Julie Rogers is the Founder and Director of TLC Transitional Life Care. She is the author of 'Instructions for the Transitional State', the manual used by TLC for end of life support. She completed training in Patient Hospice and Bereavement Care at Ashland Community Hospital Hospice and Children’s Bereavement at WinterSpring Center in Medford, Oregon. A long-standing student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche and Sangye Khandro, she was active at Tashi Choling Center in Ashland, Oregon for almost three decades. She now facilitates a study and practice group at Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda, California.
Buffy Plante, advisor to the Board, has been a critical care nurse since 2006. She formerly worked at Highland Hospital in Oakland, and currently serves patients at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. She is a long time practitioner and student of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche of Pema Osel Ling and other Tibetan Buddhist Masters.
Ian Villarreal has been a student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche for over thirty years and leads a Buddhist practice at Dechen Ling in Ashland, Oregon. He is also a Board member and film maker for Vimala Video, Gyatrul Rinpoche's film archive, and an accountant and tax preparer in southern Oregon.
Leslie Crabtree has assisted both family members and close friends with end of life care as they transitioned. Formerly affiliated with an Oregon grief group, she has written about bereavement for “The Grieving Room”, an online support for those dealing with loss, and has raised funds for various Buddhist organizations. Leslie has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1996 with her teachers HE Chagdud Rinpoche, Chagdud Khadro, and Lama Tsering Everest, and leads a Buddhist practice group at Dechen Ling in Ashland, OR.
Pema Siera has worked in private psychiatric hospitals and private practice, and was the Director of Women’s Programming for the Covenant Connection, a nonprofit in Sebastopol, Ca. Her experience includes having held the position of a Corporate Secretary. She has been a student of Tulku Jigme Rinpoche and Khentrul Rinpoche for many years, and has a lifelong interest in the death and dying practices of many cultures and religions.