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Your talents and energy are needed and wanted, and you are invited to volunteer on any of the committees listed. Involvement leads to a deeper connection with other people, and it's through working together that friendships are often formed. Volunteering can also add to your resume, be a place where you can learn a skill, or where you can simply be a part of the community.

If you wish to get involved or have a comment please contact the committee leader. Click on a highlighted name to send an email.

Sangha Treasure - Membership

Doug Onkatsu Kagel, Chair
This is a regular ZCO committee whose mission is to help strengthen, support, and grow membership, and ensure ZCO is a welcoming place. If you have questions about getting involved, this is the place to start!

Sangha Harmony

Linda Chorin Vick and Allen Ryotetsu Whitaker-Emrich, Chairs
The mission of this committee is to facilitate effective communication within the sangha to inspire a harmonious and vital sangha life.

ZCO Finance Committee

Darah Shonin Ashton, ZCO Treasurer
The Finance Committee prepares prudent budgets for operating Great Vow Zen Monastery, and decides what sort of programs, attendance, and growth are necessary to sustain Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.

Fundraising Work Group

Amy Kisei Costenbader, Chair
This work group develops short-term and long-term fundraising plans.

Programming Group

Nan Kyoko Whitaker-Emrich, Chair
Programming develops and organizes ZCO programs, classes, and events.

Communications Team

This group handles promotion of ZCO's events and programs through social media, press announcements, flyers, posters, and other materials. It is responsible for the website.

Heart of Wisdom Temple Manager

Nancy Kodo Conover
The temple manager handles the day-to-day operations of the temple.

Heart of Wisdom Head of Zendo

Laura Jomon Martin (Sun AM); Patrick Bansho Green (Sun PM); Darah Shonin Ashton (Tues PM); Jiku (Wed PM); Linda Cho-on Frischmeyer (Thurs PM).
The heads of zendo are responsible for all the activities in the zendo, or meditation hall, including instructions, the schedule, service positions, and talks. They are also to be an example of wholehearted Zen practice.