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IMCW is committed to expanding the diversity of its board and committees, and especially encourages individuals from a diversity of race, sexual preference and age to offer their services. The Board of Directors is the governing body of IMCW, a 501 C3 non-profit religious corporation. Board members serve as the stewards of IMCW, its resources, programs and activities. Officers include the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Board meets quarterly to discuss issues, deliberate policy, and to vote. The Board seeks to be an increasingly diverse group bringing a wide perspective of views and skills in service of IMCW and the Dharma.

You are always welcome to contact Board members to ask questions, offer suggestions, or give feedback and input.

Board bios

Jake Tarr, President

Jake TarrJake Tarr completed Jonathan Foust’s "Year of Living Mindfully" course, and is an active participant in and an IMCW KM Group. Professionally, Jake is a managing director of Kinetic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in information, communications and clean technology companies. He is a graduate of Roanoke College and the Harvard Business School. Originally from upstate NY, Jake lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three children.

Mo Edjlali, Vice President

Mo EdjlaliMo Edjlali is passionate about spreading the practice of meditation and mindfulness.  As founder of ZenCEO he created an online community of over 27,000+ people dedicated to mindful leadership. In addition he developed a revolutionary program that helps individuals create a daily meditation habit through the power of community and technology. Mo has been meditating since 2009, completed Jonathan Foust’s Year of Living Mindfully program and is a certified Integral Coach taught by James Flaherty and Sarita Chawla. He has a BS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech and a professional background in entrepreneurship and technology management. He was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Mo loves to play soccer and has been working on creating an eleco-punk album.

Paul Beaton, Treasurer

Paul Beaton

Paul Beaton is dedicated to walking a path toward awakening and cultivating greater compassion and loving kindness for himself and for all others. Paul began his formal meditation practice in 2013 through one of IMCW’s neighborhood classes and began a yoga-based mindfulness of body practice in 2006. The Dharma and IMCW have given so much to Paul--he is delighted to be able to give back through service on the IMCW board.


Chantelle Britton, Secretary

Chantell BrittonChantelle Britton has practiced and studied vipassana meditation for over 8 years. As a yoga teacher, she shares her knowledge of mindful-based practices in her classes. Chantelle both participated and served as a mentor in Jonathan Foust’s “Year of Living Mindfully” program and volunteers to lead the “Newcomer Orientation” at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s Wednesday night meditation class in Bethesda, MD. Chantelle works full-time in health policy for the Federal government and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition, specifically studying the effects of mindfulness and eating. 

Kristin Barker

Kristin BarkerKristin is co-founder and director of One Earth Sangha whose mission is to cultivate a courageous, wise and compassionate response to climate change and other ecological crises. As a dedicated practitioner and lover of the Dharma, she is currently being trained in Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders program.

In her commitment to collective awakening and justice for all beings, Kristin co-founded "White Awake", whose mission is to develop awareness of race dynamics among white people engaged in spiritual communities and progressive causes. She has worked as an independent consultant and staff member at several environmental organizations in Washington, DC.

Tara Brach

Tara BrachTara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

A clinical psychologist, Tara is author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha and the upcoming book, True Refuge-Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2012). Tara is nationally known for her skill in weaving western psychological wisdom with a range of meditative practices. Her approach emphasizes compassion for oneself and others; mindful presence and the direct realization and embodiment of natural awareness.

Hugh Byrne

Hugh Byrne, Ph. D. is a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. He completed a four-year teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society led by Jack Kornfield. Hugh is also trained in and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has completed training in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma. He is a co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Hugh has been on IMCW’s Board of Directors and a member of the Teachers Council since 2003. He teaches three weekly classes in Washington, DC and leads retreats and workshops nationally and abroad.

Jennifer Dean

Jennifer Dean has practiced yoga since 2004, and has meditated since 2008, when she joined IMCW. She completed Jonathan Foust's Year of Living Mindfully program and is a member of a Spiritual Friends/KM group. By day, Jennifer is a partner and vice-chair of the intellectual property group at the law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she helps individuals and businesses protect their brand names and works of authorship.


Stacey Guenther

Stacey Guenther completed Jonathan Foust’s Year of Living Originally in 2014. Professionally, she is a coach, trainer, facilitator, and consultant focusing on leadership, well-being, and positive organizational scholarship. Stacey is the former director of educational programs at the Center for Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University, where she founded a living learning community called Mindful Living. She continues to serve at Mason as an adjunct faculty member teaching a for-credit class called "Meditation, Mindfulness, and Stress Management".

Gene Kijowski

Gene KijowskiGene is a former CEO, and a current student of Tara Brach, the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He brings rich experience with relationship in the areas of family, community, business and K12 education.

Gene teaches from a passion for mindfulness practice, and a deep conviction about its ability to support transformation and relieve suffering in relationships – and life.

Golda Philip

Golda PhilipGolda Philip has practiced meditation and yoga since 2004. Since her arrival in Washington, D.C. in 2009, Golda has taken part in various local sanghas including the IMCW Capitol Hill sangha. In 2014, Golda completed Jonathan Foust’s Year of Living Mindfully program.  

Professionally, Golda is a civil rights attorney and currently serves in federal government where she works on civil rights law and policy in health care. Golda is a current board member and former President of the Washington Council of Lawyers, a voluntary bar association dedicated to public interest and pro bono law. Passionate about bringing progressive values into local politics, she is also a former New Leaders Council (NLC) fellow and currently serves on NLC’s National Diversity Committee. 

Amy Smith

Amy SmithAmy Smith has been a dedicated practitioner of Vipassana meditation for more than 7 years. Before moving to DC in 2010, Amy worked for 2 years as operations director of InsightLA, a mindfulness center in Santa Monica, CA. During that time, she attended numerous dharma classes and retreats, and participated in InsightLA’s teacher training program. Her guiding teachers are Trudy Goodman, Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, and Anam Thubten Rinpoche.

Since her arrival in Washington, Amy has been engaged with the IMCW Capitol Hill sangha, participating on the coordination committee and as a teacher. She currently works at an international conservation organization to promote responsible forestry and trade.

Travis Spencer

Travis SpencerTravis Spencer is originally from the Valdosta, Georgia. He obtained a BA in English from Valdosta State University, and is poised to complete his MA in counseling from Trinity University in Washington, DC. Travis began his Buddhist practice in 2008 and strives to be an agent of change in our community. Currently, he is a  Master’s of Counseling student at Trinity University. Travis is a lifelong learner, and wants to promote diversity, wellness and holistic care in our communities.


Erica Wigley

Erica WigleyErica Marie Wigley is an integrative medicine nurse with the North Capital Region Pain Care Initiative/Wounded Warrior Pain Care Initiative at the Pentagon, Bethesda Naval, Andrews Air force Base, and Ft. Belvoir.

Erica has practiced meditation since 2007, and joined IMCW to expand her meditation practice and incorporate mindful living into her daily life. She was then invited in 2014 by the Academy of Optimal Living to teach a course focusing on mindfulness and its application in daily life. Erica also runs her own company, Plush Skin, which makes products that are good for the skin, hair, soul, and environment, and recently published her first book through Catalyst Publishing with co-author, Mehrdad Mizani entitled, "How Are YOU Treating Life?".