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IMS's Board of Directors

Officers

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

Biographies

 

 

 

 

Isabel Adon, L.M.S.W., 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. She currently serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee.

  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 teaches regularly at the fall Three-Month Retreat.

  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, co-founder of Gaia House in England, and a core teacher of Bodhi College in Europe. Teaching meditation retreats since 1976, she has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. Her books include Compassion and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.
 

Pamela Freeman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., works in private practice, supporting clients in addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment and diversity. She has participated in IMS’s People of Color and other retreats, as well as undertaking Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader and Dedicated Practitioner programs. She serves on the Board’s Diversity and Ethics Committees.

  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. His books include Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, One Dharma, Insight Meditation and others.

 

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 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.

  Kamala Masters offers the dharma in a way that nourishes the natural inner growth of compassion and wisdom. Trained by Anagarika Munindra and Sayadaw U Pandita, and continuing her practice with Sayadaw U Tejaniya, she is a co-founder of Vipassana Metta on Maui, and serves as an IMS guiding teacher.

 

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.

 

John Ryan is the director of the Vermont Agriculture Development Program, where he provides executive coaching on sustainability to food- and forestry-based businesses. He has performed feasibility studies, assessments and planning tasks for numerous sustainable housing and business development projects throughout New England. John has attended retreats at IMS since 1997, and serves on the Board’s Facilities Committee.

  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. She currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee.

 

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.

  Carol Wilson, an IMS guiding teacher, has practiced 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. She has offered metta and vipassana retreats worldwide since 1986, including the annual IMS Three-Month course.

 

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