Program Council Members

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell has been a student of the Dharma for over 30 years. He has been a sangha member at KCC since 2009 and served as a member of the Board and from 2013-2019 as Board President. He has led the mind training group since 2012 and has assisted in teaching mind training retreats at KCC since 2018.

Ash Massett

Ash first developed an interest in Buddhism in middle school from reading Bruce Newman’s Tibetan Buddhism for Beginners. They rekindled that interest after moving to Portland in 2013 and found KCC in 2019 while seeking out a dharma center and sangha in order to develop a formal practice. In the past year, Ash has been eating up every practice, retreat, and community opportunity available through the magic of Zoom. Ash is an artist and jamband enthusiast, making psychedelic poster art and interactive media that incorporates both music and dharma themes. They are very excited about the opportunity to work with the Program Council.

Ryan Fitz

Ryan was drawn to Buddhism and meditation on first exposure in college but only began developing a stable meditation practice years later during travels and meditation retreats in Asia. He began volunteering at KCC after arriving in Portland in 2013, and he coordinated KCC retreats, events and communications from 2014 until he moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2017. Ryan managed operations at Tergar Madison for over two years and now works at a reputable biotech company. He has continued to assist with KCC media and retreats where possible and is excited to offer service on the Board and Program Council.

Lama Chimey

Lama Chimey (Lois Beran) completed the three-year retreat at Ser Chö Ösel Ling in June 2018. She now serves on the Program Council, occasionally leads meditation on Sundays and teaches classes. Prior to retreat, she served on the KCC Finance Committee and spent time in India studying Buddhism.

Mary Woods

Mary Woods came to KCC in 1999 and took refuge with Lama Michael Conklin in 2000. Since then she has served in a variety of roles, starting with the tea table setup at the old Monroe Street Center. From there, her other roles included umze and umze coordinator, board of directors, the Volunteer Support Committee, organizing our annual Bodhisattva Night, and her current role as the Children’s Program coordinator. She will always be grateful for the opportunity to attend the Mahamudra program at Bokar Monastery in 2011. She also is a student of the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Mary lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband, Bob.