Board of Directors

Statement of Purpose

The SF Insight Board of Directors exists to nurture the development of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha within the practice of lay life by:

  • Overseeing the practical functioning of SF Insight.
  • Facilitating the implementation of practice and learning opportunities throughout the year.
  • Supporting our teachers in their efforts to bring the Dharma to our community.
  • Serving the community by listening to the practical and spiritual concerns of Sangha members and supporting efforts of the community to address those concerns.
  • Cultivating opportunities to connect our individual practice with the needs of the broader community, including other practice groups, through service.

Board Members

Trip Weil, Interim President

Trip has been practicing mindfulness meditation and has been a member of the SFI community for more than 10 years.  At SFI he regularly leads the Wednesday Night Sitting and teaches beginning meditation classes.  He has completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader and Dedicated Practitioners Programs.  Trip also is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco.

Jeff White, Interim Vice President and Treasurer

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Jeff has been practicing insight meditation since 2000. A member of the SFI community since 2005, he completed the Dedicated Practitioners’ Program through Spirit Rock in 2010, and has been on the SFI Board since 2012. Jeff has worked in affordable housing finance since 1997, and he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1990s in Bolivia and Chile.

Faye Schulte, Board Member

Faye has been a member of the SF Insight community since 2010 and joined the Board in 2015 as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. After 20 years as a marketing professional, she left the corporate world in 2014 to pursue a career as a personal trainer. Faye is passionate about fitness, nutrition, and studying and practicing the dharma. She is committed to helping clients develop more awareness of their body and sharing how that can help bring us into the present moment.

Nina Gold, Board Member

Nina has been a member of the SFI community since 2007 and joined the board in 2016. She finds the practice of insight meditation a profound gift, the resonance of which touches and informs her whole life experience. She has been a yoga teacher since 1998 and loves how the two practices intersect and support each other. Nina has served as a volunteer in many capacities over the years and now is Chair of the Volunteer Committee.

Maggie Donahue, Board Member

Maggie has been practicing the dharma for over fifteen years and regularly attends retreats. She participated in a Buddhist Pilgrimage to India with Shantum Seth and she was one of the Thousand Buddhas contributing to the construction of the new Spirit Rock Community Meditation Hall. She works for San Francisco Family and Children’s Services Department and also volunteers with several organizations, where she brings her practice into her work on social justice and environmental issues.

Fahad Ghani, Board Member

Fahad has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2012, sparked after a visit to Dharamshala, the town in India where the Dalai Lama lives. He has been part of the SF Insight meditation community since 2013, contributing as a volunteer since then. He joined the Board in 2016 and serves as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. In professional life, Fahad works as a software engineer in the the city, and is interested in learning how to bring the every day life in software industry into the Dharma.

Erica Esmail Rath, Board Member

Growing up in San Francisco, Erica started meditating at Spirit Rock Meditation Center when she was a teenager and has been attending SFI since 2006. Erica endeavors to make her Buddhist practice the center of her life – using meditation for her own sense of well-being and using mindfulness techniques with many clients in her psychotherapy practice in San Francisco. Erica is delighted to join the Board and serve as Events Chairperson to show her deep appreciation for Buddhism and this Sangha in particular.

Eugene Cash, Founder

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Eugene is the founding teacher of San Francisco Insight. He is a member of the Spirit Rock teacher council, where he co-leads the Community Dharma Leader training and teaches intensive meditation retreats. Eugene’s teaching is influenced by many streams of Buddhism–– Theravadan, Zen and Tibetan. He is also a Diamond Heart teacher. He’s passionate about practicing 24/7, weaving awareness, investigation and realization into our life.