Governance

The Board of directors meets once a month and works closely with the teachers. The Board welcomes items for discussion from the community members.

Board meetings are open and are generally held the last Wednesday of the month. For more information, please contact Jude at jude@stonecreekzen.org or Donna at donnalockhart2@gmail.com.

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BOARD MEMBERS

Donna Lockhart, Chair
Richard Pierce, Treasurer
Kate Burroughs, Secretary
Steve Issacson, Building and Grounds
Jude Kreissman, Membership and Sangha Affairs
Naomi Fuchs
Richard Power

 

Donna Lockhart, Chair
Donna began exploring meditation and body work many years ago. Through these practices, she experienced a greater sense of peace and well being. In 2014, after a long search, she found her spiritual home and began focused practice at Stone Creek Zen Center. Throughout her lifelong profession as a nurse (and ultimately geriatric nurse practitioner), she endeavored to touch other lives with an open heart. Now retired, she is honored to be part of the Stone Creek Zen Center board and to work alongside others who strive to embody the dharma and support the practice of Zen. She has a deep need for the natural world and treasures regular hikes along our beautiful local trails.

Richard Pierce, Treasurer

Kate Burroughs, Secretary
Kate has been a student of meditation since 1975, when she moved to Santa Rosa after graduating from U.C. Berkeley. She and her husband co-founded Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery in 1980. Kate has been an advocate of organic farming and helping farmers make the transition from chemical to organic farming. Kate joined Stone Creek Zen Center in 2012, which felt like coming home, and joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in June 2022.
Kate loves gardening, being in the natural world via walking, playing music and watercolor painting.

Steve Isaacson, Buildings and Grounds
Steve became interested in Zen Meditation and philosophy in the late 1980s, studying at the San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. It became clear to him that Zen philosophy was the perfect fit for him. Now retired, Steve worked for many years in the Bay Area as a Professional Engineer specializing in construction management. He also, with a long time friend, started and ran a wholesale plant nursery in the Sebastopol area. After settling in Sonoma County he began looking for a home for his Zen Practice. Three years ago he connected with Stone Creek Zen Center and found that home and a year ago he was elected to the board. In addition to Stone Creek, Steve devotes his time to his family, several non-profits in the arts and in sustainable engineering projects in the third world as well as caring for the land he lives on and his two golden retrievers.”

Jude Kreissman, Membership and Sangha Affairs
After becoming lost in the Tassajara wilderness, Jude and a camping partner literally stumbled upon Tassajara Zen Center and joined the three-day sesshin then taking place. This began a 45 year exploration of Buddhist practice, which quickly became a
cornerstone of her life. Stone Creek has been her spiritual refuge fornearly 20 years. Jude loved working in education for 45 years, and loves retirement even more. Having time to be with family and friends, be outside, read, dance and travel are deeply restorative pleasures. It’s a privilege and a delight to be on the Stone Creek
board.

New Board Members:

Naomi Fuchs
A year ago Naomi retired after 40 years as a non-profit executive leader for local health care organizations. Mostly recently, she served as the CEO of Santa Rosa Community Health for 22  years. She has been practicing meditation (off and on) since she was about 13 years old and has studied various forms of spirituality including Tibetan Buddhism, Soto Zen, and Judaism. Her spiritual practice is a core to her life purpose and living in the world with a little bit of equanimity as well as her commitment to social justice and the wellbeing of all people. She sees being on the board as way to connect more deeply with people and the practice and, hopefully, to be of service to SCZC.

Richard Power
Richard retired five years ago as a tax attorney for low income housing (such as Burbank Housing. He has extensive experience volunteering for local non-profits. These include, Land Paths, Laguna Foundation, Sebastopol Community Center, The Climate Protection Campaign. He is a Rotarian volunteered for the Rotary for many years including serving on the board at least five times. He practiced Zen for 20 years with Bruce Fortin and took took his precepts in a jukai ceremony in 2009. He also participated at Spirit Rock for two years in the Path of Engagement. Richard believes that “success is our natural condition.”

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