MZC provides a place for meditation, study and reflection, leading to mindful, compassionate action and inner awakening through traditional Soto Zen Practice.
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President: Susan Winecki. Vice President:Bob Balderson. Treasurer: Tom Tolan. Secretary: Isabel Kent. Members at large: Mary Bernau-Eigen (Membership Liaison). Greg York.
Bob is a 25 year member of the Milwaukee Zen Center. He has served on the board several times. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he retired from a career in the Army in 1984 and came to Milwaukee in 1993 as an acting intern at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He has performed with numerous groups in Milwaukee. He holds a MS in physics, an MBA and an MFA in Acting. Additional interests include downhill skiing, swing and tap dancing and Tai Chi; and volunteers to record books for the blind, guide blind skiers and serve as a plant health adviser in the master gardener program.
Isabel first became acquainted with the Milwaukee Zen Center in 2011. Now graduated with degrees in Art and Social Work, and receiving the Bodhisattva Precepts this year, her practice is comprised of engaging with all of these endeavors as one path. Isabel aims to bring the whole of this Bodhisattva work to her service on the Board and with the Sangha.
Susan Winecki has been a member of the Milwaukee Zen Center for over 10 years. For her, the Center has been a safe port, a place of calm and quiet in a world increasingly chaotic and stressful. She invites all members to experience it as a refuge and a welcoming community.
Greg York discovered the Milwaukee Zen Center in 2017 and immediately felt the community's comfort and wisdom, inspiring him to find ways to become more involved and more focused on his spiritual path. In his professional career, Greg works as an information security leader in the broadcast television industry and owns a small business in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking, hiking and traveling with his family.