Board Meetings

The AIMC Board of Directors​ meets on the third Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Meetings are announced in the newsletter and listed ​on the website calendar. The Board welcomes community involvement and a process of participatory decision-making. If you would like to attend​ and/or add a board agenda item​ for consideration, please ​email ​​​ to confirm the meeting date, time and location.

Board Service

Board members serve two-year terms, and new board members are elected in the fall at the annual membership meeting. The terms of board members are staggered to help maintain the continuity of the board. 

We are grateful to all who have served on past or present boards.

Board of Directors

Steve DeSaulniers | President has been practicing for over 10 years and been an active member of AIMC for five years.  He enjoys volunteer work at the sangha and community building. Steve was “born and raised” in Albuquerque.  He is married to Veronica (“Ronnie”) Medina, also an AIMC member, and they have a daughter Anna who lives in Albuquerque.  Steve likes hiking, southwest literature and Dharma books.


Cynthia Copeland VP 2020Cynthia Copeland | Vice President is currently a Humanist Minister and Wedding Officiant and a Retired RN Hospice Manager who moved to NM from the Bay Area six years ago, having first studied Buddhism in San Francisco beginning in the early ’80s. As a nurse, she worked in various programs for Nursing Operations for Kaiser Permanente. As a student of Buddhism, she tried out just about every possibility, studying Tibetan, Nichiren and Zen, but found her natural fit to be Vipassana. She believes practice and study are the essential building blocks for the development of a fully realized life. Engagement with the dharma brings knowledge & purpose, with greater meaning, understanding, and happiness. For Cynthia, it is key to practice with others, so this sangha and its members are important to each of us.


Stan (Sandy) Lee | Secretary joined our sangha in 1998 before it was even officially a sangha, just a group of folks coming together to hear Eric Kolvig come down from Santa Fe every two weeks to give marvelous dharma talks. He participated in the early formation of the sangha, serving on the original Bylaws committee and as secretary for the first Board of Directors, a position he’s held several times over the years. Currently his practice interests include Metta and Wise Speech, and bringing the dharma into everyday life. He also believes in informing dharma practice with other techniques such as The Work of Byron Katie, and Morita therapy as popularized in the West by David K. Reynolds.


Sarah Schwartz | Treasurer has been a member of AIMC for approximately fourteen years. She served on the board in the past and has also served as the web administrator. Sarah is part of a kalyana mitta (spiritual friends) group with other sangha members and likes geeky stuff.

 


Valerie Roth, AIMC spiritual friend helping people learn meditation in Albuquerque

Valerie Roth began study and practice of the Buddhist path 30 years ago while  completing a Masters Degree in East West Psychology. She continued practice  and study over the years of living and working as a Physical Therapist in Hawaii,  California, New York, and on the Navajo Nation. She has studied and practiced  with several different teachers, all in the Theravada lineage. 

She completed training as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation  Center in 2008 and was active in the Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha for several  years. She taught classes for those new to practice and also served on many  administrative committees. 

In recent years she has travelled in a small motorhome and lived in Rodeo and Silver City. She has since returned to Albuquerque and is an active leader in our  Sangha. Her focus is on practice in daily life, and offering service in support of  what builds community.


Ken Muñoz has lived in Albuquerque for over 30 years and practiced the dhamma for over 20 years at AIMC. He has served on the Board of AIMC for many years including time as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Board.

Ken’s interest is in creating a vibrant dhamma community in Albuquerque, serving all who are seeking.

 


Henry Shonerd had lived all over the U.S. and world before arriving in New Mexico to teach high school on the Navajo Reservation in the late ’70s. Albuquerque has been his home for 40 years, most of it as a teacher educator at the College of Santa Fe and UNM, where his focus has been in bilingual education.

Henry began to meditate about 15 years ago to save his life but only began a regular practice three years ago, and about a year later joined AIMC. He joined the board to support the work of our sangha in building community locally through open-hearted awareness in a time of existential threats throughout the world.

Though his meditation practice is new, he has been practicing tai chi for 40 years and martial arts for over 50 years. Tai chi is moving meditation with great benefits for overall health. He hopes to interest other sangha members in the practice.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are usually held on the third Monday evening of even-numbered months and are listed in the calendar. All community members are encouraged to attend. The Board of Directors welcomes community involvement and a process of participatory decision-making.

Board of Directors

  • Steve DeSaulniers: President
  • Cynthia Copeland: Vice President
  • Stan (Sandy) Lee: Secretary
  • Sarah Schwartz: Treasurer
  • Valerie Roth: Board Member
  • Ken Muñoz: Board Member
  • Henry Shonerd: Board Member

Board Service

Board members serve two-year terms, and new board members are elected in the fall at the annual membership meeting. The terms of board members are staggered to help maintain the continuity of the board. 

We are grateful to all who have served on past or present boards.

The practice of Dana (generosity) lies at the heart of Buddhism.

Generosity strengthens relationship and reciprocity, reflecting a deep understanding of interconnectedness and freedom from craving. We welcome donations at events and here on our website.

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- Ajahn Sumedo