Board of Directors

Susanna Weiss is the Executive Director of the Community Meditation Center. She has practiced meditation for over 20 years, studying with Allan Lokos, Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Andrew Olendzki, among others. She has taught at Columbia University, New York Insight Meditation Center, Marymount Manhattan, and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She is in private practice as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a trauma resolution therapy. A former professional modern dancer, and an ordained interfaith minister, Susanna also paints watercolors and has had exhibits in New York City and Santa Fe.

Susanna Weiss is the Executive Director of the Community Meditation Center. She has practiced meditation for over 20 years, studying with Allan Lokos, Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Andrew Olendzki, among others. She has taught at Columbia University, New York Insight Meditation Center, Marymount Manhattan, and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She is in private practice as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a trauma resolution therapy. A former professional modern dancer, and an ordained interfaith minister, Susanna also paints watercolors and has had exhibits in New York City and Santa Fe.

Tom Cummings has been practicing meditation since 2008, and has been attending CMC sessions since February of 2013. After a 20-year career as a corporate information technology specialist, in 2001 he established an executive coaching and management consulting business in order to be able to work from home while his two children attended school. In 2013 he closed that business, and now focuses on studying Buddhist philosophy and writing about mindfulness as an effective way of engaging with others. He maintains an active presence on a number of social media sites, where he promotes both Buddhism and mindfulness as pathways to a more sustainable and peaceful world.

Tom Cummings has been practicing meditation since 2008, and has been attending CMC sessions since February of 2013. After a 20-year career as a corporate information technology specialist, in 2001 he established an executive coaching and management consulting business in order to be able to work from home while his two children attended school. In 2013 he closed that business, and now focuses on studying Buddhist philosophy and writing about mindfulness as an effective way of engaging with others. He maintains an active presence on a number of social media sites, where he promotes both Buddhism and mindfulness as pathways to a more sustainable and peaceful world.

Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, is currently staff Dramaturg at Santa Fe Opera and previously served in that capacity at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and New York City Opera. She is a Vocal Arts Faculty member at The Juilliard School and Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and has taught and lectured for schools, performance venues, and media outlets worldwide. Active in developing contemporary opera, she teaches dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program and is a sought-after dramaturgical consultant to opera companies nationwide. She creates supertitles and singing translations for opera companies across the English-speaking world, and helped launch Met Titles, the Metropolitan Opera’s simultaneous translation system. She has often written for the New York Times, and has contributed to books including The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Cori began attending CMC in 2014 and has found it a transformative and welcoming experience.

Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, is currently staff Dramaturg at Santa Fe Opera and previously served in that capacity at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and New York City Opera. She is a Vocal Arts Faculty member at The Juilliard School and Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and has taught and lectured for schools, performance venues, and media outlets worldwide. Active in developing contemporary opera, she teaches dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program and is a sought-after dramaturgical consultant to opera companies nationwide. She creates supertitles and singing translations for opera companies across the English-speaking world, and helped launch Met Titles, the Metropolitan Opera’s simultaneous translation system. She has often written for the New York Times, and has contributed to books including The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Cori began attending CMC in 2014 and has found it a transformative and welcoming experience.

Cheri Fandozzi has been practicing yoga since 2006 and became a certified children’s and adult instructor in 2012. The mind-body practices of yoga naturally led her to explore meditation as a formal practice and she was thrilled to find her meditation sangha home at CMC in 2015. Cheri is a co-founder of the WIR Mom Squad, a grassroots network of volunteers serving the families and seniors residing at West End Intergenerational Residences, a supportive housing facility. When she’s not teaching or volunteering, Cheri can usually be found looking after her son Vincent, a fulfilling labor of love for her and her husband, Vince.

Cheri Fandozzi has been practicing yoga since 2006 and became a certified children’s and adult instructor in 2012. The mind-body practices of yoga naturally led her to explore meditation as a formal practice and she was thrilled to find her meditation sangha home at CMC in 2015. Cheri is a co-founder of the WIR Mom Squad, a grassroots network of volunteers serving the families and seniors residing at West End Intergenerational Residences, a supportive housing facility. When she’s not teaching or volunteering, Cheri can usually be found looking after her son Vincent, a fulfilling labor of love for her and her husband, Vince.

Barbara Greenberg, MSW, is founder and president of The Philanthropic Group, a consulting and management firm. Her clients are funders, foundations, and individual donors. She designs and manages thoughtful grantmaking plans to help them achieve the greatest impact with every dollar contributed. Barbara’s areas of focus are food justice and racial justice, food waste reduction and hunger, children and youth, and neighborhoods.   She currently serves on the Steering Committee of Community Food Funders, a NY-NJ-CT network of funders committed to an equitable, ecologically sound, and economically robust regional food system. Barbara is a scuba diver, snorkeler, and beach comber. She paddles her kayak on northeastern lakes, rivers, and ocean. She has been meditating for several years and delights in inviting friends and family to join her on Sundays at CMC.

