
Ashe Society –  Andre Popykin

Societal Health and Well Being

Director –  Norma Harris
Families and Children –  ___________*

Care Team Coordinator –

Delek Coordinators – Norma Harris, Laura McNulty

Membership Committee

Chair –  Sally Larrick
Volunteer Coordinator – Sally Larrick

Community Relations

Director –  Brenda Collins

Geoffrey Warren
Head of Cultural Arts – Angela “Anji” Sarumi

Shambhala Office of Culture & Decorum

Representative – Laura McNulty
Assistant –


Rusung –  Kc Wildmoon

Khenchung – Apriel Jessup-Searcy
Desung –  Open


Chagdzo –
Development –  Open


Email info@atlantashambhalacenter.org for more information.