Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of professionals from many fields, all of whom practice meditation. They abide by our Ethical Guidelines, and support IDP's strategic activities and monitor the direction and mission of our organization. 


Lawrence Yang

Larry is an electrical engineer at Alcatel-Lucent, working in wireless mobile telecommunications. Born and raised in New Jersey, he has a degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. He completed the Secular Buddhist Studies Program at IDP and is active at Bodhi Monastery in NJ and Chuang Yen Monastery, NY, learning from Chinese and Theravada traditions.


Heather Thomas

Heather leads new product launches of Digital Payment solutions for mobile devices, wearables, and e-commerce.  She has a master's degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis and volunteers for several organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion, racial justice, and women’s leadership. She completed the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) course and practices regular metta meditation. 


Angela A. Russo

Angela has focused her career on supporting initiatives leading to stronger, more inclusive communities, such as financial inclusion, youth development, housing, and homelessness. Currently, she assists various New Jersey communities in implementing government grants that seek to strengthen low-income communities. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies, Housing & Community Development from Rutgers University.


Lani Rowe

Lani holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and was the founding student coordinator of the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society. Lani is a graduate of IDPMTT 2012, teaches meditation, and is a dedicated yoga practitioner and athlete. She is committed to embodied and artful mindfulness/awareness training.




Tarikh Korula

Tarikh is IDP's Board Chair. He has a decade of experience founding technology companies and growing consumer products to the delight of millions users. Tarikh has been involved with IDP since 2010, and is a graduate of the first IDPMTT in 2011. He has lectured on product development at NYU, SVA and Parsons. He is currently advising early stage startups and incubating his next company. 


Allison Canton

Allison works in the Legal Department of Flatiron Health, a health tech company focused on accelerating cancer treatment and research. Previously, she was an associate in the Health Care group at Ropes and Gray and the 16th Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice. She is an Amherst College and Harvard Law School graduate. Allison practices a meditative form of Japanese flower arranging.

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Kimberly Brown

Kim is IDP's Executive Director and also a teacher and a graduate of the 2011 Meditation Teacher Training Program. Kim studies American and Tibetan Buddhism and practices lovingkindness meditation. Her teaching methods integrate depth psychology, compassion training, and traditional Buddhist techniques as a means to help everyone reconnect to their inherent clarity and openness.