MFD Board

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Teacher EmerItus & MFD Founder

Sumi Loundon Kim was the founder of Mindful Families of Durham and primary teacher until May of 2018, as well as the Buddhist chaplain at Duke University. She recently published Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation & Buddhist Teachings (2017), and she has previously published two anthologies about young Buddhists: Blue Jean Buddha (2001) and The Buddha’s Apprentices (2005), among other articles and chapters. After receiving a master’s degree in Buddhist studies and Sanskrit from the Harvard Divinity School, she was the associate director for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Originally brought up in a Soto Zen community in the 70s, she has been following the Theravada lineage since her teens. Sumi and her husband, a native of Korea and professor of Korean Buddhism and culture at Yale University, have two children. They live in New Haven Connecticut

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Jennifer Chow

Membership Coordinator

Jennifer puts on a welcoming face for new and prospective members. As Membership Coordinator, she's likely your first point of contact. Originally from Southern California, Jennifer moved to the DC area in 2002, met her husband in Peace Corps - Mongolia, had two kids, and they have since found a welcoming and inspiring community in Durham. Jennifer has practiced sitting and moving (Tai Chi) meditation, off and on for many years, and looks forward to maintaining a regular mindfulness practice with the MFD community. She travels the world for work and for fun, and is always up for a new adventure. When you catch her at home, she may be cooking, reading, playing piano, or goofing around with her kids (and their chickens!).


Ashley Gosselin-Ildari

Vice President/Sati School Coordinator

Ashley has happily called Durham home since 2012. She taught in the Evolutionary Anthropology Department at Duke University for 3 years and now develops interdisciplinary courses.  She and her husband have a 3-year-old daughter. She enjoys going to the Museum of Life and Science, practicing yoga, quilting, and napping. 




Brandon lived in Durham, NC from 2006-2007 to attend graduate school and moved back in 2010. He loves riding his bike to work, cooking, running, and being outside. He works with three companies that help engaged couples register for experiences, activities, and local items for their wedding. His two young kids keep he and his wife on their toes. Otherwise you might find them napping in their backyard hammocks.



Secretary/Service Coordinator

Josh facilitates MFD's service work. He moved to the Triangle from Washington, DC in 2013 and has happily called Durham home ever since. Previously, Josh lived and worked in New York City, where he completed his doctorate in English literature and taught for several years. He currently works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. Josh is married and has a 7-year-old daughter. He has practiced meditation for over ten years. In his spare time he likes to bike, hike, read, and play guitar.  

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Sammy Banawan


Sammy is the President of Mindful Families of Durham. He is also the Director of the Adult Program of MFD. He has lived in Durham since 2004 when he and his wife moved here after finishing up their doctorates in psychology at the University of Georgia. He is clinical psychologist who specializes in treating chronically suicidal and self-injurious patients. He has been teaching mindfulness from a therapeutic perspective for 16 years. He spends his time shuttling his 11 year-old son to soccer or his 8 year-old daughter to ukulele lessons. When he's not doing that, he's working on another interminable wood project around the house or playing guitar.