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Dharma Leaders

FCM Dharma Leaders (DLs) are experienced Dharma practitioners who have been given permission by FCM's Teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, to share the Buddha's teachings with the sangha. With Fred's mentoring and supervision, DLs offer teachings at FCM's weekly sangha gatherings.

Betsy Arizu, MA worked in public education for 20 years as a school counselor and high school teacher. In counseling she incorporated mindfulness to promote social/emotional well-being, stress reduction, and mindful creativity in art. She is the FCM's Community Care Leader and former coordinator of the FCM Family Program. She has led creation of a number of FCM classes, including mindfulness for educator programs. Currently she serves as president of the FCM Board of Directors.

Bryan Hindert has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 2008, when a strong desire to make changes in his life and to develop a better relationship with his mind drew him to the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Since then, he has taken part in Intensive practice periods offered by FCM, both group and solitary retreats, and every opportunity offered by the community to deepen his practice. Bryan enjoys serving the community in any way he is able, and he loves to share the practices of mindfulness and meditation with others so they too can enjoy the freedom these practices can bring.

Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. She now serves as Executive Director of FCM and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes. Angie is an enthusiastic proponent of healthy consumption and financial well-being.

Diane Powell became a student and practitioner of the Dharma after attending a Thich Nhat Hanh retreat in Key West in 1997. As a long-time member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, she teaches workshops and classes on a variety of mindfulness topics, serves as a mentor to new members, presents regularly at FCM sanghas, and assists with organizing FCM’s Dharma programs. Before retiring, Diane was a faculty member in Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, where her work focused on research, training, program development and policy analysis in early childhood development and family support.

Charles Stewart, LMHC, retired from Stewart Marchman Act Corporation, a not-for-profit substance abuse, mental health treatment agency where he served as Vice President of Clinical Services for 20 years. During this time, Charles had experience working with Florida Drug Court. Before that, Charles held positions of Clinical Supervision as well as counselor with adults, adolescents, and families at outpatient mental health centers in Oregon and Florida. Charles has practiced mindfulness in his daily life and at work since 1997. In 2001, he began teaching mindfulness practices to therapists and clients.  

Darlene Stewart, LMHC, retired as Vice President of Clinical Services for Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia & Flagler Counties, where she worked for 16 years supervising clinical trauma services to child victims and families of abuse and neglect. Before that, Darlene worked as Clinical Supervisor and Mental Health Counselor providing direct services to clients in outpatient mental health centers in Oregon and Florida, working with children & families, alcohol/drug treatment and general mental health issues. Darlene has practiced mindfulness in her daily life and at work since 1997.  


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