Mark Koberg Executive Director

Mark Koberg Executive Director

In 2009, after being diagnosed with HIV and a stress-related retina disorder, Mark, an executive producer on national television shows, needed to find a way to manage his stress and come to terms with his illness. At a friend’s suggestion, he signed up for a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class at InsightLA. After completing the 8-week MBSR class with Christiane Wolf, he knew that mindfulness had the potential to change his life. Over the next several years, Mark dove into the Dharma. He established a daily practice, began attending silent meditation retreats at Spirit Rock, blogged for The Huffington Post and appeared on national television talking about his experience with mindfulness.

Mark completed the MBSR teacher training practicum and the Facilitator Training Program at InsightLA. He also is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program. Additionally, Mark is an adjunct lecturer at USC in the School of Cinematic Arts, Media Arts + Practice division where he teaches digital media and mindfulness. Mark’s television career spans producing, developing, selling and launching national shows and digital content for Telepictures, King World, Tribune, ABC Daytime, 20th Television (FOX), Debmar Mercury, ITV, Harpo Productions and Lifetime TV.

Martin Vitorino Ph.D. Director of Programming

Martin Vitorino Ph.D. Director of Programming

Martin coordinates InsightLA’s programming with a commitment to upholding equity, accessibility, inclusivity and diversity – both in terms of teachers and offerings. He also leads guided meditations at InsightLA and facilitates the Mindful Transitions group for transgender people to practice meditation together and build community.

Martin is a graduate of InsightLA’s Facilitator Training program and is trained by Courage of Care in Oakland, CA to teach a model that merges sustainable compassion practices with social justice activism. Prior to joining InsightLA, Martin trained foster parents and social workers in the child welfare system on ways to better understand and support LGBTQ young people in foster care. Martin earned a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University where he researched resiliency in women who had been incarcerated. He also holds a B.S. in Psychology from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. In a volunteer capacity, he organizes heart-centered retreats for transgender men that support healing and a sense of belonging. He is also on the speaker’s bureau of PFLAG Los Angeles.

Rosamaria Segura Insight in Action Program Director

Rosamaria Segura Insight in Action Program Director

Rosamaría leads the Insight in Action program, bringing a life commitment to social justice and meditation, and experience in managing non-profit programs.

Her dedication to meditation has inspired her to mitigate suffering using insights from mindfulness-based practices. She is passionate to share meditation practices with groups that are dedicated to changing injustices in environmental, socio-economic and political arenas, and in communities that have limited exposure to the benefits of meditation.

She facilitates meditation groups, in Spanish for refugees in shelters in Tijuana, Mexico, in Spanish and English in East Los Angeles and in East Hollywood.

Rosamaría has completed InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program and is currently in a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher program, led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She has also practiced with various teachers in different institutions, including Spirit Rock, InsightLA, Long Beach Meditation, Deer Park Monastery, and Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

Her professional career is grounded in working for just health care access, immigrant rights, grassroots and labor organizing, and protecting mother earth.
She holds a Master in Geography and an A.A. in Human Service. Quite literally moved by jazz and Afro-Cuban music, she also regularly practices dancing.

Anisa Charucksiri Communications Manager

Anisa Charucksiri Communications Manager

Anisa helps with community outreach, marketing and promotional campaigns, programming, student and teacher relations, event management, and corporate trainings. 

Anisa began her meditation journey when she moved to LA in 2013 which allowed her to establish not only a Youngish Adult sangha (community) in a new city, but also a rooted circle of friends and a fulfilling career path. She has sat 33 nights of silent retreat, has done 100+ hours of floatation therapy, and completed a 200hr and a 75hr Yoga Teacher Training. She previously volunteered at Shambhala for two years and Transcendental Meditation for one year. Born a second generation Thai Buddhist in Washington DC, Anisa lived in Hawaii for 10 years, obtained a BBA from University of Hawaii, and held various Director of Development positions for 10+ years in tourism, restaurant, and wellness industries.  She has also sat on the board for Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association, United Cerebral Palsy, and her home owners association.

She believes in enabling and empowering others to live awakened lives and she loves the saying, “Give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day; teach a woman to fish (via mindfulness meditation) and you feed her for a lifetime.”

Zia Bossenmeyer Executive Assistant

Zia Bossenmeyer Executive Assistant

Zia is the executive assistant to the CEO at Insight LA. She has a diverse background ranging from legal affairs and finance to spiritual wellness.

Zia received her BA in Television, Film, and New Media from San Diego State University. Following her college education, she pursued a career in entertainment, working on feature films, sitcom television, and national commercials. In addition to her entertainment background, she spent years exploring the legal and finance side of business management. During this time Zia also felt a strong pull to pursue her true love of animal rights and immersed herself in the world of animal rescue and advocacy. In 2011, she became a founding member of FTA Spay, a non-profit organization that focuses on (animal wellness and safety). As a champion of animal rights and a believer in equanimity, she began exploring ways she could be of service to both humans and animals. In 2006, she began work at Peaceful Playgrounds, a family educational business which focused on health, nutrition, and physical activity for children in the school environment. Her time in the community led her to explore wellness in all its forms. Before arriving at InsightLA she also practiced as a certified herbalist, spiritual practitioner, energy healer and animal communicator.

