Our Volunteers

buddhasThe Kwan Um School of Zen relies heavily on its volunteers. This select group of members makes it possible to meet our mission of providing Zen Master Seung Sahn’s teachings to people all over the world.

We are currently looking for volunteers to handle these tasks: webmaster, YouTube site development, online research, and kitchen help during sangha weekends at the Providence Zen Center.

A million “THANK YOUs” to all of you!

  • Algernon D’Ammassa, Deming Zen Center
  • Brenton Sheehan, Providence Zen Center
  • Carlos Montero, South Florida Zen Center
  • Carol Boudreau, South Florida Zen Center
  • Claudia Schippert, Orlando Zen Center
  • Doug Walsh, Providence Zen Center
  • Ed McCarthy, Providence Zen Center
  • Fred Miller, Providence Zen Center
  • Jason Quinn, Empty Gate Zen Center
  • Jennifer Magrone, Cambridge Zen Center
  • Jody Blackwell, Cambridge Zen Center
  • John Holland, Chogye International Zen Center of NY
  • Laura Bickmeier, Open Meadows Zen Center
  • Lucy Lee, Cambridge Zen Center
  • Marc Ramer, South Florida Zen Center
  • Michael Schutzler, Ocean Light Zen Center
  • Patricia Long, Northern Light Zen Center
  • Scott Dumont, Providence Zen Center
  • Soo Kyoung Lee, Chogye International Zen Center of NY
  • Steve Watkins, Empty Gate Zen Center
  • Tom Johnson, Cambridge Zen Center

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send an email to director@kwanumzen.org. We ask that all volunteers are members who have been with the school for at least 6 months.

Featured Volunteer


Michael Schutzler, Ocean Light Zen Center

Thank you Michael for handling the registration of the Whole World is a Single Flower trip for the Americas! Michael set up the registration site, has been keeping track of payments and answering lots and lots of questions. This is no easy task!

More about Michael: Michael is a 30 year veteran of the tech industry. As a successful entrepreneur and investor, he has raised more than $50 Million and led more than a dozen product launches. He is currently the President of the WTIA, a not-for-profit that serves the workforce development needs of the tech community in Washington state. Michael also teaches at the University of Washington and serves as an advisor to many CEOs and boards