​”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, we all share a profound awareness of the significance of meditation, the power of Mindfulness, both while meditating and in our daily lives, and the aspiration to grow in wisdom and compassion by following the Dharma ~ the teachings of the Buddha.

Denise OwensBoard Chair
Denise Owens joined the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte in 2013 in an effort to become more skilled in present moment mindfulness to enhance her patient treatments. In the process she has found the teachings and her practice to have a positive effect on all aspects of her life. Denise has gratefully participated in the annual IMCC retreats. She currently serves on the Metta committee. She has also served on the board of the Piedmont District of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association.
Yvonne McCrackenVice Chair
Yvonne McCracken has practiced meditation since 2006 and been a member of IMCC shortly after our sangha was formed. She is currently a member of the finance committee and has served as a volunteer coordinator longer than anyone alive! Yvonne has attended IMCC silent retreats as well as retreats at Southern Dharma. She says: “ I am grateful that my life journey has brought me to the teachings of the Buddha and the IMCC sangha.”
Gary CotlerSecretary
Gary Cotler has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte since 2017. After a long-time intellectual interest in Buddhism, he began practicing meditation in 2015 and now considers it an integral part of his overall wellness. Gary has attended residential retreats at Southern Dharma and Heartwood Refuge as well as completed an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Practicing and studying the dharma combined with being part of the IMCC sangha have had a tremendous positive impact on his life. Gary currently serves on the Finance committee.
Adrienne PriceTreasurer
Adrienne Price, Treasurer, found her home at the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte in 2013 after practicing Zen and Tibetan Buddhism for several years. She has a deep commitment to this practice and balances her job in corporate IT with residential retreats at centers such as the Bhavana Society, Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and Southern Dharma.

This path has truly changed her life and she is grateful for the many teachers that have pushed her along with loving kindness. She is a volunteer coordinator at our Wednesday night sangha and loves being surrounded by the support that this community has to offer.

Clyde AlexanderMember
Clyde Alexander has been practicing meditation since 1998. He has attended residential retreats at Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Southern Dharma Retreat Center and Cloud Mountain.

Clyde is a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioner Program, Spirit Rock’s two-year study program.

Jay JacksonMember
Jay Jackson has been a member of the IMCC since 2014. He discovered vipassana meditation while investigating mindfulness. A former student of religion, nothing has had a more positive influence on Jay’s life than practicing insight meditation and the teachings of the Buddha. He has participated in IMCC half and full day retreats. Jay is an estimator for a masonry contractor. He and his wife Carol have lived in Charlotte since 1997.
Mary Thia PowersMember
Mary Thia Powers has practiced Vipassana and Insight Meditation since 1999. She is a meditation and yoga teacher who also practices graphic and interior design. As a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte sangha, she’s currently enrolled in the Dhamma Leader Training Program (class of 2020) and serves as chair of the Public Relations committee. Thia believes that meditation and study of the Dhamma brings heart-wisdom and clarity to relationships and communities, facilitating global inter-being.