Penelope Tree

Vice President


Ed Malley 



Khyentse Norbu - Chairman

Khyentse Norbu, also known in the Buddhist world as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, is trained as a philosophy teacher and attended university in London. He is a student of important Tibetan Buddhist lamas including Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Sakya Trizin, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, and the16th Karmapa. He is the head of the renowned Dzongsar Monastery and Dzongsar College and is currently responsible for the care and education of approximately 1,600 monks distributed between six monasteries and institutes in Asia.

Khyentse Norbu also oversees Siddhartha’s Intent, a network of contemporary teaching and practice centers distributed over several continents, as well as the non-profit organization Khyentse Foundation. 

A position as technical advisor to the film “Little Buddha” in 1994 served as Khyentse Norbu’s introduction to film. He has since directed two feature length productions, “The Cup” in 1999 and “Travellers and Magicians” in 2003. “The Cup” was a surprise hit at the Cannes Film Festival and received numerous awards, including the 1999 Munich Film Festival One Future Award, 1999 Pusan International Film Festival FPRESCI Award, 1999 Noosa Film Festival Golden Boomerang Trophy, 1999 Toronto Film Festival “Runner Up” People’s Choice Award, and the 1999 European Film Awards Nominated Five Continents Award.

Back to top


Patty Waltcher - President

Patty's passion for Lotus Outreach was ignited nine years ago when she discovered the organization was successfully meeting needs in the developing world that were both prevalent and overlooked. A 30-year student of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism, Patty felt it was crucial to dedicate herself to activities that would have practical benefit for suffering human beings.

Patty has a master's degree in Buddhist Studies and has taught meditation and awareness for 25 years, and has more than ten years’ experience serving on non-profit boards including those of Siddhartha’s Intent, the Ojai Music Festival and Satdharma. She has a background in human resources and organizational development in the global financial services sector and currently works in real estate in Ojai, California, where she lives with her husband, William Okin.

Patty has traveled extensively throughout India, and in 2010 visited LO’s projects there which furthered her commitment to the cause. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2004, chaired the fundraising committee since 2006 and served as Vice President beginning in 2009. She was elected President of Lotus Outreach in January 2011.

Back to top


Penelope Tree - Vice President

Penelope, born in New York City, attended Dalton School, Concord Academy, The United Nations School, and Sarah Lawrence College. She modeled in the US and the UK from 1966-1971 and travelled extensively during this time and throughout the 1970’s. While living in Sydney in the 1980’s, she was the Australian correspondent for Architectural Digest. She has two children, Paloma and Michael, both born in Sydney. 

In the 1990’s, she joined the staff of the Australia Tibet Council and sat on the board of Planet Ark Australia. In 1998, she moved to London with her family. She became a board member and UK representative of the Khyentse Foundation in 2001 and joined Lotus Outreach in 2003. Penelope has had articles published in British and American Vogue, and Harpers Queen.

Back to top

Ed Malley - Treasurer

Ed’s early professional career was in the investment consulting business. Later he was involved in real estate and, more recently, in remodeling houses. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Santa Clara University and his MBA from American University. He has two grown children.

Ed makes his home on the Monterey Bay in California's Central Coast where he teaches running. With previous board experience in both the public and private sectors, Ed has been on the board of Lotus Outreach and has served as its Treasurer since 2004.

Back to top


Julie Chender - President, Lotus Outreach Canada 

Julie grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado and New York University.

She worked in event planning in Colorado and, after the family moved from Colorado to Canada in 1988, served for twelve years on the Board of Planned Parenthood in Halifax, Nova Scotia — the leading regional women’s sexual health clinic — the last five years as Executive Chair. For the past eleven years she has been involved in ALIA (formerly the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership), both in coordinating and hosting events and as a student of group collaboration.  

Julie has raised three daughters, now grown, with her husband, Michael. 

Back to top

Anna Harper.png

Anna Harper - VIce President, Lotus Outreach Australia

With more than 30 years in the business environment, including 14 years living and working as an executive in Southeast and Northeast Asia, Anna understands the complexity of achieving business objectives across cultural borders. Anna specializes in executive coaching, leadership development and creating collaborative communication cultures within global teams. Her capabilities also include global leadership development, organisational culture shaping, corporate social responsibility, effecting organisational and team alignment, and life and wellness coaching.

She has served a range of industries including: business technology communications; automobiles; pharmaceuticals and healthcare; banking, finance and insurance; consumer goods; defence; airlines; advertising; logistics, oil and mining; and public sector organizations such as the United Nations, where she develops future leaders for many of the agencies in the Asia Pacific region, including UNHCR in Cambodia.

Anna earned an M.A. degree in Organisational Development, specialising in Chaos, Complexity and Creativity, essential for transformational cultural change and leadership capacity to lead the transitions. She has completed post-graduate work in Communications Management and Design Management. In addition, she is a certified coach and a member of the International Coach Federation, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, World Business Academy, Institute of Noetic Sciences and Institute of Integral Leadership. Anna is passionate about shaping young leaders and has recently created FutureLeadersDNA.

A native of New Zealand, currently residing in Sydney, Anna is fluent in English, speaks conversational Japanese and Cantonese, travelling extensively for work and pleasure.

Back to top

Germaine A. Hoston, Ph.D.

Dr. Germaine A. Hoston is a leading expert on East Asian political philosophy and development, a dedicated teacher and mentor, and an activist promoting peace and social justice for over 20 years. As Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Hoston combines an extraordinary breadth and depth of research and writing with dedicated, enthusiastic, and innovative teaching. Best known for her work on the relationship between Chinese and Japanese thought and political and economic development, Dr. Hoston is now completing a comparative study of Faith, Will, and Revolutionary Change. 

An avid student of foreign languages, Dr. Hoston is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, French, and Spanish, uses materials in Russian, Italian, Biblical Greek, and Latin in her research, and is currently studying Arabic for this latest project. An active leader in non-profit groups working on democratization and East Asia, as well as church-related groups, she integrates all aspects of her fulfilling life around a strong spiritual commitment to social justice and global citizenship. Most recently, Dr. Hoston has joined Mark Victor Hansen and others as coauthor of I Am a Miracle, and Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Wayne Dyer as co-author of the best-selling book Wake Up and Live the Life You Love: Seize Your Success.

Back to top


Agam Patel

Agam Patel manages a successful graduate program in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is responsible for program policy, financial and budget management, student recruitment / marketing, student services, staff management, strategy, and program design.

Agam was born in Kenya and attended schools in the United Kingdom and the United States. He is fluent in English, Swahili and Hindi and has strong connections to India, Africa and the developing world. During his formative years in Kenya, he was involved with social development projects and also worked in the corporate banking sector. After working in the private sector for over 15 years, Agam now seeks to utilize his entrepreneurial skills, business acumen and strategic thinking in higher education and the social and development sectors.



Sei Chuan Yap

Yap grew up in Petaling Jaya and has been actively involved with Losang Dragpa Centre, a local Tibetan buddhist centre which is affiliated with FPMT since 2010. Currently the treasurer of Losang Dragpa Centre, Yap is responsible for the overall direction of finance and fundraising efforts.  Yap has also been actively involved in recycling initiatives with Tzu Chi Foundation.

With years of internal audit and risk management experience, Yap provides business advisory services to a wide range of companies. Yap holds the professional designations as a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK) and is a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).