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About NYI

We Teach What the Buddha Taught

Board & Staff

Jon Aaron – Board President

Jon is a teacher at NYI; his principal teacher has been Matthew Flickstein. He has completed teacher training with Matthew and in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. He has also done long-term study at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

Salma Abdulla – Board Treasurer

Salma is a Portfolio Manager at E. Magnus Oppenheim & Co.  She is passionate about money management and approaches her work through the practice of conscious livelihood.  Salma has been studying and practicing the Dharma since 2011.  She has taken classes at New York Insight and has attended several residential retreats at IMS.

Gregg Hill – Executive Director

Gregg is the Executive Director of NYI. A mindfulness practitioner since 2005, he is a Co-Founder of Quiet Harbor Sangha in Westchester. He has broad business experience in large corporations and tech start-ups. He is also an accomplished sculptor and musician. 

Joseph Schmidt – Co-Founder & Board Member

Joseph is co-founder, Board member, and previous Executive Director of NYI. He has many years of corporate and non-profit business experience in addition to working as a psychotherapist and teaching in India. Joseph has studied and practiced meditation for over 40 years.

Gina Sharpe – Co-Founder, Guiding Teacher & Board Member

Gina Sharpe is the Guiding Teacher of NYI, which she co-founded in 1998. She has been studying and practicing the Dharma for several years in Asia and the United States across many traditions and has been teaching since 1994.

Linda Spink – Board Member

Linda serves as Executive Director at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She spent 20 years as a senior consultant with an international consulting firm. Her professional areas of interest include leadership development, strategic planning, & living with change. She lives with her wife in MA.

Sandra Weinberg – Co-Founder & Board Member

Sandra Weinberg is a co-founder and teacher at NYI. She has studied the Dharma and practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years and is a graduate of the first Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program.  She is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City.

Molicia Crichton – Programming & Marketing Manager

Molicia is the Programming and Marketing Manager at NYI. She previously worked as Operations Manager at MoCADA and has background in management. Her responsibilities include community care, programming, marketing, and partnerships.

Vivian Mac – Operations Associate

Vivian is the Operations Associate at NYI. She recently graduated from Amherst College, where she wrote a thesis called “Where Inner Change Meets Social Change: Connecting Contemplative Practices and Social Justice in Higher Education.” 

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