Board of Directors

Toi Geil, Ph.D.,  a licensed psychologist, is the Associate Director of the University of Wyoming Counseling Center in Laramie. Toi conducts trainings in wellness and stress management and leads mindfuless groups at the Counseling Center. Toi’s inspiration is close to home as she has found meditation practice invaluable for her own health.  Also an avid outdoors-person, Toi is often found hiking in the mountains with her family.

Glenn Herlinger is a technology consultant for several non-profit agencies in Whatcom and Pierce Counties. Glenn enjoys time with his daughters, walking the streets and paths of Fairhaven and Bellingham, paddle-boarding, hiking, and great food and coffee. Glenn is a long-time "mindfulness enthusiast," and over the years has had the privilege of practicing at the Zen Monastery Peace Center and the Birken Forest Monastery.

Claudia Finkelstein, MD is a general internist whose interest in Mindfulness began as a search for ways to help other physicians to deal with burnout. This path led to a long and fruitful collaboration with Tim Burnett and Mindfulness Northwest and to a personal practice which has been transformative. Claudia is now the Director of Wellness, Resilience and Vulnerable Populations at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine.

Rev. Tim Burnett, Executive Director, founded Mindfulness Northwest in 2011 as a way to offer the benefits of mindfulness meditation and practices to the greater Pacific Northwest.

Tim began formal training as an instructor of mindfulness in 2009 working both with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts and with Dr. David Kearney of the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Seattle.

Tim has been practicing meditation since 1986 and brings a background in traditional Dharma practice to his mindfulness work. He ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2000 and over a 20 year apprenticeship with the well known Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Tim received permission to teach Zen with supervision in 2003 and independently in 2011.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and other mindfulness based therapies take their inspiration from the Buddhist Satipatani Sutta which Tim has studied many times. Tim is currently teaching Mindfulness Northwest courses at the University of Washington, at the Willows Retirement Living, and several other locations in Bellingham.  Previously he taught MBSR to veterans and staff at the Veteran’s Administration medical center in Seattle as well as to members of the Red Cedar Zen Community where Tim is a teacher and serves as the Spiritual Director. At the VA Tim worked with patients holding diagnoses such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), clinical depression, chronic pain, severe spinal injury, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Mindfulness brings benefits to people of all walks of life with all kinds of stress-related conditions. It takes the essence of a core Buddhist practice and makes it accessible and non-religious. It is a powerful coming together of modern psychological and medical understanding with ancient wisdom practices. Tim is happy to have strong background in both sides of this new (and old) way of healing and growth.

Former members of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Timothy Costello

Timothy Costello, a Founding Member of Mindfulness Northwest's Board of Directors, has retired.

He was the director of Western Washington University’s Center for Service-Learning. A long-time AIDS activist and founder of the internationally recognized and award-winning Slum Doctor Programme, Costello has been pivotal in establishing the Hope Center for Infectious Diseases, the largest free HIV/AIDS clinic in Kenya, providing care for more than 9,000 patients annually.  Tim lives in Bellingham and has studied Zen with Zoketsu Norman Fischer.

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