EAR Council Members

Ethics and Reconciliation (EAR) Council Members

The EAR council consists of three SIMS practitioners, who are available to any community member requesting help in dealing with conflicts and grievances within the SIMS community. The SIMS Board appoints council members. The Board may consider a variety of factors in appointing EAR Council members, including conflict-resolution or other relevant background, the length of time in the sangha and/or practicing the dharma, and personal qualities such as sound judgment, integrity, and discretion.

Contacting the EAR Council

You are welcome to approach them at SIMS events or send an email to the three person group [email protected] If you would prefer to speak with a particular council member, just request a meeting with that person.

Current EAR Council Members

Karen Fite

Karen has taught college courses in conflict resolution, women’s studies, non-violent communication, and child and human development. She was actively involved in development of an anti-bias curriculum and courses in social and political contexts of human development and ethics. Karen also was the Academic Dean for 10 years.

Becoming a lawyer in 1985, Karen worked in the Juvenile Courts in Los Angeles for 15 years. During her years as an attorney, she was trained in community conflict resolution and participated in many forms of mediation. Karen also participated in the founding of several non-profit corporations, and served on their boards.

Karen found her way to SIMS at Keystone Church in 2001. She and her partner, Niki, have been regular members ever since. Niki is a child and family therapist. They live in the U-District with various cats and sometimes enjoy visits from their son and granddaughters. They regularly attend the Bioneers Conference and are passionate about the preservation of the earth and social justice.

Ken Yasuhara

Ken began practicing with SIMS in 2011, a year after his wife Ewa joined the sangha. Originally from New England, he came to Seattle in 1998 for graduate study at the University of Washington, where he is now staff, working in engineering education research and faculty development.

His current favorite pastimes include cooking, knitting, and all things bicycle-related, and he is a long-time volunteer with Bike Works.

Miles Yanick

Miles stumbled onto the dharma path and quickly found his way to SIMS back in 2007. He has been an active and grateful member of the sangha ever since. He served on the SIMS board from 2011 until June 2016.

In his professional life, he’s a lawyer. His practice focuses on litigation and dispute resolution. He is trained in facilitative, interest-based mediation and served for many years as a volunteer mediator with the Snohomish and King County Dispute Resolution Centers. This mediation model is focused on acknowledging and drawing out the often unspoken needs and interests that underlie a dispute, rather than the positions that drive it. It is inspiring to be a part of a process that empowers people to discover their own solutions rather than having them imposed by someone else.

He is also a volunteer at the University of Washington Medical Center, providing companionship and a listening presence to patients referred to the palliative care team, and with Harborview Medical Center’s No One Dies Alone Program. Before that, he was a hospice care volunteer. What he values most about hospice and palliative-care work is not knowing—or even being expected to know—the answers. Instead, he feels privileged to be one of the few people on the hospital staff whose only role is to be present and connect with another person.

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