OUR STAFF

Rami Efal

Executive Director (USA)

Rami Efal, a dual citizen of Israel and the USA, has been a student of Zen Buddhism since 2006, including 4 years of residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery and Zen Center of New York City.

Anthony Saracino

Assistant to Executive Director (USA)

Born to an inquiring, theatrical Christian family, Anthony began studying Zen in 2010 and has since done two separate month-long residencies at Great Vow Monastery in Oregon and Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate NY.

Lilli Mösler

Auschwitz Retreat Coordinator (Germany)

Lilli first came to the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat with her two siblings after her father had been to the retreat. Since her first attendance, she has come back almost every year since.


OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Christopher Panos, Sensei (USA)

Chairman

Chris Panos, a sensei in the Zen Peacemakers, is currently a founder and principal of Fundamental Investment Advisors. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Korean Zen, and American Japanese Zen since 1975 and recently became a Dharmaholder in the Zen Peacemakers lineage.

Barbara Salaam WegmĂĽller, Roshi (Switzerland)

President, Board Member

She met her teacher, Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1999 and was recognized as a Roshi in his lineage in 2015. Since 2005 she has been part of the group of Spiritholders at the retreat in Auschwitz-Birkenau. As well as facilitating the Spiegel Sangha in Switzerland, Barbara trains Zen Peacemakers Stewards, leads workshops on the Mandala of Five Buddha Families, and teaches the method of Council.

Cornelius v Collande, Roshi (Germany)

Board Member

Since 2000 Dr Cornelius v Collande has worked in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Zen-training. He has a European Certificate of Psychotherapy (EAP), is a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and teaches Taiji at the Taiji Chan school. He was also appointed as Zen teacher of the Zen school “Empty Cloud” by Willigis Jäger Kyoun Roshi in 2009. Roshi Collande serves as a Spirit Holder in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat.

Tani Katz (Israel)

Treasurer, Board Member

Tani is an expert in conducting, consulting and leading organizational development processes such as growth, excellence, data management and innovation. He is a lecturer in the master’s program of organizational development, Business School, Tel-Aviv University.

Grant Couch, Sensei (USA)

Board Member

Grant Couch worked for over 40 years in the financial services industry, with a focus on commercial and investment banking. After attending the 2010 Bearing Witness Retreat in Auschwitz he began working closely with Bernie Glassman and Zen Peacemakers International.

Francisco Paco Lugoviña, Roshi (USA, Puerto Rico)

Board Member

Francisco is the co-founder of the Hudson River Peacemaker Center: House of One People, in Yonkers, New York. He works with gang members and youth and has participated in Bearing Witness Retreats and pilgrimages to Tibet, Auschwitz-Birkenau, India, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, as well as on the streets of New York City and other US cities.