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.
She can be reached at ext. 16
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 is a Senior Kriya Yoga Teacher and serves as CSE’s Executive Director. 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 as she oversees the training and preparation of teachers and leaders. Sundari acts as editor-in-chief for CSE’s quarterly magazine, the Enlightenment Journal.
She can be reached at ext. 27
Rev. Marcella Shanti Macartney was initiated into Kriya Yoga by her spiritual teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, in 2002 and ordained in 2006. She serves as an Executive Minister and oversees the Compassionate Care Ministry. Shanti drew on 25 years of experience with end-of-life care to develop the Sacred Care Giving certification training program to support hospice and healthcare providers, as well as those who are caring for a loved one. She also oversees Sacred Ceremonies, which includes weddings, memorials and blessings. Shanti serves on the Board Leadership Fundraising Team.
She can be reached at ext. 28
Rev. Elena Kanti Fritchle was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2002. She is an associate minister and serves as the Youth Spiritual Education and Family minister and youth teacher. She oversees the Sunday Youth and Teen program, Living in Joy Afterschool programs, and annual Living in Joy: Summer Spirit Day Camp.
She can be reached at ext. 20
Sue Evanicky was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2009. She serves on staff as CSE Accounting Manager and also works as an independent accountant. She earned a Master of Divinity degree at Meru Institute, where she also completed the 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training. Sue is a regular morning sadhana and afternoon meditation leader at CSE.
She can be reached at ext. 35
Holly Gray was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2001 and serves on staff as the CSE Global Media Outreach Manager. She also volunteers as a member of CSE’s One Voice choir.
She can be reached at ext. 25
Irma Lovic was initiated into Kriya Yoga by her spiritual teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, in 2015. She is currently a Meru Institute Yoga Studies student, leads meditation and Hatha Yoga, and completing her 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certification. She likes to share her knowledge in helping others feel healthy, energized and inspired by living a yogic lifestyle. Irma serves on staff as Tree of Life Welcome Center manager and Yogacharya O'Brian's assistant, volunteers at CSE and in the larger community. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture with Honors from University of California at Berkeley.
She can be reached at ext. 29
Rajendra Brian McIntyre was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2007. He currently serves on the CSE staff as the Ashram Facilities Manager and as an independent professional handyman. He is currently studying in Meru Institute and completing his 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. He teaches meditation and Hatha Yoga. serves on the CSE Board of Directors and the Board Leadership Facilities Team.
He can be reached at ext. 12
Matthew Park was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2014 and serves on staff as Executive Administrative Assistant to Rev. Jensen. Matthew oversees Marketing and Communications, leads the Core Teachings Team which is responsible for all classes and retreats related to yoga and meditation, and he manages Lahiri Retreat House, Hatha Yoga, and Meru Institute Admin. He also volunteers as Sunday Service Temple Team Lead.
He can be reached at ext. 26
Paula Chacon was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2011 and serves on staff as part-time CSE Choir Director for One Voice choir. She is currently completing her studies in Meru Institute.
Joe Byrne was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2011 and serves on staff as part-time CSE IT Manager. He is a member of the CSE One Voice choir.
Rev. Devin Atma Sodt was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2003 and ordained in 2009. He is an Associate Minister and serves as the Seva Residential Training Program Manager at CSE headquarters. Devin is a Meru Institute graduate. He has been teaching meditation and spiritual growth practices as well as hatha yoga since 2007, having completed a 500 hour hatha yoga teacher training program.