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Jacqueline Dubbs Siroka
New York, NY

Jacqueline Dubbs Siroka, ACSW, TEP, BCD, emerged from childhood with an intimate knowledge of the pain created from the sense of living as a separate/separated self. Knowing this from the inside, she has dedicated her life to learning about and teaching people how to live intimately inside themselves while also connecting to others.

With this strong intention, Jacqueline has been a practicing psychotherapist, trainer, and educator in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy for the past 40 years. She is a licensed clinical social worker who works at the intersection of mindful awareness and interpersonal connection to promote and facilitate self and relational-oriented growth and healing in both individuals and couples. Her approach to healing utilizes mindfulness and action methods, which promotes empathy and awareness of others through role reversal and spontaneity. In her work, internal and external difficulties are investigated with the intention of cultivating compassion for one’s self and others. Her specialization includes treatment of adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, and chronic unhappiness. She  lives, plays, and works in New York City with Robert, her husband of 37 years.

Her 40-years of service includes the following titles:

Co-founder, Integral Therapy – 2001
Clinical Director, Sociometric Institute, 1991-Present
Former Director, Psychodrama Services, Fair Oaks Hospital, Summit, NJ
Supervising Psychodramatist, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Faculty at Rutgers and Stony Brook graduate schools


Arica Institute, 1974
Bachelors of arts degree, American University
Masters degree in social work, Stony Brook
Additional training and certification in Psychodrama, Sciometry, and Group Psychotherapy

Awards: J.L. Moreno Award Recipient, 2006

“We are the mirror as well as the face in it. We are pain and what cures pain both.” – Rumi


Jane Jackson
Silver Spring, MD

Jane was introduced to Insight Meditation in 1998 by her first Dharma teachers, Lynn Kelly and Luisa Montero, at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s Sunday night class in Takoma Park, MD. Since then she has maintained a regular meditation practice, and continues to sit with the Takoma Park sangha, where she is now a substitute teacher. In 2003, she completed yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga Center, and is now a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Jane shares the blessings of yoga and meditation wherever she can – at work, with friends, in her home studio, at the Tenleytown Center for Mindful Living, and through the adult religious education program of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, MD. Her yoga classes incorporate mindfulness, lovingkindness, and the Buddhadharma; her meditation classes begin with moving the body and the breath.

Jane is also a mother, stepmother, and grandmother. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband of 32 years, John Acton, and their son, Tim.

In her day job, Jane is a government lawyer and a member of the Senior Executive Service, serving in a management position at the Federal Communications Commission.


Janet Merrick
Rockville, MD

Janet is a long-time meditator with an extensive history of retreats and trainings. In the 1970’s she studied for a decade with Arica Institute teacher Oscar Ichazo, then took two decades “off” to have a child. For the past eight years she has studied Vipassana meditation with her primary teachers—Tara Brach and Jonathan Foust.

Today, Janet provides many services in support of the dharma: She is Tara Brach’s personal assistant, and the webmaster for Tara’s website and social media. She’s also a retreat manager for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and the administrator and sound coordinator for the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. Since 2005, she has been recording, editing, and posting the audio teachings for Tara Brach and IMCW. As a teacher, Janet is most interested in teaching on a one-to-one basis.

Before retiring, Janet worked for four decades as a counselor with people with disabilities, specializing with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. She is able to communicate well in American Sign Language. She lives with her husband and partner of 45 years, Gary Hillesland, who is also an MTTI graduate and long-time meditator.


Jeffrey Fracher
Charlottesville, VA

Jeffrey C. Fracher, Ph. D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist who will end a 42-year career as a psychologist on Dec. 31, 2013. During his professorial career, he served on the faculty of both Rutgers Medical School and the University of Virginia, qualified as an expert in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions, and created and maintained successful private practices in both New Jersey and Virginia.

Jeff has been meditating since 1972 and practicing Insight Meditation since 1994. His teaching style is a synthesis of modern psychological theory with the ancient wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings.

Jeff lives with his wife of forty years, Kay, and their cat and dog. He has two grown sons. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville. In addition he teaches Insight Meditation at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women through the Blue Ridge Prison Project.

Of the many blessings in his life, the gift of the Buddhadharma ranks highest for the  positive impact it has had in all other aspects of his life.


Jerry Hartman
Germantown, MD

Jerry Hartman began meditating in 2004, and has over 100 nights in retreat. His focus is on making the Buddha’s teachings come alive to people in the 21st century. Jerry has taught meditation to groups and individuals in person and via electronic media across the country since 2007. He is a 2013 graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington, DC, and is a 2014 graduate of the Integrated Study and Practice (ISPP) certificate program of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts. Jerry taught as an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) from 2012-2015. He currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member of the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, is an adjunct instructor with Howard Community College in Columbia, MD and teaches for the Montgomery County, MD Recreation Department.


