Center Staff

Bobby Hughes, Operations Coordinator
Bobby (he/him) became a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York shortly after moving to NYC in 2016.  In 2021, he joined the staff as Operations Coordinator, in charge of maintaining programming schedules and coordinating volunteer staff, among other duties. He aspires to facilitate the operations of the Center with dignity and compassion so that together we can create a safe, uplifted environment for all of our students, teachers, volunteers and staff.  Bobby identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and enjoys performing and supporting improv comedy around the city.  He also holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Email
Francesca Leo, Marketing Coordinator
Francesca Leo (she/her) is a professional flutist, digital marketing specialist, meditation practitioner, and performing arts medicine advocate and researcher. She is the founder of www.playingwithoutpain.com, an award-winning website and social media platform committed to connecting musicians with resources to treat and prevent performance-related injuries and maintain good mental health. Francesca holds degrees in music performance with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Bowling Green State University and the Manhattan School of Music. Email
Mary Beth Minton, Managing Director and Finance Director
Mary Beth brings a wealth of financial expertise to Shambhala New York. She previously co-founded and ran the financial operations of a children’s toy company, Zylie and Friends, a highly-acclaimed new toy innovation.  Before that, she was Executive Director of the Red Ribbon Foundation, the largest HIV/AIDS fundraising organization in Connecticut. Her experience in the non-profit world also includes many volunteer roles and participation on several charity boards. She holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School. Email