BOARD MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS
Julie Rogers, Director and Board Member
Julie has been a student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche since 1983. She is the author of TLC’s end of life manual ‘Instructions for the Transitional State’, published in 2007 (vimalatreasures.org). Julie received hospice and bereavement training at Ashland Hospital in Oregon where she volunteered for two years, and was employed as a caregiver for elders and developmentally disabled adults for over twenty years. She and Ian Villarreal founded TLC in 2014. Julie leads a Buddhist practice group, teaches creative writing through Litquake, a San Francisco non-profit, and loves writing, the arts, travel, and the woods. She lives in Oakland, California.
Carol Veilleux, President of the Board
Carol Veilleux is a long-time student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. She was previously a Director, Board Member and volunteer at Namdroling Buddhist Center in Bozeman, MT. Carol holds a B.S. in Clinical Science from SF State University, and an MBA from Golden Gate University, and has been employed as a Medical Technologist at California Pacific Medical Center, and in marketing at Bio-Rad Laboratory. She is also tutors teens, is a lover of family, music and art, travel, tai chi, and camping. She lives in Brisbane, California.
John Pfeiffer, Corporate Treasurer, Board Member
John has practiced Vajrayana Buddhism under various masters since 1993. He and his wife, Cate Hutton, began attending TLC events during the program’s early development. John was a long time consultant in the health care field advising hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers in financial and business matters. He is also a member of Saraha Nyingma Institute’s Board of Directors in Eugene, Oregon, founded by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Lama Tsering Gyaltsen, and Lama Sonam Tsering. He, Cate, and several donkeys and other animals live on a small farm in Northern California.
Joan Stigliani, Board Secretary
Joan discovered Buddhism in Japan and became Vajrayana Buddhist in the late 1980s. She studied with HH the Dalai Lama, at the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana tradition as staff member, and at Institute Lama Tsong Khapa in Pomaia, Italy. Ven Gyatrul Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche are her main teachers. Joan taught ESL in Brazil, Japan, and the US, and worked a tech writer in the computer industry. She assisted her sister and mother during their long term care and transitions. Joan enjoys swimming, tai chi, horses, and travel, and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Leslie Crabtree, Board Member, Ashland Organizer & Outreach
Leslie has practiced Buddhism since 1996 with HE Chagdud Rinpoche, Chagdud Khadro, and Lama Tsering Everest. She has assisted family members and friends with end of life care, and has written for an online support site, “The Grieving Room”. She leads Minjur Ling, a Buddhist practice group in Ashland, OR, and is instrumental in running TLC’s Ashland, Oregon branch. Leslie has been a fund raiser for various Buddhist organizations, and has cooked for many group retreats. Her retreat cookbook, 'One Taste', was published in 2019 (onetastekitchen.com). Leslie takes long-distance bike rides across various countries and is an amazing cook! She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
Sangye Land, Social Media Manager
Sangye has been a Vajrayana Buddhist from birth, and is a student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche. She attended Buddhist classes at Tashi Choling in Ashland, OR during her teens and has studied with many Vajrayana masters. Sangye helped guide her grandmother and stepfather through their transitions. She assisted in establishing TLC’s presence on the internet, currently manages TLC’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and helps to manage the website. Sangye is also TLC’s photographer and media scout. She loves music, art, and poetry, and lives in Oakland, California.
Ani Chonid, Ashland Organizer, Outreach & Bookkeeping
Ani Chonid (Christy Sloan), has been a Vajrayana Buddhist since 2007. She was ordained as a novice nun in 2017 by Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. Of her teachers, Loppon Jigme Rinpoche and Gyatrul Rinpoche have been prominent. Ani's late father, Taylor Sloan, who she helped through transition, was a close associate of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Ani is a professional accountant and bookkeeper, an organizer and contact person for TLC’s Ashland, OR events, as well as TLC’s Bookkeeper. Ani Chonid enjoys walking, birdwatching, gardening, and working with fiber arts and crafts. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
Susan Bosworth, Ashland Organization & Outreach Susan Bosworth has been a Buddhist since 1984, and is a student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche and Lama Drimed Norbu. She became a hospice volunteer in 1985, holds a MA in Gerontology and Long-term Care from Naropa University, and took Death Walker training in 2018. Her business ‘AgingCare’ provides geriatric care management services including all medical, legal, and financial components needed by elderly patients. Susan is a Certified Soul Collage and Voice Dialogue facilitator, and is the wife and spiritual companion of Lama Bruce Newman. She loves flower gardening, needle-felting, candle making and being a grandmother, and lives in Talent, Oregon.
Our Essential Volunteer Staff
Bill Kanemoto – Filming and Production
Joan Stigliani, Carol Veilluex & Sangye Land – Film Editing
Jane Villarreal – Film Editing Advisor
Roger Hardy – Public Event Assistant/Registrar
Keith Flippin – Public Event Assistant/Audio & Video
Norine Nishimura – Public Event Assistant/Registrar
Christine Rozzi – Public Event Assistant
Carolyn Myers – ‘Deep Chat’ Support Group Host
Advisors to the Board
Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche
Tara Roberts - End of Life Coach
Stephanie Gaines - Founder of Crestone End of Life Project
Dik Willmes - UCSF Medical Intake/former member of Orgyen Dorje Den Board of Directors
Nancy Hom - Artist/Grant Writer / Former Non-Profit Executive Director of Kearny Street Workshop / Co-Founder of the Asian-American Media Collective in NYC
Volunteer ‘Laurel Award’ Winners
The ‘Laurel Award’ is in honor of Laurel Hansen, beloved friend of Leslie Crabtree, Susan Bosworth, Julie Rogers, and many others. Laurel left this world after pancreatic cancer took her from us on the new moon, Tibetan New Year, February 2014. Leslie, Julie, and others were by her side during a very courageous and peaceful passing. Her Buddhist teacher, Lama Tsering Everest of Chagdud Gompa, traveled from Brazil to sit at bedside with Laurel as she gave her the sacred, traditional Vajrayana Buddhist instructions on dying.
Laurel Hansen and Julie Rogers first planned to found an end of life program during the early 2000s, and took hospice and bereavement training together. That experience enabled Julie to complete TLC’s end of life manual. Laurel’s endless energy for Buddhist dharma as a practitioner, organizer for Chagdud Gompa’s southern Oregon sangha, her love of the arts, and her generosity in cooking and entertaining are well known. She is held in the hearts of her husband Patrick Hansen, her son James, daughters Ariel and Chloe, brothers Dave and Terry, her grandchildren, and countless friends. She is always missed.
2016 Dik Willmes
2017 John Devilbiss
2018 Sangye Land, Ani Chonid, & Roger Hardy
2020 John Pfeiffer
Volunteer Dik Willmes and TLC Director Julie Rogers