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Leadership

 

Teachers

Rev. Dr. Deborah Barrett

deborah_01 Dr. Deborah Barrett is a minister and teacher at ZCOC. She has been a serious meditation practitioner for over 30 years in both the Christian and Zen traditions.  Deborah is a certified pastoral counselor with a Ph.D. in psychology and an M.A. in theology. She has a law degree (Juris Doctor) from DePaul University and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and federal courts.
Deborah engages in private practice as a pastoral counselor. She is a certified fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, #6011 (www.aapc.org). Deborah served as a full-time hospice chaplain for four years. She teaches Introduction to Psychology at Santiago Canyon College.  She also teaches “Comparative Mysticism” and “Contemporary Practices of the World’s Religions” in the Comparative Religion Department at Cal State Fullerton. She has taught “Spirituality and Aging” and “Death and Dying” courses at Cal State.  Her email is Barrett@zcoc.org

Rev. Carol Aguilar

Carol_2_BW_b Rev. Carol Aguilar is a minister and teacher at ZCOC. She has been a Zen practitioner for over 30 years. In addition to teaching and administration, Carol directs ZCOC’s prison project and represents the Zen Center at community events.
Carol is owner of Zen Home Stitchery, providing meditation cushions at affordable prices for thousands of Zen students and hundreds of meditation groups and Zen Centers. Carol has a B.A. degree in Asian history from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently working on her M.A. degree in Philosophy at SDSU, with emphasis on Dogen studies. This year Carol became a grandmother and enjoys Amy’s son, Sol. Her email is Aguilar@zcoc.org 

Sr. Virgie Luchsinger

virgie_sml Sr. Virgie Luchsinger is a teacher at ZCOC. She is a Professor of Ikebana in the Ikenobo tradition (flower arranging) and she is a chanoyu (tea ceremony) teacher. She is a registered nurse, with an M.A. degree in theology from Loyola University, Chicago. Sr. Virgie’s spiritual background is as a cloistered Carmelite nun, and currently as a Sister For Christian Community.
Though well-grounded in the classical Christian contemplative and mystical tradition, she has been a pioneer in contemporary forms of contemplation and spirituality, especially in relating Zen to apophatic prayer. She offers tea and flower arranging on a regular basis at ZCOC.Virgie’s interests include travel, piano, calligraphy, modern art, astronomy, and architecture.Her email is Luchsinger@zcoc.org

Instructors

Tad Sullivan

Tad portrait2 Tad Sullivan is an Instructor at ZCOC.  He leads a monthly Zen Study Program and leads the Zen Center’s Introduction to Zen Meditation Workshop several times a year.  He is active in the Zen Center’s prison project.  He serves as the Practitioner Coordinator and is available at almost all programs.  He provides an orientation program for new practitioners at the Center.

Tad has a B.A. degree from Occidental College, majoring in English/Drama with an emphasis on creative writing, and a minor in Philosophy. He manages a sales rep business to college book and art stores, and a family wholesale business in the paper and packaging markets.

Tad lives with his wife Chris, an artist and art professor at Coastline Community College, in Corona Del Mar.  They have enjoyed being married for over 30 years. They have a son, Riley, a recent college graduate.

Tad is a founding member of Poetry on Broadway, which has met for the past twelve years in Costa Mesa (on Broadway). He is active in Chi Gong.  He enjoys music, theater, nature, and haiku.

His email is: Sullivan@zcoc.org

Bob Posert

Bob Bob is an Instructor at ZCOC.  He leads a monthly Zen Study Program and leads the Zen Center’s Introduction to Zen Meditation Workshop several times a year.  He oversees the computer technology at ZCOC.  He is an experienced Tenzo (Zen Cook), frequently overseeing preparation and serving of meals during  intensives.

Bob has a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

Bob works with computers as technology manager, specializing in information lifecycle management.

Bob is married with two children. His son Rich is studying pre-med at Reed College. His daughter Katie is a student at Corona Del Mar high school and has aspirations to be a chef.

Bob’s interests outside of the Center include leading crews which build houses in Mexico with a non-profit group (Corazon); cooking, especially Asian food; reading and yoga.

His email is: Posert@zcoc.org