Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California is a Tibetan Buddhist center under the spiritual direction of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche dedicated to preserving, transmitting, and translating the complete Buddhist path, and cultivating scholar-practitioners within a pristine natural environment. We support the cultivation of a complete understanding and the direct experience of the Buddhist teachings for the benefit of all beings by providing an environment and community where the Dharma can take root and flourish in North America.
Gomde is run by volunteers, who put in countless hours of dedicated work to fulfill its mission. With the exception of the resident staff, cooks and translators, and a handful of summer program staff, everyone who works at Gomde is a volunteer. Opportunities to offer service at Gomde are always available; please see If you’d like to join the crew, see visit our Staff and Volunteer Positions page.
In February 2016, the Board of Director’s approved a new management structure for Gomde CA. Gomde now has three Directors who each oversees key areas. You can read about it here.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Board of Directors
Chairman: Shabah Khalsa – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorje Bond, Catherine Dalton, Ryan Damron, Bruce Hammond, Shabad Khalsa, Rhonda LoPresti, Diane Richardson, David Shlim.
President: David Shlim
Vice-President: Ryan Damron
Treasurer: Joanne Brion
Secretary: Tobin Rangdrol
Gomde Director: Joanne Brion – email@example.com
Finance and Administration: Joanne Brion firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitality and Registrar: Ani Marcia Hansen email@example.com
Facilities Resident Staff: Michael Payne firstname.lastname@example.org
Grounds Resident Staff: Troy Ansley
Building Resident Staff: vacant
Ratna Shop: Ani Marcia Hansen email@example.com
Development and Publicity Director: Rhonda LoPresti firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications: Tobin Rangdrol email@example.com
Fundraising: Rhonda LoPresti firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Outreach: Diane Richardson
Programs, Education and Practice Director: Ryan Damron email@example.com
Programs: Michele Nevarez firstname.lastname@example.org