Tom Cook

Tom Cook

Tom's joyful and enthusiastic manner of teaching and discussing the dharma is infectious, and the sincere way in which Tom practices from the heart is inspiring to everyone who knows him. Tom is a husband and a father to three lovely children.

Tom volunteers as our Center Cherisher.

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Anne Kadet

Anne Kadet

Anne is a newspaper columnist who lives Brooklyn Heights with her dog, Minnie. She finds meditating and learning about Buddhism to be a super fun delight, and carries that enthusiasm into her classes.

Anne volunteers as our Education Program Coordinator (EPC).

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Bill Mabe

Bill Mabe

Bill is a Ph.D. social scientist who loves logic, critical thinking and in-depth study, which makes him a diligent and thorough Dharma student and teacher. Originally from Atlanta, he's spent most of his adult life in the Northeast and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Maria (see below.) 

Bill volunteers as our Administrative Director (AD).

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Maria Rapetskaya

Maria Rapetskaya

As a professional creative, Maria loves to think outside of the box. Maria studies and practices together with her husband Bill (see above) and she is thankful for that every day. She brings her creativity to class and loves to inspire others to discover for themselves the beauty and magic of dharma.

Maria volunteers as our Marketing Manager.

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Michael Repucci

Michael Repucci

As a neuroscientist and engineer, Michael brings a critical and scientific focus to his dharma practice. His sharp wisdom and passion for teaching is encouraging to others who seek to enter into or improve upon their meditation practice. Michael lives in Park Slope with his wife of 17 years, their 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

Michael volunteers as our Tech Administrator.

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Sumit Som

Sumit Som

In addition to teaching classes at VMC, Sumit instructs middle school students about science and the importance of not picking their noses. He brings a scientific mind to analyzing and understanding the depth and beauty of Buddha’s teachings, while conveying the joy, light-heartedness and peace that meditation can bring.

Sumit volunteers as our Membership Director and FP/Puja Coordinator.

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