Board of Trustees

Sutriya Johnson

Board President

I became a teacher and healer in the the early 1980’s, and was fortunate enough to travel with and learn from Gururaj up to his last day with us.  His teachings and practices have formed the bedrock of my life.

Maria DeAngelis

Board Member

As an experienced meditator for several years, I have come to rely on the inner sense of peace and empowerment I have experienced as a result of the practices. As a certified meditation teacher with American Meditation Society, I love sharing these practices with students who are looking for more peace and joy and less fear and guilt in their lives, knowing that they are being offered a lifetime opportunity to experience their true whole selves through a series of very simple yet very profound practices.


Emma Woods


My relationship with AMS and with the teachings of our beloved Guru began in 2002 after taking an ‘Introduction to meditation’ course at the University of Tennessee. I was immediately hooked on the benefits of these powerful practices.  Within the next few years I was certified as an advanced teacher and have since taught many students. Until recently I was a member of the board of trustees, and it is now my sincere privilege to serve this organization as its President.

With both a busy personal and professional life (I have 2 children and work full-time as a product manager within the technology division of a retail company) I find it invaluable to prioritize the time for daily meditation and spiritual practice. The insights and clarity experienced as I unfold my true self are both subtle and profound.  It is truly a delight to share this powerful gift with others.

Joe Charsauga

Vice President

I am a retired Army veteran with 30 years of service. I was born in Panama but grew up in El Paso, TX. After retiring I became a middle school math teacher and a yoga instructor. A year before I retired from the Army I learned how to meditate through AMS and after my yoga certification I also became a certified AMS meditation teacher. It is the combination of the practice of yoga with meditation, and the teaching thereof of the two, that helps me realize my true nature as it unfolds in my life. I am also a Kirtan enthusiast and I practice chanting using my voice, guitar and harmonium. I feel very blessed to have learned how to meditate though AMS and I enjoy very much helping others learn to meditate as an AMS teacher.

Dr. Vidya Anderson

Former President & Board Member

I have been meditating for many years and teaching meditation for AMS for 47 years. I was blessed to have the opportunity to study and train with Gururaj for 11 years. Having retired from my work as a psychologist, I now devote my time to teaching and writing. I cannot imagine living my life without the aid of this powerful life practice which promotes balance and serenity.


Phil Bowers


I’ve been meditating twice a day since 1996 and actively teaching meditation since 2009.  I love sharing the invaluable gift of these practices and Gururaj’s teachings as they help to unfold the peace and joy that is our true nature.