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Buddhist Recovery Network - Board Members
Vimalasara Mason-John - President / Facilitator Training Committee Chair
Award-winning author of 8 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. She was the co-founder of Healing and Insight a teaching faculty embracing Buddhist Recovery in all its guises. She is now responsible for programming Buddhist Recovery Retreats at the Menla Retreat Centre in Upstate New York. Chair of Vancouver Buddhist Centre, she is a senior member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and tours internationally as a public speaker and trainer in the field of addictions and emotional trauma.
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.
Rev Alex Holt - Co-Treasurer
Rev. Alex Holt is a long time student of the dharma having lived for a year at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center on staff and then studying at Zen Community of Oregon with teachers Chozen and Hogen Bays. Alex continues to attend regular retreats with Kevin Griffin. He is an Accredited Interim Minister through the Unitarian Universalist Association for nearly 25 years. Alex has served as treasurer and other offices of various religious and community groups. His partner Debra lives in Eugene, Oregon and is full time Buddhist chaplain at the local hospital there.
Timothy O’Brien (Dh. Amara) - Co-Treasurer
Timothy O'Brien (Dharmachari Amara) has been a consultant to for-profit and non-profit businesses for over 30 years. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Northwest Dharma Association (www.northwestdharma.org). His Buddhist practice began at the San Francisco Zen Center in the 60's. He is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.
Karen Foley - Summit and Retreat Planning Committee Co-chair
Karen Foley is 25 years clean & sober and has a Master Degree and license in Social Work and Chemical Dependency. She has been attending and facilitating Eight Step Recovery meeting's since 2015. Karen practises, and is a Mitra, in the Triratna Buddhist Community. She is passionate about Buddhist Recovery because she can observe her "whack-a-mole" brain and not have to throw the second dart. She is super excited to serve on the BRN board and help people access options for their spirituality and recovery.
Dridhamati - Web Admin / Communications Committee Chair
Dridhamati has a long standing involvement in the computer industry and has maintained the BRN website since 2008, and has been a practitioner of the Buddha's Dharma for over 20 years. Dridhamati has also been volunteering his time and skills for various non-profit associations (environmental, social, Dharma, seniors, BRN), as president, treasurer, member and as board member.
George Johns - Summit and Retreat Planning Committee Chair
George Johns is a longtime student of Vipassana meditation and Theravada Buddhism. He is the founder of the Noble Steps organization, offering meetings, meditation instruction, teaching and discussion for people incorporating Buddhist and 12-step teachings into their lives. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Kathy and their dogs, Trout and Scully.