Berkeley Center Leadership


Elena Oxman Dir Practice and EducationElena Oxman, Director of Practice & Education: Elena grew up in Connecticut. She came to the Shambhala teachings through the writings of Chogyam Trungpa, starting with his book Smile at Fear. She has a special interest in the Shambhala Arts teachings and her favorite medium is film. She has taught film history and production in the Bay Area since 2012 and is currently a resident filmmaker at the San Francisco Film Society. Elena lives in Berkeley with her wife Jessica and their dog Lola.

JoshuaRaen Thornberry Center ManagerJoshuaRaen Thornberry, Center Manager: JoshuaRaen is a Bay Area native, who attended the University of California Davis, and is now residing on the other side of the tunnel in Pleasant Hill. He was introduced to the Shambhala teachings in 2014 through Social Meditation, a form which he loves and continues to practice and often facilitates in both Davis and Berkeley. He is a Certified Massage Therapist in the state of California, as well as an Eagle Scout.


Governing Council:

Scott Tracy, Director of Finance

Mollie Mowat, Dorje Kasung Coordinator

Carol Henderson, Uplift Committee Representative

Don Henderson, Uplift Committee Representative

Emily Earlenbough, Community Advocates Representative

Radha Chandra, Center Database Administrator

Jesse Miller, Head Berkeley Liaison & Rental Chair

Chinh Nguyen, Chief Caterer

Faith Miller, Head Chopon

Executive Committee:

Steve Waye, Executive Sunday Morning Coordinator

Jesse Miller, Head Berkeley Liaison & Rental Chair

Eric Fine, Lead Wednesday Night Coordinator

Kishma Patnaik, Welcome to Shambhala Hostess


Local Teachers:

For a list and background information, please see our Local Teachers page.