Barbara Greenberg, MSW, is founder and president of The Philanthropic Group, a consulting and management firm. Her clients are funders, foundations, and individual donors. She designs and manages thoughtful grantmaking plans to help them achieve the greatest impact with every dollar contributed. Barbara’s areas of focus are food justice and racial justice, food waste reduction and hunger, children and youth, and neighborhoods.   She currently serves on the Steering Committee of Community Food Funders, a NY-NJ-CT network of funders committed to an equitable, ecologically sound, and economically robust regional food system. Barbara is a scuba diver, snorkeler, and beach comber. She paddles her kayak on northeastern lakes, rivers, and ocean. She has been meditating for several years and delights in inviting friends and family to join her on Sundays at CMC.

Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center. He is the author of Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and DeterminationPocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living; and Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living. He has been interviewed on more than one hundred radio and television programs. Places he has taught include Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, The Rubin Museum, Tibet House US, and Upaya Zen Center. Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with many of the world’s most renowned teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Stephen Batchelor. Earlier in this life, Allan enjoyed a successful career as a professional singer.

Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center. He is the author of Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and DeterminationPocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living; and Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living. He has been interviewed on more than one hundred radio and television programs. Places he has taught include Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, The Rubin Museum, Tibet House US, and Upaya Zen Center. Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with many of the world’s most renowned teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Stephen Batchelor. Earlier in this life, Allan enjoyed a successful career as a professional singer.

Kimerly Polak was introduced to CMC at the beginning of 2017 and immediately knew she belonged there. In her professional life, she runs a financial planning firm that she began in 2008.  The Company works mainly with women and couples to help them organize their financial lives, so that they can better meet their lifetime goals. In the years prior to starting her company, she was an international portfolio manager, and lived in several Latin American and European countries. Kim and her husband, German, have 2 sons and a daughter, who are all working and studying in NYC.

Kimerly Polak was introduced to CMC at the beginning of 2017 and immediately knew she belonged there. In her professional life, she runs a financial planning firm that she began in 2008.  The Company works mainly with women and couples to help them organize their financial lives, so that they can better meet their lifetime goals. In the years prior to starting her company, she was an international portfolio manager, and lived in several Latin American and European countries. Kim and her husband, German, have 2 sons and a daughter, who are all working and studying in NYC.

Kevin L. Reymond is a partner and Chief Financial Officer at Palladium Equity Partners, a private equity firm which he joined in 2000. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Hibernia Communications, LLC, and a former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom Broadcast Group and Viacom Interactive Media. Prior to Viacom, Kevin worked at Westinghouse Broadcasting as the Vice President of Acquisitions Analysis. He began his career at Price Waterhouse where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions for clients in the media and entertainment industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of Haden, Prince International and Syntiro. Kevin serves on the Executive Board at the non-profit Friends of American Revolution at West Point. He also serves on the board of One-Story, a non-profit literary magazine, as well as the board of the Palisades Parks Conservancy. Kevin earned a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova and is a CPA.

Kevin L. Reymond is a partner and Chief Financial Officer at Palladium Equity Partners, a private equity firm which he joined in 2000. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Hibernia Communications, LLC, and a former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom Broadcast Group and Viacom Interactive Media. Prior to Viacom, Kevin worked at Westinghouse Broadcasting as the Vice President of Acquisitions Analysis. He began his career at Price Waterhouse where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions for clients in the media and entertainment industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of Haden, Prince International and Syntiro. Kevin serves on the Executive Board at the non-profit Friends of American Revolution at West Point. He also serves on the board of One-Story, a non-profit literary magazine, as well as the board of the Palisades Parks Conservancy. Kevin earned a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova and is a CPA.

Jennifer Taylor has been practicing meditation since 2000. She found CMC in 2012 when she sought a more formal meditation practice as a natural extension to her yoga practice, which she began more than 20 years ago.  Jennifer is a real estate broker with Compass which aligns with her passions for helping others, architecture, New York City and an active lifestyle. She has completed the Teacher Training program at the Iyengar Institute and now teaches yoga.  While raising her two now-adult sons, she spent many years volunteering at their schools. She enjoys traveling and competitive sailing.

Jennifer Taylor has been practicing meditation since 2000. She found CMC in 2012 when she sought a more formal meditation practice as a natural extension to her yoga practice, which she began more than 20 years ago.  Jennifer is a real estate broker with Compass which aligns with her passions for helping others, architecture, New York City and an active lifestyle. She has completed the Teacher Training program at the Iyengar Institute and now teaches yoga.  While raising her two now-adult sons, she spent many years volunteering at their schools. She enjoys traveling and competitive sailing.

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