Staff
 

The Center Staff is a dedicated group of full and part-time paid staff as well as many volunteers.

Operational paid staff includes seven CSE ministers who manage various areas and services provided by the ministry. Our volunteer staff includes 13 members of the board of directors and additional 20-25 positions on our volunteer staff leadership team.

In addition to these positions, over 200 persons in the CSE community are actively engaged in service as a component of their spiritual practice. 

Office Hours for the Center: 
Monday to Thursday 10am - 4pm 
Call us at (408) 283-0221 or

Center for Spiritual Enlightenment 
1146 University Avenue 
San Jose, CA, 95126
USA

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) with headquarters in San Jose, California, serving seeking souls since 1981. CSE is a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga that serves people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization. 

Yogacharya O’Brian was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West. 

Publications   She is the author of several books on meditation and spiritual practice including Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice in Daily Life, and is the Founding Editor of Enlightenment Journal, a quarterly yoga magazine as well as author of CD lessons on the classic spiritual works: The Gospel of ThomasThe Bhagavad Gita and The Upanishads. A published author of devotional poems, she is also the lead singer of Gitanjali, a kirtan band that offers devotional chanting.

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 

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 

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
 

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.

Administrative Office  
Main Receptionist 
ext. 10