Governance –
The Practice of Mindful Leadership

Our Board of Directors 

Elizabeth Gibbs

Art Mandler, Ex-Officio


Rev. Teijo Munnich, Abbess

Rev. Chimyo Atkinson,
Administrative Assistant, Registrar

Ruthanne Kah, Office manager


The Great Tree Board of Directors members are elected by the membership in September of each year. Currently the executive committee meets monthly and the full board meets quarterly. Sangha members are defined by our By-laws as individuals who donate funds, pledge, volunteer, participate in practice or provide in-kind gifts of goods or services.

If you elect to join we add your name to our mailing list to receive our newsletter, email updates and invitations as well as other important mail. You can unsubscribe at any time. Please keep us informed of any change of address. Sangha members are welcome  and encouraged to attend board and committee meetings.

Anyone interested in supporting  Great Tree is welcome to attend board meetings. However, if you are interested in serving on a committee or on the board please contact us.

We welcome consulting sangha members to share their experience, creativity and problem solving. Do you have skills you wish to share or explore?

The full board meets four times per year, with planning and committee meetings monthly.

Please call to confirm the time and location of our next meeting. 828-645-2085.

We are a registered 501c3 religious organization. Donations and gifts are deductible as allowed by law. Member: WNC Community Foundation


About Us

The primary purpose of Great Tree Temple is to provide opportunities to enter more deeply into the practice of self-reflection in order to learn to live in peace and harmony with all beings.


679 Lower Flat Creek

Alexander, NC 28701

United States


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