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Geoffrey Ashton


Professor Geoffrey Ashton is an Associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

Kelly Bannister

Zen Leader Practitioner

Kelly Bannister is a committed aikido and zen student-practitioner affiliated with Chosei Zen and the Institute for Zen Leadership.

Gordon Greene

Roshi, Abbot, Chosei Zen, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin

Gordon Hakuun Greene is the Abbot of Chosei Zen, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist training organization headquartered in Madison, WI, and the Head Priest of Spring Green Dojo, its rural training center.

Patricia Greene


One of the delights of training at the Spring Green Dojo is eating a meal cooked by Pat Greene, who serves as tenzo (temple cook). She began her Zen and martial arts training in 1975 and, in 2006, moved to Wisconsin with her family to help start the Spring Green Dojo, the rural training center for Chosei Zen.

Jasleen Kaur

Zen Leader Practitioner and FEBI Coach

Balancing her spiritual and corporate life, Jasleen finds herself wondering how she can be of service to the universe.

Scott Kiel


Scott Kiel started his formal Zen training in 2006 under Greene Roshi. He teaches and serves as jiki in the Institute for Zen Leadership programs.

Kenneth Kushner


Kenneth Setsuzan Kushner is a priest and Zen Master in the lineage of Tenshin Tanouye Roshi, Founding Abbot of Chozen-ji, a Rinzai Zen temple. Kushner Roshi founded the Chosei Zen Dojo of Wisconsin in 1982 and is the principal instructor in the Madison Dojo.

Marcela Kyngesburye

IZL Instructor and ZL and FEBI Coach

Marcela Kyngesburye actively working for the Latinx Community as an IZL instructor, Multicultural Community Outreach and Education Specialist for the Rape Crisis Center, faculty member of the Mindfulness Core Team of the Madison Metropolitan School District, TRE practitioner and Transformational Coach.

Jeff Nytes

Zen Leader Practitioner / Co-Instructor

Jeff Nytes is certified in Zen Leadership, is an IZL Instructor, and serves as a jiki within the Chosei Zen community. He works in a leadership role at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andy Robins

Roshi and ZL Instructor & Coach

An executive coach, former businessman, and ex-Royal Navy field gunner, Andy Robins felt like he was coming home as he experienced his first IZL program in 2013 at the Spring Green Dojo. He became pivotal in expanding Zen Leadership to Europe and Asia and is now growing Zen and Zen Leadership training in the UK where he lives with his family.

Rebecca Ryan

Roshi, Board Chair, Zen and ZL Instructor

Rebecca Ryan is a futurist and economist who helps public sector leaders “lead fearlessly”. She’s the Board Chair of the Institute for Zen Leadership.

Heather Scobie


Heather Meikyo Scobie is the head of the Chosei Zen Virtual Dojo. She began Zen training in 2001, was ordained in 2006, and received inka from Kushner Roshi in 2020. She practices kyudo (archery) as part of her Zen training.

Paul Sevett

Zen Leader Practitioner

Paul Sevett is a Dance/Movement Therapist whose psychotherapy practice is out of St. Paul Minnesota. Paul works with individuals, groups and couples focusing on the embodied experience of who we are as human beings supporting people in becoming the most authentic self they can be.

Kate Watters

ZL Instructor

Kate is certified in Zen Leadership and FEBI from IZL. She is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor with additional training in trauma-informed yoga.