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RamDev Dale Borglum

RamDev Dale Borglum is the founder and Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a pioneer in the conscious dying movement and has worked directly with thousands of people with life-threatening illnesses and their families for over 30 years. In 1981, Dale founded the first residential facility in the United States, The Dying Center, for people who wished to die consciously.

He has taught and lectured extensively on the topics of spiritual support for those with life- threatening illness, on caregiving as a spiritual practice, and on healing at the edge — the edge of illness, of death, of loss, of crisis. Dale has a BS from UC Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford University. He is the co-author of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook and has taught meditation for the past 35 years.

He has intensively immersed himself in the practices of devotion, meditation, and contemplative prayer for over forty years, studying with many of the greatest masters of the last century including Neem Karoli Baba, Suzuki Roshi, Ananda Mayee Ma, Kalu Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse, Mahasi Sayadaw, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche, Goenka, Dudjom Rinpoche and HH the Dalai Lama. Dale has taught with Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Joan Halifax, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Rev. Wayne Muller, and many others. His life’s work and passion has been and continues to be the healing of our individual and collective relationship with death and using our mortality as an inspiration for spiritual awakening.

Aurora Leonard

Aurora Leonard is the Associate Director of the Living/Dying Project. She oversees the ongoing work of the Project and works closely with RamDev supporting individuals who are approaching end-of-life and their caregivers. After spending time in the U.S. and India studying with various dharma teachers, she continues to practice and integrate both mystical and contemplative teachings with guidance from her teachers. She has a BS in Business Management, volunteer experience at various hospices, end-of-life doula training, and is a bhakti practitioner. She believes the teachings and conscious approach the Living/Dying Project offers are unique from what is typically offered to those dealing with end-of-life issues. No matter life’s difficulty, healing into wholeness is always available.

Living/Dying Project Leadership & Board of Directors

Doug Wallace (President)

Doug Wallace (President) has been a volunteer with the Living/Dying Project for nearly 10 years. He is retired from a career in water and environmental policy, and is now a climate change activist, yoga instructor, and youth mentor. He has practiced meditation and spiritual inquiry since his teen years.

Kristin Singer (Vice President and Chair of Client Volunteer Services Committee)

Kristin Singer (Vice President and Chair of Client Volunteer Services Committee) is a certified Yoga Therapist and Reiki Master supporting clients on the journey of transformation and spiritual awakening. She has been a volunteer and board member for the Living/Dying Project since 2014. As a volunteer, Kristin spiritually supports residents at Maitri Compassionate Care in San Francisco, a hospice/respite center for the unhoused and those living with HIV. She came to the Living/Dying Project after a profound life changing encounter with death where she experienced an 8 hour state of unconditional love, while her physical body struggled to survive. This experience served to deepen Kristin’s spiritual journey and became a catalyst for her own deep emotional healing. Kristin’s background in western psychology combined with her exploration of eastern philosophy and experience of unconditional love give her a unique perspective from which to serve.

RamDev Dale Borglum, Secretary

Ramdev Dale Borglum (Secretary) founded and directed the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, NM, the first residential facility in the United States to support conscious dying. He has been the Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in Santa Fe and since 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the co-author with Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman and Dwarka Bonner of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook and has taught meditation since 1974. Dale lectures and gives workshops on the topics of meditation, healing, spiritual support for those with life-threatening illness, and on caregiving as spiritual practice. He has a doctorate degree from Stanford University.

Lawrence Chyall (Treasurer)

Lawrence Chyall (Treasurer), RN, MS serves as the Neuroscience Programs Manger at Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital, an American College of Surgeons Level 1 designated trauma center and safety net hospital severing the most vulnerable citizens of San Francisco. He has extensive experience in the care for the dying and their families, especially individuals dying from acute and/or traumatic illness. Lawrence serves as an Clinical Ethics Consultant at ZSFG and also provides training and support to nurses and physicians experiencing moral distress and moral injury. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco.

Caroline Doyle (Chair of Business Development Committee)

Caroline Doyle (Chair of Business Development Committee) Caroline has a professional life in the medical office sector of commercial real estate in San Francisco Bay Area where she works with institutional and private real estate investors including healthcare systems and REITs.  In her personal life, she loves the pursuit of consciousness and healing and is working on a second Masters in Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University in addition to a certification in a practitioner program in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based bio-psycho-social model for healing trauma and stress disorders. She became a Living/Dying Project volunteer in 2018 after companioning her Aunt Carolyn during her end of life journey and is active with East Bay Hospice regularly facilitating kids and adults support groups. She holds a BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and a MBA in Financial Management and Markets from Arizona State University. She resides in Danville, CA.

Jonathan Frieman (Chair of Governance Committee)

Jonathan Frieman (Chair of Governance Committee) From a very young age Jonathan found spirituality, which led to a life of service, love of Neem Karoli Baba, and a broad experience with all kinds of nonprofits. With his MPA and law degree, Jonathan co-founded several organizations and helmed boards in a range of efforts from dance troupes, to Amazon rainforest advocacy, to youth groups, to alternative currencies, and now helping people with quadriplegia stay in their own homes through the raising of small stipends. He looks forward to helping the Living/Dying Project.

