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.

Ed Wayt
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.

Michael Dietzel 

Program Administrator

Michael Dietzel is the Program Administrator (PA) in-training, and is responsible for administering the website. 

The PA is supervised by the Guiding Teacher and coordinates closely with the sangha committees and members who need help with events, communication and other sangha resources.

Please contact the PA at or (360) 389-3444 for assistance with program-related matters such as presenting changes and updates to the website, adding or modifying events, sending emails to groups of sangha members, providing information for upcoming newsletters, seeking support with our technology, and scheduling use of the Zoom zendo and other resources. 

About Michael: Michael grew up in Eastern Washington.  In the 1990s he was a resident at San Francisco Zen Center's Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm, sat his first practice period with Zoketsu Norman Fischer, and later spent time in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.  After finding his way back to Washington, Michael's professional work has been in healthcare data warehousing and analytics, including a decade of service at PeaceHealth in their Eugene, OR and Bellingham, WA communities.  He recently took a sabbatical from those career endeavors in order to focus his attention on family, friends and sangha.

 Nomon Tim Burnett

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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