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 and Retreat Center 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 and Retreat Center 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.
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 retreat; 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 partner, Bryan, and their 4 children, traveling, knitting, reading, running, cooking, and watching her daughters’ play soccer.
For more than 25 years, Jen has devoted herself to work in the public and nonprofit sectors. Her career in state government, serving in the legislative and executive branches, focuses on health care and fiscal policy. In addition, she has been both a grant writer seeking funds for nonprofit organizations and a private grant maker with the international Ford Foundation. Most recently, Jen served as founding president and chairman of the board for BikeLafayette, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for bicycle safety in Acadiana. Jen was first introduced to meditation through the Insight Meditation tradition while living in New York in the mid-1990’s, and continues her practice today in Baton Rouge.
Jaime Nino is originally from Bogota, Colombia. He obtained his PhD degree in Mathematics from Tulane University in 1981. After graduation he took a position with the Univ. of New Orleans in the Computer Science dept, where he taught and did research until his retirement in December of 2012.
He continues his reading and research activities in Programming Languages in his retirement. He is a triathlete, a voracious science and history reader and very involved in his community through several volunteer groups. He did his first mindful retreat in may of 2016 at Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center and has maintained his daily practice since then. One of his goals is to bring this practice to young people.
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.
Natalie West is a longtime resident of the Jackson metro area. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. After 20 years in television, print and digital media, she started a small digital marketing firm helping local business owners, creative entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.
Natalie lives in Flowood with her sweet husband, amazing daughters and their cranky terrier. She enjoys collecting local art, hosting dinner parties with friends, volunteering for Girl Scouts and writing about Jackson. She is also the author of 100 Things To Do in Jackson, Mississippi Before You Die (Reedy Press, 2016).
Since 2014, Natalie's meditation practice has helped her make peace with chronic anxiety, process grief and find serenity. She attended her first retreat at Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center in July 2019. As Marketing Director for FLMRC, she is eager to promote its vision to spread dharma throughout the Deep South and beyond.