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Board Elections 2021

We hope these introductions will help you get to know the five members nominated to serve on the Temple Board (effective in January 2022) a little better.  

Be sure to return your ballot to the Temple Office by Wednesday, Nov. 24th.  Thank you!


Adrian Arima:   Adrian is retired healthcare attorney, and he and his wife Monica recently joined the Temple  They have lived in Palo Alto for over 40 years.  He is a graduate of Stanford and UC Berkeley, and he spends time volunteering for Stanford activities and walking his dog Hachi.


Alice Fukushima:   Alice is a long-time Temple member whose children (now adults) attended PABT Dharma School.  She previously served on the Temple Board and held the Secretary position.  She is currently PABT Choir Director, and her vocals are oftentimes featured in the Zoom Sunday Dharma Service gathas.


Igor Makasyuk:  Igor has been a PABT member for many years.  He led our Temple’s participation in the Home & Hope program, and over the last few years, we've hosted homeless families with children with a place to sleep at our facility and meals for a week.  With our help, many families were able to quickly transition from the state of homelessness.  Igor is currently studying at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Certificate in Shin Buddhist Studies program.  He was recently certified as Minister's Assistant for PABT.


Sydney Shiroyama:  Sydney started at PABT as a young Dharma School student, and her active involvement has continued as an adult.  She's held various leadership positions in the Young Buddhist Association, and has been a high school Dharma School teacher at PABT.  She is currently completing the Buddhist Churches of America Minister’s Assistant program.


Doug Tao:  Doug is a long-time member of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple.  For many years he served as lead for udon/soba preparation on the Obon Food Committee.  He’s regarded as a Temple “go-to" expert for his technical advice, and he's generously provided the electronic equipment we use today for our Sunday services and events.  Doug recently retired after 50 years as an Electronic Engineer working in Video/Broadcast equipment.  For the last 11 years he was working on camera technology for Apple.

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