Board of Directors
The IMSB Board includes a dedicated group of practitioners who are committed to the support of our community.
President, Jeff DeLisio
I have been a student of Buddhism since the 1970s, and with many traditions and teachers, but rarely have the teachings appeared so clear and concise, so readily put into practice, as those I have received from Shaila Catherine. Finding this teacher and this sangha in the heart of Silicon Valley has been a gift. The gentle, but strong and genuine support of the people who meditate together at IMSB creates an ideal environment for cultivating wisdom and kindness. I have served IMSB as a member of the building committee and by managing the sound system and set up for the day longs. Now I help with a variety of projects and serve in the capacity as Board President. It has simply been a joy to be involved with IMSB – I hope others will join us in this important work.
Co–Treasurer, Ed Haertel
I have maintained a daily meditation practice for over 25 years and have attended many retreats with Shaila. I’ve been active in IMSB since its beginning in 2006, and have served as IMSB’s treasurer since 2008. I also co-host the IMSB sutta study course in my home. Before retiring in 2013, I was a professor of educational testing and assessment at Stanford University.
Co–Treasurer, Vanessa Peters
I was introduced to meditation in Bodh Gaya, India in the mid-90’s. Since then I’ve maintained a strong interest in Buddhism and have continued my commitment to personal growth. In 2013, I moved to the Bay Area and took the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at Stanford. Looking for sangha to support me in my practice, I found IMSB shortly thereafter and have been a part of the community ever since. I am particularly drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of Buddhism and am continually inspired by its applicability and relevancy to all aspects of life.
Secretary, Brenda Fox
I was introduced to meditation while at University in the 70’s. I have had a consistent practice since that time and a strong commitment to personal growth. My practice has supported me during a long career in information technology, professional services and high tech start-ups. I retired from that field in 2012 and I am now working with a group of global researchers studying complexity, resilience and x-events. My area of interest is personal resiliency. I met Shaila in 2010 and have been attending IMSB and assisting with special projects. The practice of mindfulness has helped me be a more aware and compassionate person in many domains of my life.
Principal Teacher, Shaila Catherine
I love the dhamma of awakening and am honored to be able to share the liberating teachings of the Buddha with people who are moved to explore their own minds. IMSB is a community built on trust and nurtured by volunteer efforts. In addition to serving as founder, principal teacher, board member, and programs coordinator, I frequently work with volunteers on myriad IMSB projects, enjoying the generosity and engagement of our community. You can read more about my work on the Principal Teacher page.
Volunteer Director, Kristi Iverson
I began attending IMSB in 2009 after having been a member of a local Zen sangha for a couple of years. I felt at home at IMSB and have gradually become more involved. I have been on the set-up team for the Mountain View location for several years, and in the fall of 2016 joined the IMSB Board as Volunteer Director. I value the teachings and the community I have found at IMSB and am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing work.
IMSB is supported by a wonderful group of volunteers who coordinate all our events and provide support for programs, website, mailings, newsletter, and administration.
Sharon Allen, Saratoga Program Director, and Volunteer Coordinator
Like any non-profit organization, Buddhist centers require the active participation of volunteers. Because I understand the importance of volunteers, I am pleased to hold several volunteer positions for IMSB. Currently I coordinate the volunteers for IMSB’s programs in Saratoga; I work with Shaila to develop the Thursday Classroom Program; I teach mindfulness and dhamma classes; and I am one of several volunteers who serve as greeters, announcers, and set-up helpers. Volunteering is a wonderful way to get to know other sangha members better. To me, volunteering feels like an act of kindness for those who count on what IMSB has to offer.
Katrina Bergbauer, Retreat Registrar
I first became acquainted with IMSB at a retreat at the Quaker Center in 2011. I was thoroughly taken with that experience and especially the kindness of the other people I met. I remember thinking how nice it might be to be involved with IMSB as a volunteer. I’m so very grateful to IMSB for supporting my practice in so many ways, and volunteering gives me a chance to express my thanks.
Dianne Dec, Communications Volunteer
As a communications volunteer, I oversee IMSB’s social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and MeetUp. I commute from Mountain View to San Francisco for my job as COO/CFO at Hosfelt Gallery. I began meditation practice in 2012 when I started attending IMSB’s Tuesday evening sittings; although I’m a relative newcomer to meditation, I am deeply grateful for the support of the sangha, the transformative teachings of Shaila Catherine, and the profound blessings of the practice.
Ann Dillon, Distance Learning Developer
In 2007 I had the good fortune of encountering Shaila Catherine’s teaching and was struck by the clarity and directness with which she spoke. Living in Florida, yet wishing for more consistent contact with Shaila and for access to teachings that were already available to the local IMSB sangha, I became a vocal advocate for distance learning opportunities. In 2014, I helped co-create Bodhi Courses, Shaila’s distance learning program. I currently serve as program coordinator and course developer for Bodhi Courses, sometimes also serving as course moderator. I also co-teach Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight residential retreats with Shaila.
Rebecca L. Edwards, General Volunteer
After one overwhelming week in 2012, I realized that I needed something to help me become more centered and calm within myself, because the way I was functioning wasn’t working. I wanted to learn to become like an un-flickering candle flame even when the worst was before me. So I started coming on Tuesday nights to IMSB, and it began to feel like home. I looked forward to each Tuesday, and then I heard about the vision statement for IMSB and Shaila’s plan to grow our Sangha. This inspired me to want to get involved so that I could help ensure that these teachings remain available to me and for all. I now regularly attend the sangha in Saratoga, since it’s closer to my home. I help with room set-up, maintaining the mailing list, and general administrative tasks.
Laura Lin, Audio Collection Manager
I edit the audio recordings of talks by Shaila and guest teachers who speak at IMSB and upload the audio files to the IMSB portal of DharmaSeed.org. I also edit talks for Shaila’s online courses. I am really fortunate to have found such a wonderful Dharma teacher in Shaila. She has the incredible ability and insight to make ancient teachings of the Buddha relevant to my daily life today. She always brings the teachings back to the end of suffering and liberation. So, what can be better than to listen to her Dharma talks at least twice–once live and once while I am editing! May other seekers of truth and liberation also find her teachings instructive and inspirational.
Claire, Saratoga Registar
I began attending IMSB in 2010 seeking balance in my busy life of raising children and running my own law practice. The sangha has offered me everything I’d hoped for and so much more. Volunteering has helped me feel more connected with the community and I really enjoy contributing to such a wonderful organization. I’ve written articles for the newsletter, and my current role is registrar for the Thursday evening Dhamma Classroom in Saratoga. It’s very rewarding and I feel so glad to be a part of the IMSB family.
Jennifer Dungan, Newcomer Orientation Lead
I began attending IMSB programs from its first day in Mountain View and have been involved ever since. In addition to offering an occasional Dharma talk, I lead regular monthly orientations for people new to IMSB, periodically organize guest speaker series, and help with Tuesday evening announcements and room set-up. I have also helped coordinate the Walking the Path program.
Lori Topley, Facility Team Manager
I began practicing at IMSB in 2010, pursuing an interest in learning more about meditation practices after attending several Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes. I appreciate having IMSB near where I live and work, allowing me to regularly attend the Tuesday night meditation. To help keep IMSB available to everyone, I volunteer as the facility lead, coordinating room set-up for regular and special events.
More than thirty active volunteers contribute the time, talents, and efforts that produce our programs and accomplish myriad administrative tasks. Special thanks to our cherished volunteers!