Officers of the Board

The officers are ex-officio (non-voting) members who support the functioning of the board.

Linda Galijan, President (Officer of the Board)

Linda Galijan, President (Officer of the Board)

Shinchi Linda Galijan was ordained by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2004 and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2012. She has been a professional musician and licensed clinical psychologist, and has practiced Buddhism and yoga for over 30 years. Linda practiced at Tassajara for almost 10 years, including four years as Tassajara Director. She is currently President of San Francisco Zen Center.

Rita Cummings, Vice President–Operations (Officer of the Board)

Rita Cummings, Vice President–Operations (Officer of the Board)

Ryugin Rita Cummings currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President- Operations for San Francisco Zen Center. Rita began her Zen Buddhist practice in 1996 at Green Gulch Farm, and received Jukai (Lay Ordination) in 2001 from Central Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts. She was formerly Director of Development for San Francisco Zen Center from 2001 to 2005, and was also a resident of City Center during that time, including a practice period at Tassajara. . . .

Emily Hilldore Diebolt, Chief Financial Officer (Officer of the Board)

Emily Hilldore Diebolt, Chief Financial Officer (Officer of the Board)

Emily Diebolt began practicing Zen meditation at Mid City Zen in New Orleans in 2010. At that time, she received her MBA from Loyola University while also working as a professional musician. In the midst of pursuing a PhD in Financial Economics the following year, she decided to move to San Francisco Zen Center to engage in residential practice. She received the precepts from Ryushin Paul Haller in 2014 in New Orleans. After living at Tassajara for three years, she is happy to be practicing at City Center and continuing to play the clarinet.

Yo-on Jeremy Levie, Secretary (Officer of the Board)

Yo-on Jeremy Levie, Secretary (Officer of the Board)

Yo-on Jeremy Levie is the Secretary of San Francisco Zen Center. Prior to his appointment to the board, he served as tanto (head of practice) for Green Dragon Temple at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. Prior to being tanto, he served as director at Green Gulch from 2009 to 2012. He has trained in residence at San Francisco Zen Center since 1995, having lived at each of the Center’s three temples.