Austin Zen Center operates through the volunteer efforts of board and organizational committees composed of AZC members and friends who lend their time and skills to help further the mission of our organization in a number of ways. Described below, these committees are essential to the shared governing and management of our center.

Finance Committee Chair: David Pavkovic

Role: The Finance Committee, which is commissioned by and responsible to the Board, functions to monitor and evaluate AZC’s funding and financial management; to make sure the annual budget accurately reflects the needs, expense, and revenue of the organization; to monitor income and expenditures against projections and present monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; to safeguard AZC’s assets; to ensure compliance with federal, state, and other requirements as relates to finances; and to ensure that AZC maintains adequate insurance coverage and IRS compliance.

Governance Committee Chair: Karen Laing

Role: The work of the Governance Committee, which is commissioned by and responsible to the Board, is to ensure our Board’s effectiveness, participation and performance. It makes sure the Board’s policies and procedures are being observed, reviewed, and improved. It develops job descriptions for individual Board members, Officers and Staff; and reviews the performance of the Head Teacher/Abbot and Staff. It recruits new members who might add to any missing qualities and talents of the Board; and educates Board members about its roles and responsibilities.

Membership Committee Chair: José Alvarado

Role: The Membership Committee, which is commissioned by and responsible to the Board, is charged with nourishing and supporting the membership of AZC; hearing requests, complaints, and suggestions from the membership; providing guidance and support for new members; and being the liaison to the Board concerning outreach activities. Contact Betty Holmes to bring a membership issue up with the Board.

Building and Grounds Committee Chair: Chris Azbill

Role: The work of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, which is commissioned by and responsible to the Head Teacher, is to maintain and improve the physical site and buildings owned AZC and to keep it beautiful.

AZC Staff

Role: Rev. Choro Antonaccio is the Guiding Teacher, Jess Engle is the AZC Director, and Maida Barbour is the AZC Administrator. Together they are responsible for carrying out the day-to-day activities, communications, and general oversight of AZC.