OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wayne Vicknair is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area. After obtaining his Master of Science Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Radford University in Virginia, he was Senior Vice President of Compensation and Benefits for a major bank in Louisiana. In 1995, he founded Creative Compensation Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm. His clients included several non-profit organizations. He also served on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations. Wayne retired at the end of 2017.
Wayne began his meditation practice to supplement other personal recovery goals. He attended his first retreat at Flowering Lotus Meditation in 2014. Wayne loves the diversity of participants that attend Flowering Lotus retreats. On January 1, 2016 Wayne received the Five Mindfulness Trainings at Magnolia Grove Monastery founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in Batesville, MS. and was given the dharma name “Loving New Me of the Heart”. He has continued to find peace and serenity through his daily meditation practice.
As President of the Board, Wayne desires to continue to develop Flowering Lotus Meditation as an affordable “first choice” meditation center. He is appreciative of the hard work of the dedicated all-volunteer Board members, paid staff, many volunteers as well as the benefactors and retreat participants.
Beth Herzig is a true citizen of the world having lived in 3 U.S. States, 9 different countries on 4 continents by the time she completed her Bachelor of English Degree at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. She now resides in Madison, MS with her two intelligent, beautiful daughters. Beth owns Discount Trophy, a small business that provides awards and engraving services. She spends her time volunteering as Girl Scout Leader as well as helping with other community projects. Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center became near and dear to her heart during the many retreats she has attended.
Reba Capers rejoined the Flowering Lotus Board in May, 2019. An early supporter of Flowering Lotus, she had served on the Board for many years before resigning in September 2018. She serves as Program Director, coordinating teachers for weekend residential retreats and structuring other offerings such as seminars; non-residential retreats; and programs designed to bring the dharma to targeted groups, such as the LGBT community; people in broken relationships; justice-involved and incarcerated people; and similar groups.
A native of Mississippi, Reba has lived in New Orleans since 1989. She has practiced meditation and pursued spiritual understanding and growth for more than 30 years. She retired in 2018 after a 35-year career in marketing, business development, and business management, primarily in the construction and manufacturing sectors. In addition to Flowering Lotus, she is active on the Board of other non-profit, service-oriented organizations.
Trish is a current resident of Madisonville, Louisiana. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Loyola University New Orleans, she began a career in medical device sales. She moved to various cities in the United States where she has continued her sales career while simultaneously exploring her passions.
Since her first yoga class in 1997, she has desired a life of contemplation, yoga, and meditation. While pregnant for her second daughter, she found the Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco where she learned meditation and was introduced to Buddhism. In 2010, she took refuge vows and was given the name Ösel Chölu, which means Radiant Dharma Song. Trish is passionate about offering the dharma and meditation to people in the Deep South.
Trish is an active volunteer who co-founded a neighborhood group, raised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and served on the Board of Directors for her daughters’ preschool. Trish enjoys spending time with her children, traveling, knitting, reading, running, cooking, and watching her daughters’ play soccer.
Jennifer Sigrest, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH is a professional counselor and owner of Lotus Place Counseling, where she specializes in working with people experiencing anxiety and traumatic stress.
Jennifer’s first formal practice of meditation began in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Recognizing the steadiness a regular practice of meditation brings, she was inspired to name her newly established solo counseling practice Lotus Place Counseling, an acknowledgment of the relevant symbolism of the lotus flower requiring dark, muddy places in order to one day bloom and thrive. Feeling drawn to strengthen her personal meditation practice, Jennifer found another lotus-inspired place, Flowering Lotus Meditation.
In May 2017 she attended her first retreat there, Awakening to Impermanence, with teacher Ralph Steele. This experience was a powerful introduction to the dharma and to a deeper level of practice. Since that first retreat, Jennifer has volunteered in various capacities for FLM, including evaluation and data analysis of various retreats and the creation of a promotional video for the center.
As a central and coastal Mississippi Master Naturalist, Jennifer also volunteers in various capacities to improve the environmental quality of the state, recognizing the intersection of mindfulness and tending to the Earth. She is co-founder of Mississippin’ Challenge, an effort to raise awareness of environmental issues and to minimize the use of single-use plastics. Jennifer is currently studying under Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield in a comprehensive Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program to become a certified teacher of mindfulness meditation.