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KCC is guided by two committees, the Program Council, which is responsible for meditation practices, and the Board of Directors, responsible for governance and financial oversight. Other committees oversee the activities within their own purview. Below is a description of the committees at KCC.
Convened by Resident Lama Michael Conklin. The Program Council supports the Resident Lama in setting opportunities for Dharma instruction and practice at KCC. The Program Council was established in 2002 by Lama Michael Conklin in accordance with the Bylaws of KCC. The Program Council manages all dimensions of activities related to practice and teachings at KCC.
Michael Conklin, Julia King Tamang, Bill Spangle, Dora DeCoursey (on hiatus)
Board liaison: Kathleen Benz
Board of Directors
The KCC Board of Directors nurtures the mission and vision by setting annual goals, establishing operating policy and monitoring the legal and fiscal health of the organization. It also convenes the annual sangha meeting and the annual leadership retreat. The board generally meets on the third Sunday of every month from 1:30pm - 4:30pm at KCC; all are welcome to attend.
Kathleen Benz (President), Steve Parker (Assistant President), Ephraim Miller (Treasurer), Pat Parker (Secretary), Jim Kimball
A subcommittee of the Board, the Finance Committee oversees all policies related to the annual budget and finance as well as managing the day-to-day finances of the center. The KCC Treasurer and Bookkeeper are always committee members.
Kathleen Benz, Ephraim Miller, Lois Beran, Bonnie Wilson
Responsible for day-to-day financial operations of KCC.
Bonnie Wilson, Hanna Karlin, Martha West, Pat Parker
Volunteer Support Committee
Nurtures the culture of volunteering at KCC through training, mentoring and facilitation. Annually seeks out individuals with appropriate gifts and skills to serve in the ways needed to carry out KCC's activities. Committee also acts as a liaison between volunteers and the organization.
Aly Good, Hanna Karlin, Marci Roth
Board liaison: Pat Parker
Alan Gladstone, Lois Beran
Building and Grounds
Oversees repair, cleaning, maintenance, and refurbishing of the urban center. Office support manages and stocks paper materials displayed on glass case.
Carol Spears, Phuntsok Johnson (Residence Caretakers)
Responsible for organizing regular meditation practices. Fosters the Dharma life of KCC by preparing the urban center for puja, providing chant leaders, greeters and handling center setup and cleanup.
Mary Woods, Dean Conklin, Michael Davis, Jef Gunn, Lynn McClenahan, Bob Wilson, Luisa Zini, Joe Bertagnoli, Aly Good, Pat Parker, Melinda Bell, Michele Zimmerman, Susan Gladstone, Lois Beran, assistant: Phin O’Hern
A subcommittee of the Program Council, members of the Children’s Program set the annual curriculum for the children at KCC and ensures qualified teachers are present to instruct them.
Sonia Arion, Carolyn Peck, Heather McNally, Cynthia Irving, Susan Segur, Joe B., Shelley Turley, John R.
Retreats & Events
This committee is responsible for registration and the logistics of events (including: retreats, study groups, classes, and various events such as visits by eminent teachers, public events, talks, and more) hosted by KCC, whether at KCC, SCOL, or off-site. (The Program Council is responsible for event content and curriculum.)
Susan Gladstone, Ann Ramey, Teri Duffy, Moriah Karlin
Communicates to current and prospective members about membership and pledging at KCC. Encourages members to support KCC through pledging and other activities. Monitors progress toward yearly pledging goals.
Dora DeCoursey, Lynn McClenahan
Determines how to allocate KCC's scholarship resources to support access to Dharma programs.
Responsible for ordering decisions about which books and items are stocked in the KCC bookstore. Coordinates with the Program Council to ensure materials are available to support retreats and classes.
Hilary Foote, Gwen Lovetere
Creating new strategic plan.
Michael Conklin, Dora DeCoursey, Bill Spangle, Aly Good, Alan Gladstone, Jeff Alworth, Kathleen Benz, Pat Parker, Anthony Kimple
Plans and executes efforts to raise capital funds and oversees annual operating campaign.
Barbara Bell, Kathleen Benz, Linda Besant, Dora DeCoursey, Susan Gladstone, Aly Good (small role)
KCC Connect: Susan Gladstone, Jean Ellen, Aly Good, Dora Decoursey, Bill Spangle, Jeff Gunn, Kathleen Benz
Oversees the health and maintenance of Ser Chö Ösel Ling.
Galen Doucette (manager), Betta Ledbetter (cook), Jake Cummings, Jikan Quitorio (cook)
Rural Operations (ROC)
Helps maintain Ser Chö Ösel Ling land stewardship and maintenance.
Steve Parker, Jim Kimball
Develops communication policy and content for KCC publications, both print and digital. The purview of the Communications Committee includes all print and digital material provided by KCC. Communications includes Production and Recording & Archiving.
Kathleen Benz (coordinator)
Design: Marci Roth, Tara Sullican
Photography: Aly Good, Betta Ledbetter, Susan Gladstone
Phones: Jean Mooneyham
Recording/Archiving: Dave Ebaugh, Jeff McCormack
Video Streaming: Sheri Mahoney, Hanna Karlin, Julie Lockerby
Texts: Melinda Bell, Julie Colley, Luisa Zini
Web: Barbara Miller, Kahtleen Benz, Julia King Tamang, Susan Gladstone
Puts out the monthly enewsletter about KCC’s activities.
Rosemarie Sweet, Sam Snoek-Brown, Jessica Dennison
Represents KCC in wider community coalitions, such as Dharma Umbrella, and as a point of contact for community groups interested in KCC