Laurie Kido Lyons, Sensei has practiced Zen since 2003. She received Dharma Transmission from Fusho Sensei in 2018. She is a Lay Monk in the Open Mind Zen School and leads the affiliate group in Naples, FL. Laurie is an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and also brings her practice into her work as an orchestral musician and percussionist with the Naples Philharmonic since 1999.
Frank Seisho Diaz, Ph.D. began practicing Zen at Tallahassee’s Cypress Tree Zen Center in 1994. He joined Open Mind Zen in 2005 and now holds the position of Hoshi Assistant Teacher. He is the founder and resident teacher at Open Mind Zen Bloomington and is currently an Associate Professor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he teaches courses in music education and teacher wellness and conducts research on mindfulness in music and related arts. He has spent much of his career integrating contemplative practices into his work as a teacher, musician, and scholar, and is a frequent presenter on the topic at workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally.
Kellie Garza M.A., LMHC, CST. is a licensed mental health counselor and has been practicing psychotherapy since 2004. A large part of her practice and focus has been on working with trauma survivors. Kellie has been an Assistant Teacher at Open Mind Zen Melbourne since 2016 and received Hoshi, or Senior Assistant Teacher status in early 2019. She enjoys integrating psychology with her Zen practice and teaching.
Gail Zivin, Ph.D. has been meditating and aiming to live Buddhist precepts since 1991. Sensei Al Rapaport recognized her as Assistant Teacher with Open Mind Zen in 2016 and Hoshi, or Senior Assistant Teacher in 2019. She took lay precepts in the Theravada tradition in 1998 with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana and in the Zen tradition in 2001 with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara. She has been Vice President of the Philadelphia Buddhist Association since the mid 90’s, where she teaches meditation and supports the practice of others. She brings practical help from the Dharma to patients in her psychotherapy practice. Since 1987, Gail has been Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University where, among other subjects, she teaches Boundary Awareness and Ethics.