For over 15 years I have been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây), a Zen Master and internationally-recognized teacher of applied Buddhism; and I am an ordained lay woman in Thây’s community, the Order of Interbeing. Locally, I am a member of the Portland Community of Mindful Living.
Our international community, at its base, practices and trains others in applied practices of mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness in our everyday lives, even where we work, helps us deepen our capacity to recognize and transform seeds of suffering (including anger, fear, irritation, anxiety, sadness, etc.) and generate the healing energies of joy, peace and happiness in ourselves, our families, our communities, our workplaces, and our societies. Mindfulness is inclusive of everyone–each of us has the seed of mindfulness within us. Applied mindfulness practices are simple and powerful. They can be put to use by people from all walks of life, irrespective of religious, cultural, educational, organizational, or social backgrounds. Mindfulness practice forms the basis of my work.
My education includes a BS degree from Eastern Oregon University, with a focus on business management & accounting, human resource management, and training & organizational development. I hold a MA in Human Development and a PhD in Human & Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, with coursework in the areas of human development, social psychology, systems theory & application, structural inequality & diversity, family/community/human services, and global studies. My areas of process expertise include mentoring, coaching, facilitating, teaching, training, researching, and consulting.
I have over 30 years experience working in a variety of industries, including women’s & family health; banking & finance; construction, lumber & building products; engineering consulting; international governments & NGOs (in NE India); non-profit; and educational and religious institutions. The organizations themselves have ranged from small Oregon businesses, to national mid-size businesses, to international corporations and non-profits.
I have worked the front line; mentored, guided and directed all levels of management and employees; served as a member of several senior management teams; managed an international research project; and counseled, coordinated, mentored and led groups in several types of volunteer organizations. My areas of business expertise include organizational culture development, diversity & inclusion, conflict resolution, human resources, health & safety, and strategic planning & organizational development.
Currently, I work as the HR Director for Friendsview Retirement Community, a life planning community in Newberg, Oregon; and lead mindfulness retreats and days of mindfulness throughout Oregon.