Mai Lee

Mai Lee is highly trained in the world of business and technology, and she knows from personal experience how locked in to devices one can become. Ten years ago she took up the practice of meditation. Thrilled with the changes in herself she was able to experience in her busy life in Los Angeles, she took her exploration further in 2016 by moving to Ananda Village, an intentional yoga community. She is enthusiastic to share with other technology lovers the mental, physical, and spiritual refreshment that can come from just three days free from technology.

Mai has held numerous senior development positions, including directing HYPE Los Angeles, The Midnight Mission, and currently, Ananda Sangha Worldwide, where she is the primary fundraising strategist. She has consulted with multiple technology companies on apps and technology for the nonprofit industry.

She is a former board member of FBI Los Angeles Citizens Academy, Operation Progress, and Central City Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sharing Nature Worldwide, a nonprofit that brings nature education experiences to adults and youth across the globe.

Geri Shubatani Grubbs

Geri  Grubbs, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist practicing in Laurelwood, OR and Washington.  In addition to her analytic work and teaching, she is a certified sandplay therapist.  Her publications include “Bereavement Dreaming and the Individuating Soul,” a book on grief and recovery. Geri is a long-time devotee of Indian guru Paramhansa Yogananda, and a certified meditation instructor in the Ananda tradition. 

Peter Copley & Pooja Copley

Peter and Pooja Copley

Peter and Pooja

Peter Copley is a Certified Ananda Meditation and Yoga Teacher. He went to Edger Cayce’s ashram as a teenager and ever since was interested in meditation. He studied for his Masters of Divinity at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and served as an assistant minister at First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Ohio. He has been studying yoga philosophy with a personal practice of meditation since childhood.

More recently, Peter held positions in sales and was a construction project manager at the Center at Ananda Laurelwood. He currently manages school bus transportation for a local school district. He practices remaining centered through every day at work. He is a talented singer and uses music in his devotional practice. His quest is to find God.


Pooja Copley grew up in Kolkata, India. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Physics and Masters in Management from University of Kolkata, India. She started an active meditation practice in 2005 and went to Sarada Mission in India (part of the Ramakrishna Mission ashrams). She came to America with her twin sons, nine years old at the time, to work as a software engineer. She found Ananda and began practicing meditation on a daily basis. She is a founding member of The Center at Ananda Laurelwood and moved to this ashram in May 2011.

Pooja currently works as a software engineer and says her only goal in life is to become a simple, humble devotee. The Bhagavad Gita has been a part of her life since childhood, when her grandfather would chant the slokas with her as a small child.

Santosh LaMarche

Santosh LaMarche

Santosh LaMarche

Bob Santosh LaMarche has taught Meditation and other classes at Ananda for 20 years, as well as at colleges and corporations in Portland, the Silicon Valley and on the east coast.  He enjoys travel, music, genealogy and studying languages.