Who to Contact for What

Contact Jessica DuVal for:

  • Retreats and Public Events
  • Events at Centers
  • Public Outreach
  • Children’s Program
Visit the Lerab Ling website to request prayers, make a donation, and for general information about prayer requests

OR send your request directly to: prayer.requests@rigpa.org

For additional questions about prayer requests, contact Ronna Friend.

Contact Julie Just for:

  • Scholarships/ financial assistance regarding programs and subscriptions
  • Change of Address
  • Finance reports for centers
  • Miscellaneous Finance questions

Contact Laurie Lai for:

  • Subscription payments/Donations
  • Rigpa Online Courses billing questions
Please contact Ronna Friend, the National Care Coordinator, with questions about how to best support sangha members who are experiencing obstacles on their path or going through a difficult period in their life.
Contact Michael Wong for:

  • All-Encompassing Path
  • Shrine/Ritual/Practice
  • Mandala Membership
  • Virtual / Home Access Questions
  • Instructors
  • Courses at centers
  • Home Retreat
  • Parallel Program
  • 3 Year retreatants

Contact Daniela Christ for:

  • Dzogchen Mandala Application

Contact Mark Standlee for:

  • Rigpa Online Courses
Contact James Nelson for:

  • Zam orders/shipping
For questions or to learn more about upcoming events, contact the Spiritual Care team at usa@spcare.org or 866 511-2273 for more information.

Contact Annie Eichenholz with questions about Rigpa’s ‘Are You Ready’ program.

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Meet Our Team

JESSICA DUVALNational Director, Events, Publicity, Public Relations, Finance
Jessica Zuckerman DuVal grew up in New Jersey and eventually made her way to the west coast working on water supply issues in California’s Central Valley through Americorp’s VISTA program. She has had the privilege to be an educator in some incredibly beautiful places including the Olympic Mountains, foothills of the Sierras and under the shade of the redwood trees in the Santa Cruz mountains. Her husband, Ryan… Read More >>
MICHAEL WONGShrine & Practice, Mandala Membership, Teaching Services & AEP Coordinator
Michael was born in Los Angeles and raised in the suburbs of LA. He graduated from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Welfare. After graduate school, he worked as a children’s social worker for a few years. While working as a children’s social worker, Michael read the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. It resonated with him more powerfully than any other book that he had ever read… Read More >>
RYAN DUVALIT Support, Graphic Design, Web Development & Database Manager
Ryan DuVal is a native from the San Francisco bay area. He developed an early interest in learning more about meditation and Buddhism. He attended Northwestern University and earned a degree in Religion, Computer Science and Music. It was during this time, that Ryan participated in a study abroad program in Bodhgaya, India. He learned about the 3 main schools of Buddhism through the Antioch program… Read More >>
MARK STANDLEERigpa Online Courses Director
Mark Standlee has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1984. He began instructing courses on the West Coast of the USA in the early 1990s, and from 2006 to 2009 he participated in the Three Year Retreat in Lerab Ling, France. He helps to support instructors and sanghas all over the USA, continues to instruct courses, and is a main presenter at national retreats with Rinpoche. Read More >>
JULIE JUSTBookkeeping & Administration
Julie Just was born in La Jolla CA, her family moved to Washington State when Julie was very young. As long as she can remember Washington has been home.
Before Julie became a student of Sogyal Rinpoche she was a daughter, mother and student of life. After high school her journeys took her to Eastern Washington where her 1st son was born, then to Lopez Island…
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LAURIE LAIAccounts Receivable
Laurie was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Europe, and moved to the U.S. at the age of 16. She has engaged in spiritual pursuit since she was young. She studied psychology and sociology, hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the human mind, and has a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Laurie met Sogyal Rinpoche in 1999 in San Francisco, and in 2000, traveled to Lerab Ling… Read More >>
RONNA FRIENDNational Student Support Coordinator
Ronna was born in Chicago and grew up with a strong commitment to social change. Her political activism began in high school, where she participated in civil rights activities. During and after college, she organized human rights and anti-war activities, which included providing draft registration and military counseling. Informally, Ronna was learning about spirituality and nature. After reading Buddhist teachings by Trungpa… Read More >>
JAMES NELSONZam Store Director
James grew up in Connecticut and moved to San Diego in his late twenties where he first read the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and connected with the local Rigpa Sangha. James attended his first retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche in Clear Lake, California in November of 1996 and has been a dedicated member of the Sangha ever since. James enjoys cooking, playing the guitar and singing, getting out into the open air…Read More >>

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Meet The Board

Suzannah ‘Zanna’ Yardas, is the owner and licensed massage therapist of Zenjoy Living and Georgetown Wellness and Massage Therapy in Washington DC. Concurrent with offering massage, she teaches meditation to individuals, small groups as well as to teens and grade school children. Zanna began meditating in 1986 after graduating… Read More >>
Mark grew up in the DC suburbs in a family deeply committed to social justice causes. He first met the dharma over cheap margaritas while volunteering for an anti-nuclear war campaign. Mark went on to join the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet in 1990 and served as ICT Board Chair from 1991 to 1996… Read More >>
Chandler is from the San Francisco Bay Area and met Sogyal Rinpoche in New York City in 1999. At the time she was working as an assistant at Goldman Sachs, but quickly found that volunteering for Rigpa New York – as well as attending meditation classes and retreats – was far more satisfying than her day job….
Matteo Pistono
Matteo PistonoBoard Member
Matteo Pistono teaches meditation, and is the author of a number of books including Meditation: Coming To Know Your Mind (Hay House 2017), Roar: Sulak Sivaraksa and the Path of Socially Engaged Buddhism (Suksit Siam 2017), Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (Hay House 2014), among others. Matteo’s writings and photographs…
RICH SNOWBoard Member
Rich Snow is the Director of Information Technology for Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark founded in 1831. He met Sogyal Rinpoche through his friend Erric Solomon in 1987 when Erric was running the Boston center from his apartment. Rich has been a meditation instructor with Rigpa Boston since the publishing of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying… Read More >>
Liz Acosta
Liz AcostaBoard Member
Liz Acosta grew up in Chicago and moved to New York City after graduating in Visual Arts from Northern Illinois University. But in 1994, when her best friend was dying of AIDS, an artist friend introduced her to the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and Rigpa. She immediately connected to the New York City sangha and became a student of Sogyal Rinpoche…

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