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Temple Leadership and Committees

Many dedicated people actively work in various ways to guide and support Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

ADZG Temple Officers

Taigen Dan Leighton
Guiding Dharma Teacher

Eishin Nancy Easton
Tanto (Practice Director)

Dylan Toropov
Ino (Head of Meditation Hall)

David Wray
Head Doan  (Assistant to Ino)

Douglas Floyd
Director (Temple Administrator)

Ko Carol Laursen & Debra Callahan
Assistant Director

Beau Golwitzer
Tenzo (Head of Kitchen)

Gyoshin Laurel Ross
Assistant Tenzo

Michael Evans
Website Manager

David Doerksen

Fundraising Committee

Dylan Toropov, Chair
David Weiner
Douglas Floyd
Brian Taylor
Carla Amato-Martz

Promotions Committee

Jason Carey-Sheppard, Chair

Wade Wheatley
Michael Evans
Ed Donley
Alex Slagg
Matthew Vogel

Audio Dharma Coordinator

Angie Vaughn

Hyde Park Zen

Brian Taylor, Coordinator
Nyozan Eric Shutt
Howard Ruan
Alexander Peltz, University of Chicago Intern

Beginner’s Mind Zen

Matthew Vogel, Coordinator

Interfaith Action Committee

Alex Peltz, coordinator

LGBTQ+ Dharma Group

Sara Lytle, co-coordinator
Dylan Toropov, co-coordinator

Sangha Care Committee

Sara Lytle
Matt Vogel

ADZG Board of Directors

Taigen Dan Leighton, Dharma Teacher
Douglas Floyd, President
Brian Taylor, Secretary
David Doerksen, Treasurer
Matt Vogel
Wade Wheatley
Ko Carol Laursen
Sara Lytle
Dylan Toropov

Program Committee

Eishin Nancy Easton, Chair
Douglas Floyd
Taigen Dan Leighton
Ben Penglase
Laurel Ross

Weekday AM Zen

Monday – Douglas Floyd, Coordinator

Tuesday – David Wray, Coordinator

Wednesday – Eishin Nancy Easton, Coordinator

Thursday – Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Coordinator

Friday AM Zazen and Discussion on Decolonizing Consciousness and Anti-Racism

Dylan Toropov, Coordinator

Meditation and Recovery Meeting

Michael Soter, Coordinator
Jason S.
Bob Callahan

The Ethics and Reconciliation Committee

Gary Wilson, Libby Bachhuber, Kathy Bingham, Nyozan Eric Shutt, & Gerrie Griffin
Click here for more information on the EAR committee.