Meet our KMC Georgia Teachers
Elin is on the Board of Directors. She has been a member of KMC Georgia since 2006 and has been teaching since 2010. She currently works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Health Scientist at the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in the Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch.
Melanie began studying and practicing meditation with KMC GA in 2006 and she has been teaching since 2010. Melanie is known for her genuine teachings from the heart and her practical approach to applying Buddhist advice to daily life. She is a native Georgian and lives in East Atlanta with her husband and cat. Professionally, Melanie is a Career Coach.
Bob has been studying meditation and Buddhism since 1999. He is one of our senior teachers, teaching since 2002. He has a unique skill for helping others to apply Buddha’s teachings into daily life and is enthusiastic about sharing his personal experiences with others. He has his own business as a technical trainer in Atlanta.
Terri Cooke has been meditating and practicing Buddhism for over 20 years. She is one of the founding members of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. She is currently a correspondence student on the Special Teacher Training Program that is taught out of Ulverston, England at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center. Terri is a wonderful practitioner and brings her real life example into her teachings with warmth and humor.
Mayra has been a student of the New Kadampa Tradition since 2003. She is a member of the Teacher Training Program and has attended multiple international teachings and meditation retreats, including a month-long retreat at the renowned KMC International Meditation Centre in Glen Spey, NY. A Puerto Rican native, Mayra has also served on KMC Georgia’s management team and its Board of Directors
Kelsang Gamo was originally a part of KMC Georgia in 2014 and recently returned in early 2021. She is the Education Program Coordinator for KMC Georgia and has also been EPC in Arizona, Maryland and New York Kadampa Meditation Centers. Gamo has been ordained since 2005. She has a warm, friendly and happy demeanor. Gamo teachings are light and inspiring. She has spent a few months in silent meditation retreats and enjoys sharing the benefits of meditation.
Celeste Greene has been a student of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia since 2010. She is also part of the Teacher Training Program. Celeste is delighted for the opportunity to share her experience living a happier more peaceful life and help others do the same. In her professional life, Celeste is the founder of Laughter Yoga Atlanta, a company that focuses on leading laughter-based wellness programming in corporate and senior living environments. She is also an Inman Park resident.
Andy Jewett has been a student at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia since 2009 and is part of the Teacher Training Program. His easy-going teaching style is geared for those who are new to meditation while still being beneficial to advanced meditators. In his professional life, Andy is an x-ray tech.
Heather McCalman began studying Kadampa meditation and Buddhism in 2011 and is part of the Teacher Training Program. Heather loves teaching the kids class on Sundays. Outside the center, Heather is a financial services cybersecurity professional who enjoys Scrabble and crossword puzzles. MEDITATION is a 13 point word!
Bonita McCay has been a student at Kadampa Meditation Georgia since 2004 and is part of the Foundation Program. She has been teaching the meditation class in Florence, AL since 2010. Bonita's practical experience of applying meditation to daily life is beautifully reflected in her teachings and meditation. She is the Executive Director at a non-profit community health and dental clinic.
Dennis has been part of KMC Georgia since 2009 when he started attending the branch book group in Pensacola, FL. From there he had the good fortune of becoming the branch teacher leading classes and meditations for several years. Dennis is also a part of our Foundation Training Program and is known for his engaging, friendly teaching style.
Sue Pepka has been studying Kadampa Buddhism since 2007 and is part of the Teacher Training Program. She loves teaching meditation and helping with the day to day operations at the center. Sue is semi-retired from a career in wellness. She is also a children’s author.
Bill Pritchard has been a student at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia since 2001 and is part of the Teacher Training Program. Bill is a talented musician and a member of the Army Ground Forces Band. Currently he plays tuba with the Midtown Brass Quintet, the acclaimed Georgia Brass Band, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the John’s Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Ludwig Symphony. He is a native of New Jersey.
Tom Walsh has been a student at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia since 2008 and is part of the Teacher Training Program. A retired carpenter, Tom volunteers frequently for projects at the Center. His practical approach to teaching is inspired by his own teachers.
Cynthia Vannoy is a senior student at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia and part of the Teacher Training Program. She has been studying and teaching Kadam Dharma since 2010 and has a deep desire for everyone to understand how to be happy! Previously, she lived in Los Angeles where she served as the Education Program Coordinator for the local Kadampa center for four years. In that role, she launched many new classes and retreats to help Dharma flourish in the United States.