Teachers and Sangha Leaders

Teachers

So’on Jim Hare

So’on Jim Hare

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985, and priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period.
Parāvṛtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Parāvṛtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.

Rev. Myō Denis Lahey

Rev. Myō Denis Lahey

Teachers

Rev. Myō Lahey is the guiding teacher for our sangha.  Rev. Myō became interested in Zen as a teenager and started full-time residential practice at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982. He received dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999 and served as head of practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery from 2000 – 2002. He is now Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco. (http://www.hszc.org)

The Board of Directors

Jody Ansell

Jody Ansell

Board of Directors

Jody Ansell started meditating in 2008 with One Drop Rinzai Zen’s Water Moon Sangha. She has been sitting with Valley Streams since 2014. She is retired, a hiking and biking enthusiast and a poet.

So’on Jim Hare

So’on Jim Hare

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985, and priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period.

Dave Jarrell

Dave Jarrell

Board of Directors

Dave was first attracted to Buddhism, and Zen in particular, through the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He works on the staff of Child Advocates of El Dorado County, and when not engaged with work or sangha, he enjoys wandering through the Sierra Nevada.

Parāvṛtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Parāvṛtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.

Malia McCarthy

Malia McCarthy

Board of Directors

Malia is a member of the Valley Streams Board of Directors and serves as secretary.  She recently
retired from the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.  She has two daughters in college and lives
in Davis with her husband.  She feels very fortunate to have been able to practice with Valley Streams
since 2019

Sarah O’Gara

Board of Directors, Practice Committee

Sarah has practiced in several different Buddhist traditions including Nichiren Shoshu’s Soka Gakkai, Chan lineage of Master Sheng Yen and, since 2007, in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.  She shares her avocation for botany and the natural world leading hikes for the Sacramento Valley Conservancy.  She is a retired IT professional and former camp cook for Forest Service backcountry work crews.

Kyūshin Larry Smith

Kyūshin Larry Smith

Board of Directors

Kyūshin Larry Smith is a retired attorney with over 35 years of practice of law in the Sacramento community. He has been practicing with Valley Streams since February, 2017 and has served as its Treasurer since October, 2018. Larry was lay ordained in the Soto Zen lineage in November, 2021.  Larry also serves on the Valley Streams Doanryo and has offered service in numerous other matters including performing a variety of audio-visual tasks.

Charles Stolzenbach

Charles Stolzenbach

Board of Directors

Charles is a long time Valley Steams member and serves on Valley Stream’s Board of Directors.