Angela Stubbs Social Media and Marketing

Angela Stubbs Social Media and Marketing

Angela produces creative content and manages digital and event marketing for InsightLA.

She began her work with meditation as a graduate student at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where a contemplative education helped inform her art as a poet and writer. While acquiring her first MFA in Creative Writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, she engaged in Dharma teachings & worked to create somatic experiences and forms that explored what it means to write the body, to understand movement and incorporate body-based practices into her work. In 2013, she traveled to Lithuania to begin research on the Holocaust + trauma narratives as part of her Ph.D. proposal that would explore memory & mindfulness. Upon her return, she focused on expanding her meditation practice as a tool for healing those who’ve experienced trauma in any capacity. While pursuing her 2nd MFA at NYU Paris, her practice deepened with her intuitive and telepathic abilities thus producing a kundalini awakening in 2014. After leaving the entertainment world in 2015, she began intense healing work around trauma and the body by engaging in thousands of hours of mindfulness-based coursework at InsightLA, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado.

At present, she’s focused on a book-length meditation of poems that address memory & the art of surrender. She also teaches heart-based meditations in Los Angeles. Her mission is to bring mindful self-compassion to those struggling to transform their lives while moving from a place of fear to one of unconditional love.

Won Kim Online Content Manager

Won Kim Online Content Manager

Won Kim took his first meditation class in 2009. His practice proceeded in fits and starts until 2015, when he sought refuge at Against the Stream (ATS). He became at active member of the practice community (the sangha) volunteering to host sits and promoting classes and retreats online. After ATS closed its doors in 2018, Won worked to help keep the sangha connected online, letting people know when and where their teachers were holding classes in new venues. His efforts brought him to the attention of InsightLA, where he now works, writing and producing podcasts and video for the greater sangha online.

Prior to becoming interested in the dharma, Won Kim earned a B.A. in Political Science at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania; and served as a grassroots community organizer, and later, in local government, both in his native New York, and in Los Angeles. He has also painted in oils, illustrated storyboards and made animated shorts; and practiced martial arts, including Tang Soo Do, Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan.

Thomas Davis IV Student Relations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Thomas Davis IV Student Relations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Thomas Davis is a Mindful Awareness practitioner who emerged from the Contemplative Faith Community, where he served as a Lay Minister for over 10 years. His orientation to the Mindful Awareness practice began at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA., where he was introduced to the Theravadan tradition of Vipassana in 2012 and began his journey into Dharma Leadership in 2013. In 2017, Thomas graduated from the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training program, The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training and was enlisted as one of the Spirit Rock Community Welcome Teachers for the Monday Night Dharma program; which offers meditation, and practice support to new practitioners and 1st time visitors to Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Thomas is also a Co-Founder and Teacher of the Insight Richmond Meditation Group (www.insightrichmond.com), which is a growing and diverse meditation community where Insight meditation, Dharma exploration, and Inclusive Community Building are offered and practiced. Additionally, he is a visiting teacher at The East Bay Meditation Center and Alameda Sangha, and has served as a member of the Kaiser Permanente Spiritual Care team as Chaplain.

Thomas has an authentic passion for the sharing the Traditional and Non Traditional expressions of Mindfulness and how they are integrate into the unique and practical aspects of our lives.

Vince Perata People and Operations

Vince Perata People and Operations

Vince coordinates organizational projects and customer outreach. His background includes counseling, consulting, case management and victim’s advocacy. He began practicing meditation in 1996 and teaching in 2005. As a survivor of domestic violence, Vince understands the sheer devastation that comes from being physically and psychologically targeted, and the long arc of recovery from traumatic abuse. He is committed to creating a safe, supported and inclusive environment for everyone who comes to InsightLA.

Edward Carlos Student/Event Support

Edward Carlos Student/Event Support

Edward Carlos is a Los Angeles-based healthcare practitioner and long time student of the dharma. As a young adult, he developed an interest in Taoism, Buddhism, yoga, and meditation as ways of understanding and addressing the impact of adverse childhood experiences. As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), he helped integrate MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction), meditation, and yoga with conventional medical and clinical interventions. He specialized in the areas of addiction, trauma recovery, and chronic illness.

Edward also practiced and taught Shiatsu, alternative medicine, and other forms of energy work throughout the United States and Europe, with the goal of integrating his western psychological background with eastern teachings and study.  A series of individual crises in the early 90s deepened his commitment to daily meditation practice as a way to sustain kindness and compassion for himself and others.    

Being of service to others has remained Edward’s primary focus as he continues his spiritual path on the west coast. In addition to fine-tuning his skills as a clinician, he currently serves as InsightLA’s Student Support Coordinator where he engages with students to provide guidance and resources to the student community. 

Pepe Rodriguez Facilities Management

Pepe Rodriguez Facilities Management

Pepe handles all of the maintenance and upkeep of InsightLA’s facilities across multiple locations.
Pepe has also completed InsightLA’s facilitator training program in 2018. He loves to share his meditation practice with others. On his spare time, he enjoys studying the writings of early philosophers with a special affinity for Socrates. He is happily married to his wife Maria for more than 20 years.