Day Group Mission Statement

In the Ratna Sphere of all enriching wisdom, the Day Group supports the everyday activities of the Zen Center. We do this compassionately, effectively, and professionally.


Office hours of the ZCLA staff are Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General phone line: (213) 387-2351

General email:

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The Day Group Members are:

Sensei Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

Abbot; Grounds, Membership and Facilities Steward

(213) 387-3540

Sensei Faith-Mind began her studies with Roshi Egyoku Nakao, Abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1999, received Jukai in 2002, Tokudo (priest ordination) in 2007, Dharma Holder in 2016 and Dharma Transmission in 2018. She "ascended the mountain" and became the fourth Abbot of ZCLA in 2019. She serves on the Board of Directors and has been a ZCLA staff member since 2010. Faith-Mind is the Steward of the Day Group, overseeing the operation and administrative duties for The Zen Center. As Grounds Steward, she cares for the overall visioning and maintenance of the Zen Center's grounds. She is also the Zen Center's Facilities Steward, overseeing the maintenance of our buildings.

Darla Myoho Fjeld

Temple Development Steward

(310) 486-7752

Myoho received Jukai in 2005 and Tokudo in 2013. Myoho serves as the Zen Center’s Temple Development Steward. She oversees outreach, membership, fundraising, donor funds, and the Legacy Circle. Myoho served on the Executive Circle for 13 years, on the Board for 14 years.

Mary Rios

Business Manager

(213) 387-3540

Mary is responsible for all business transactions at the Zen Center and is a steady guiding hand in our day-to-day operations. Her kind and no-nonsense approach to management keeps the daily business operations running smoothly.

Karina Myoki Beltran Hernandez

Program Steward

(213) 387-2351

Myoki is responsible for the operations support of the many Zen Center programs, including announcements, registration, organization and logistical arrangements. She also lends support to members and newcomers. She updates and stewards the Zen Center's web site and calendar and is the main contact in the office.

Tom Yudo Burger

Guest Steward

(213) 387-2351

Yudo is an expert at taking care of our overnight guests, our guests in the Guest Program, and all of the guest quarters, which are sparkling clean. He is the person to contact if you would like to stay at the Zen Center. He is also our Production Artist for the Water Wheel, assists in Development, Parking Steward and Photography Steward.

Ty Jotai Webb

IT and Membership Support

(213) 387-2351

Jotai offers technical support for the staff and looks out for all our IT needs. He also offers support to the Membership Steward and Circle, as well as being extremely helpful in numerous capacities. He has previously served on the Executive Circle, ZCLA Board, the Buddha Hand Circle and as Program Steward.

Reverend Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert

Head Priest

(213) 387-2351

Reverend Dharma-Joy first came to ZCLA in 1999. He received Jukai in 2001, Novice Priest Ordination (Tokudo) in August 2011 and full Priest/Preceptor Empowerment (Denkai) in August 2019, all from Roshi Egyoku. He was named a Dharma-Holder in June 2020 and was installed as ZCLA’s Head Priest and Preceptor (Jūshoku) in April 2022.