board of directors
carol cano, M.A.
Carol Cano, M.A., began her practice over 30 years ago at Wat Kow Tahm in Thailand and has actively engaged in building communities and teaching Dharma internationally. She is a teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is a core teacher and a former board member of East Bay Meditation Center. Carol co-founded Philippine Insight Meditation Community in the Philippines.
Her unique teachings are deeply grounded in Basque, Native American and Buddhist influences that braid the Dharma along with indigenous wisdom and Earth-based practices. Her psychology background gives her a unique view into the human condition, which helps her hold community in a compassionate and confident manner. Carol reminds us to keep grounded in our hearts as we uphold spiritual ideals and encourages us to remain balanced within the demands of modern life.
To find out more about Carol, please visit www.carolcano.com.
janet roos, PMP, cmt-p
Janet E. Roos has been recognized as an innovator in Business Technology for over 30 years. She has worked coast-to-coast as a highly respected “In-House” and “Consultant” leader for world renown companies. Most recently, she served for ten years in both a Director and Project Management role at McKesson Corporation—a “Fortune 6 Company.” Janet successfully completed the UCLA “Mindfulness Certified Training Program” and is a fully certified member of the International Mindfulness Teacher’s Association. Her passion is bringing Mindfulness Best Practices to corporate employees, athletes, and others. Her goal is to provide a “Mindfulness Framework” for supporting career development, stress management, change/ uncertainty management, and career/life transitions. Janet is a four time “Hall Of Famer” recognized elite athlete who understands the inherent value of employing Mindfulness Practices for competition, sports preparedness, and training. She has sustained a personal meditation practice for over eight years and has attended numerous training and silent retreats. Janet has volunteered with Non-Profit Organizations and currently serves on two non-profit boards in the San Francisco Bay Area.
imee contreras, Cmt-p
Imee Contreras is the founder of Mindfulness Asia. She is a co-founder of the Philippine Insight Meditation Community and Nibbāna Forest Refuge. She is a UCLA-Trained Mindfulness Facilitator, and an authorized UCLA MAPs facilitator She is Community Dharma Leadership Program graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and a visiting teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center. She served as the Membership Coordinator of International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She develops mindfulness programs for international companies, schools, and events. She volunteers to teach incarcerated women serving life imprisonment and also supports sexually abused women and children in the Philippines.
To find out more about Imee, please visit www.imeecontreras.com.
Jenn Biehn was an instructor and administrator at City College of San Francisco from 1977-2011, where she mentored and taught collaborative and inclusive leadership skills.
She has been an active sangha builder and community teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center where she co-founded Restorative Practices for Dharma Practitioners Sangha in 2014 and served on the Board of Directors/Leadership Sangha from 2016-2019.
Jenn is actively engaged in "Neighbors for Racial Justice" - a community based organization in Oakland, where she co-facilitates classes in "Transforming White Privilege on the Path to Racial Equity."
Jenn enjoys embodied spiritual practices and teaches "Tai Chi: Embodying the Heart Qualities" and "Chakra Tai Chi" via Zoom.
Rebekah Eppley worked as a nonprofit fundraiser for the San Francisco Education Fund from 1993-1995 and the Institute on Aging from 1995-2006. Currently, she is a librarian at Oakland Public Library. As a librarian, she organizes programs and workshops, in partnership with local community members and organizations and has taught creative writing and digital privacy workshops. She is a member of the "Restorative Practices for Dharma Practitioners Sangha" and the "Maha Sangha Coordinating Committee" at the East Bay Meditation Center.
Diana s. amodia, m.d.
Diana Amodia has held numerous leadership positions in her career as a physician including Past Medical Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Services, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics; Past Medical Director, State of California, Alcohol and Drug Programs; past co-lead physician, Institute and Healing , California Pacific Medical Center; Past Medical Director, New Dawn Eating Disorder; Past Medical Director, Mercy Recovery Center, Westbrook, Maine; Past Assistant Medical Director, Tom Waddell Health Center; Past Medical Director, Bay Area Addiction, Research and Treatment (BAART). She enhanced her leadership and communication skills while studying under Angeles Arrien, PhD, for 10 years. As a result of the extensive work done under Angeles, she and Carol Cano co-authored the article Inner Substance: A Cross-Cultural, Psychospiritual Intervention in the Treatment of Addiction, which is visionary in managing the complex disease of addiction.
robin velasco, ph.d.
Robin Velasco is a qualified and certified Existential, Humanistic and Transpersonal psychotherapist and possibly the only one in the world that has a solid corporate leadership background. He counsels, advises, coaches board level and mancom executives in terms of career development, building leadership capabilities, creating meaning in life and spiritual development. He currently facilitates and leads various workshops that are HR and Psychology related such as performance management, compensation development, emotional intelligence, mindfulness workshops, strategic management, production management, values development, union/ labor management, spiritual psychology, meditation, stock trading and investment, leadership development, finance, entrepreneurship, creating meaning in work, team building and development, and many others.