Chris Beaudry (Chair of Fundraising Committee)

Chris Beaudry (Chair of Fundraising Committee) is a father, husband & farmer in NE Saskatchewan Canada. He has a background in devotional bhakti practices, Tibetan Buddhism, and compassionate inquiry. Chris was a coach of the 2017/18 Humboldt Broncos who were tragically involved in a bus accident that killed 16 players and staff and injured 13 others.

Virginia Fauvre

Virginia Fauvre has been involved in the field of death and dying for 40 years. She and her late husband, Chuck Fauvre, were present at the launching of the Living/Dying Project in the Bay Area in the late 1980s.  She has led workshops and assisted with trainings for the Zen Hospice of San Francisco. In mid-life she received a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology where she explored art as a pathway of consciousness, and grief and death as as opportunities for awakening.

Jim Forbes

Jim Forbes is a former accountant and real estate investor who had one of those moments of awakening when he realized his life of money sucked. In 2008 and 2009 he attended Ram Dass retreats on Maui and has been devoted to practice ever since. He founded a donation based meditation and yoga studio in Madrid, Spain, where he sometimes teaches and lives part time.

Mukti Ma (Habsburg)

Mukti Ma (Habsburg) resides in Santa Fe New Mexico. In 1972 Neem Karoli Baba called her to spend 3 months with him before he left his body. He blasted her heart chakra open, never to close again no matter what. She then went to be with Ananda Mayi Maa for 10 years until she left her body. Mukti has worked with Stephen Levine and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and has been with many people who have transitioned and she is honored to be part of the Board of Living/Dying Project.

Peter Kelsey

Peter Kelsey In 1976 Peter travelled as a 19 year-old to Colorado from his native Minnesota to attend the Naropa Institute. After one day of class he was hit by a car, left his body, and decided God did not want him to be a Buddhist. Many years later he became friends with Ram Dass. With several close calls with death and two cancers under his belt, Kelsey has experienced sobriety (38 years) and volunteered in hospice. Mechanic, chef, baker, husband, father, business owner, pilot etc….. also apply.

Brad Price

Brad Price was training to climb Mt. Ranier 25 years ago when he was suddenly afflicted with a rare autoimmune kidney disease. Due to the disease or side effects from the treatments he has had colon cancer requiring a complete colectomy, two major heart attacks and over 40 emergency room visits.

After undergoing an experimental treatment four years ago his kidney disease had been in full remission. He has cycled over 15k miles in the last three years including a 100 mile ride on his recent 60th birthday.

Brad has served on the board of the National Kidney Foundation serving California, Nevada, Oregon Washington, and Alaska for 8 years and as it’s president for three years. Brad has also worked with other non profits including Home of Hope, Nephcure, The Nephrotic Foundation and coached little league baseball for 8 years. Brad has an MBA from Texas A&M University and a background in software sales and strategic planning.

Aimee Chabot, PhD 

Aimee Chabot, PhD, began practicing meditation as a teenager and traveled to India to work in shelters for the dying and for abandoned women while studying trauma as an undergraduate. She came to the Living/Dying Project as part of her journey to understand how those who are suffering can build conscious, fulfilling lives despite everything. She is a practitioner of Bhakti yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, and a number of psychological healing modalities. Previously, Aimee served as military intelligence for the U.S. Army and completed a doctorate in behavioral science at Duke University. She currently works for a tech nonprofit making social services like food stamps and public healthcare more accessible to those in need.

Nate Hinerman, PhD, LMFT

Nate Hinerman, PhD, LMFT, is Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, where he is a Professor of Psychology Department Chair. He is also on the faculty at the University of San Francisco, teaching in the Nursing School and in the Religious Studies Department. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco End of Life Network, a community-based support and education group for hospice and palliative care professionals and patients, now in its 23rd year.

Laura Powell (Board Consultant) 

Laura Powell (Board Consultant) After a 20-year career leading banking teams and making large loans to corporations in the Bay Area, she left banking for a second career in executive search and consulting which she’s enjoyed for nearly 18 years now. She’s led a number of boards–including the Living/Dying board in its earlier inception–and has enjoyed working with nonprofit and for-profit clients on board development, board governance, and C-level search engagements.  Her first husband died of cancer, which is when she met Dale and Jinn, and that experience opened her heart and changed her life. She lives and works in San Francisco, along with her wonderful husband Chuck. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., and has been an active volunteer in the Bay Area for many years, most recently chairing the Board of Larkin Street Youth Services (2014-2017).

Michael Podlin (Board Consultant) 

Michael Podlin (Board Consultant) is a retired fundraising and alumni relations executive. He most recently served as Vice President for University Advancement at Seattle University and was formerly Associate Dean for Advancement in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. He is an accomplished leader with comprehensive campaign experience in large public and private academic institutions. Michael has practiced zen meditation for over twenty years in the Soto and Rinzai traditions throughout the United States and Japan. He resides in Seattle Washington with his English Cocker Spaniel, Sir Stanley.