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 and co-founder of the Philippine Insight Meditation Community. She is a UCLA-Trained Mindfulness Facilitator, a Community Dharma Leadership Program graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and the Membership Coordinator of International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She is a visiting teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center and develops mindfulness programs for companies, schools, and events. She volunteers to teach incarcerated women serving life imprisonment and also supports sexually abused women and children in the Philippines.
Imee is a mother, an organic gardener, a health & wellness advocate, and a yoga therapist.
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.