David Cohn began practice at Zen Center in 1969 with Suzuki Roshi, later becoming a disciple of Baker Roshi. A residential student at Tassajara, Green Gulch Farm, and City Center until 1984, he was ordained as a priest in 1977. David worked for Stewart Brand at Whole Earth for a year, before opening his first restaurant in 1985, another in 1988 and retiring in January 2009. David has been a Zen Hospice Project volunteer since 1998 and Board Member. He maintains connections with Zen Center as a Board member for Everyday Zen and management consultant for Greens Restaurant.
Doug Slakey began his meditation practice in 1995 and has been a student of Shaila Catherine since 2001. He has practiced in the Chan/Advaita Vedanta manner with Adyashanti, attended many vipassana retreats, and has most recently completed four jhana retreats with Shaila. Doug completed the meditation teacher training program at Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley and has studied at CCARE, the Stanford compassion training center. He holds a doctorate in psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where he also completed spiritual guidance training.
Drew Oman's involvement with Buddhism began in the early 70s when he took a course in Buddhist Scriptures from Walpola Rahula (What the Buddha Taught) at Northwestern University, where Drew obtained a BA in psychology. His spiritual journey led him through years of rich study and practice with the Quakers, Self-Realization Fellowship, and while following Eknath Easwaran here in the Bay Area, an immersion in the Christian mystics. Drew returned to Buddhism, specifically to Vipassana practice, in the early 90s, and has established a consistent meditation practice, is an active member of IMSB, studies Buddhist scripture, and engages in retreat practice. Drew has taught English as a Second Language in community college and Stanford, and works as an English language coach in corporate settings.
Ed Haertel has maintained a daily meditation practice for over 20 years, and attends retreats with Shaila whenever he can. He has been active in IMSB since its beginning in 2006, and has served as IMSB's treasurer since 2008. For the past six years he has co-hosted the IMSB sutta study course in his home. Ed is a professor in the School of Education at Stanford University, and an expert in the field of educational testing and assessment