Guiding Member: Chuck Staropoli

Roswell Insight Meditation Community

Leadership

Guiding Member: Devin O'Guin

​Devin began his journey with insight meditation in 2008, but didn't truly find the warmth and support of Sangha until joining RIMC. He is excited that we have an opportunity to create a modern practice of Buddhism that's rooted in tradition yet springing forth with life unfettered by dogma. Heartened by this growing community of individuals practicing and sharing the Dharma, Devin hopes these beautiful teachings continue to illuminate a practical path towards greater awareness, kindness, joy, and compassion for our world. He currently lives in Alpharetta, GA, and works as a graphic designer. When he isn't meditating or spending time with RIMC, you'll likely find him hiking, cooking, or reading alongside one of his greatest teachers—and wife, Katie.

Chuck is a lifelong searcher and learner who has turned to meditation and Buddhism seriously only in the last 5 years.  He is a Special Education teacher and his practice has enhanced his work with his students and colleagues in so many ways.  He is particularly attracted to the emphasis on compassion, generosity, and love found in the dharma – and in the RIMC sangha.  Chuck has two grown children and lives in Marietta with his wife, April.  Off the cushion, he likes to read, work in his yard, ride his bike, and play disk golf.

Dharma Teachers: Mark Gebert and Lisa Story


​​Guiding Member: Toni Needel
​Toni Needel has been practicing meditation for many years having started her journey in the 70s. She has experienced many forms of meditation along the way and is very happy to share what she has learned from those different paths. Toni became a certified meditation teacher through the prestigious Mindfulness Center in Bethesda Md, under the guidance of Dr. Debra Norris,  Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University. Toni is passionate about helping people relieve their suffering through meditation. Toni is forever a student.​​


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Guiding Member: Veletta Gebert
​Veletta has been practicing Insight meditation since 1981. She is married to Mark and together they began an Insight meditation group while living in Athens, as well as a weekly J. Krishnamurti video presentation and discussion group.  She has attended several Vipassana meditation retreats, most recently a 4 day retreat with Narayan Liebenson at IMS. She is an original member of Sandy Springs Insight Meditation Group which began in 2009, where she is currently a facilitator. She and Mark have offered a monthly Half Day retreat at their home for many years.  She is a retired school teacher, a Presbyterian Deacon, and now considers service to others her continued primary endeavor.