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.
Updated November 2016, point persons in italics.
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, Resident Lama
Julia King Tamang, Associate Teacher (currently on 3yr retreat)
Bill Spangle, Associate Teacher
Dora DeCoursey, Associate Teacher (on hiatus)
Zopa Herron, Associate Teacher
Erik Fromme, Assistant Teacher
Lama Assistant: Sally Mead
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.
Tim Campbell, President
Linda Besant, Assistant President
Sandy Pollock, Treasurer
Pat Parker, Secretary
SCOL Operations and Staff
Care for the facilities, vehicles, equipment and natural landscape at Ser Cho Osel Ling; provides for the general wellbeing of retreatants and dharma teachers during retreat. Manages day-to-day operations at SCOL. Assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility to oversee the operations of SCOL and ensure that the facility functions in a way that is safe, legal, and in line with KCC’s mission and vision.
Peg Swift, Facilities Operations Manager
Marie Maretska, Kitchen Manager
Abby Cummings, Cook
Jake Cummings, Facilities Assistant
Human Resources Management
Nurtures the culture of volunteering at KCC through training, mentoring and facilitation. Committee also acts as a liaison between volunteers and the organization.
Linda Besant, Sally Mead
Fosters the Dharma life of KCC by preparing the urban center for puja, providing chant leaders, greeters and handling center setup and cleanup.
Jef Gunn, Bob Wilson, Lynn McClenahan, Luisa Zini, Joe Bertagnoli, Pat Parker, Melinda Bell, Peggy Ensign, Julie Hurlocker, Bonnie McClean, Gwen LoVetere, Carolyn Peck, Rosemarie Sweet, Miriam Hammer
Finance Committee and Bookkeeping Team
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.
Sandy Pollock (Treasurer), Cynthia Irvine, Pat Parker, Linda Grove, Steve Unangst (consultant)
Plans and executes efforts to raise capital funds and oversees annual operating campaign.
Phil Wallin, Linda Besant
New Urban Center Team
John Jennings, Bill Spangle, Dora DeCoursey, Linda Logan, Chuck Kangas, Peg Swift. Other NUC Committee members: Linda Grove, Cynthia Huntington, Adele Hilsen, Linda Denning.
New Urban Center Capital Campaign
Phil Wallin, Dora DeCoursey, Mark Eichstadt, Marylinda Eichstadt
Retreats and 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.)
Linda Grove, Project Management Coordinator
Urban Center Maintenance Assistance
Adele Hilsen, Dora DeCoursey, Peter Frothingham
Responsible for ordering, creatively displaying and promoting books and items that are stocked in the KCC dharma store. Coordinates with the Program Council to ensure materials are available to support retreats and classes.
Linda Logan, Diane Lucas
Members of the Children’s Program set the annual curriculum for the children at KCC and ensures qualified teachers are present to instruct them.
Mary Woods, Zopa Herron
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.
Celedra Gildea, Linda Besant
Develops content for KCC publications, both print and digital.
Graphics and Photography: Marci Roth, Margaret Jasnssen, Tara Sullivan, Sanje Elliott
Web Programming: TBD
E-Newsletter: Rosemarie Sweet, Ryan Fitz, Deborah Brink Wohrmann
List Serves: Ryan Fitz
Event Publicity: Ryan Fitz, Linda Grove
Linda Besant, Steve Parker, Gwen LoVetere, Miriam Hammer
Tech Analysis Team / Neon Transition
Margaret Janssen, Sandy Pollock, Peter Wood, Luisa Zini
Determines how to allocate KCC’s scholarship resources to support access to Dharma programs.
Pat Parker, Dora DeCoursey
Long Retreat Scholarships: Sandy Pollock, Pat Parker
Linda Grove, Joe Bertangoli, Peter Wood, Bonnie McClean, Marci Roth, Bob Wilson, Zopa Herron, Adele Hilson
Dora DeCoursey, Julie Colley, Bonnie McClean
Mahamudra Seminar / India Coordinator
Represents KCC in wider community coalitions, such as Dharma Umbrella, and as a point of contact for community groups interested in KCC.
This position not currently filled.