AZC Board of Directors

Mission Statement

Cultivating Buddha’s wisdom and compassion in the heart of Texas.

The Austin Zen Center community offers a haven of peace and harmony in which to engage in the task of self-discovery through Zen practice. Welcoming diversity, the practice of zazen is available to people of every race, religion, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. May all beings realize their true nature.

We offer the teachings and practices of the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and are an affiliate of the San Francisco Zen Center.

Current Board of Directors

The work of the board is to determine the mission of AZC; select and support the Head Teacher or Abbot; support the staff; engage in strategic planning; oversee AZC's budget and programs; protect our organization's assets; assist with fundraising; and ensure AZC's legal and ethical integrity.

The board values your feedback about our practice community. If you would like to share a concern or a delight, please feel free to contact Anne Handley using the AZC Board Contact page.

  • Chris Bradley (bio)
  • Ernest Caple (bio)
  • Michelle Cutrer (bio)
  • Anne Handley (bio)
  • Barbara Noblin (bio)
  • Vickie Schubert, (bio)
  • Eric Travis, (bio)
  • Kosho McCall, (bio)

Chris Bradley has had a home meditation practice since 2007, and since then, he has practiced regularly at the Zen Center of New York City (Fire Lotus Temple), Houston Zen Center (Auspicious Cloud Temple), and Austin Zen Center (Inconceivable Joy Temple). He took the precepts at the Austin Zen Center in 2010. Among other things, his interests include historical Zen poetry, the relationship between Buddhist and Western psychology and ethics, and the relationship of Zen to other schools of Buddhism and other religions. He is a lawyer. As far as hobbies, he and his wife, Lauren, love exploring the Austin Greenbelt with their canine companion, Oliver.

Ernest Caple became interested in yoga and meditation after moving to Austin in 1973 after serving in the USAF. After studying yoga for a summer at the Himalayan Institute, he continued a lifelong yoga practice. He has also enjoyed practicing various martial arts including Karate, Chi Gong and Ti Chi. He started studying Zen with David Collins in 1998. In the last two years, he has studied Zen more intensively at the Austin Zen Center. Ernest graduated from the University of Texas in 1981 in mechanical engineering and worked in Austin until his retirement in 2010. He is married to Sondra Creighton, who is also a retired engineer. They have one daughter Michaela Caple. Ernest and his wife enjoy exercising, traveling and hiking in Colorado.

Michelle Cutrer joined AZC in April 2013.  She lives a short distance from AZC with her husband, Richard (also an AZC member), and their two beloved dogs.  She first took an interest in meditation practice and Buddhist teachings while in law school.  She enjoys languages, canine agility, Iyengar yoga, hiking and relaxing on the couch with her dogs.  She works as an attorney and has a PhD in Cognitive Science and Linguistics. 

Anne Handley was first introduced to Buddhism in her youth and after many years of attempting a solitary mediation practice joined AZC in 2010. She has lived in Austin for over 20 years and has been profoundly impacted by the simple practice of zazen and the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki, who brought Soto Zen to the U.S. Anne received her graduate degree in social work from the University of Texas and believes her work as a psychiatric social worker has been enriched by the example of the bodhisattva vow. She shares her love of Zen with her husband Rob Wilson and together they have worked to establish the AZC Environmental Studies Group which is a member of the Interfaith Environmental Network of Austin.

Barbara Noblin has been a member of Austin Zen Center since moving to Austin in 2012. She has practiced meditation for a number of years and has studied Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. A licensed clinical social worker for almost 40 years, she continues to work PRN assignments in hospice and bereavement care. She has a keen interest in integrating spiritual practice and grief work. She is a volunteer at Hospice Austin and several other Austin non-profit organizations. She is married to Glenn Noblin, a member at AZC and a lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Barbara has two adult children, Matthew and Rebecca, and delights in one year-old grandson, Mikolai.

Vickie Schubert, has been practicing at the Austin Zen Center since 2009 when several members introduced her to the sangha. Prior to that she practiced different forms of meditation for about 20 years and was interested in the similarities between various spiritual practices. She has been moved by the Dharma teachings at AZC and in 2013 decided to serve the sangha by becoming a board member. Vickie has lived in the Austin area all her life, attending the University of Texas and later working for the City of Austin. She is a semi-retired certified public accountant who still does a bit of consulting work. She also serves on the board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas, which helps build relations between the spiritual communities of Central Texas. When she isn’t involved in accounting of some sort or another she enjoys the outdoors either walking her dog, hiking, taking photos, or just being in nature.

Vickie chairs the Finance Committee.

Eric Travis was sure he would like to join a sangha some day after many years of reading about Buddhism. He began sitting at the Austin Zen Center in 2008 and received the bodhisattva precepts in December 2012. Eric has worked as a librarian at various locations within the Austin Public Library system since 1991. He is married to Vivien Addison, who is also a librarian. They have a daughter, Ariel, and a son, Severin, who are now adults and do not show any signs of becoming librarians. Eric has lived nearly all of his adult life in Austin and grew up in San Antonio, Texas.

Kosho McCall is Teacher and Head Priest of Austin Zen Center. Originally from Maine, Kosho practiced at San Francisco Zen Center for 20 years. He trained for 12 of those years at Tassajara Zen Mountain monastery where he became Head of Monastic Practice. Kosho received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) from Zenkei Hartman Roshi in 2003 and became Teacher at Austin Zen Center in May of 2009.

Kosho is an ex-officio member of the board and of all AZC committees.


Dharma Talks


Koji Dreher, March 14, 2015,
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Mountain Seat Ceremony

KesuThe Austin Zen Center will be closed on April 11 2015 except for those on our Guest List!

Currently we are happy to be in the midst of the preparations for our upcoming Shin San Shiki Mountain Seat Ceremony. It is a delight to be with the Sangha at this time of great effort. Learn More ...


New Beginnings

Elizabeth Law

Our online magazine, JustThis, is now an active, alive blog rather than a magazine which comes out in issues. We post pieces as they come in to encourage conversation and interaction between the readers and the writers.

We use the Tuesday night Zen Writing group as the source of many of the postings. As well, we welcome other submissions for consideration.

Visit the JustThis writers and artists in their endeavors.