InsightLA Board of Directors
We are fortunate to be guided by the discerning and creative minds of InsightLA's Board Members. These volunteers contribute their vast professional and personal experience to guide the vision of InsightLA as we work together to bring mindfulness and stress reduction to the community of Los Angeles.
Butch Schuman, Chair
Butch Schuman is a businessman and mindfulness practitioner. He has chaired and served on the Board of Directors for many organizations including: Foundation for the Junior Blind, Free Arts for Abused Children, Foundation for Human Enrichment, Children Our Ultimate Investment, Getty House Foundation, and co-founder of the Community Karate Foundation.
He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Agro Farming Corporation and is also a US Marine veteran. In 2014 as Board President of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), Butch represented CAST as the first non-profit organization to receive the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons, which was personally delivered by Secretary of State John Kerry.
In addition to his mindfulness practice Butch holds a black belt in Shotokan karate.
Maria Egan, Vice Chair
Maria Egan is a British music industry executive, currently serving as President of Pulse Music Group in Los Angeles after eight years as Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records. She came to InsightLA and began practicing mindfulness with Lisa Kring and Trudy Goodman four years ago and is serving on the board with a mission to expand Insight’s outreach into the creative community and use of technology to advance the mindfulness movement. Maria hopes to bring her seventeen years of experience and network building creative businesses and global careers for artists to expand Insight’s community in LA and online. She is honored to be serving on the board of such an extraordinary organization.
Lisa Kring, Secretary
Lisa Kring is a licensed clinical social worker, with experience in child and family therapy and family court mediation. Through her studies with Dan Siegel, M.D., she began practicing mindfulness with the Mindful Awareness Research Center over six years ago, and later began the MBSR certification process with Bob Stahl and Jon Kabat-Zinn. She also leads ongoing mindfulness groups with cancer patients at the Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology at UCLA. Lisa recognizes Trudy Goodman and Christiane Wolf as guiding teachers and mentors, and is deeply grateful to be a part of the InsightLA community.
Allen Weiss, Treasurer
Allen Weiss is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practioner's Program and a member of InsightLA's Executive Council and architect of the InsightLA web site. He is also a professor at USC and founder/CEO of Marketing Profs, LLC, which provides professional marketing development solutions to Global 2000 companies. Previously, he was a professional musician, business consultant, technology columnist and worked at other unrelated jobs.
Bill Resnick, Director
More about Bill coming soon!
Jack Kornfield, Director
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967. Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in northeast Thailand, which is home to several of the world's oldest Buddhist forest monasteries. He met and studied under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. After returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. He is also a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include, A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart; Buddha's Little Instruction Book; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace and his most recent book, Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are.
Max Schorr, Director
Max Schorr is founding editor and publisher of GOOD, he helped develop the editorial vision for GOOD Magazine, which began as part of a generational impulse to create positive change, and the Choose GOOD Campaign, which built a meaningful community while raising over $1 million for nonprofit partners from 50,000+ contributors. From 2009-2012, he co-founded GOOD/Corps, a social innovation firm that partners with organizations, such as Google, Starbucks, and the Gates Foundation, to align success with social impact. Recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the American Cancer Society, a member of the Japan Society's Innovators Network, and a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.
Ron Ames, Director
Ron Ames is a meditation practitioner who has studied with both Trudy Goodman and Noah Levine. He is currently a member of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners' Program. Ron serves as a member on InsightLA's Executive Committee. He is a teacher in training with Trudy Goodman in InsightLA's first teacher training cohort. Ron has a deep interest in the Twelve Steps particularly as they relate to meditation practice. He works in the film industry as a Producer and 1st Assistant Director on feature films.
Tere Abdala-Romano, Director
Tere came from Mexico City 14 years ago with her three young children and late husband. She began her practice in Mexico, where she studied Tibetan Buddhism and practiced meditation. Here in Los Angeles, she became Trudy Goodman’s student, which complemented her Catholic upbringing and her husband´s Jewish heritage and broadened her capacity for understanding and compassion for others. Inspired to help, she left behind both her MBA and her bachelor degree in geography to devote herself to her family, her personal growth, and the study and practice of mindfulness. She became a dedicated practitioner at InsightLA before joining the teacher development program. Tere graduated from Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leadership program as well as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Practicum, and other diverse mindfulness programs, including completing The Fearless Compassionate Care Training and becoming certified as a Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher. Her self-inquiry search through psychoanalysis has strengthen her mindfulness journey as well as her creativity as a visual artist. Her main interest is to bring mindfulness to Spanish speaking communities throughout the Los Angeles area.
She is the president of a large company in Mexico City, where she is incorporating mindfulness and conscious business practices with the firm belief that it will benefit many people’s lives and could start changing the way business are led in Mexico.
Trudy Goodman Kornfield, Director
Trudy Goodman Kornfield, Ph.D., is the Founding Teacher of InsightLA, the first center to combine training in Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and in non-sectarian mindfulness and compassion practices, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). The fourth teacher ever of MBSR, Trudy taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and studied Buddhist meditation for 40 years, with Asian and Western teachers. She is the Guiding Teacher and co-founder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first center in the world dedicated to integrating these two disciplines, and had a private psychotherapy practice there for 25 years. Trudy co-founded Family Path and Growing Spirit, family mindfulness programs, with Susan Kaiser Greenland in Los Angeles, and has worked with kids and families throughout her career. Trudy teaches retreats and workshops worldwide; often teaching with her husband, Jack Kornfield. Trudy is a contributing author: Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Springer, 2008); Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2011); Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2013).