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EAR Council Members

Dr. Grace Dammann (Co-Chair)
Grace Dammann has lived at Green Gulch Farm for 20-plus years with her family, Fu Schroeder and Sabrina Schroeder-Dammann.  She is a physician who has treated persons with HIV disease since the early days of the epidemic.  She was in a head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008, and is adjusting to a “new body,” running a Pain Clinic at Laguna Honda Hospital, and working in the Office at Green Gulch.  She received Jukai from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1989.

Qayyum Johnson (Co-Chair)
Qayyum Johnson began practicing Buddhism with Garchen Rinpoche, a Tibetan teacher in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, in 2001. He came to practice residentially at Green Gulch Farm in 2006 so he could practice in an English-speaking community. He is lay ordained and currently serving as Farm Manager at GGF.

Gail Claspell
Gail Claspell has had a life-long interest in understanding how we organize ourselves in community and how to live a life of integrity and compassion.  She has been a student and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication since 2004 and a student and practitioner of Restorative Justice since 2007. Gail has explored residential practice at City Center and Tassajara off and on since 2008. After working as a product manger for software startups for over a decade, she is currently focused on helping teams working with Agile methods.

Albert Kutchins
Albert Kutchins has been a Zen student—and a member of San Francisco Zen Center—since the mid-1980s and was shuso at Green Gulch Farm in the fall of 2012. Throughout his training, Albert has remained a householder, practicing law. He previously served on the Zen Center Board for several years in the 1990s. ...

Lee Lipp
Lee Lipp began practicing the Buddha's teaching in 1989, continuing her practice in 1993 as a member of Thich Nhat Hanh's Tiep Hien Order. She has been a resident of Green Gulch Farm and City Center from1998 to 2005, and received lay ordination in 2000. Presently she serves as SFZC’s Cultural Awareness Advocate. In 2012 Spirit Rock Meditation Center authorized her to teach the Theravadan tradition in the community. Lee lives in San Francisco and has a private psychotherapy practice there. She served as Shuso (head student) for the Winter Practice Period at City Center in 2013.

Michael McCord
Michael started practicing at City Center in 2007 and has lived at Zen Mountain Center since 2009.  He was lay ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2011 and currently serves as the Tassajara Ino.  Michael completed a BA in Theology at Ambassador University in 1993, and worked for their Ambassador Foundation in the Middle East, specializing in industrial vocational training for those with Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.  Michael worked in the technology sector as a product manager and was a founding member of Exatt.net—an internet service provider in Bangalore, India.  In the years just prior to residential practice he was the manager of retail lending for Citibank San Francisco.