Ian has been a student at Brooklyn Zen Center since its inception in 2005. During this time he has taken on various administrative and practice roles at the center, including serving for several years as Ino (head of the meditation hall). He was in residence for 15 months at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2015-2016 and was ordained as a priest by Teah Strozer in October 2016. He served as shuso (head student) at BZC for the fall 2019 practice period. Ian holds an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York and is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary.
Dulce has a background in journalism and political science and has worked as a photojournalist, nuclear abolition activist and human rights campaigner. Originally from Portugal, she has lived in Brooklyn since 2002, and is interested in the intersections of collective healing and social justice.