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Management Team

Christy Batts

Christy has attended the Center since 2012; and, thanks to the Children/Youth Program and the available recorded teachings, she was able to connect and learn despite the perceived handicap of having children with her most all the time. Her wish and goal is for all families to likewise feel connected to the larger community and supported in their path, developing a bodhichitta motivation with their children and all their relationships. She is excited to serve as the Family Program Coordinator, connecting families to the Center and each other. Currently she also teaches in the Sunday Program and leads Family Camp. When not at the Center, you'll find her homeschooling three kiddos in their garden.   

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Management Team
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Family Program Coordinator

Joey Gooch

I came to The Kadampa Center in 1998 looking for a sense of community. I attended all the regular classes and then became Facilities Manager in spring of 2014. Geshe-la tells us this Center belongs to all of us and my goal in this role is to help people feel that this Center truly belongs to them.

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Management Team
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Facilities Manager

Joey Gooch

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Management Team
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Facilities Manager

Elise Strevel

Elise starting coming to the Kadampa Center in 2004, when she first learned about it at a lecture by Dr. Robert Thurman. The people and teachings there have been enriching her life ever since. In return for this great gift, she tries to give back to the Kadampa Center by promoting Outreach opportunities and other various activities. Elise is also a member of the Triangle Interfaith Alliance.
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Management Team
Outreach
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Outreach Coordinator

Dan Brooks

Dan has long been interested in Eastern philosophy and ways of thought. He has been coming to Kadampa Center since 2000, and began running our bookstore in 2001. He managed several different bookstores for ten years before switching to the public sector with Wake County Public Libraries, where he is a librarian.

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Bookstore
Management Team

Amanda Henry

Amanda first discovered Kadampa Center with a teaching by Venerable Robina in November 2012. Since then, she has attended Discovering Buddhism classes, Light of the Path retreat in 2014, taken refuge, and is a student in Basic Program as well. Amanda also serves as a volunteer with Kadampa Center Prison Project, and since 2014 has assisted in leading classes at Caledonia Prison as well as co-leading retreats at other prisons. She is also the coordinator of the Kadampa Center Prison Project Pen Pal Program and Bookstore Manager.

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Management Team

Donna Seese

Donna started attending Kadampa Center in 1999, and knew she had found her spiritual home the first time she walked through the doors. Over the years she has found the Dharma to be of incredible benefit in living her daily life, raising her daughter in partnership with her husband, and helping her parents make the transition into death.
She has worked in a variety of roles at the Center and hopes her service as co-spiritual program coordinator will be of benefit to our teachers, our community, and all beings.

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Management Team
Spiritual Program
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Spiritual Program Coordinator