Milwaukee Zen Center Board in Action



Our Board

Peter Johnson, President
Peter has been a member of the Milwaukee Zen Center for the past 15 years. He took the precepts with his teacher, Tonen O'Connor, in 1999, and  sewed his lay okesa and renewed the precepts in 2013 with Hôkô Karnegis.

Peter is a retired school administrator and continues to work as an educational consultant and professional administrative coach. His current role finds him working with Milwaukee inner city youth in a behavioral reassignment school. Peter is married and has one daughter. When not working, you might find him sailing, golfing, walking with his wife and pet shelties, or just sitting with a sketch pad.

His gratefulness for this teaching and practice knows no bounds. He feels privileged to be a member of the Milwaukee Zen Center sangha.

Tonen O'Connor, Vice President
Tonen came to Milwaukee in 1974 to act as Managing Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, a position she held until 1995. She began her Zen practice with Tozen Akiyama in 1986, received ordination in 1994 and dharma transmission in 1999. She trained at monasteries in Japan, established the MZC prison ministry, and served as Resident Priest 2001 - 2011. In the absence of a resident priest, Tonen currently serves as acting priest. She has two sons, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ted Hobai Weber, Treasurer
Ted was born and raised in the Appleton, Wisconsin area. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Currently, he lives in Milwaukee and works as a manufacturer's representative. Ted enjoys the simple and goal-less nature of practice at MZC.

Leslie Hosho Morris, Member-at-large
Leslie first participated at MZC almost 30 years ago. He has been most active in the past few years and took the lay precepts in summer of 2013. Formerly a musician and lighting & sound engineer, Leslie is currently a manager in the IT department of a publishing company. He is a cycling fan and especially likes doing hill workouts on his road bicycle. Leslie and his wife, Mary, have a daughter and son-in-law.



Tom Tolan, Member-at-large

Tom Tolan began Zen practice in the early 1980s, and was one of the people who helped start what was then called the Milwaukee Zen Group, which Katagiri Roshi served as teacher during regular visits from Minnesota. Tom's been an infrequent practitioner since then, but wishes to increase his study and practice of Buddhism. He's had a career in newspaper journalism, and works now as a newspaper copy editor. He's married, lives in Shorewood and has a son in college.