Guiding Teacher

Mark Nunberg began his practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis in 1993 with Wynn Fricke and continues to serve as the center’s Guiding Teacher. Mark has studied with both Asian and Western teachers and finds deep inspiration in the teachings of the Buddha. Mark practiced as a monk for five months in Burma and completed four three-month retreats at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center, as well as many months of intensive retreat practice at The Forest Refuge. Mark continues to be a grateful student of Buddhist practice.

Associate Director

Shelly GrafWhat Once Was Is Now

Shelly Graf is Common Ground’s Associate Director and is currently being trained by Insight Meditation Society as part of their four-year Teacher Training. (Note: Shelly uses they/them pronouns.) They are a staff dharma teacher, like Mark Nunberg, the Guiding Teacher.  Shelly provides direct support to the guiding teacher with developing and clarifying the center’s vision, policies, and priorities.  Currently they teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Weekly Practice Groups, and co-lead the DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community.

Shelly is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received their Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2003. For a long time they have been interested in what it means to serve as a white social worker in brown communities.  Shelly is also a huge MN Lynx fan!

Bookkeeping Manager

Gail Iversonbookkeeper@commongroundmeditation.orgGail Iverson

As bookkeeper, Gail is in charge of ensuring that all donations are recorded and deposited properly and that the center’s bills are paid. The bookkeeper also sits on the Finance Committee, which does budgeting and oversees the financial health of Common Ground.

Gail has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1987 and practicing at Common Ground since 2002. Her first volunteer position was being in charge of the bulletin board at the previous building. Since then, she has been an integral member of our community and served in many important roles. She was chair of the Board of Directors for 6 years. She currently is part of the Operational Team for Common Ground’s retreat property in Wisconsin. She also is one of our main teachers and has led the Intro to Mindfulness Meditation workshop for many years.

Office Manager

Gabe Keller-Flores, Gabe Keller

Gabe is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the center, including volunteer coordination, communications support, and program support.

(Note: Gabe uses they/them pronouns.) Gabe has been coming to Common Ground since 2008, when they were in high school and stumbled across the teachings of the Buddha. Since then, they have been a dedicated practitioner and have experienced increasing freedom and connection in their life.

All Common Ground leaders, teachers, and facilitators follow Common Ground’s Ethical Standards for Harmonious Community Life.