Upcoming Changes in Staffing at AZC

AZC Staffing Changes – A Message from AZC Board President Dave Pietruszynski

As AZC Director Tim Kroll nears the end of his Clinical Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and shifts his focus to developing his acupuncture practice, he has notified the board that he will be stepping down from his Director role. Tim has worn many hats at AZC in the past two and a half years, and AZC is grateful for his service to the residents and the Sangha. Tim will remain a member of the practice leadership at AZC. The practice leadership and board of AZC will take this time to review the current needs of AZC and determine a way to proceed with operations. We have seen Tim’s gentle spirit as a healer within our AZC Sangha and we are joyful that he will be reaching out and sharing his gifts with the community – our larger Sangha.

Tim’s last day as Director will be Saturday, October 17th.

And, a Message to the Sangha from Tim Kroll:

Dear Sangha Friends,

After a rich and wonderful 2 1/2 years in my position as AZC Director, I have decided to step down in order to focus on other areas of my life. The timing feels right – I need to focus on developing my Acupuncture career, and specifically, finishing my Doctoral work at AOMA. It is my hope that my stepping down provides a chance for the AZC Practice Leadership & Board of Directors to address the structure of our organization as it changes and grows.

When I first arrived in April 2018 there was much instability at AZC: Interim Head Teacher Robert Thomas had recently finished his term, and while Rev. Mako had been named as Head Teacher by the Board of Directors, she had not yet been formally installed. In December 2018 we held an investiture ceremony for Mako, making her Austin Zen Center’s third Head Teacher. In April 2019 Mako received Dharma Transmission from Ryushin Paul Haller, making her a fully authorized and independent Zen teacher. Perhaps now is the time to reorganize and coalesce in support of her flourishing in this role. A rethinking of the Director position (or something similar in its stead) would be a huge piece of that.

I hope to assure everyone that my intention is to stay on at AZC as a resident, practitioner, & practice leader. As such, I will remain here at AZC in a number of capacities, and welcome further conversations and discussions with any and all of you. Austin Zen Center remains in wise & compassionate hands, and the future of our practice together is vivid and bright.

Yours in Dharma, Tim Kroll