Our Team

Our mission is to enhance the lives of our fellow human beings by introducing mindfulness, loving-kindness, and an end to suffering as taught in Vipassana Theravada Buddhism.

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Kristie Duffy
President

Kristie Duffy has been practicing Vipassana from the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over a decade. Her most considerable influence has been Gil Fronsdal from Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California.

Throughout her dedicated practice, Kristie has extensively studied Meditation with Ruby Grad, the Eightfold Path with Bruni Davila, the Paramis with Chris Clifford, and Metta with John Martin. She is currently enrolled at the SATI Center, training to be a Buddhist Chaplain, and is working toward her ordination with IMC.  Kristie’s practice has taught her loving-kindness for herself and others and has helped her to overcome trauma and thrive with peace and equanimity in her life. She has reached a place in her practice where it is time to focus on Dana and freely teach others the benefits of the Path to liberation.

 

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LaDonna Dornier
Website Manager

LaDonna is a driven individual with strong convictions and ethics.  She believes that freedom and equality are intrinsic to every person's existence, irrespective of age, race, religion, sexuality, ability, or other dissimilarities, and that taking action to ensure human rights and civil rights remain intact is everyone's responsibility.  As a student of the dharma, LaDonna has set upon a journey to utilize mindfulness and loving-kindness to help her become a better version of herself every day, to make positive impacts on others, and to make her little part of the world better for having her in it.  

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Brooke Begin
Board Member

Brooke is a current student who has been practicing and learning meditation for a couple of years. Through Mississippi Insight Meditation, she grew to love the practice and everything it stood for. She dedicates herself to improving the soul by becoming self-aware and subduing any negative mind to free her intrusive thoughts and remain focused during hardships. Now, Brooke meditates as much as she can to be the best person she can be for herself and those she surrounds herself with.