Board of Directors

Tara Mandala is governed by a Board of Trustees in collaboration with the Executive Council.

The Tara Mandala Board of Trustees:


Incoming President  – Pieter Oosthuizen
Outgoing President – Bridget Bailey
Vice President – Vacant
Treasurer – Vacant
Secretary –David Lipka

Board Members:

Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bridget Bailey, David Lipka, Michele Nevarez, Pieter Oosthuizen, Anna Raithel

Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione, M.A. was one of the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She was ordained as a getsulma in 1970 by the 16th Karmapa. After four years as a nun studying Tibetan, practicing Buddhism and living in the Himalayas, Lama Tsultrim returned her monastic vows, married, and raised a family of three. She earned a M.A. degree in Buddhist Studies /Women’s Studies from Antioch University. She is the author of Women of Wisdom, a groundbreaking book on the lives of great Tibetan women practitioners. Her National Bestseller, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, (2008, Little, Brown & Co), connects the ancient principles of Buddhism with the modern psyche, based on the teachings of the eleventh century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. A panel of distinguished Buddhist scholars and practitioners from the Association for the Promotion for the Status of Women in Bangkok, Thailand selected Lama Tsultrim Allione as a recipient of the 2009 Award for Outstanding Women in Buddhism. She founded Tara Mandala in 1993, a 700‑acre retreat center where a large three‑story mandala temple dedicated to the female Buddha of compassion, Tara, has recently been constructed. Tara Mandala offers a wide a variety of programs with a special focus on the lineage of Machig Labdrön.

Bridget Bailey

Bridget Bailey has been Lama Tsultrim’ʹs student since 2006 but they have known each other since Bridget was born. After graduating from Duke University with majors in Russian and Theatre, Bridget pursued a career in theatre moving to Russia and then New York City. While living in New York, Bridget began a transition from the stage to behind the scenes in producing and entrepreneurship. She went on to co‑found three social ventures including Same Sky, a jewelry line made exclusively by women in Rwanda, that has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times, and MSNBC among others. In 2010, Bridget left her life in New York to follow a spiritual calling and completed a five‑month solitary retreat at Tara Mandala. In 2013, Bridget earned an MBA from Duke University with a focus in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She most recently worked on the team to launch in Brazil and was the Country Lead for Kindle Product Marketing. Bridget is passionate about building healthy organizations and teams bringing meditation and mindfulness into the business setting. She is a member of the Gateway Complete Transmission group and is studying with Lama Tsultrim as an Apprentice Teacher. She has served on the Tara Mandala Board since 2014 and as President from October 2015 to August 2018.

David Lipka

David Lipka is a long‑time Buddhist practitioner who joined Tara Mandala in 2015. Since then David has actively engaged in both practice and providing legal support to Tara Mandala. David is a Colorado attorney in private practice who specializes in defending people with psychiatric issues facing the death penalty and life without parole. He has served on numerous boards at the state and local levels where he has advocated on behalf of indigent people in the criminal justice system. David and his wife Sarah Lipka are currently studying and practicing together in the Magyu lineage. They live in Colorado Springs with their two young children.

Michelle Nevarez

Inspired to transform business into a force for greater good, Michele Nevarez specializes in positive organizational development and executive coaching, leveraging what we know about the brain, Emotional & Social Intelligence, and Resonant Leadership. An Adjunct Faculty Member for Cultivating Well Being in the Workplace: A Neuroscientific Approach (University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business) and Contributing Author & Emotional Intelligence Consultant for More Than Sound, Michele helps individuals maximize their own agency by developing core capacity in resilience, self-awareness, and emotional regulation. She brings over 20 years of HR Leadership and C-Suite experience working for industry leaders in healthcare (St. John’s Medical Center; Banner Health), investigative services, investment management (Janus Capital Group; AmericanFunds), and management consulting (Booz Allen Hamilton). Michele received a B.A. in Religion from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Science degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and is a founding member of Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Boudhanath, Nepal.

Anna Raithel

Anna Raithel completed her B.A. in Religion and then lived at Tara Mandala for six years, working as Lama Tsultrim’s Executive Assistant and the Temple Manager. She studied Tibetan language and gyaling, coordinated the annual Drubchens, and was the lead umdze (chant leader) and chöpön (ritual arts leader). She recently finished her M.B.A. with a focus in Sustainability, with the goal of supporting sustainable business practices in Buddhist organizations and furthering dharma activity in the West.