governance

Board of Directors
Yosh Beier, MSc, Executive Coach, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant
Board Chair

YoshA German native, Yosh is a transplant from Berlin where he practiced Soto Zen in the Taisen Deshimaru lineage and served as treasurer to the Berlin Sangha. He is trained both as a theoretical physicist as well as a Hakomi therapist, coach, and mediator. Yosh professionally focuses on improving clarity and emotional intelligence in the human interactions and decision-making crucial to meaningful and successful collaboration. He cofounded Collaborative Coaching, an executive coaching and leadership development consultancy to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Yosh brings 15 years of experience in organizational effectiveness and change management to the board where he facilitates strategic discussions and retreats besides lending a hand where needed. He enjoys curiosity, interdisciplinary thinking – and questions that don’t have an answer.

Laura O’Loughlin, LCSW, Psychotherapist
BZC Co-founder, Tanto (Head of Practice), Treasurer

Laura O’Loughlin is co-founder and lay teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center. Before she began training with Teah Strozer, Laura was a student of Darlene Cohen’s. She is currently a psychotherapist, affiliated with the Buddhist Psychotherapy Collective, with her own practice in Manhattan. As a clinician, Laura uses mindfulness and body-oriented practices to support healing and transformation. Before co-founding Brooklyn Zen Center, Laura had trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center. Laura was also Director of Austin Zen Center, where among other things she studied the interface between eastern and western psychologies.

 

Greg Snyder, Dharma Teacher & Zen Buddhist Priest
BZC Co-founder, President

Greg Snyder is a dharma teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder and current President. He is also the Senior Director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary, where he directs and teaches in a Masters of Divinity program focused on Buddhism and Inter-religious Engagement. Greg received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Teah Strozer and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Greg is active with multiple interfaith and community networks organizing around peace-building, anti-violence and social justice initiatives, and currently sits on the Brooklyn Borough President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Community Partnerships. Greg’s practice of Zen and the dharma includes an understanding that personal and social liberation are a deeply integrated process of mutual unfolding. In addition to teaching in a formal Zen context, he facilitates Undoing Whiteness and Undoing Patriarchy workshops and ongoing groups that focus on investigating self-identities that may unconsciously perpetuate societal suffering. His efforts include ensuring the dharma is truly available to everyone, supporting young people in practice, developing a community-responsive Zen center, and advocating for bringing the illumination of conditioning around patriarchy, racism and economic exploitation to the center of our Buddhist exploration of self. He is devoted to co-creating an American dharma movement that fully embraces a deep social engagement focused on transforming inequity, bias and violence in ourselves, our communities and the world.

Ian Case
BZC Co-founder, Secretary

ian%20case_id_finIan 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, and he currently shares the role of ino (head of the meditation hall). He was lay ordained by Teah Strozer in December 2008 and he recently returned from Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, where he was in residence for 15 months.

Ian enjoys giving zazen instruction, playing guitar, and exploring New York City. Ian holds an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York, and currently works as a medical copy editor.

 

 Tamara Freeman

Tamara began practicing Buddhism several years ago and looks forward deepening her practice via service to BZC.  Tamara is an IT professional with over a decade of experience.  She looks forward to the opportunity to use her skill-set to broaden access to the Buddha’s teachings.

 

 

 

Tracey Ryans

Tracey has served on the board of The Kitchen, the Branding Committee for the Central Park Conservatory, the Marketing Committee for The New Victory Theatre, a Consultant to Frieze Art Fair NY, and holds advisory positions for The New Museum, Performa, Marfa Ballroom and MoMa PS1.

He started his career at then start-up Oxford Health Plans where as a marketing executive he helped spearhead the Healthy Mind Healthy Body program which was the first of its kind in convincing traditional medical practitioners to refer patients to non-traditional practitioners.

Tracey is a co-owner of Goldthread Herbs, Neuehouse, Grasmere Farm, Metrograph Theater, a practitioner of Chi Gong,Tai Chi, Soto Zen Buddhism, an avid sailor, and will continue to remind you that he came in first place at the 2014 BDDW Club of Archers Annual Championship.

Weishin Kerry Huang

Weishin Kerry Huang is a first generation Chinese American, having immigrated to the US with his family six months after the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. They are a sacred activist and healing justice worker committed to the practice of socially engaged Buddhism. Weishin currently sits with Love Circle Sangha, a people of color and allies sangha who practices in the Order of Interbeing, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. They are also a student of Rev. angel Kyoto williams Sensei, a queer black female Zen priest who is addressing racism through the dharma.