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IMS's Board of Directors

Officers

President – Ed Hong
Vice President – Gus Block
Secretary-Treasurer – Tanya Rakpraja

Biographies

 

Salma Abdulla, CFA, CMT, is a stock portfolio manager at E. Magnus Oppenheim & Co., and is a member of the Market Technicians Association Board of Directors. She has attended numerous retreats at IMS (including the 2014 People of Color Retreat), the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC and Gaia House, and actively participates in Buddhist studies classes. A member of the New York Insight community, she is Treasurer of that center’s Board of Directors. She also serves on IMS’s Finance Committee.

 

 

 

 

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. 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.

  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. Christina's new book on the Brahma Viharas, The Boundless Heart, will be released in February 2017.

 
Inger Forland became IMS’s Executive Director in June 2017, after serving at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as Vice President, Marketing and Communications. Prior to that, she had almost 20 years in management, primarily in the publishing industry. Inger has been a dedicated meditator and a student of spiritual philosophy and practice for more than three decades, and is deeply committed to our diversity work.
 

 

Pamela Freeman, MSW, LCSW, 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 President of the IMS Board.

  May Krukiel, MA, MEd, 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. Kamala is taking a sabbatical from her board duties in 2017.

 

Tanya Rakpraja has participated in numerous IMS retreats. Professionally, 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. Tanya currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the IMS Board.

 

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 PhD 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.

  Kyle Taylor has been an IMS staffer for three years, and now serves in the Forest Refuge office and on the Board's Facilities Committee. Before coming to IMS, he worked for 10 years with children in a variety of settings, from educational to recreational. He is currently in a Master's degree program in School Guidance Counseling at Westfield State University.

  DaRa Williams has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years. She completed the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and serves as an Associate Guiding Teacher at IMS. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy. "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."

  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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