Maitripa College is an educational organization. It is a nonprofit corporation, primarily for educational purposes, and is not organized for the private gain of any person, under the statutes of Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Law. The specific and primary purpose of this corporation is to engage in religious, charitable, literary, and educational activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provisions of any future United States internal revenue law (the “Code”), in accordance with the precepts and teachings of Buddhism. Maitripa College is overseen by a board of trustees in conjunction with Yangsi Rinpoche, founder and President, who closely follows the development and integration of its mission and vision. This work is supported on a day-to-day basis by a competent faculty and administrative staff, directly in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the college.

Administrative Structure

Board of Trustees

José Cabezón, PhD
Pamela Cayton (Board Vice-Chair)
Venerable Damchö Diana Finnegan, PhD
Alberto Fournier (Board Chair), PhD
Maria A. Garcia
Nicholas Ribush
Scott South (Financial Director)
Kesang B. Tuladhar (Yangsi Rinpoche), Geshe Lharampa
Mark Waller

Spiritual Director

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

President

Kesang B. Tuladhar (Yangsi Rinpoche)

Faculty

Yangsi Rinpoche (Kesang Tuladhar)
Geshe Lharampa, Sera Je Monastic University (equivalent of doctorate in Buddhist Studies)

Adjunct Faculty

Namdrol Miranda Adams
EdD, University of Portland 
MA, Educational Leadership, Portland State University
BA, English Literature, New York University

Leigh Miller
PhD, Culture, History, and Theory: Modern Tibet, Emory University
MA, Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University
BA, Psychology, Emory University

Bill Magee
PhD, Religion, University of Virginia
MA, History of Religions, University of Virginia
BA, Literature, Lynchburg College

Lhundrup Damchö (Diana Finnegan)
PhD, Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MA 2003, Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison
BA, 1986, Humanities, Sarah Lawrence College

LaShelle Lowe-Charde
EdS (MA), Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
BA, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

Roger Jackson
PhD, Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MA, South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
BA, Religion, Wesleyan University

Janice Willis
PhD, Indic and Buddhist Studies, Columbia University
MA, Philosophy, Cornell University
BA, Philosophy, Cornell University

Tiffany Patrella Blumenthal
MS, Education: Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University
MA (ABE), Buddhist Studies, Maitripa College
BCUCS, Retail Merchandising, Ohio University
BBA, Business Management Information Systems, Ohio University

Vitalia Brooks
MFT, Aurora Institute of Marriage and Family Therapy
MA/MDiv, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Naropa University
BA, Religious Studies and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oregon

Administration

Yangsi Rinpoche – President
Geshe Lharampa, Sera Je Monastic University (equivalent of doctorate in Buddhist Studies)

Namdrol Miranda Adams – Dean of Education
EdD, University of Portland 
MA, Educational Leadership, Portland State University
BA, English Literature, New York University

Leigh Miller, PhD – Director of Programs
PhD, Culture, History, and Theory: Modern Tibet, Emory University
MA, Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University
BA, Psychology, Emory University

Tiffany Patrella Blumenthal – Director of Student Services
MS, Education: Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University
MA (ABE), Buddhist Studies, Maitripa College
BCUCS, Retail Merchandising, Ohio University
BBA, Business Management Information Systems, Ohio University

Alfredo Piñeiro – Director of Technical Services
BA, Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico

Linda Brown, MLS – Librarian, Registrar
MLS, Library and Information Studies, Rutgers University
BA, English Literature, University of Maryland

Louise Light – Webmaster, Design Director
MCP, Master of City & Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley
BS, Independent Major: Urban Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Amanda Russell – Environmental Coordinator
AS, Communication, Jamestown Community College
BS (2022), Public Health Education, Portland State University

D’Ann Wells – Bookkeeper

Sunitha Bhaskaran –Yangsi Rinpoche Teaching Library Materials Coordinator
MS, Computer Science, Central Michigan University

Primary Consultants

Kenneth Ivey, C.P.A. Financial Oversight: Oversight and supervision of finances, bookkeeping oversight, and advising staff on relevant external agency requirements, such as IRS and federal and state accounting laws.

Rupa Jack, CIMA®, CWS® Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management: Advising and Management of Assets

Historical List of Faculty and Visiting Scholars

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