Ligmincha International Board of Directors
The Ligmincha International Board of Directors met for the first time in June 2014 at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Shipman, Virginia, headquarters of Ligmincha International. The formation of the new board is one of many steps in the process of Ligmincha’s becoming a truly international organization. The board replaces and is the expansion of the former Ligmincha Institute Board of Directors.
The role of the Ligmincha International Board of Directors is twofold:
- The board works with Ligmincha's Spiritual Director Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche to understand his vision and priorities for Ligmincha International. It then develops policies and procedures based on his guidance for the international community of practitioners.
- The board listens to the voices of the sanghas and individual practitioners around the world and works to ensure that Ligmincha is supporting them as fully as possible.
H.E. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche—Director Emeritus
Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—Founder and Spiritual Director
Rob Patzig—Board Chair, USA
Anneke Dekkers—The Netherlands
Frank Jeri Gomez—Peru
Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Founder and Spiritual Director of Ligmincha International
Founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a highly respected and beloved Tibetan Bon Buddhist teacher to students throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. Also an acclaimed author, Rinpoche was born in Amritsar, India, not long after his parents escaped their Tibetan homeland in 1959. He received his geshe degree, an 11-year course of traditional studies equivalent to a doctorate in philosophy from Western universities, at the Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery. Tenzin Rinpoche founded Ligmincha Institute (now Ligmincha International) in 1992 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in 1998 established Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Shipman, Virginia. He is renowned for his ability to convey the ancient wisdom of Bon Buddhism in a way that is highly relevant to Western students. Read more
Rob Patzig, President of Ligmincha International and Chair of Ligmincha International Board, first encountered Bon in 2007 and immediately found his spiritual home within the lineage. He has served as Chief Financial Officer for Ligmincha and Serenity Ridge since 2012. Rob teaches yoga in the tradition of Dharma Mittra. Previously he spent 19 years working as the Chief Investment Officer and a Senior Manager for Third Security, LLC, an investment firm, and before that he was an instructor of English at Virginia Tech. He has a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in literature from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Eileen, live in Blacksburg, Va.
Anneke Dekkers met Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for the first time in 2005 and immediately felt a deep sense of truth in his words. She became treasurer of the board for Ligmincha Netherlands in 2009 and board chair in 2012. In her work life, Anneke began as a child psychologist in a variety of settings with children from birth through age 18 living in problematic situations. Since 2007 she has worked at the Comprehensive Cancer Centre The Netherlands in the department of palliative care.
Frank Jeri first encountered Bön in 2010 and immediately felt a deep connection with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and his spiritual lineage. He has served as board member for The 3 Doors since 2015, and currently offers 3 Doors teachings as a presenter and seminar leader. Professionally, Frank works as Wellness and Development Director for the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences He holds master´s degrees in business administration and in management and leadership. He and his wife, Eli, live with their daughter Muriel in Lima, Peru.
Carlos Madero encountered the dharma in 1995 and received teachings from several lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He met Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 2003, and in 2006 became director and founder of Chamma Ling Torreon, home of the first Bon stupa in the West. He is an umdze (meditation leader) and provides guidance and organizational support for the sangha in Torreon. From 2010 to 2012, Carlos was director of Ligmincha Mexico, organizing the completion and consecration of the Bon Stupa for World Peace in Chamma Ling Valle de Bravo He has been an adviser for Ligmincha Mexico since 2012 and is on the board of Ligmincha Mexico.
Justyna Przondo has been a student of Tenzin Wangyal Ronpoche since 2003. In 2012 she became board chair of Ligmincha Poland. She has a graduate degree in sculpture and painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. Justyna has an artist studio where she creates ceramics and jewelry.
Gabriel Rocco is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the mind-body health specialist at the Wellness Community in Philadelphia, staff instructor for the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Stress Management and a therapist in private practice. He received his master of arts in contemplative psychotherapy from Naropa University. Gabriel co-designed the curriculum and is a U.S. teacher for The Three Doors Academy, a three-year training program that presents experientially-based teachings and meditation practices to support connection to one’s sacred body, genuine speech and luminous mind. He was on the Ligmincha International Board of Directors for 18 years, where he served as chair.
Pam Rodeheaver has been a student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche since 1994 and served as treasurer of Ligmincha International from 1995 through 2014. She served on the Ligmincha Council for many years and now serves on the Serenity Ridge Executive Committee in addition to the Ligmincha International Board. Pam recently retired from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where for 32 years she was a medical researcher and manager of a wound healing lab in the Department of Plastic Surgery. For 10 of those years she also worked with UVA's Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, conducting clinical research on the healing effects of electromagnetic modalities, yoga, massage and sound frequencies in various patient populations.