Board of Directors
The Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the management and affairs of FCM. This responsibility includes working with our Dharma Teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, to develop and oversee the realization of FCM's mission and vision; overseeing FCM's fiscal health and well-being; approving fund raising goals and campaigns; conducting strategic planning; overseeing organizational development; setting policies; formally appointing FCM's Dharma Teacher; and ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Board members serve three-year terms and are elected at an annual meeting of the Board to serve staggered terms. Any FCM member who is interested in serving on the Board is encouraged to contact the current Board President.
Jacqulyn Schuett, President, stepped on the Path of Dharma in 1999 when she visited Plum Village for her first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. The sign at the entrance, ‘You Have Arrived,’ foreshadowed the sense of home she felt in the intimate environment of this small retreat. Her study with Fred Eppsteiner, through retreats and Intensive studies, began shortly thereafter. In 2015 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) and provides support for both the Tampa Practice Center and the St. Petersburg Sangha. Jacqulyn also serves as a mentor and leader of introductory classes.
Carol Green, became curious about Zen from reading Peter Matthiesen’s Snow Leopard many years ago and began to explore practice at a Zen center in Denver. After moving to Naples in 2012, she was drawn to Fred’s approach to teaching and became a member of FCM and active in the Naples Sangha. She is retired from the Denver Post where she was a news reporter, editor, senior executive, and in-house attorney in Denver, as well as as general manager of a distribution subsidiary and communications director at Newsday in Long Island. She holds a Master’s Degree at the Yale Law School under a Ford Foundation fellowship for journalists, a J.D. from Univ. of Denver College of Law, and is a member of the Colorado Bar. Also, she is a literary agent in Naples and is an avid outdoor photographer and traveler.
Carol Meyer first came to Dharma practice in 2004 as a student of Cheri Huber and the monks of The Zen Monastery in Murphys, California. She met Fred Eppsteiner in 2009 when he came to teach a retreat at Southern Dharma Retreat Center, where Carol served as Director for five years. She felt increasingly drawn to Fred as her teacher and joined Florida Community of Mindfulness in 2011 while still living in Hot Springs, NC. Carol served for 15 years as a Unitarian Universalist parish minister and completed two previous careers—first as an academic chemist and then as a designer of technical training programs.