Novelette DeMercado came to the Dharma in 2005 when she sat her first retreat, with no prior meditation practice, at IMS. The practice has been a mainstay since then. Understanding the fluidity of what it means to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment is an interest and an element of her practice and professional life. Novelette has served in the capacity of POC Coordinator & Affinity Group Leader at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for 15 years. Professionally she has a robust coaching portfolio that includes psychological safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and inclusive organizational well-being strategies.
Rosalyn Driscoll (Co-Chair) is a visual artist whose work explores the experience of the body, the somatic senses and perception, drawing on her Buddhist practice in the Theravada tradition since 1971. She participated in the first ISPP at BCBS, and was instrumental in producing the Dharma and Arts symposium in 2016 and subsequent courses for the Dharma and Art program at BCBS. She is a member of Sensory Sites, an international art collective based in London, committed to multisensory, site-specific installations and research into aesthetic perception. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia, and received awards and fellowships from the Dartington Hall Trust, UK, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Driscoll has presented worldwide at conferences for neuroscientists, philosophers, designers, art educators and people involved with disabilities.
Joseph Goldstein (Emeritus) is a co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS. He has been teaching vipassanā and mettā retreats worldwide since 1974. In 1989, he helped establish BCBS and, more recently, IMS’s Forest Refuge. His books include Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, One Dharma, Insight Meditation and others.
David Green is a retired attorney living with his family in Providence, Rhode Island. He grew up in western Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He’s been active in state and regional service leadership roles for family alcohol recovery organizations for the last fifteen years. His meditation and Buddhist practice includes graduation from the Mindfulness Clinic at UMass.; completion of the Dedicated Practitioners Program Five at Spirit Rock (DPP5); and completion of the Nalanda program and reunions at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). He is a member of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Community of Providence. He enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, canoeing, and hiking.
Christopher Ives, Ph.D. is a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College and a teacher of numerous courses at BCBS. In his teaching and writing, he focuses on ethics in Zen Buddhism and Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. Since his days as an undergraduate in the 1970s, he has been practicing Zen, both in Japan and in the United States. His books include Meditations on the Trail, Zen on the Trail, Imperial-Way Zen, and Zen Awakening and Society. He is currently writing a book on Buddhism and the climate crisis.
Robert Kolodny, Ph.D. is an organization development consultant working with a wide array of human systems in the public, non-profit/voluntary and business worlds. His work is guided by two visions: the building of more satisfying and inclusive workplace communities and the creation of more just and democratic ways of governing in the public realm. He is currently devoting the bulk of his time to large-scale social movements directly addressing the climate and ecological crisis. Bob is a veteran Vipassana practitioner, having sat his first retreat at IMS in 1992. Over the years since then he has consulted to IMS, BCBS and other Buddhist centers on their development, growth, and human dynamics. Bob has been on the faculty at Columbia University, the New School, the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Gestalt International Study Center. He has taught at a number of other educational institutions around the world.
Suzanne McGilvray is a (mostly) retired Certified Public Accountant with a broad range of board experience in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked with organizations on strategic planning, capital fundraising, improved governance, campus planning, leadership succession, and finance. She is a board member and the Treasurer of Valley Insight Meditation Society. Suzanne has been interested in Buddhism since her teenage years. Her formal practice began in the Zen tradition, but for the past ten years, she has found her home within the Insight community. She has been a member of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and has attended retreats at both IMS and BCBS. Teachers who have helped her navigate the path include Bhikkhu Anālayo, Rob Burbea, Joseph Goldstein, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Doreen Schweizer. Suzanne lives with her husband on an old dairy farm in rural Vermont.
Kevin F. F. Quigley, Ph.D. started studying Buddhism in college. He was struck by Buddhadasa Bhikku’s teaching linking dhamma to making social change. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, Kevin had the opportunity to learn from individuals in the forest monk tradition, including Ajaan Chah. He has held leadership roles at non-profits, in government, at a foundation and has also served on numerous boards. Most recently, Kevin was president of Marlboro College, where he helped orchestrate the merger with Emerson College.
Vivien Roman-Hampton (she/her/ella) is a mental health clinician and the founder of a group mental health practice. Her work is dedicated to addressing the unique and often overlooked needs of historically marginalized communities. Vivien's personal journey led her to discover mindfulness in 2013. Since then, she has actively pursued opportunities to deepen her understanding of Buddhist practices, participating in numerous retreats and diverse educational courses. In addition to her clinical work, Vivien works with the Mindfulness Institute for Emerging Adults, where she teaches and develops mindfulness curriculum, both in and out of the organization. She also co-facilitates a weekly sangha at HoppingTree in Amherst and is an aspirant in the Order of Interbeing, within the Plum Village tradition. Vivien currently resides in Massachusetts with her beloved family.
Dr. Jacqueline Vischer has degrees in Psychology and Architecture. She recently retired as an Environmental Psychologist specializing in a field she helped found called Workspace Psychology. She has published several books, book chapters, and numerous articles on her work; and her consulting firm, Buildings-In-Use, advised a wide range of organizations internationally on managing workspace comfort, designing innovative workspace, and planning workspace change. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Montreal, where she co-founded the Interior Design Program. Jacqueline has been an active Zen practitioner since 1998, first as a member of the Montreal Zen Centre and subsequently with the Kwan Um School of Zen, where she was recently named Dharma Teacher. Since her retirement, Jacqueline has obtained a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and is learning to write poetry. She has two grown children, and two small grandchildren that she loves to spend time with.