Board of Directors

Board of Directors

CSE has a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of up to 13 community members who serve three-year terms.

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Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian, Advisor

As CSE's Founding Teaching and Spiritual Director, Yogacharya O’Brian serves as an advisor to the Board.

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 Genet Teffera, President

Genet Teffera was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2003 and serves on the Board of Directors as President. She has studied and traveled extensively including studying human rights and humanitarian law in Geneva. Genet earned her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Acharya Sundari Jensen, Vice President

Acharya Sundari Jensen met her spiritual teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, in March of 1992. She is a Senior Kriya Yoga Teacher and serves as CSE’s Executive Director. As Provost of Meru Institute, Acharya Sundari oversees the training and preparation of CSE teachers and leaders.

 Rev. Devi McFadden, Secretary

Rev. Devi was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2008 and ordained in 2022. She is a certified Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher, and Vedic Counselor and received her M.Div. at CSE’s Meru Institute where she now serves as Dean of Students. Her intention is to support practitioners of all levels, in nourishing body, mind, & soul through yoga, meditation, & Vedic Counseling.

Acharya Priya Friday-Pabros, Treasurer

Acharya Priya Friday-Pabros was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2002 and serves as Board Treasurer. Acharya Priya is a CSE Senior Kriya Yoga Teacher and Associate Minister and is the Spiritual Director of Meditate & Thrive Kriya Yoga Community serving the Delmarva region of the Eastern US, where she shares the teachings of Kriya Yoga with all sincere seekers.


Meena Corbin, Member-at-large

Meena Corbin was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2004 and is a trained meditation teacher. For many years, Meena’s vocation was in cloud services at Oracle.

Rev. Claire Hayes, Member-at-large

Rev. Claire Hayes was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2009 and ordained in 2019. She manages CSE's Community Ministry, Seva Residential Program, and Tree of Life Welcome Center and Bookshop. She is also a graduate of Meru Institute and teaches meditation and hatha yoga, offers Vedic Counseling, and serves on the Board of Directors.