Meet the Archives Team
David Brown has overall responsibility for the activities of the Shambhala Archives, its budget and staff. He has been Executive Secretary for Sakyong Mipham since 1990, and more recently for Shambhala.
He attended Trungpa Rinpoche and served in the administration of Vajradhatu, Karme Choling and Naropa University where he received an MA in psychology. He has directed Naropa’s Maitri program and has trained in Tibetan thanka painting. David may be reached at [email protected]
Jeanne Riordan is responsible for maintaining donor database information; filling requests for photos, information, transcripts: for research, publications, in-house teachings; maintaining Past Perfect database for Photograph, Object, Library and paper Archives Collections; managing new acquisitions for these Collections, entering data for new accessions continuing to be found in Collection; managing VCTR Collection, maintaining the environment and storage facility; management of the Photographic Recovery Project; support for volunteers, summer students; planning projects, mentoring, accessing progress, and much more!
Rosie Pittas started as a summer student and a year later became a full-time employee. She began digitizing Archive’s VHS material and is now the new Technical Director.
She has become familiar our two main museum and media database softwares.
Rosie trained with the American Association of State and Local History in the physical care and preservation of museum collections, including how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.
Dr. Alex Van Gils
Archives Associate and Database Consultant
Alex proposed and played a huge part when we began migrating our data from the old Digital Media database to the new one. He worked alongside the software developers to make sure that every aspect of our new database was tailored to our needs. He is an invaluable member of our team and thanks to him we were able to upgrade to a newer database that has made cataloging and locating our digital media files much easier.
He has since become a valuable associate and friend who is currently working in music and creative technology and has a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition .
Bruce Wauchope, hobbyist in audio and electronics, has had careers in both information technology and music. He was Director of Vajradhatu Recordings in Boulder 1978-81. Since 1975, he has provided audio/video services for both Sakyongs and their organizations. Currently in Halifax, Bruce offers tech support to the Archive and the Halifax and St. Margarets Bay Shambhala Centres.
Chris is a volunteer with the Shambhala Archives, assisting with web set design and development. With a background in software development, he has been involved in the review and update of the Archives site and adding capabilities of web site analytics and search engine optimization.
Former Archival Staff
Retired Technical Director
Former Technical Director of Shambhala Archives and Kalapa Recordings from 1994 – 2019. Gordon first joined the Archives’ Video Recovery Program then also took on the role of Kalapa Recordings Director.Gordon’s background in film and video editing suited the publishing of numerous seminars in video cassette and then DVD format of both Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. These video and audio offerings are found at Kapala Publications. Wearing two hats – one for Recordings – documenting programs and publishing them, one for Archival preservation and management, made for a multifaceted job description! The adaptation to digital media, in program acquisition, storage, databasing, and eventual publishing, these rounded out his years of work within the Shambhala International organization. Together with his wife Sylvia he enjoys travel, as pictured here beside the Ingonish River in Kalapa Valley, Nova Scotia..
Former Director Emeritus
As Director Emeritus, Carolyn holds crucial knowledge about the history, functioning, and upkeep of the Shambhala Archives. We appreciate her ongoing consulting.
Former Archives Director