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Our dedicated staff members coordinate all the online video talks and courses, meetings, weekend intensives, and silent retreats, as well as produce a wide range of publications of the teachings of Adyashanti and Mukti available online.


Jerilyn Munyon is President and Executive Director of Open Gate Sangha. Jerilyn has worked here since 2003. She is constantly inspired by the open hearts of her fellow staff members and the deep trust within the unknown that permeates the atmosphere at Open Gate Sangha. She is a longtime student and teacher of Aikido. Her creative interests include playing music, making block prints, and spending as much time as possible in nature or on pilgrimage.

Susan Kurtz is Public Communications Director as well as Creative Designer and Managing Editor. Susan has worked here since 2003. Along with an AS degree in Web Science and certification in graphic design, Susan has a BA degree in theater arts, and has taught creative drama to children. Susan appreciates the collaborative nature in which all at Open Gate Sangha work. When not in the office, she enjoys photography, yoga, hanging out with her cat, Shinji, and walking in the redwoods with her husband.

Nancy Clark is Senior Accountant and HR Manager of Open Gate Sangha and has been working here since 2004. She appreciates the supportive work environment provided here that celebrates each individual's unique expression and talent. She loves to hear how the teachings are touching others' lives in profound and meaningful ways. Nancy enjoys walking, reading, traveling, singing, cooking, and spending time with her partner. She is also certified in Massage Therapy.

Amy Edwards is Program Manager as well as being on the social media team, and has been working here since the beginning of 2017. She appreciates the creativity, dedication, and openheartedness of her co-workers. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her children. Some fun facts about Amy are that she is a wedding officiant, an astrologer, raises aquatic turtles in her backyard pond, once played guitar on stage with Elvin Bishop, and she is a lightning fast typist—clocked at 120 wpm.

Jim Greene is Media Director of Open Gate Sangha, and oversees all the broadcasts from the Peace Room. He has worked here since 2006. Jim enjoys hiking in the Sierra Mountains, traveling in deserts, and walking on beaches. Jim appreciates meeting and working with volunteers at Adya and Mukti’s events. “The generous spirit that volunteers bring in support of the teachings is deeply felt and greatly appreciated.” It is no surprise that his last name is Greene, since he has a green thumb and helps to keep all the plants in the office thriving.

David Michelson is Content Development and Online Program Manager of Open Gate Sangha and has been working here since 2008. David enjoys playing golf and spending time with his daughter. Fun Facts: David is also the author of a thrilling spiritual mystery novel, is an accomplished songwriter, and was part of a Grammy-nominated children’s album. David’s favorite quote: “Seeing matter itself as emptiness produces great wisdom so one does not dwell in life and birth; seeing emptiness as equivalent to matter produces great compassion so one does not dwell in nirvana.” ~ Yun-feng

Josie Weaver is a virtual contributor as our Gathering Coordinator, and has worked here since 2014. Josie cares deeply about “nurturing souls and supporting souls interested in entering silence to feel their true nature.” Her favorite activities are running, cycling, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. In fact, Josie is a Qi Gong instructor and recently traveled to mainland China as part of a group of instructors. Some favorite books of hers are Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth, and My Secret Is Silence by Adyashanti.

Erin McKinley is our Store Support at Open Gate Sangha. She has been working here since 2007. Erin appreciates the overall positive energy throughout the office and all the hard work her fellow coworkers generously provide to the Open Gate community. Erin enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as reading, traveling, going to concerts and baseball games—often traveling to watch the Giants’ spring training.