Board Members

New Board of Directors as of January 9, 2018

Steve_Carlier Ven. Steve Carlier, Board Chair/President

Venerable Steve Carlier (Thubten Sherab) was born in the UK, and has been studying Buddhism since 1977. He first met Lama Yeshe, the founder of the FPMT, and Lama Zopa, its current head, in 1978. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa in 1979 and received full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. He studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of a handful of Westerners following the Nalanda (India) tradition of studies at Sera Monastery in India. Since 1978 he has been a student of the revered abbot emeritus of Sera Je monastery, the late Geshe Jampa Tegchog. More recently he served as this great master’s interpreter. He is currently at Land of Medicine Buddha, CA, teaching the Basic Program.


Ven. Carol Corradi, Secretary

Ven. Carol Corradi (Jampa Chotso) has been a nun in the Gelug Tradition for almost 25 years.  In 1990 she helped found Tse Chen Ling Center in San Francisco.  She teaches various Buddhist courses including the Discovering Buddhism series. Carol has served on many nonprofit Boards.  She worked as a Mechanical engineer for many years, and retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2004.  She strives to bring an analytical and practical perspective to her study and presentation of Buddhist concepts.


Debra ThornburgDebra Thornburg, Board Member

Debra first encountered Buddhism in 1978 when, on a whim, she attended a retreat in California with Mahasi Sayadaw on his first trip from Burma to the States. In the following years, she studied and practiced at Sayadaw’s center in Rangoon, Insight Meditation Society in Barre and Naropa Institute in Boulder. After a move to Boston and meeting Lama Zopa Rinpoche, she became an active member of Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies. Over the years, she has held various administrative and managerial positions at Insight Meditation Society, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Kurukulla Center including tenures as Spiritual Program Coordinator and Director at the latter.


Merry Colony, Board Member

Merry Colony (Yeshy Dechen) met Buddhism in 1979 while in college at UCSC. In 1980 she made her first trip to Asia where she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. She became a nun later that year and in 1982 moved to Dorje Pamo Monastery in France where she became director of a small community of FPMT nuns. In 1984 she gave back her ordination and spent the next 6 years coming and going to her hermitage in Solo Kumbu, Nepal. Following that she became director of the Maitreya Project in Bodhgaya, India and later the director of the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program in Dharmsala, India. From 2000-2012 Merry was the director of FPMT Education Services and later was project manager of Buddha Amitabha Pure land Retreat.