Ligmincha International Council

The all-volunteer Ligmincha International Council assumes key roles of responsibility in accomplishing the mission and vision set by the Board of Directors.

Alejandro Chaoul ReichAlejandro Chaoul-Reich
Director of Research
Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D., is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He completed the seven-year program at Ligmincha Institute in 1999 and also graduated as a teacher from the Three Doors Academy in 2011. Under the auspices of Ligmincha, since 1995 he has been leading meditation and trul khor (Tibetan yoga) retreats throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. He also serves as a board member of the Ligmincha Texas Institute for Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts. Alejandro received his Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is a faculty member at the University of Texas (UT) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where his team collaborates with Ligmincha in research funded by the National Cancer Institute to investigate possible benefits of Tibetan mind-body practices with different cancer populations, and teaches Bon meditation for patients and others. He also teaches in the area of spirituality and health and end-of-life care at UT’s Medical School in Houston and leads meditation for medical students, staff and faculty.

Marcy VaughnMarcy Vaughn
Director of Study and Practice
Marcy Vaughn is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon since 1974. Marcy is the editor of Tenzin Wangyal's books Tibetan Sound HealingAwakening the Sacred Body and Awakening the Luminous Mind. A graduate in the first class of the master's program in contemplative psychotherapy at Naropa University, she leads meditation retreats throughout the United States and Mexico, and conducts training programs in the therapeutic uses of mindfulness, imagery and contemplative practices. She is a therapist in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Marcy 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.


Polly TurnerPolly Turner
Director of Webcasts and Social Media
Polly Turner has studied with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche since 1995. She served for six years as Ligmincha’s director of communications, and for another six years as primary meditation practice leader for Ligmincha’s Charlottesville, Virginia,, sangha. Since 1992 Polly has earned her living as a writer, ghostwriter and editor. She is editor of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s books Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech and Mind and The True Source of Healing; and former publisher/founding editor of the subscription publication Sangha Journal. Polly previously served as director of quality control for seven national health-related publications. She received her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia College of Art, taught art for four years, and continues to actively show and sell her artwork.


Vickie WalterVickie Walter
Director of Communications
Vickie Walter has been a student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche since 2009 and a practitioner of Buddhist and other spiritual traditions since the 1970s. With a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in psychology, she has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, newsletter and magazine editor, publications manager and communications specialist for a Washington, D.C.-area university and school system, and  as a freelance editor. She is responsible for Ligmincha’s two websites, advertising and annual report, and works with Ligmincha’s newsletter Voice of Clear Light, among other areas. Vickie is the past president of the Washington Recorder Society, a group of amateur musicians who enjoy playing early music. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Ligmincha International Officers

Ligmincha International officers play a crucial role in the day-to-day functioning of the organization Rob Patzig was appointed President Ligmincha by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in summer 2015 and also serves as chair of the Ligmincha International Board of Directors.

Rob PatzigRob Patzig
President and Chief Financial Officer
Rob Patzig, President and Chief Financial Officer of Ligmincha International, also is Chair of Ligmincha International Board. He first encountered Bon in 2007 and immediately found his spiritual home within the lineage. He has served as Chief Financial Officer for Ligmincha since 2012 and President since summer 2015. 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.



Sue Davis DillSue Davis-Dill
Executive Director
Sue Davis-Dill, Executive Director of Ligmincha International, was first introduced to Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 1996 while living in the San Francisco Bay area. Shortly thereafter she moved to Virginia in order to fully immerse herself in his teachings. Sue received her bachelor of science in applied mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a master of arts in counseling psychology in 1999. In 2000 she became founding manager of the Ligmincha Institute Bookstore and Tibet Shop. For 10 years as bookstore manager she developed the physical store as a resource for Bon practitioners, expanding the model to include an online store that ships products to customers worldwide. Sue became Ligmincha's Executive Director in 2010 at the request of its Board of Directors. 


Bob ClarkBob Clark
Bob Clark became Treasurer of Ligmincha International at the end of 2014. Bob began studying with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and the Bon lineage in 2002. His connection to Tibetan Buddhism first arose during encounters with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Khentsur Lobsang Nordup Rinpoche while studying abroad in India in 1994. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and two daughters and is a humanities teacher and Director of Religious Life at St. Anne's-Belfield School. The son of a landscape nurseryman, he finds creative expression through tending a boxwood meditation garden.



Maggie ScobieMaggie Scobie
Maggie Scobie, Secretary of the Ligmincha International, has been a longtime student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, studying and practicing the Bon teachings. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and is a therapist in the Northern Virginia area. For the past 28 years, she has been a faculty and board member at the Institute for the Advancement of Service in Alexandria, where she has taught meditation practiced at the institute and in schools to children of all ages. She has been coordinator of a nonprofit organization to support the education and well-being of orphans in several countries. She resides with her family, including two children who are also Tenzin Rinpoche’s students, in Lovettsville, Virginia.

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LIGMINCHA INTERNATIONAL Board, Officers, Council, Staff

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Ligmincha International, based at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Shipman, Virginia, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is run by a Board of Directors, a group of dedicated volunteer leaders and a small administrative staff. Many of the activities and projects that are continually underway at Ligmincha are managed and implemented by these volunteers, who are vital to the success of the organization.

We welcome the participation of volunteers in a range of areas, from contributing graphic design or maintenance skills to taking photographs to assisting during retreats, and more. If you would like to deepen your involvement with Ligmincha International by volunteering your services, please email Ligmincha International at Serenity Ridge.

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. 

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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 RinpocheDirector Emeritus
Geshe Tenzin Wangyal RinpocheFounder and Spiritual Director
Rob PatzigPresident and Board Chair, USA
Anneke DekkersThe Netherlands
Patty GiftUSA
Frank Jeri Gomez—Peru
Carlos MaderoMexico
Justyna PrzondoPoland
Gabriel RoccoUSA
Pam RodeheaverUSA

Ligmincha International Officers 

Ligmincha International officers play a crucial role in the day-to-day functioning of the organization. Rob Patzig was appointed President of Ligmincha by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in summer 2015 and also serves as chair of the Ligmincha International Board of Directors.

Rob PatzigPresident and Chief Financial Officer
Sue Davis-DillExecutive Director
Bob ClarkTreasurer
Maggie ScobieSecretary

Ligmincha International Council

The all-volunteer Ligmincha International Council assumes key roles of responsibility in accomplishing the mission and vision set by the Board of Directors.

Alejandro Chaoul-Reich—Director of Research
Polly Turner—Director of Webcasts and Social Media
Marcy Vaughn—Director of Study and Practice
Vickie Walter—Director of Communications

Ligmincha International Staff

The executive director of Ligmincha International implements policies developed by the Board of Directors.

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—Spiritual Director, Ligmincha International
Sue Davis-Dill—Executive Director, Ligmincha International
Justin Cason—Ligmincha Online Bookstore Shipping Manager/Sound Engineer
Janelle Harrop—Office Assistant, Ligmincha International

Other Volunteers

Voice of Clear Light Staff
Aline and Jeff Fisher, Editors

Ligmincha International Webmaster
Cynthia Allison

And a big thank-you to many other volunteers, too numerous to mention.

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