About Working Group Members
Adrienne Chang is currently a doctoral student in Gerontology at Miami University. Her research includes investigations of spirituality and aging; the use of traditional Buddhist teachings and practices to inform healthy aging strategies; and mindfulness meditation interventions as applied in older adult populations. She currently lives in Luxembourg, and is a member of the Shambhala Brussels and Dechen Choling sangha.
Andrea Sherman, PhD is Educational Consultant for the Bronx VA GRECC, and Co-Director of Transitional Keys and Seasons of Care, which focus on using the contemplative and expressive arts to ease life transitions and provide support for caregivers. She was a chairperson of the Shambhala Working Group on Aging. She is a graduate of the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Program as well as the End of Life Doula program with ZenCare.
Angela Pressburger is originally from the U.K. and has lived in the U.K., U.S., and Mexico. She is now based in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, near the Dorje Denma Ling Shambhala Land Centre. A film brat, who was for many years an international program consultant for the Vancouver International Film Festival, Angela became interested in aging issues when she passed her seventieth birthday and realized she was aging along with many of her friends. Since then, she has started a local group on aging, designed a course based on Rabbi Zalman Schacter’s book Age-ing to Sage-ing and is currently spearheading local discussions on ‘circles of care’. During the long cold fall and winter months, she hosts a weekly ‘movie night’ and hopes to share some of the titles particularly enjoyed by her local community and sangha audience here on the Aging HUB.
Ann Cason has been a member of the Working Group on Aging since its beginning in 2008. Currently the co-chair, she has been instrumental in creating the Aging Hub as a way to communicate with aging groups around the world. She has worked for many years with the frail elderly and continues to be active as a Geriatric Consultant in private practice. She is author of the book, Circles of Care (Shambhala Publications) and co-creator of the salon/class “Aging in Enlightened Society” and the “Facilitator’s Guide”, which is one of the offerings of this website. Her current interests are the importance of the warriorship of aging within society and of being the grandmother to Ingrid Cason.
Camille Yarbrough lives at 10,200′ elevation in Leadville, Colorado. She has led the Wisdom of Aging group at the Denver Shambhala Center, and is the co-chair of the Working Group on Aging.
Cynthia Spencer is the co-founder and co-leader of the “Conversations on Aging” group at the Shambhala Center of New York, and a member of the Working Group on Aging. She works in public transportation. She practices qigong and dharma arts including brush calligraphy and kado. She has been a part of the Shambhala community since 1979.
David Whitehorn, PhD, MSN, is Assistant Professor in the Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Atlantic Contemplative Centre, a non-profit organization based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been a student of the Shambhala lineage since 1971. He was the first chairperson of the Shambhala Working Group on Aging and is an authorized Preceptor for the Shambhala Adult Rites of Passage. He is also a senior officer in the Desung Arm of the Dorje Kasung, holding the rank of Rupon. Within the Desung he current serves as an International Education Officer and member of the Desung Council.
Jan Rogerson worked for 28 years as a hospital and medical school administrator at the University of California San Francisco and, prior, as a registered nurse. Current interests include death and dying and hospice volunteering. She holds a Master’s degree in health care administration from the University of San Francisco and recently graduated from the two-year Karuna training program in contemplative psychology.