Kevin Hoshin Kostick, President
Kevin first came to the Zen Center sporadically when Tozen was here. Sitting on the occasional weeknight or attending a book group here or there, he knew that he would eventually like to deepen his practice. Around seven years ago, Kevin spoke with Tonen and thus rekindled his commitment. Since then, Kevin has enjoyed the Saturday book group, learned doan and jikido responsibilities, sat more regularly, sewed his rakusu with Hoko, took the precepts in January 2013, and received the Dharma name Hoshin.
Kevin was humbled to be nominated and voted in as the president of the Board. The sustaining of keeping the Three Treasures in good care is his task. Those sangha members around him provide inspiration, and their insights have been invaluable.
And a little more about Kevin: He enjoys reading, photography, train travel, movies, plays, and playing the piano. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife Cynthia, daughter Camille, and his dog with a monkey mind, Buddy.
Tonen O'Connor, Vice President
Tonen came to Milwaukee in 1974 to act as Managing Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, a position she held until 1995. She began her Zen practice with Tozen Akiyama in 1986, received ordination in 1994 and dharma transmission in 1999. She trained at monasteries in Japan, established the MZC prison ministry, and served as Resident Priest 2001 - 201l. In the absence of a resident priest, Tonen currently serves as acting priest. She has two sons, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ted Hobai Weber, Treasurer
Ted was born and raised in the Appleton, Wisconsin area. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Currently, he lives in Milwaukee and works as a manufacturer's representative. Ted enjoys the simple and goal-less nature of practice at MZC.
Mary Bernau-Eigen, Secretary
Mary began Zen practice about 27 years ago. This is her second year of service as an MZC Board Member. Mary is a Nurse Practitioner. She is self-employed as a bodyworker specializing in Cranial-Sacral Therapy and other related body therapies. Mary and her husband Chuck both enjoy practicing at MZC. They have two daughers and seven grandchildren.
Lesile Hosho Morris, Member-at-large
Leslie first participated at MZC almost 30 years ago. He has been most active in the past few years and took the lay precepts in summer of 2013. Formerly a musician and lighting & sound engineer, Leslie is currently a manager in the IT department of a publishing company. He is a cycling fan and especially likes doing hill workouts on his road bicycle. Leslie and his wife, Mary, have a daughter and son-in-law.