The Board of Trustees for Nitartha international
Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Honorary Chairman of the Board. Please see the separate description for Khenpo Rinpoche.
The Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche, President. Please see the separate description for Rinpoche.
Martin Marvet, Vice President. Marty oversees Nitartha's legal, administrative and technological affairs.Marty practiced law in New York City before moving to Seattle, Washington to devote a stint to working for Nitartha and other organizations related to the activities of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. A longtime participant in Tibetan support institutions in New York City and elsewhere, he has been actively involved in studying and supporting Tibetan educational and cultural institutions for two decades.
Jan Puckett, Director of Volunteer Support. Jan oversees volunteer and membership activities for Nitartha. Jan completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A & M, and earned her M.D. from the University of Texas. An anesthesiologist in private practice in San Antonio, Texas, she is former assistant professor and medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Jan works closely with the Rigpe Dorje Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides educational, medical and social programs around the world. She is also Director of Rigpe Dorje Center in San Antonio, which hosts educational seminars by Tibetan lecturers.
Matthew Kapstein. Matthew is a professor of religious studies at the University of Chicago, with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University, Rhode Island. He has published extensively and is the editor of SUNY´s series in Buddhist studies, joint editor of Soundings in Tibetan Civilization, and co-translator of The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Its Fundamentals and History by Dudjom Rinpoche.
Kathy Penny. Collections manager. Kathy graduated from San Francisco State School of Nursing and has traveled extensively throughout Northern India and Nepal visiting and working with Tibetan refugees. She currently works as a Nurse Case Manager for the UC-Stanford Multidisciplinary Pain Management Center in Stanford, California. She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for twenty-five years and is the co-ordinator of the Palo Alto Karma Thegsum Choling. She has a deep commitment to the conservation of the oral traditions, and oversees many of Nitartha´s collections programs.
Gerry Wiener. Gerry, a software development manager for a Colorado company, is a Tibetan-language translator, and is the creator of the Sambhota and Nitartha-Sambhota Tibetan-language word processing software systems. He has been instrumental in various Tibetan conservation projects for many decades, and has an abiding interest in adapting modern technologies to Tibetan-language projects.
Lynne Conrad Marvet, Treasurer and Director of Development. Lynne oversees Nitartha's financial affairs and supervises fund raising for Nitartha. A Development officer at the American Red Cross in Seattle, she attended Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Empire State College, and holds a B.A. in Fine Art and Theater Arts. She has been an active supporter of Asian organizations in the United States for the past two decades. Lynne has also exhibited her works as an artist, and is particularly interested in preserving the sacred visual and performing arts of Asia. We are fortunate that she has agreed to contribute to our Art section here at this site.