Meet the Archives Team

Archives Staff

David Brown

David Brown

Operations Director

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

Jeanne Riordan

Archival Specialist

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

Rosie Pittas

Technical Director

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.

Consulting Volunteers

Dr. Alex Van Gils

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

Bruce Wauchope

Archives Consultant

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 Morel

Chris Morel

Website Developper

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.

Torin Vigerstad

Torin Vigerstad

We were given a grant to work on cataloging and locating cassette tapes of all the Kalapa Assembly Meetings, and so Torin was brought on for several months in 2021 to work on the project. He was the best fit thanks to his background with Shambhala and it’s teachings, he worked at the Archives for several months crossr eferencing and cataloging the cassette information for use in our media database.

Former Archival Staff

Gordon Kidd

Gordon Kidd

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..

Ethan Neville

Ethan Neville

Archival Associate

Ethan is our digital restoration expert and resident artist. He methodically transfers VHS tapes of the Sakyong to digital files, stores, and protects them on behalf of the Shambhala Lineage. He also brings his artistic talents to our photography restoration projects as well as our fundraising and outreach endeavors.
Carolyn Gimian

Carolyn Gimian

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.

Mark Whaley

Mark Whaley

Former Archives Director

During his time as Director of the Shambhala Archives, Mark unified archival activity under Kalapa Media alongside IT, Shambhala Online and Sakyong Mipham’s teachings, facilitating more efficient operations and communication between departments across the Shambhala Mandala. He also oversaw the recording, storage and dissemination of the Scorpion Seal teachings, upgrades to the Archives website and equipment.
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