Board of Directors

The board oversees our strategic direction and sustainability. As stewards, they contribute their experience, knowledge, and resources to ensure that we fulfill our mission.


Paul Haller, Secretary 
Former Co-Abbot, San Francisco Zen Center

Paul Haller has been engaged in Buddhist practice for 30 years, initially as a Theravada monk in Thailand and was then ordained as a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1980, where he recently became the new Co-Abbot. He leads the outreach program at the Zen Center and has extensive experience integrating Buddhist practice with hospice, jail, and peace work.

Chris Panos
, President
Founder and Managing Director, Fundamental Investment Advisors

Chris Panos has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Korean Zen, and American Japanese Zen since 1975. Chris received a BA from Indiana University and a MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Zen Teacher in the Zen Peacemakers Sangha and President of Zen Peacemakers. 

Anne Vrolyk, Treasurer
Managing Director, Vrolyk Capital Partners

Vrolyk Capital Partners (“VCP”) is a private investment banking firm based in San Francisco that provides merger and acquisition and private financing advisory services.  Prior to founding VCP in 2012, Anne was with Viant Group, which combined in 2010 with Vrolyk & Company, the firm she founded and ran for over 20 years. Prior to Vrolyk & Company, she was with the merger department of Alex. Brown & Sons in San Francisco and the merger department of Goldman Sachs in New York.  Anne received her MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and her BA in Bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles.