Deborah Betancourt

Deborah Betancourt

Deborah has been a sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2003. She has received many empowerments and teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has studied on the Kadampa Study Programs at both KMC Texas and KMC Tampa Bay. She teaches regular classes in Tampa and is known for her warm heart, sense of humor, and great storytelling.


Ron Caldwell

Ron Caldwell

Ron has been a sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2010 when he first began studying in Queens. In 2012 he moved to the Tampa Bay area and continued his study practice on the Teacher Training Program at KMC Tampa Bay. He has received many empowerments and teachings from many senior teachers in the NKT. Ron has been teaching regular weekly classes and day courses at KMC Tampa Bay for many years now. He is known for his calm and down-to-earth demeanor and is a great example of how to practically apply the teachings to daily life.


Danilo Conner

Danilo Conner

Danilo has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2012 and joined the Foundation Program at KMC Tampa Bay in 2013. He lived in the center in Safety Harbor for two years and organized the education program there. One of our most dedicated volunteers in the community for many years, Danilo is known for his compassion, humor and light, positive attitude. He teaches regular meditation classes at the Tampa Museum of Art.


Maria Erickson

Maria Erickson

Maria has been studying and practicing meditation since 2001 and has received many teachings and empowerments from senior teachers of the NKT. She has studied formally on the Foundation and Teacher Training Programs at KMC Tampa Bay since 2014. Having originally started her practice to learn to cope with work stress, Maria especially has great skill in explaining how to practice keeping a calm and happy mind in the workplace! She has been teaching classes in Largo and St. Pete for many years now.


Greg Goodman

Greg Goodman

Greg has been a sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2001. He has received empowerments and teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as well as from many other senior teachers of the NKT. He has studied on the Teacher Training Program since 2003. Greg has many years of experience teaching Kadampa Buddhism in the Tampa Bay area. He is well known for the clarity of his presentation as well as his extensively knowledge of Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings.



Judithe Neilson

Judithe Neilson

Judithe has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2012 when she began studying on the Foundation Program at KMC Tampa Bay. She has received empowerments and teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as well as other senior teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition. She is currently studying on the Teacher Training Program and teaches weekly meditation classes in Tampa.


Jason Parrish

Jason Parrish

Jason has been studying meditation and Buddhism for over 10 years and teaching for more than five. He is one of our enthusiastic teachers, setting a good example of how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into everyday life, and is grateful to be able to his experience with others.


Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Rick has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2012 when he began studying on the Foundation Program at KMC Tampa Bay. In 2015 he joined the Teacher Training Program and has received empowerments and teachings from many senior teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition. Rick has been teaching meditation classes for many years now at our branch in Port Richey.