Staff
 

The CSE Staff consists of a dedicated group of full-time and part-time employees.

In addition to these positions, there are many volunteers in the CSE community who are actively engaged in service as a component of their spiritual practice. 

Administrative Office Hours  
Monday-Thursday, 10 AM - 4 PM 

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

+1 (408) 283-0221  
info@csecenter.org

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian is the Founding Teacher and Spiritual Director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA. Yogacharya 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 in 1920.  

Yogacharya O'Brian 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. A published author of devotional poems, she is also the lead singer of Gitanjali, a kirtan band that offers devotional chanting.

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Rev. Sundari Jensen met her spiritual teacher, Yogacharya 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 and Board President. As Provost of Meru Institute, Rev. Sundari oversees the training and preparation of CSE teachers and leaders.

 

Rev. Elena Kanti Fritchle was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2002 and ordained in 2007. She is a CSE Associate Minister and directs the Youth & Family Ministry, overseeing the Sunday Youth Spiritual Education programs, Teen Rite of Passage program, and annual Youth Summer Yoga Camp.

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Irma Lovic was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2015. She serves on staff as Assistant to Yogacharya O’Brian and manages CSE Press and Tree of Life Welcome Center & Bookshop. Irma is also a Meru Institute graduate and serves as a Ministry Intern. She is a certified Vedic Counselor, meditation teacher, and completed her 200-hr hatha yoga teacher training.

Rev. Claire Hayes was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2009 and serves on staff as Community Ministry Manager, supporting the spiritual growth and nurturance of the CSE community through Volunteer Services, Community Care Ministry, Welcome Center, Seva Program, and community related classes and activities. She also serves as CSE Board Treasurer.

Matthew Park was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2014 and serves on staff as Executive Administrator, responsible for daily operations, programs, events, and Sunday Worship Services. He also manages CSE's Hatha Yoga and Meditation programs, as well as Lahiri Retreat House.

Susan Erskin was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2012 and serves on staff, part-time, as Garden & Special Projects Manager. Susan is a longtime CSE volunteer, meditation teacher, and Meru Institute student.

Paula Puja Chacon was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2011. She serves on staff, part-time, as Choir Director for One Voice Choir. Puja is also a Meru Institute graduate and serves as a Ministry Intern.