The Board of Directors is the governing body of Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS), a 501 C3 non-profit religious corporation. Board members serve as the stewards of SIMS, its resources, programs and activities. Officers include the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Board meets every other month to discuss issues, deliberate policy and vote. The Board also convenes committee meetings specific to a variety of initiatives. The Board seeks to be an increasingly diverse group bringing a wide perspective of views and skills in service of SIMS and the Dharma.
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Guiding Teacher & Teaching Oversight
Tim began practicing Insight Meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2006 under the guidance of Rodney Smith. Tim offers talks, classes, interviews, and leads daylong retreats. Tim is currently in the four-year Teacher Training through Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He has also completed the two-year Dedicated Practitioner Program. His relationship with his wife and young daughter are a joyful and fundamental part of his dharma practice.
Guiding Teacher & Sangha Oversight
Tuere Sala is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. She has been an active member and volunteer at Seattle Insight since 2001. In 2009, she was appointed to be a Local Dharma Leader and has often supported SIMS in unconventional ways such as answering the many letters SIMS receives from practitioners in prison; offering beginning classes at Angeline Women’s shelter and Jubilee House, a women’s transitional house; and facilitating workshops using nonviolent communication (NVC) to support a mindfulness practice.
Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand– making it accessible to everyone.
Tuere has completed extensive training including: the two-year Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leader Program; a one-year Focusing for Complex Trauma Course which incorporates mindfulness principles with somatic listening and a one-year Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training Course (MMFT) which incorporates mindfulness principles within the high stress work environments of first-responders. She has sat 300+ days of meditation retreat (including residential, non-residential and day-longs) and has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice.
Barbara is happy to serve the SIMS sangha as its President. Barbara was drawn to meditation in the early 1970’s and tried a variety of different forms. While traveling around the world with her family in 2003, she attended a brief Insight Meditation retreat and instruction with the Venerable Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo at Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong in Thailand and upon returning to Seattle, she became associated with SIMS. She has worked as an architectural consultant for most of her career and teaches periodically in the Architecture Department at the University of Washington. Her architectural focus is on the use of natural light in buildings and passive solar/sustainable design. In both her professional work and her practice, she seeks an acceptance of what is and tries to work with the existing flows of energy/life to achieve a natural balance. Her consulting projects range from the sustainability master plan for a children’s zoo in California to a major sports arena in Kent, WA. In her spare time, Barbara likes to kayak and do a variety of creative activities like photography, creative writing (poetry and narrative non-fiction) and small construction projects.
Program & Events
Jason began practicing meditation in 1993. His primary Dhamma focus is on study and practice from the suttas as well as integrating these practices into daily life in the modern world. Jason is working to study all of the Nikāyas as well as available texts from the other lineages of early Buddhism (such as the Chinese Āgamas). He has found Dhamma practice invaluable and aspires to help others to have access to Dhamma as well.
Within SIMS, Jason has volunteered as manager and co-manager for non-residential retreats. He hopes to further benefit the organization through service on the board as Program Director.
In his free time Jason also practices and teaches Buddhist and Taoist Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong. He enjoys spending time with his wife Erika and their two dachshund companions.
Iris began meditating in 2007 after receiving a serious health diagnosis and quickly found her way to the dhamma. She has been a regular attendee at SIMS since 2011. Beginning at that time she found volunteering to be the path to the heart of the sangha. She has volunteered as a Tuesday night greeter, greeter for introduction to meditation classes and daylongs, manager and co-coordinator for non-residential retreats, and a co-lead volunteer of the cleaning squad during SIMS’ first two years in SODO. She has participated in several KM groups and co-facilitated a year long KM group on The Four Noble Truths. In May 2018 she spearheaded the formation of SIMS’ Climate Action Group. She is honored and excited to fill the role of a new Board position as the Social Justice and Environmental Liason.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Iris has been in Seattle since 1982. She is a retired psychiatric nurse practitioner having worked in community mental health for the bulk of her career. She has a small gardening business, is a sometimes painter; loves music, film, the arts and the beauty in nature. Her dhamma practice is the key to her happiness. She aims to serve the sangha with kindness and an open heart.
Deb began her meditation practice in September 2012 with an introductory class taught by Rodney Smith. The practice of the dhamma has been transformational for her. She initially sat with a small SIMS sangha at Keystone Church, then moved on to the Capitol Hill sangha, with Tuere Sala as teacher. Deb began her volunteer work at SIMS as a greeter at Keystone. She's also been a non-residential retreat manager, and for the last year has been one of three retreat coordinators for SIMS. She is honored to be invited to join the SIMS board and for the chance to give back to the organization.
A native of Connecticut, Deb was a social worker in the medical field, initially as a counselor and psychotherapist, then later as a facilitator and consultant. In her retirement, she enjoys volunteer work at several other community-based organizations; travel and bicycle-touring with her husband, Walt; and messing around with making art in her studio at home in the Greenlake area of Seattle.
Shashi attended Rodney’s beginner class in early 2014 and has been a member of the Sangha since then. He is grateful to SIMS for providing a community for the practice of vipassana meditation locally. Shashi started his volunteer work with the Sangha helping the then treasurer, Jerry Lockwood, on various accounting related projects. This has since evolved into him assuming the role of treasurer. Trained as a CPA, Shashi managed the finance function at various real estate, biotech and high-tech companies during his professional career. He lives in West Seattle with his wife enjoying the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, playing tennis and practicing the dharma.
Rob has been a member of SIMS since 2015 when he took the last Intro to Meditation class at SIMS offered by Rodney Smith. He works as a software engineer at Microsoft, where's he's been about 18 years. Before Microsoft, Rob worked as Environmental Engineer/Hydrogeologist. Rob grew up on the East Coast and has lived in Seattle about 30 years.
Rob lives in Downtown Seattle and has two grown children. In his free time, Rob enjoys getting outside and hiking, riding his bike, gardening and volunteer service. Rob feels incredibly grateful for the dharma and the opportunity to serve the SIMS community.
Kalid joined SIMS in 2018 while attending a daylong Rodney Smith talk with his aunt. He came to Seattle from Boston in 2003, and works remotely as a software engineer. He enjoys blogging about intuitive math explanations, snowboarding, and Brazilian Ju Jitsu.
Since joining SIMS, Kalid and his wife Valerie eagerly attend weekly sits and retreats. He looks forward to serving the Sangha and deepening his practice.
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