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Board Members:

Vanessa Wang

Vanessa Wang

Vanessa coordinates volunteers for BRN and is part of the Wednesday meetings, morning sits, and the BRN book club. Growing up in a Taiwanese family, she is a second generation Buddhist. However, she found that the path of Buddhist recovery significantly deepens her understanding and practice in Buddhism. Vanessa is also a spoken word poet and a mom for her plants. She has an interests in academia and has a master’s degree in Religious Studies with a focus in Buddhism, and is currently a Clinical Psychology PhD student. 


Vimalasara Mason-John

Vimalasara Mason-John - President / Facilitator Training Committee Chair

Award-winning author of 10 books, Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John is the co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR, a secular recovery 8-week program, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction. They were the co-founder of Healing and Insight a teaching faculty embracing Buddhist Recovery in all its guises. They are now responsible for programming Buddhist Recovery Retreats at the Menla Retreat Centre in Upstate New York. Chair of Vancouver Buddhist Centre, they are a senior member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and tour internationally as a public speaker and trainer in the field of addictions and emotional trauma.


Calico Cook

Calico Cook - Secretary / Communication Committee Chair

Calico has been with the BRN board since 2014 and is one of the co-founders of NWBR (Northwest Buddhist Recovery) He has a passion for communication and helping non-profits thrive online. He has been a software developer for over 25 years and is also a father, artist, musician, waterman, and maker. His introduction to buddhist practice was with Buddhist Recovery, with this practice and within these meetings he found the needed recovery support and spiritual community he needed to thrive versus just survive.


Robin Smith

Robin Smith

Robin engaged with the Buddhist Recovery Network in early 2018 as it launched its maiden year of Academy talks, and greatly enjoys co-hosting this monthly program. By way of meditation, Dharma study and a beautiful and supportive Sangha, she moved into recovery from childhood trauma, substance abuse and self-loathing, and continues to deepen her understanding of compassionate healing as taught by the Buddha and shared by the recovery community. A long-time peace and environmental activist and animal lover, Robin lives in New Orleans, LA, and is training for ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Movement.



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