SMS – Core Teachers

Vicky I serves as Board President of Boston based nonprofit, Community Cooks, which she co-founded 27 years ago in response to the food needs of community direct-service agencies. She grew up in Taiwan, is a Board member of the Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation and a visual artist. A member of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for over 20 years, she is one of the coordinators of their POC sangha and attends retreats regularly at IMS and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Yong Oh began practice in the Soto Zen tradition, eventually transitioning to study, practice and teaching in the Insight tradition. He is currently a Dharma Council teacher at the Durango Dharma Center, and teaches for the Chattanooga Insight Meditation group. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program, the Sacred Mountain Sangha 2-year Dharmapala training with his teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara, and is a graduate of the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Retreat Teacher Training program. Yong is also an acupuncturist, loves the outdoors and bringing the practice of meditation into nature, and aspires to support practitioners of color in the Dharma.

Linda Spink grew up in the Air Force, living her first 15 years in Georgia, Spain, Texas, Nebraska, and California. After receiving a Masters in Social Work, she joined the Peace Corps serving in Mauritania, West Africa. She then built a 30-year career in Washington, D.C. as a senior consultant and CEO of an employee owned international management and training firm. She started her meditation practice with Pema Chodron and gradually found her way to Insight Meditation Society, which became her spiritual home. She joined the IMS Board of Directors in 2006, and in 2013 she and her wife moved to MA so Linda could serve as the Executive Director. Since retiring in 2017, Linda spends her time hiking, gardening, and giving back to her community. As part of her volunteer commitments, Linda currently serves as Board Vice President for Amherst Neighbors, a community organization that provides services that empowers older adults to maintain socially engaged lives while living at home.

Sara Shapouri

Sara Shapouri Sara Shapouri is an Iranian-American meditation teacher, artist, parent, and lawyer. A lover of maps and guides to help understand the wildness of human experience, her path and offerings are influenced by Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, Jungian and Depth Psychology, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy, relational mindfulness, esoteric mystical traditions, and stand up comedy.

Kathryn Turnipseed 

Kathryn Turnipseed sat her first meditation retreat in 1997 and is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has a MBA and over 20 years of management experience with nonprofit organizations.