Committees & Groups

Executive Committee

The Executive Council is composed of coordinator-level volunteers and staff from all of the Three Pillars and the office of Culture and Decorum. The purpose of the Executive Council is to (1) execute the management of the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center, (2) identify needs and coordinate resources for the betterment of Center operations, and (3) maximize communication among the volunteers and staff who coordinate significant center operations.

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  • Tom Abrams
  • John McLoughlin
  • John Lamoureux
  • Claire Twose
  • Bev Collins

Finance Committee

  • Tom Abrams
  • Janet Marquardt
  • Jane Sundius
  • Amy Vernon

Community Building Committee (CBC)

  • Janet Marquardt
  • Paul Benson
  • Sasha Reamer
  • Claire Twose
  • Theresa Card
  • Melissa Bellitto
  • Gail Spiva
  • Martha Garland
  • Jeannette Festa

Nominating Committee

  • Amanda Owens
  • Bev Collins
  • Chris Szendroi
  • Peng Zhang
  • Val Kuciauskas

Membership Committee

  • Dave Purcell (Chair)
  • Jane Sundius
  • Regina DeLuise
  • Melissa Bellitto
  • Theresa Card
  • Buzz Merrick
  • Jess Locke

Sun Fund Committee

  • Tom Abrams
  • Amy Vernon
  • Jud Williams

Social Meditation

  • Mรคrta Vigerstad
  • David Purcell

Touching the Earth

Touching the Earth focuses on building a sense of community around our connection with the earth. The garden deleg has been created to address this initiative. The deleg is now renting four plots at Clifton Park through City Farms. The deleg grows vegetables and donates most of the harvest to Movable Feast, a non-profit group in East Baltimore that provides nutritious, free meals and other services to people who are ill and need support. Two hundred pounds of produce were donated to Movable Feast last year. Various members meet weekly throughout the growing season to weed, till the soil, add compost, plant seeds and seedlings, and water the garden. Sangha members have donated seedlings and other materials to benefit the garden. In addition to gardening, Touching the Earth will also join with the broader community by working on neighborhood cleanups and joining environmental service organizations with specific projects. You can email the group at valdoned@comcast.net.

  • Dianne Scheper
  • Val Kuciauskas
  • Sasha Reamer
  • Martha Garland
  • Gail Spiva
  • Jess Locke

Bodhi School/Parenting as Path

  • Kathy Cowan
  • Yeshe Clarke

Audio Committee

  • Tom Abrams (Chair)
  • Thom Stromer
  • Alden Brigham
  • David Penney