Our team at Zen Caregiving Project is devoted and deeply dedicated to our work. Regardless of our title, we each see ourselves as caregivers and our lives are enriched by those we serve.
Roy, Zen Caregiving Project's Executive Director, has been an end-of-life caregiver and educator since 1997. He trained with Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) to become a volunteer and served at the bedside for six years at the Guest House facility before serving for seven years on San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital’s Palliative Care Ward. Roy served on the ZHP board of directors from 2002 until 2008. In 2008, he completed a yearlong end-of-life caregiver training at the Metta Institute in Sausalito, CA.
A dedicated practitioner in the Soto Zen tradition, Roy is a student at the San Francisco Zen Center. Roy is certified by the Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), and the Compassion Institute as a Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT©) instructor.
Roy also guides wilderness-based rites of passage programs in partnership with EarthWaysLLC of Sebastopol, CA.
Naomi is Zen Caregiving Project's Director of Operations. With over 15 years of experience in social research, project design, and management she has worked with teams across the globe to help design, implement, deliver and evaluate projects that have a positive social impact. Naomi draws on her diverse experience to build on and grow existing programs within Zen Caregiving Project and to explore new ways for the organization to support those in need.
Naomi is also serving at the bedside at the Palliative Care Ward at Laguna Honda Hospital as part of the Zen Caregiving Project Volunteer program.
Sarah joined Zen Caregiving Project in 2022 and is the Chief of Staff. With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector for both community and health services, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge in cross-sector partnerships, fundraising, and sponsorships. She has been an adjunct professor teaching writing, journalism, and philanthropy courses at Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University.
Sarah is a writer having published articles in national journals and magazines on grief and loss as well as having co-written a chapter on child death in the United States for the graduate textbook, The World of Bereavement: Cultural Perspectives on Death in Families. She has also facilitated support groups in Eastern Washington through the MISS Foundation for the past 18 years bringing peer-to-peer support to families whose children have died.
Alistair, Zen Caregiving Project's Volunteer Program Manager, began serving as a volunteer with Zen Hospice Project at the Guest House in 2004, and then Laguna Honda Hospital, where he served for 10 years. During that time he also helped facilitate the New Volunteer Training which he continues to lead as well as teaching Mindful Caregiver Education courses.
Alistair holds a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and Chaplaincy from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in 2007. Other volunteer activities have included serving as a Buddhist chaplain at SF General Hospital and leading meditation sessions in the San Francisco County Jail.
Alistair has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the Taoist Internal Martial Arts for over 20 years. He was an adjunct faculty member at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine/CIIS where he taught Tai Chi from 2008 to 2019. He has long been involved in the Bay Area music scene, playing with San Francisco’s legendary hardcore polka band Polkacide until its demise in 2017 and currently playing with nerd rock group, Three Day Stubble.
Lev joined the team at the beginning of 2015 after years of working in a UCSF nonprofit healthcare training center and Silicon Valley film production studios. Lev brings the "tech", coordination, collaboration, and creativity from her experience in production, distance learning and filmmaking into our daily operation. She has even been a contributing artist, retelling stories told by our guest house residents, their families, staff, and volunteer community through video. Serving as our Operations Manager, Lev feels right at home with providing warmth, care, and attention in everything we do.
Mary Doane is Zen Caregiving Project’s Supervising Instructor for Education Programs. In addition to teaching our Mindful Caregiver Education courses, Mary designs our teacher trainings, mentors emerging teachers, and adapts our caregiving curriculum for use with partner organizations.
Mary trained in 2005 with Zen Hospice Project, beginning ten years as a volunteer bedside caregiver, serving first at Laguna Honda Hospital and later at the Guest House facility. During this time she facilitated New Volunteer Trainings and later served as Volunteer Program Coordinator.
Mary completed Buddhist Chaplaincy Training at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, and is certified by the Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Compassion Institute (CI) as a Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) Instructor. She offers CCT in person in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally online.