Our organization and teachers
Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling was founded in September, 1977 by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche as an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa’s dharma seat in North America.
Since the beginning, Columbus KTC has been guided spiritually by His Holiness Karmapa through Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and the lamas of KTD, and organizationally by the KTD’s president and its national board of trustees.
Locally, the Columbus KTC’s Administrative Board handles the day-to-day operation of the center, while the Practice and Study Team, headed by Resident Teacher Lama Kathy Wesley, takes care of religious practice and education matters. Board members serve as volunteers for terms ranging from one to two years.
Here’s an introduction to the 2023-2024 KTC Administrative Board, and our Practice and Study Team. We hope to see you at the Columbus KTC!
Kathy Wesley (Lama Gyurme Chötsö) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Rinpoche at Karmé Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of ‘retreat lama.’ Now, Kathy serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling as its Resident Teacher and travels to other Buddhist centers throughout the country to share the dharma. Kathy is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She lives in Newark, Ohio with her husband, Mike Wesley.
Chuck Drake took refuge with Khenpo Karthar in 1981. He attended Vajradhatu Seminary in 1988 with the Vajra Regent. Chuck is currently a meditation instructor; he served KTC in the past as treasurer and assistant director. Chuck is married to Mylynda Drake and he has two sons and two step sons.
I’ve been a member of KTC since December 2015, a month before the old building burned down. It’s been a wild journey since then and I aspire to help the Sangha in any way possible. I’ve learned so much from everyone, I want to pay it forward
Bethany Dwinnell has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years. She first became interested in Buddhism when she became aware of the parallels between cognitive behavioral therapy and Buddhist philosophy. As a member of KTC, she and her family have attended since 2006. In her spare time, she enjoys rowing, violin and reading. While she has volunteered in varying capacities through the years, she looks forward to serving as treasurer for the board.
Since becoming a member of KTC, Michael has enjoyed getting involved as a volunteer and serving on the Strategic Planning Committee. He is grateful for the opportunity to further serve the community as a member of the board. He lives in Clintonville with his wife and son.
It is a great privilege to serve on the KTC board as Member-at-Large. I have been a student of Buddhism since 2016 and a member of the Columbus KTC for two years. I was awarded a B.S. with a major in Neuroscience and am currently pursuing a graduate degree in Bioethics. I am happy to be of service to our beautiful Sangha and learn from the richness all of the members and teachers bring to it.