Board
 

Center Board of Directors

CSE has a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of up to 13 community members who serve a three-year term on the Board. Over 25 CSE community members also serve on Board Leadership Teams in support of the activities of the Board of Directors.
The current Board president is Dr. Laurel Trujillo. You may contact CSE's board of directors   

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Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian 

As a Founding Teacher and Spiritual Director of the Center, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian serves as an advisor to the CSE Volunteer Board of Directors.(click here for full bio)

 

Dr. Laurel Prema Trujillo was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2003 and serves as the President of the CSE Board of Directors. She recently relocated to San Diego where she plans to begin a meditation group. She is a retired medical doctor who worked at a multi-specialty medical group with a focus in Quality Improvement.

Claire Hayes serves as Vice President of Finance on the CSE Board of Directors and provides leadership for the Prosperity Team. The Prosperity Team oversees financial reporting, internal review, and the budget process. Claire also teaches and leads meditation and Hatha Yoga. She is currently completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification program and is a Meru Institute student. She was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2009.

Rev. Sundari Jensen met her spiritual teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, in March of 1992 and was initiated into Kriya Yoga by her in 1999, and ordained in 2002. She serves as a Senior Kriya Yoga Teacher and Executive Minister. Sundari leads the Core Teachings Team which is responsible for all classes and retreats related to yoga and meditation. As Provost of Meru Institute, Sundari draws on her vast experience as an educator to oversee the training and preparation of teachers and leaders in the Kriya Yoga tradition. Sundari acts as editor-in-chief for CSE’s quarterly magazine, the Enlightenment Journal. She oversees CSE Press and the global marketing team that is responsible for publishing books, audio/video production, artwork, websites, digital and print media. Sundari also serves as executive assistant to Yogacharya.

Rev. Sylvia Karuna Lunt was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1987 and ordained in 2000. She serves as a Senior Kriya Yoga Teacher and Executive Minister. Karuna leads the Ministry Services Team which is responsible for worship services, youth spiritual education, and all aspects of community ministry. As VP of Board Operations, she draws from decades of experience in the business sector as she oversees Center-wide operations, which includes fundraising, upkeep of the ashram grounds, human resources, and administration. Additionally, Karuna supports the ministerial team, and oversees development of affiliated meditation centers in the community.

Beverly Rajni Kam, M.Div., was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2007. She serves as Secretary on the CSE Board of Directors and on staff as an executive assistant. She is a graduate of Meru Institute, serves on the Board of SiVIC as a representative of CSE in the community interfaith dialog. Beverly maintains an active private practice as a licensed Marriage & Family therapist. 

Jim Levins, M.Div.  was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2010 and graduated from Meru Institute in 2014. He serves on the CSE Board of Directors and as the Volunteer Service Manager. He is a classroom volunteer at his son’s school, Washington Open Elementary School, a Relay for Life participant, and actively involved with CSE’s Men’s Ministry Group. Jim's vocation is as a mechanical engineer.

Rev. Kay Shama Will was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2002 and was ordained in 2012. She serves as CSE Worship Services manager, providing leadership with weekly worship services and the volunteer teams that are in support. In addition she is a member of the CSE Board of Directors and the Volunteer Services steering committee. This team brings visibility and education about selfless service as part of the spiritual path. She is a graduate of the Meru institute and a Registered Nurse at Pathways Home Health and Hospice.

Ann Bhakti Fisher, M.Div., was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2004 and graduated from Meru Institute in 2012. She serves on the Board of Directors and leads the Resource Development team. She is a Meditation Teacher. Ann is a Managing Director of Client Relations.

Joel Smith was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2006. He is the CSE Archivist and serves on the CSE Men’s Group Steering Committee as well as volunteering with the children’s program. Joel works as a software consultant. He is a regular blood platelets donor with over 300 donations.