Board of Directors

Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison who was empowered by the great Burmese lay teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley. She is co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation and a contributor to Women Practicing Buddhism; American Experiences, edited by Peter Gregory and Susanne Mrozik.

Doshin Houtman is a dharma teacher in both Zen and Vipassana. She started her practice in the Zen tradition, and was ordained as a nun by Prabhasa Dharam Roshi. She found her heart teacher in Ruth and trained with her for many years. Doshin lives in the Netherlands where she leads a Vipassana community, guiding people in embodied mindfulness.

Nick Herzmark was a close student and friend of Ruth Denison from 1977. He helped build Dhamma Dena and traveled extensively with Ruth all over the world. A licensed psychotherapist since 1994, he blends mindfulness with western methods. In 1987, Ruth sent him to Sayadaw U. Pandita where he practiced until Ruth joined him to travel in SE Asia and China, studying and practicing together. He is currently a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and student of Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

Kelly Lockwood lives in San Francisco where she has been a core organizer of Bay Area Arinna Weisman retreats since 2008. She is the Finance and Human Resources Director for The Women's Building in San Francisco. Besides her love of numbers, Kelly has a teenager, an Art Degree and is a certified Music-Thanatologist.

Members under consideration

Adriene Jenik is an artist and educator who has maintained a studio in the high desert for almost 25 years. She is active in the local cultural and LGBTQIA communities and integrates her meditation practice into her art and activism. Adriene currently serves as a Professor of Art/Intermedia at Arizona State University where she previously served as director of the School of Art.

Gabby Miller is an artist who lives in Los Angeles. Gabby is also an educator and youth worker, having worked with The Oxbow School in Napa, The Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and The San Francisco Friends School. She has lived and worked extensively in Hanoi, Vietnam where she has organized projects with Nha San Collective and The Queer Forever Festival. She loves dogs, meditating with friends and surfing.