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IMS's Board of Directors

Officers

President – Rosemary Blake
Vice President – Gus Block
Secretary/Treasurer – Ed Hong

Biographies

 

 

 

 

Isabel Adon, LMSW, is a committed meditator with a decade of retreat experience at IMS. Born in the Dominican Republic and fluent in Spanish and English, she has worked for over 20 years as a therapist and administrator of psychiatric and clinical services for children and families in New York. She also lectures in social work, and consults on and volunteers for trauma-related programs.

  Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and a governing teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

  Rosemary Blake, with over 30 years experience in leadership positions in the health care industry, was most recently the Executive Director of the Health Services Retirement Plan in New York City. She is also a senior facilitator of the International Black Summit, a non-profit that provides an opportunity for participants to bring into being their vision for the black community and the world. She has had a spiritual practice for more than 25 years, and currently serves as President of the IMS Board.

  Gus Block has the good fortune to live close to IMS, giving him and his husband Bruce Lockhart greater opportunities to become engaged with the IMS community. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and since 2000 has worked for Nuvera Fuel Cells developing hydrogen fuel cells and refueling stations for automobiles. He also studied Philosophy and the History of Ideas at Brandeis University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka in 1994-95. He currently serves as Vice President of the IMS Board.

  Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats, including Spanish language courses, emphasizing embodied clarity and kindness. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.

  Christina Feldman is an IMS guiding teacher and co-founder of Gaia House in England. She has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 1976 and has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. Her books include Compassion and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.

  Joseph Goldstein has taught Buddhist meditation worldwide since 1974. A co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS, he also helped envision and establish BCBS and IMS's Forest Refuge center. The author of One Dharma, his latest title is Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening.

 

Ed Hong was an equity trader for 10 years and is currently a project manager and business systems analyst in the financial services industry. He participated in his first IMS retreat in 2007 and is an active member of New York Insight. He has also found great reward in service as a hospice volunteer, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the IMS Board.

  May Krukiel, M.A., M.Ed., has worked within the not-for-profit world for more than 30 years. Her training in psychology and her long-standing commitment to social justice has led to a specialization in working with women survivors of sexual violence, and she is currently the Director of Victims Assistance Services in Westchester, NY. May has a deep interest in insight meditation practice, and enjoys weaving. She lives with her husband Russell and dog Aroon in CT.

  Narayan Helen Liebenson is a guiding teacher of IMS and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and a regular contributor to Buddhadharma magazine. Her training includes over 30 years in the Theravada tradition as well as in Chan with the late Master Sheng Yen.

  Sage Mason has worked at IMS since 2007, first in Facilities, and now in the Retreat Center Front Office. Prior to this, she was employed as a park ranger, boat detailer, sales analyst and customer relations specialist. Her professional and personal interests include Focusing, meditation, organizational development, needle felting, and numerous artistic pursuits.

  Kamala Masters, an IMS guiding teacher, began practicing in 1975. Trained by Anagarika Munindra and Sayadaw U Pandita, she offers the dharma in the US and abroad. She is also a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui.

 

Tanya Rakpraja has participated in numerous IMS retreats over the last several years. In her professional work, she is committed to bridging the areas of poverty reduction, finance and public policy. Most recently, she was a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she oversaw the large-scale purchases of securities backed by home mortgages to stimulate the US housing market and economy. Prior to this, she worked to reduce the impacts of poverty, both domestically and internationally.

  Sharon Salzberg, a co-founder of IMS and BCBS, has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Real Happiness, Faith, Lovingkindness and other publications.

 

Sara Shapouri, a committed IMS meditator, is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Law and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program for Counseling Psychology at Fordham University in New York. She has worked on policy reform in Bangladesh, Iran and Sierra Leone aimed at combating corruption, child sexual abuse and exploitation. She also enjoys editing art and music videos.

 

Rodney Smith, an IMS guiding teacher, has taught insight meditation since 1984. He is a former Buddhist monk and worked in hospice care for 17 years. The author of Stepping Out of Self-Deception and Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart, he founded and guides Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

 

Linda Spink has been attending IMS retreats since 2006 and became the organization’s Executive Director in July 2013. Prior to this, she spent 20 years as a senior consultant with the international consulting firm TRG, assisting public and private-sector clients to be more effective. Her professional areas of interest include leadership development, strategic planning, and living with change. She lives with her wife Becky Carroll in the Amherst, MA area.

 

DaRa Williams has a strong background of training and work in the arena of diversity, trauma and oppression psychology, which includes understanding racism and all the other ‘isms’ in our culture. She has attended numerous retreats at IMS over the last ten years and currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee.

  Carol Wilson has been practicing insight meditation since 1971 with a variety of teachers, including Sayadaw U Pandita and Ashin U Tejaniya, as well as spending a year as a nun in Thailand. An IMS guiding teacher, she has been offering retreats worldwide since 1986, including the annual IMS Three-Month course.

 

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