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.
- Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Anne Kinderman is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and provides clinical care as an attending physician in the UCSF Division of Palliative Medicine. Between 2009 and 2021, she served as the Director of the Supportive & Palliative Care Service at San Francisco General Hospital, a role in which she helped to develop inpatient and outpatient palliative care services and led numerous quality improvement and educational initiatives. Dr. Kinderman came to be familiar with the work of Zen Hospice and Zen Caregiving through the Zen Guest House and the extensive volunteer program serving the Guest House and Laguna Honda Hospital’s hospice unit. She also developed great respect for the organization through the collaborative development of CAREgivers, initially piloted at Zuckerberg San Francisco General.
- Managing Director, Vrolyk Capital Partners
Vrolyk Capital Partners (“VCP”) is a private investment banking firm based in San Francisco that provides merger and acquisition and private financing advisory services. Prior to founding VCP in 2012, Anne was with Viant Group, which combined in 2010 with Vrolyk & Company, the firm she founded and ran for over 20 years. Prior to Vrolyk & Company, she was with the merger department of Alex Brown & Sons in San Francisco and the merger department of Goldman Sachs in New York. Anne received her MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and her BA in Bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
- Director of Marketing, Plume
Bethany has served as a volunteer caregiver with Zen Caregiving Project since 2019 and is deeply interested in the subjects of aging, end-of-life planning, and palliative care. She currently works as Director of Marketing at Plume, a technology startup in Palo Alto. Prior to that, she spent several years at Microsoft in Seattle. Bethany received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.
- Founder and Managing Director, Fundamental Investment Advisors
Chris Panos has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Korean Zen, and American Japanese Zen since 1975. Chris received a BA from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Zen Teacher in the Zen Peacemakers Sangha and President of Zen Peacemakers.
- CEO/Owner of M2, Inc.
- Senior Fellow, Harvard University
Chip served as a volunteer caregiver with Zen Hospice Project from April 2016 until June 2018. He is the founder of M2 Inc (boutique investment advisory firm) & Blue Diamond Capital (trading company), he is a frontier markets investor profiled in a WSJ article, CEO Vivid Image Technology, and Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
- Former Co-Abbot, San Francisco Zen Center
Paul Haller has been engaged in Buddhist practice for 30 years, initially as a Theravada monk in Thailand and was then ordained as a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1980, where he recently became the new Co-Abbot. He leads the outreach program at the Zen Center and has extensive experience integrating Buddhist practice with hospice, jail, and peace work.
- Director of Global Business Development, Google LLC
Sonia joined Google in 2003 when the company had less than 1000 employees. Having studied business and computer science at UC San Diego, landing a position at Google was a dream. During her tenure, Sonia has built her career building partnerships across Google’s product areas including Ads, Search, Platforms, Hardware and Commerce. She is currently leading Google’s Consumer Shopping Experiences Business Development team and sits on the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association, the group most well known for putting on CES. Outside of work, Sonia is a lifelong Yogini.