Congratulations to the New Members of the SMCD Leadership Council

More than 60 people gathered in the Main Shrine Room to celebrate Harvest of Peace on September 22, 2012. Our celebration included the installation of several of the new Leadership Council appointed by the Sakyong, and the recognition of our newly installed Rusung. Please congratulate the following brave warriors for their service to the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver:

Diane Whitcomb Diane Whitcomb was recently installed as the Rusung, our leader of the Pillar of Protection.






Todd Pickton Todd Pickton has been appointed to a three-year term in the position of Chagdzö (Bursar/Director of Finance).






April Stevens April Stevens has been appointed to the position of Representative of the Office of Culture and Decorum for a two-year term.






James Hollman  Laurie LavineJames Hollman and Laurie Levine both have been appointed for a two-year term to be the Directors of Practice and Education for the Way of Shambhala Curriculum.








With these five appointments, two Leadership Council remain unfilled— Representative of the Office of Societal Health and Well-Being, and Director of Practice and Education for Shambhala Sadhakas and Vajrayana. If you would like to nominate someone for one of these positions, or if you would like to nominate yourself, please visit the SMCD Leadership Council web site page for directions. (CLICK HERE)

In addition, Carolyn Pickton gave an update from the Acting Director Team about the Center’s accomplishments since Shambhala Day in February, as well as the upcoming focus of activities. For more information, see the Harvest of Peace update from the Acting Director Team (here).  Several Operations Team leaders also provided updates on their activities:

  • Taylor Owen discussed the activities of the Facilities and Relocation Committees.
  • Nan Clydesdale explained the Care Committee guidelines for supporting members in need of care.
  • Laura Holtman shared news from the Communications sector and offered kudos to Kate Madsen for her amazing work on our website update.
  • Larry Seidl described the work of the Culture and Community Development group.


As we continue to grow and gain momentum in these and other areas of our Denver Community, we look forward to sharing news on plans, activities, successes, progress, and wonderful opportunities where you can get involved!

Harvest of Peace participants heard an inspiring Harvest of Peace address, and a very special announcement, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  If you did not attend, ask someone about it, or read the news on the Shambhala Times web site.