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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 dervelopment; setting policies; formally appointing FCM's Dharma Teacher and Executive Director; 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.


Betsy Arizu, President, has been practicing mindfulness with the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2010 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2014.  She is a presenter and facilitator for classes, intensives, and retreats, the FCM Community Care Leader, a member of the Order of Interbeing, and a participant in the 5-Year Dharma Transmission Program. Betsy is a retired teacher and school counselor and has lead numerous workshops for educators and counselors in the area of mindfulness. She participated on an international team of advisory writers for Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide  for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education,  a book by Thich Nhat

                             Hanh and Katherine Weare. 


Tammy Klein, President Elect,  began practicing mindfulness and meditation in 2011 as a way to manage chronic pain, stress and anxiety. In 2013, she completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness. She began practicing with the Florida Community of Mindfulness in 2013 and is an active member of the Naples sangha. Tammy is an expert on clean fuels and motor vehicles market and policy issues and strategies to reduce air pollution and mitigate climate change, and has worked with governments, and the auto and

                              oil industry, for more than 20 years. 


     Spence Davis, Board Treasurer



Carol Meyer, Board Secretary,  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.



John McHarris began practicing in the Dharma in 1990, with teacher Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, at the Zen Center of Syracuse, Hoen-ji. Between the mid 1990's thru 2016, John continued his practice while living overseas in Africa, the Middle-East, Asia, and Europe. During his career as a humanitarian aid worker with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), his focus has been on hunger, food security, and nutrition. In 2010, John had the good fortune to meet his teacher Fred Eppsteiner in Southwest Florida and has since been practicing with Fred and FCM in Naples.



Jacqulyn Schuett 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.  She was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) in 2015 and currently serves on FCM’s OI Council and provides support for both the Tampa Practice Center and the St. Petersburg Sangha. 



         Mike Pettit


 Dragos Zanchi, MD












                    

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