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Zen Leadership Instructor

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.

Bob Caron

Education Consultant, Deloitte, IZL Instructor & Coach

Dr. Bob Caron is a certified instructor of Zen Leadership and a FEBI Certified Coach. He brings a dynamic and caring presence to the team and seeks to guide leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone trying to make a difference in the world toward their true purpose and passion.

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.

Cris Nakano

Director In Europe and ZL Instructor & Coach

Cris is a strategist, coach and facilitator, passionate about helping develop more inclusive, engaging and “on-purpose” leaders and organizations, where people can be their best selves at work and live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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, Zen and ZL Instructor

Rebecca Ryan is a futurist and economist who helps public sector leaders “lead fearlessly”. She’s a ZL instructor and has served previously as Board chair of the Institute for Zen Leadership

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.

Dennis Tirman

ZL Instructor & Coach

Dennis began Zen training 7 years ago and is an instructor in Zen Leadership. Active in the Institute for Zen Leadership (IZL) from its start, Dennis has co-taught in several IZL programs, and has trained in Zen sesshin and BodyZen.

Kate Watters

Board Chair and 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.

Ginny Whitelaw

Roshi, Founder

Ginny Jiko Whitelaw is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Zen Leadership, a Zen Master, scientist, and expert in developing the whole leader.