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.
Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino or head of the meditation hall. She studied 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 priest ordained in 2019.

Rev. Myo Lahey

Rev. Myo Lahey

Teachers

Rev. Myo Lahey is the guiding teacher for our sangha.  Rev. Myo 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

Will Angelopoulos

Will Angelopoulos

Board of Directors

Will is valued member of Valley Streams and has served on the Board of Directors and manages the website development committee.

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

David is a member of the Valley Streams board of directors.

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino or head of the meditation hall. She studied 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 priest ordained in 2019.

Malia McCarthy

Malia McCarthy

Board of Directors

Malia is a member of the Valley Streams Board of Directors and serves as secretary.

Sarah O’Gara

Sarah O’Gara

Board of Directors, Practice Committee

Sarah has practiced in several different Buddhist traditions including Nichiren Shoshu’s Soka Gakkai, Chan as taught by Master Sheng Yen and, for the past 14 years, 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 and to the vernal pools at Rancho Seco and Jepson Prairie.  She also enjoys tending a drought tolerant native plant garden around her home.   As a former camp cook for Forest Service backcountry work crews, her joy is to cook for sangha events and volunteer with trail maintenance and invasive week removal projects.

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.