Red Cedar Staff

While we are a 90% volunteer organization we are delighted to introduce our small paid staff who provide essential administrative and spiritual support for the organization.

Bookkeeper and Technical Support Person

Ed Wayt keeps our books and is available to members for technical support with our website, registration and other systems. He is available by request. Contact Ed at or 360-441-7090 (text or phone) to request tech support.

Ed is supervised by our Board Treasurer and coordinates closely with the Finance Committee.

About Ed: Ed grew up in Southern Florida and moved to Seattle after college to live in a "green" city, to be close to the mountains and sea, and to join the tech industry. After disengaging from the tech industry, he found himself on a winding path that eventually had him ordaining as a monk in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh where he practiced for 3 years. Finding that life too narrow, he moved back to the Pacific Northwest - to Bellingham - where he practices lightly in the Zen tradition of Robert Aitken and explores the living of a vibrant, authentic, communal life in an urban environment. He enjoys investigating the role of will and grace in everyday life, likes to dance and play, tends to be way too serious, and is an active community organizer.


Program Administrator

Amanda McLaurin administers the website including adding and modifying events, coordination sangha resources, and other projects. 

Amanda is supervised by the Guiding Teacher and coordinates closely with the Registrar, Event Managers, and the Technology Committee.

Please contact Amanda at or 206-698-4395 (text or phone) for help with program-related matters such as presenting changes and updates on the website, adding or modifying events, support with our technology, scheduling use of the Zoom zendo and other resources.

About Amanda: Originally from Raleigh, NC, Amanda made her way to the PNW in 2013. She's worked in events, as well as tech and e-commerce, all of which have prepared her well for taking over the program administer role. She's been a practicing member of Seattle Soto Zen for a few years and looks forward to joining events with the Red Cedar community as well. In her free time she focuses on her art practice.  You can check out her work at


Guiding Teacher

Our Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett completes our small paid staff at Red Cedar Zen. Tim is responsible for overseeing our programming, supporting our students, coordinating with our other leaders, senior students, and teachers, and representing Red Cedar Zen to the broader community.

See the Teachers and Leaders page for more on Tim.

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