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Buddhist Recovery Network - Board Members

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Board Members:


Silasiri - President / Interim Treasurer

Silasiri engaged with the Buddhist Recovery Network in early 2018 as it launched its maiden year of Academy talks, and has greatly enjoyed co-hosting this monthly program through 2021. 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, Silasiri lives in New Orleans, LA, and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Movement in May 2021.  She currently serves as the BRN's Board President and Interim Treasurer.


Vanessa Wang

Vanessa Wang - Vice President

Vanessa coordinates volunteers for BRN and is part of the Wednesday meetings 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. 


Calico Cook

Calico Cook - Secretary / Webmaster

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.


Susanna Ahvalo

Susanna Ahvalo

Susanna lives in southern Finland where she facilitates both Eight Step Recovery and Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery meetings. She also brings mindfulness and positive psychology the students and teachers and finish schools as a teacher and as a positive psychology coach.

Susanna is a Buddhist training for ordination within the Triratna Buddhist Center. She has been in recovery for quite some time and is happy to have found the Buddhist recovery which in her experience leads to genuine emotional sobriety. As a member of BRN she has a possibility to serve the international Buddhist recovery community. 


Shawna Adkins

Shawna Adkins

Shawna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker supporting adults along their wellness and recovery journeys. She believes that through warmth, lightness and respect, she can help others reconnect to their Buddha Nature as they (re)discover a path to healing, self-care, and deeper self-knowledge.  

Shawna currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband and three children. She holds space in several Eight Step Recovery meetings and also enjoys dancing, DIY projects, learning random facts, and gardening.


Stu Jenkins

Stu Jenkins

Stu Jenkins is a member of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, which he considers his spiritual home.  He currently holds space in several Eight Step Recovery meetings.  


Vince Cullen

Vince Cullen

Vince Cullen has been associated with Wat Thamkrabok monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented alcohol and other drug recovery since 1998. Vince founded the Fifth Precept mindfulness for recovery group and teaches ‘Hungry Ghost’ recovery retreats internationally. He has held appointments as Buddhist Prison Chaplain at both male and female prisons in the UK. He is currently based in Tipperary, Ireland.

hungryghostretreats.org/vince-cullen • Sit and Share • 5th-Precept.org




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