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Board Members:

Vimalasara Mason-John

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

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

Rev Alex Holt - 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.



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

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.


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.


Thomas Valentine

Thomas Valentine

Thomas first entered the world of Buddhism in 2007 as a means to recover from childhood trauma and heal family relationships. Along the way they found a passion for social justice and working with non-profits directly serving homeless communities. After a long struggle with substance and alcohol use disorder Thomas returned to Buddhism to continue the healing process and cultivate a life full of fun and lasting happiness. They have helped develop and facilitate multiple recovery meetings and are involved in 12 Step, Refuge Recovery, and Eight Step Recovery communities in the Pacific Northwest.