Board meetings are usually held on the third Monday evening of every other month and are listed in the calendar. All community members are encouraged to attend. The Board of Directors (BOD) welcomes community involvement and a process of participatory decision-making.
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.
Lisa Herrington | Vice President & Treasurer has served on the board for three years, currently as treasurer. When she first came to AIMC, she was only looking for a meditation group–and discovered the dharma–which has been life changing! She feels connected to a community when she is deep in the work of the community, so she gladly offer her services to the board and sangha. Lisa feels it is a privilege and pleasure to serve an organization offering refuge to all and contributing every day to ending suffering for all beings.
Osa Arkin | Secretary has been with our sangha for over 10 years. She leads Visiting Teacher and Retreat Coordination committee, and has made serving lunch during AIMC daylongs a regular feature. Osa has been BOD secretary for 2 years, after serving as president for one year. She lives in the Placitas straw bale house she helped build and hikes daily with her dog the wonderfully wild Sandia foothills and arroyos right outside the front door.
Kathryn Turnipseed | Board Member found the dharma in 1995 when working with anti-war and civil society organizations in Bosnia and Croatia. She graduated from the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2012, and completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in 2013. Kathryn is passionate about individual and collective liberation and is committed to fostering an inclusive sangha, where everyone feels welcome. She also teaches at Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha, is a GreenFaith Fellow, and serves on the board of the Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center.
Donna Haughney | Board Member is fairly new to Albuquerque and has been with our sangha for 1 ½ years. She is the chair of the Communication Committee, managing the AIMC website and newsletter. Donna is a long term yogi, practicing for over 40 years at IMS and the Forest Refuge on the East Coast. About 5 years ago she started integrating more study through the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Although she is originally from New Jersey, Donna arrived in Albuquerque via Mexico where she lived for 7 years as an expat. She lives on the Westside near the Petroglyphs with her husband and two dogs.
Board members serve two-year terms, new board members are elected in the fall at the annual membership meeting. About half the board members are replaced each year when their two-year terms are up. Hence, several board members continue their terms each year to help the new members get started. Each meeting lasts approximately two hours.
We are grateful to all who have served on past or present boards.