US CENTERS PROJECT DIRECTOR   Ardjani Puig is a passionate and empathetic advocate for animals, humans and earth. She was raised vegetarian and turned vegan as a teen, upon learning of the suffering inherent in the dairy, egg and other animal industries – 25 years ago. Calling Mexico, Germany, Brazil and the United States her home countries, Ardjani brings a unique multi-cultural lense to her work, which has … Continue reading Welcome DVA NEW HIRES!

Stephanie Swann

DVA Teacher Bio ~ Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW

Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW, is the Director of the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute and one of the two founding teachers of the Atlanta Insight Meditation Community. She is a certified MBSR instructor through the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Center for Mindfulness. Stephanie has been a dedicated Vipassana practitioner since 2008 and was a member of the Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL6) at Spirit Rock … Continue reading DVA Teacher Bio ~ Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Sharon Methvin with her teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche

DVA Volunteer Bio ~ Dr. Sharon Methvin

Dr. Sharon Methvin is a biocultural anthropologist. She has been a professor of anthropology since 1988, teaching engaged citizenship in the classroom and conducting research resulting in over 25 papers and publications. In 1997, she was honored with a human rights award for her research on poverty. Her humanitarian concerns extend beyond human rights to the rights of animals as well. In this regard, she … Continue reading DVA Volunteer Bio ~ Dr. Sharon Methvin

Shanika Gamage DVA Sri Lanka Project Director

DVA’s Sri Lanka Project Director Shanika Gamage

DVA’s Sri Lanka Project Director is Shanika Gamage, who has worked for DVA since 2018 as Dhamma School Coordinator and then National Events Supervisor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colombo in 2016 and has completed substantial work on a master’s degree in sociology with an emphasis on research and psychology in Australia. Under her supervision, DVA has made over … Continue reading DVA’s Sri Lanka Project Director Shanika Gamage