Jen Jordan
Cabin John, MD

Jen will always remember her first introduction to Buddhist meditation in 1987, as it was truly one of those “ah-ha” moments. Since then, her awe for the practice’s depth, practicality, and beauty has not ceased. Today, having explored numerous yogic and contemplative traditions, Jen’s greatest aspiration is to serve all beings in their awakening.

She is on the teaching team of Minds, Inc., leads classes for children and young adults—pre-school through high school—and since 2008 has taught the Family Meditation Class for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

As a nurse practitioner for Montgomery Hospice, Jen is also grateful to work with individuals facing end of life. Prior to her hospice work, Jen practiced integrative family medicine, taught on the faculty at George Washington University’s School of Nursing, and served in GWU Hospital’s Reiki Practitioner Program. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in physics and environmental science from University of California – Berkeley. An earlier career as a climate change researcher grew from her passion to protect our beautiful, living Earth, and in 2008 she co-founded Green Neighbors, organizing local green initiatives.

Her strong belief is that humanity’s greatest hope rests in attending to and embodying the wisdom of our hearts; that within the safety of a supportive sangha, we can re-learn our inherent connection to all of life, moving from “what can I do” to “what can we do”. She has a daily practice, and enjoys reflecting on the dharma name she was given by Thich Nhat Hanh, Flowering Insight of the Heart. Her greatest teachers continue to be her three school-age children, who give her daily fodder for practice.

Jennifer Stanley
Arlington, VA

Jennifer Stanley began her meditation practice in 1986 while living in Michigan, and began attending the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) in 2000. She has attended many residential retreats with IMCW, the Insight Meditation Society, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Vipassana, metta, and building sangha are central to her practice and teaching.

Jennifer’s graduate training was in ecological/community psychology, and she spent many years as a public health systems researcher. Her passionate love of the Dharma led her to pursue videography as a way to share the teachings of compassion, loving-kindness, wisdom, and inner freedom. She is the producer of the online video project, “Finding True Refuge.” She also teaches a weekly meditation class in Arlington, Virginia. Jennifer is married, and has many passions, including gardening, hiking, exercising, poetry, literature, history, and the arts.


Karolynn Coleman
Chevy Chase, MD

Karolynn Coleman, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker and meditation teacher. She received her BA degree in sociology from University of MA, Amherst in 1966 and her MSW degree at Smith College School for Social Work in 1968. Karolynn is an experienced psychotherapist, consultant, and clinical supervisor who integrates knowledge and strategies from Western Psychology, Buddhist Psychology, Medical Science and Neuroscience in her work. She is currently in private practice in Bethesda, MD, where she works with a diverse range of individuals, couples, and families in all stages of the life cycle to support their positive growth and development and optimal functioning.

Karolynn became interested in Buddhism initially as a result of spending time in Nepal and experiencing the pleasure of being in a culture where Buddhist values were lived. Concurrently her reading led her to see the advanced understanding of the human condition and the science of the mind which Buddhist Psychology has contributed for the past 2,500 years. She began a study of Buddhist Psychology and meditation practices in the mid 1990’s and is now guiding meditation at the Insight Medication Community of Washington, D.C.’s Center for Mindful Living.

Karolynn is married and the mother of an adult daughter and son. She enjoys spending time in nature running and trekking.


Kay Davidson
Richmond, VA

Kay is a mindfulness meditation teacher, mentor, and affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).  She and her husband Philip lead several mindfulness practice groups in Richmond, Virginia, as well as periodic daylong silent meditation retreats.

After retiring from a full-time practice in clinical psychology, Kay followed her deepening interest in the literature and practices related to  Buddhism and its Western applications by taking coursework through Naropa University and  the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and by experiencing retreats offered at The Bhavana Society, the Insight Meditation Society, and IMCW.

She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A few years ago she completed an 18-month program offered by the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Mentoring, an experience that brought home to her our universal human longing for connection and understanding.

She credits her personal meditation practice and ongoing study in these areas with enriching her life every day – helping her to remember what is most important and reminding her to be fully present to her experiences and even more open in her heart.


Kristina Weaver
Charlottesville, VA

Kristina Weaver, Ph.D., discovered Insight meditation in 2003 and began teaching in 2012. A writer, geographer, and community organizer, Kristina is passionate about how meditation can help change systems as well as promote greater happiness at the individual and relational levels. In her capacity on the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) Board of Directors, Kristina has helped to initiate efforts that bring meditation practice to bear on issues of social justice. Together with other MTTI graduates and senior IMCC teachers, she is now working to expand and deepen access to the Dharma in central Virginia.

Kristina is a Marshall Scholar and graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and Glasgow universities, but her most important teacher has been her young daughter: a joyful being who extends ample invitations every day to open the heart and dwell in the present. Having traveled the world, Kristina is now settling down in Charlottesville, Va.


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