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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.

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.

Jackie Blecher is Mukti’s Private Meeting Coordinator. She began working at Open Gate Sangha in 2013. Jackie is a retired O.R. nurse, who now also enjoys consulting in medical software. Her favorite aspect of working at Open Gate Sangha is engaging with people from all over the world. Jackie regularly explores new cafes and restaurants across the Bay Area. Here’s her favorite Mukti quote: “Consciousness rejoices in being welcomed—it responds to our attention.”

Sowmya Subramanian is Staff Accountant of Open Gate Sangha and has worked here since 2015. She appreciates how the staff members come together, each from their own distinct backgrounds, and offer up their unique contribution to the whole. Sowmya is an accomplished singer who has performed in Chennai, India, as well as in Sunnyvale, CA, and had a TV performance on local channel KMVT. She enjoys hiking, traveling with her family, and exploring new cuisines. One of her favorite quotes is “Life is not about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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.

Julie Donovan (Jyoti) is our Editor and Archivist. She also creates the beautiful flower arrangements for Peace Room broadcasts. She has worked here since 2004. As well as having a BA degree in English and completing a professional editing program, Julie studied ornithology and worked as a bird keeper in Maui and at the San Diego Zoo. Her most enjoyed activities are walking in nature, giving intuitive readings, and writing nondual poetry.

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

Eric Fischer is Audio Engineer and Store Manager and has been working here since 2003. He enjoys doing his job because it provides the foundational support for Adya and Mukti to continue to do their work. Eric says, “Every day we get to do something meaningful in this world. And then go home and forget all about it.” Eric has a tendency to make people laugh and is a fantastic guitarist (you may recognize his music from the beginning and end of our broadcasts). He says, “My other guru is Jerry Garcia.”

Ameya Specterman is Program Manager, Registrar, and Community Connections Liaison of Open Gate Sangha. She has been working here since 2008. Ameya appreciates how the spirit of the teachings is applied with integrity in all aspects and policies within Open Gate Sangha. Ameya is a PhD Licensed Psychologist. In her travels across the world during her work, she has been profoundly affected by meeting people who share the love of Truth. Ameya loves being outdoors in nature as well as exploring city culture with friends. Her favorite movie is “Seven Years in Tibet.”

Amy Edwards is Program Manager 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.

Erin McKinley is our Store and Program Logistics Support, helps with Social Media, and is Front Office 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. Outside of the office, 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.

Arielle Nugent is Media Assistant, Publications Assistant, and is on the Social Media team. She also helps with Front Office support. Arielle has been working here since 2016. Her favorite quote is “The divine, however we may choose to define such a thing, surely dwells as much in the concrete and taxi cabs as it does in the rivers, lakes, and mountains.” ~ Josh Radnor. Arielle's passions outside of the office include reading and thoughtful contemplation induced by music, movies, and friends. She is also a great chef!

Gunilla Gillberg is a longtime office volunteer at Open Gate Sangha, volunteering here since 2003. She enjoys serving the sangha and interacting with all of her lovely friends at the office. Outside of the office, Gunilla likes walking and talking with friends, playing tennis, reading, gardening, and playing Sudoku. She recommends the book, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawanda and says “It was very helpful in my dealing with my aging mother and surprisingly she enjoyed it too!”