Mark is serving his second term on the Board of Directors and is honored to be serving as President. His board experience includes serving two terms on the Indiana Kyudo Renmei Board of Directors and two gubernatorial appointments on the Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists. Mark studied Zen at Sanshin-ji before receiving the precepts from Okumura-roshi in 2010. He also studied kyudo at Wa Do Kan under Takako Matsui and Philip Swain, achieving Nidan in 2008. Mark's professional practice is as a geologist and geophysicist, fields that give constant reminders of how perceptions color our interpretation of reality.
Vice-president and Secretary
Mark has been a member of the Board of Directors since August 2009. He is currently Communications Chair. In 2001, he received the precepts from Okumura-roshi. From 2001 to 2004, he served on the board of Stillpoint, a Soto Zen practice community in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was the leader of the gardening crew, a member of the outreach community, and webmaster. The Communications Committee collaborates with Sanshin's Technology and Development efforts to get information out to the local and global Sanshin audience, and aims to keep the sangha interconnected through traditional and cutting-edge technologies.
Sabine works in Indianapolis as a finance and accounting professional and serves as chair of Sanshin's finance committee. A native of Austria, she has lived in the United States since the 1990s. In 2014 she helped found Great Wind Zendo, a lay zen practice community situated in Danville, IN. Sabine enjoys creatively expressing herself through music and crafts.
Director, Dogen Institute
David joined the board of Sanshin in February 2012. David has been practicing with Okumura-roshi since 2004 in Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Bloomington; he has also practiced at other Zen centers on the East Coast. He began sitting in 2001 with a student of Tenshin Reb Anderson and received the precepts from Reb in 2009. He is currently editing one of Okumura-roshi books-in-progress. David is employed as a policy analyst in a financial institution, and has master's degrees in American Civilization and in Organization Development, with particular interests in journaling, action research, creativity, and working with groups. He is thrilled to be associated with the Dogen Institute and is looking forward to helping move it forward. David is a native of Philadelphia, PA, enjoys hiking, is a second-year student of Japanese and practices his kanji every day.