Board of Directors
Weishin Kerry Huang
Weishin 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. He has over a decade of experience in non-profit administration. Currently, Weishin is pursuing a dual degree in Buddhism and social work at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia School of Social Work.
Board Vice Chair
Kristin has been a member of Brooklyn Zen Center since 2011. During this time, she gratefully served as head of kitchen practice (Tenzo) for four years, stepping down from that practice role to join the board. She is also co-facilitator of BZC’s Undoing Whiteness and Oppression group. But her sweetest joy is having received the precepts from Kosen Greg Snyder in 2017 which formalized her Bodhisattva vow to practice for the liberation of all beings. It is her intention to bring the stillness of practice mind to the countless behind-the-scenes details needing attention and care to keep the beloved BZC sangha stable, spiritually prosperous, and keenly responsive to the calls for Buddhist communities to directly and relentlessly disrupt all forms of violence, including our nation’s legacy of white supremacy and patriarchy. Kristin works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and lives in New Jersey with her two beloved pups, Luna & Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys food in all its forms, but maybe with a preference for home-made melty chocolate chip cookies.
Kosen Greg Snyder, Dharma Teacher & Zen Buddhist Priest
BZC Co-founder, Board Member, Teacher’s Seat
Kosen Greg Snyder is a dharma teacher and senior priest at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder and a current Board Member. 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. Kosen received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Teah Strozer and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Kosen 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. Kosen’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.
Laura O’Loughlin, LCSW, Dharma Teacher and Psychotherapist
BZC Co-founder, Board Member, Teacher’s Seat
Laura O’Loughlin is a dharma teacher and senior lay practitioner at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder. 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.
Alexandra has been exploring meditation and Buddhism for almost 15 years with different communities, but when she walked through the doors of the Brooklyn Zen Center in 2015 she was called to a deeper commitment to practice and to sangha. Since then, BZC has been her spiritual home. Recently in large thanks to her teachers and community, she redirected her life from a 12+ year media career towards work that better aligns with her practice. She is currently studying for a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement. Alexandra is way into yoga, pilates, and running when her hips will let her. She plays the violin/fiddle and has a senior pup named Leila.
Radha Ashok Radkar (she/they), has been teaching and working in the field of education for nearly a decade. Their professional experience includes designing, project managing, and teaching prison education reform, adult literacy, and now ethnic studies at a single-sex high school committed to honoring gender expansive youth. Their work aspires specifically to uproot lifetimes of systemic pedagogical violence, in service of liberation for all living beings. Radha has been a member of BZC since 2017. Along with regularly joining sangha at service and in sesshin, they support the Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine and People of Color affinity groups. The role of board secretary is just one of many ways they hope to show gratitude for this loving community. Offline, you can find Radha practicing yoga and Ayurveda, biking in Prospect Park, or listening to bad early-aughts pop, all while the borough of Queens is unmistakably emblazoned across their heart chakra.
BZC Co-founder, Emeritus Board Member
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.