|Khyentse Norbu – Chairman|
Khyentse Norbu, also known in the Buddhist world as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, is trained as a philosophy teacher. He graduated from various school in India and Europe. In addition to his formal education, Rinpoche has studied with some of the leading Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century. He is the head of the Dzongsar Monastery and Dzongsar College and is currently responsible for the care and education of approximately 1,600 monks in six monasteries and institutes in Asia.
Khyentse Norbu also oversees Siddhartha’s Intent and contemporary teaching and practice centers on several continents, as well as the non-profit organizations Khyentse Foundation, 84000, and Lotus Outreach. Rinpoche has also authored several books on following the Buddhist path in the contemporary world.
Khyentse Norbu has directed several award-winning feature films including
The Cup, Travellers and Magicians, Vara: A Blessing, and Hema Hema.
|Patty Waltcher – President|
Patty lives in Ojai, California with her husband, William Okin and has served on the Board of Directors of Lotus Outreach since 2004. She’s chaired fundraising since 2006, served as Vice President from 2009, and was elected President in 2011. She has served on nonprofit boards for more than 20 years, including Siddhartha’s Intent, the Ojai Music Festival, and Satdharma.
Patty has 25 years experience teaching Buddhist meditation, a masters in Buddhist Studies, and currently works in real estate.
|Penelope Tree – Vice President|
Penelope was born in New York City, educated in the US and now lives in the UK She has two children, Paloma and Michael, and joined Lotus Outreach as a board member in 2003. She is also the UK representative for Lotus Outreach and the Khyentse Foundation.
|Ed Malley – Treasurer|
Ed’s professional career was in investment consulting and real estate. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Santa Clara University and his MBA from American University. He has two grown children. Ed now teaches running. With previous board experience in both the public and private sectors, Ed has been on the board of Lotus Outreach and has served as its Treasurer since 2004.
|Julie Chender – President, Lotus Outreach Canada|
Julie grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado and New York University.
For the past eleven years Julie has been involved in ALIA (formerly the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership), both in coordinating and hosting events. In addition, Julie has served for the last five years as Executive Chair of Planned Parenthood in Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Anna Harper – Vice President, Lotus Outreach Australia|
Anna, a New Zealander, began involvement with Lotus Outreach in 2004 with a realization that girl’s education was pivotal to changing a countries socio-economic status. She has an M.A. specializing in Chaos, Complexity and Creativity. Anna has worked with private and public organizations including the United Nations, where she develops future leaders for many of the agencies in the Asia Pacific region.
|Germaine A. Hoston, Ph.D.|
A graduate of Princeton and a Harvard Ph.D., Germaine is professor of East Asian philosophy and development. An esteemed scholar and teacher, Germaine has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Asia Society. A member of the Board since 2008, she is Chair of the Audit Committee.
Agam Patel is the Associate Director at the University of California, Riverside- Palm Desert
Center. He is fluent in English, Swahili and Hindi and has strong connections to India, Africa and
the developing world. He was recruited as a volunteer in 2008, and has contributed to various
committees within Lotus Outreach, including serving in the Executive Committee for over five
|Sei Chuan Yap|
Yap provides business advisory services to a wide range of companies, and has many years of internal audit and risk management experience. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK) and Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He is an active member of Losang Dragpa Center and Tzu Chi Foundation in Malaysia. He joined LO in 2016 as a member of the audit committee.
|Sarah K. C. Wilkinson|
Sarah joined LO in 2019 after many years of admiring its mission to empower at-risk women and children through education and training. She has an M.Div. in Buddhist Chaplaincy from University of the West, an M.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Philosophy from Middlebury College. Sarah has worked and volunteered for several Buddhist organizations and served on several nonprofit boards, and now lives in Hong Kong with her husband and children.
Carey joined LO in 2019 and lives in NJ with her husband and two sons. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Fashion Promotion from the Marangoni Institute. Carey worked as a fashion PR executive in NYC and Milan, and co-founded a children’s play space in Brooklyn. While she currently runs Brand Groupies, her boutique branding agency, she also enjoys hosting the Brand Groupies Podcast and playing guitar in her mom-only band, Mamadrama. www.brandgroupies.com
|Glenn Fawcett – Executive Director|
An Australian native, Glenn came to live in India in 1995 where he worked for almost two years as a volunteer before becoming the Director of White Lotus Sponsorship Program in 1997. For the next seven years, he created and implemented educational and social programs for Tibetan refugees and underserved Indian communities. Lotus Outreach was established almost entirely on the platform and partnerships he developed during that time.
Twelve years later, Glenn spends his time equally between India and Cambodia and continues to live his commitment to social development and justice.
|Raksmey Var – Country Representative, Cambodia|
Raksmey completed her Master’s Degree in Gender and Development Studies from Asia Institute of Technology in Thailand. She has been with Lotus Outreach since October 2007. Raksmey oversees day-to-day operations in Cambodia. She enjoys working with children and young Cambodian women to inspire and empower them to realize their full potential and dreams through education.
|Suraj Kumar – Project Manager, India|
An essential team member since 2006, Suraj began his work with LO with the Right to Education Task Force and LEARN Program. He became State Representative for the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Haryana, and achieved the transformation of 60+ schools in the state. Now he works towards transforming the health of thousands of mothers and children in Mewat, Rajasthan through our ASHA program. He appreciates his long and satisfying journey working with the highly sensitive, devoted and committed team at LOI.
|Alexandra Land – Associate Director of Communications |
Alexandra has been with Lotus Outreach for 4 years. With a BA in sociology and experience in the health field, she is motivated to create opportunities for those who need it most. Alex spends her time collaborating with the dynamic team at LO and staying connected with the diverse International network.
When not working, Alexandra is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Boise State University.
|Pisey Chea – Project Officer|
Pisey successfully attained her BA in Biochemistry in 2016. After two years of working with youth, she joined Lotus Outreach Cambodia as a CATALYST Project Officer in March of 2017. Pisey canvasses all sectors to find free and subsidized training, internship and employment opportunities for our beneficiaries. She loves mentoring young women to help them overcome challenges in both education and life.
|Pun Leu – Accountant|
Pun Leu attained her BA in Accounting in 2016 and has two years of work experience in the field. In September of 2018, she joined Lotus Outreach Cambodia. Pun Leu is responsible for all accounting and administrative work on the ground in Cambodia. We are grateful for her strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
|Genevieve Waltcher – Associate Director of Giving Genevieve is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, MFA in Theatre. A team member since 2017, she is passionate about sharing LO’s meaningful approaches to change. She also founded The Pigeon’s Heart to host creative work (www.thepigeonsheart.com).|
|Maya Norbu – Community Associate Maya joined the LO team in 2020. She has been familiar with LO’s work for a long time and is happy to be a part of the vision and ever expanding community. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds a degree in art and architectural history with a focus on architectural studies.|