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 – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance and Administration: Joanne Brion email@example.com
Registrar: Jeri Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities Resident Staff: Michael Payne email@example.com
Grounds Resident Staff: Troy Ansley
Building Resident Staff: vacant
Ratna Shop: Ani Marcia Hansen firstname.lastname@example.org
Development and Publicity Director: Rhonda LoPresti email@example.com
Communications: Tobin Rangdrol firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising: Rhonda LoPresti email@example.com
Local Outreach: Diane Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs: Tracy Joosten email@example.com
Buddhist Summer Study Program: Tracy Joosten firstname.lastname@example.org
Dharmachakra Translation Committee: Catherine Dalton email@example.com