”If beings knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing… even if it were their last morsel, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared it, if there were someone to share it with…
Our Board Members
Our Board of Directors represent a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences. They share an experiential awareness of the significance of meditation and the power of mindfulness, both while formally meditating and in their daily lives. The aspiration to grow in wisdom and compassion by following the Dharma informs the operations of the IMCC board.
Although a seeker since college, it wasn’t until 2012 that she began a daily mindfulness practice, thanks to Emory’s Cognitively Based Compassion Training program. With that life changing experience, she became a mindfulness ‘evangelizer’ and served for 4 years as Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Living in Chattanooga, TN, a non-profit mindfulness organization. During her tenure there, she spoke to hundreds of people about the benefits of mindfulness and developed programming for a wide range of individuals, including those with chronic pain, incarcerated youth and teachers. She is a trained Mindful Schools instructor and has developed mindfulness curriculum for both children and adults.
Elizabeth began her study of the Dharma upon moving to Charlotte. She began attending Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte in the fall of 2019 and has received a warm embrace from this community. She resides in Ballantyne with her husband, two of her three boys, and a menagerie of pets.
(Photo courtesy of Chad Weeden)
Yi-Jun has tremendous gratitude for the support of the IMCC community. She has served on the Programming Committee and is now serving as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Professionally she maintains a private practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, health coaching, and integrated nutrition therapy.
When I retired in 2014, I moved to North Carolina and searched gain for a new Buddhist ‘home’. When I found the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte, the sangha was warm and welcoming to me. I’ve found my ’home’.
Also, I’ve had a passion for music since I was 8 years old and have studied piano, drums, guitar, electric bass and cello. But my true passion is composing. I’ve been writing my own music since I was 11 or 12 and have a home recording studio where I write, compose and orchestrate my music. It’s a hobby I thoroughly enjoy.
Cathy enhances her meditation practice with a regular yoga practice and believes that the teachings of the Buddha, participation in the sangha and the practice of yoga continually enrich all aspects of her life. Cathy is a member of the Programming Committee and has been coordinating Wednesday night volunteers for the past two years. She became a certified yoga instructor in May 2020.