Dana Group Bios


Christine Baranay, White River Junction VT

had 10 years experience as Director of Registration for an international organization before serving for 11 years as the CEO of a large stage production company in Los Angeles that produced shows to raise funds for local non-profits


Connie Brock, Minneapolis MN

serves as the Chagdzo Kyi Khyap of Shambhala, as a member of the Shambhala Trust, and chairs the Finance Committee of the Sakyong’s Council. Connie comes to the group with 30 years experience at Wells Fargo Bank in various management positions, the last of which was managing technology planning (managing staff of over 100 people and just under $10 million in annual expenses)


Amy Conway, Berkeley CA

the Regional Director of Northern California Shambhala also serves on the Sakyong's Council as the Chair of the Leadership as Path working group. Passionate about combining dharma teachings with every development effort that we put forward she has been particularly involved inthe "Money as Path" programs that began in Northern California last year. Recently, Ms. Conway created the online Yun Auction and combined it with teachings on Feminine Principle as one part of the Sakyong Wangmo empowerment fundraising efforts


Sue Gilman, Karme Choling

is the Director of Development for Karme Choling and former Executive Director of Sky Lake Lodge. She has held numerous posts in Shambhala, first as Head of Finance for the Atlanta Dharmadhatu in the late 1980s. She was the Chair of the Board in Atlanta in 2006. She has worked in marketing, manufacturing, media and the environment


Lisa Johnston, Boulder CO

works in Development and Communications for The Sakyong Foundation. She previously served as the Executive Assistant at Shambhala Mountain Center


Pamela Krasney, Sausalito CA

divides her time between Buddhist philanthropy and social activism and serves as a trustee of Naropa University, of Shambhala Mountain Center and of the Shambhala Trust. She is also a current board member of Death Penalty Focus and a former, long-time, member of the board and one-time chair of the Marin AIDS Project


Joanne Martin Braun, Sonoma CA

is a senior Shambhala teacher and Executive Director of the Northern California region of Shambhala. She is also a financial educator, who often leads programs on Money as Path for the sangha.


Lodro Rinzler, New York City, NY

is the Development Coordinator for Shambhala's Office of Finance and Development. He served as the Executive Director of the Boston Shambhala Center for three years prior. His book, The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation, will be released by Shambhala Publications in early 2012.


Larry Teitelbaum, Lexington, MA

is married to Lisa Berland and a father of four. He has served as the Karme Choling Saddharma Co-Director for 7 years, as chairman of Karme Choling’s $1,000,000 capital campaign, chairman of the Waldorf School of Lexington’s $1,000,000 capital campaign, and served on the Boston Shambhala Center’s Council for 6 years during which he ran a $100,000 capital campaign. Larry also has a strong connection to the Rudolf Steiner Foundation having worked with its founder, Sigfried Finser, over the past 20 years


Megan Winecoff, Red Feather Lakes, CO

serves as the Development Associate for Shambhala Mountain Center


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