Jerry is one of my bet and oldest friends. (He was my best man at my wedding.) We both studied with Sonam Kazi back in the 70s. Jerry went on to study with Tulku Urgyen, Chatral Rinpoche, Lama Dawa (not Lama Dawa Choddak but Chatral Rinpoche's disciple Lama Dawa), Khenpo Konchog Monlam, and others. It was Khenpo Konchog Monlam who authorized Jerry as a Lama and who gave the name Urgyen Samten Ling. Perhaps the word "ordained" is not the right word. Jerry is a married ngakpa. He is not a getshul/gelong. Jerry's center is under the on-going supervision of Khenpo Konchog Monlam, and Khenpo and other of His Lamas visit the Salt Center on a regular basis. I attended a ceremony there last summer for the anniversary of the passing of Mr. Kazi and everything seemed on the up and up to me. The students were very friendly and seemed very sincere. Jerry has always liked all the Vajrayana "bells and whistles." So the center is very traditional in terms of decorations and pujas as are the students' Dharma robes. Many of the students have taken four or all five of the upasaka/genyen vows. Those who have taken those vows wear different colored belts (one color for those with four vows and another color for those with all five vows). Personally, I was impressed by the number of students who had taken such vows. Jerry's wife is also a very sincere and diligent practitioner.
For what it's worth, I would recommend this center for anyone interested in Nyingma Buddhism in the Salt Lake area. In my book, Jerry's OK.
Pema Chophel པདྨ་ཆོས་འཕེལ