Ward Simmons, has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees, including Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Charlotte Bicycle Advisory Committee, and Leadership Charlotte. He is retired, after a career as a CPA.
Ward has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1999. He has completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts, and the two-year Community Dharma Leader program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California.
Ward has found the practice of Insight Meditation to be life-changing, and he considers it a privilege to share this path with others.
Board of Directors
Clyde Alexander, Board Chair, has been practicing meditation since 1998. He has attended residential retreats at Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Southern Dharma Retreat Center and Cloud Mountain.
Clyde is a graduate of the Dedicated Practicitioner Program, Spirit Rock's two-year study program.
Cynthia Cary Glickman, Vice Chair, has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte since the spring of 2011 and has practiced vipassana meditation for several years prior to joining the sangha.
She has attended numerous meditation retreats at Southern Dharma Retreat Center and Insight Meditation Society. She is extremely grateful to have discovered Buddhist meditation and believes travelling the path of the dharma has been transformative.
Cynthia looks forward to sharing our practice with the Charlotte community through IMCC’s volunteer efforts.
Robin Sherman is a long-time meditation practitioner.
She has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte
since 2013. She currently chairs the Metta Committee and serves on the
Program Committee and Personnel Committee.
Robin has found her spiritual home in Insight Meditation and looks
forward to sharing this path with other members of the sangha.
Adrienne Price, Treasurer, found her home at the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte in 2013 after practicing Zen and Tibetan Buddhism for several years. She has a deep commitment to this practice and balances her job in corporate IT with residential retreats at centers like Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and Southern Dharma.
This path has truly changed her life and she is grateful for the many teachers that have pushed her along with loving kindness. She is a volunteer coordinator at our Wednesday night sangha and loves being surrounded by the support that this community has to offer.
Denise Owens, Secretary, joined the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte in 2013 in an effort to become more skilled in present moment mindfulness to enhance her patient treatments. In the process she has found the teachings and her practice to have a positive effect on all aspects of her life. Denise has gratefully participated in the annual IMCC retreats. She currently serves on the Metta committee. She has also served on the board of the Piedmont District of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association.
Program: This committee plans and organizes most of the activities and events taking place in our sangha – including guest speakers, the annual residential retreat, the classes and daylong retreats, the movie nights, book discussion groups, community service and the Wednesday night volunteer coordinators. This committee is also in charge of the content on Wednesday nights, including the multi-week Wednesday night series and guest teachers, as well as the monthly practice discussions and the weekly beginners’ instruction.
Personnel: The Personnel committee reviews and proposes to the Board people to serve on the Board of Directors, on the various board committees and as Dharma leaders. The committee also reviews potential guest leaders for Wednesday evenings.
Finance: The Finance committee is responsible for maintaining our financial books which includes monthly payment of bills, reconciling accounts and preparation of financial reports. The committee also prepares and proposes to the Board the annual operating budget.
Metta: The Metta Committee fosters community among members and provides support to members as needed. We keep the sangha connected through a google group, member directory, and social events.
Public Relations: The mission of the public relations committee is to provide internal and external communications to support presence and visibility in the regional community and to ensure that these communications are presented in a consistent manner/image. Our responsibilities include: website design and update, IMCC logo, public service announcements, media outreach (weekly listings, promotion of special guest speakers and events, articles, etc.), assemble and distribute the monthly IMCC newsletter, and any other public relations needs requested by IMCC’s Board of Directors.
Jay Jackson has been a member of the IMCC since 2014. He discovered vipassana meditation while investigating mindfulness. A former student of religion, nothing has had a more positive influence on Jay’s life than practicing insight meditation and the teachings of the Buddha. He has participated in IMCC half and full day retreats and is a member of the Metta committee. Jay is an estimator for a masonry contractor. He and his wife Carol have lived in Charlotte since 1997.