Show Me Dharma Teachers Collective

Armine Alioto joined Show Me Dharma as a teacher in 2015. Armine

After 35 years as a nurse for the ill and dying, and raising a family, she began in 2008 a committed dharma practice with Ginny Morgan at ShowMe Dharma. In search of answers to numinous experiences, she entered into Dharmacharya training in 2011 with Venerable Pannavati-Karuna, co-abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage. In 2014 she became a dharma teacher at ShowMe Dharma. In 2015 she was ordained as Acharya Sadhina, Lay Minister in the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order of the Sakyamuni Buddha stream of Theravada and Mahayana lineage. Continuing her spiritual path, in 2016 she became a student of Vajrayana training with the Venerable Master Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche, disciple of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Hearing the cries of the world, she vows to respond with compassion and action to lessen the suffering of all beings in the six realms.

Terry Furstenau has been a member of the Show Me Dharma sangha since 2001 and the teachers council since 2004. He served on the Board for 5 years. He has led Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation groups for the sangha. He currently teaches the “Introduction to Meditation” classes for new and relatively new students. His teachings reflect retreat experience and study with Eastern and Western Vipassana teachers, Advaita Vedanta, Dzogchen, Insight Dialogue and the non-dual teachings of Adyashanti, Richard Miller and Matt Flickstein.


Joe McCormack has practiced insight meditation since 1995. He has been a member of the Show Me Dharma Teachers Council since 2002. Joe leads an insight meditation group in Jefferson City, and has taught insight meditation to prison inmates since 1998. His teachers include Ginny Morgan, Phil Jones, and Matthew Flickstein. In January 2008, he completed the Community Dharma Leader training program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In his dharma instruction, Joe draws from traditional Theravada Buddhist teachings, Zen and Dzogchen practice, Advaita teachings, and the Diamond Approach. He is also trained as a psychologist and practices psychotherapy in Jefferson City.

RoseMetroRose Metro has been practicing vipassana mediation since 2005. She has studied in Burma, Thailand, and the US with teachers including Steve and Rosemary Weissman and the Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw. Rose joined a committed practice class with Ginny Morgan in 2009, and she has loved being part of the SMD sangha ever since. In 2013, she began teaching mindfulness classes for teens and families.

Linda Pluschke joined Show Me Dharma as a teacher in 2015.  Linda has prLindaacticed vipassana meditation since 2001.  She has a degree in religious studies, and has been involved in several spiritual communities, including the Chautauqua center in Columbia Mo.  She is an artist as well as a mother, and includes these perspectives in her teachings.  Her practice centers largely around the importance of self compassion.

Beth Shoyer has been practicing insight meditation for about 10 years. This has included teaching and mentoring from Ginny Morgan and retreat experiences in Vipassana and Insight Dialogue practices. She began teaching for the Sangha in 2002. She has also received training for teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts and has been teaching MBSR since 2001. Most recently she has been mentored by Florence Meyer. As a teacher, psychologist, and parent, she has the intention of weaving the dharma into all realms of life.

Guest Teachers.

Philip Jones began meditation practice in the Zen Buddhist tradition in 1987. In 1992 he started practicing Insight Meditation. He began teaching Insight Meditation in 1996, first in Columbia and then also on retreats in the Midwest. He initially studied with teachers from Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society and graduated from the first Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader program in 2000. He studied with Matthew Flickstein for ten years and more recently has been studying with Shaila Catherine and Bhikkhu Anālayo. Phil was a co-founder of Show Me Dharma and served as a leader and a teacher from 1993-2006. He re-joined Show Me Dharma and the Teachers Collective in 2018, after having been a guest teacher at Show Me Dharma for a year. He has served on the board of directors of Mid America Dharma, a regional Insight Meditation retreat organization, since 1994. Phil is also the founder of the Silent Mind-Open Heart sangha in Columbia. Some of his talks and writings can be found at http://silentmindopenheart.org

Donna Strickland…

Tonda March has been practicing meditation since the early nineties. She has been influenced by the wisdom of several Western Theravadan teachers, including Ginny Morgan, Carol Wilson, and Gregory Kramer. In recent years, month-long self-retreats at Forest Refuge and participation in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders training program have helped her practice unfold.

Teachers from other traditions

Bishop William Green is a bishop in the African Orthodox Church. He also is an inter-denominational chaplain, has studied Buddhism with the Dalai Lama and is a published scholarjacksonian_green_small_t670 on religion in the southern black community.

Though Green has studied world religions extensively, most of his work has been in building the capacity of religious groups to provide social services to their communities, especially that of black pastors in the South. Bishop Green was ordained a bishop in the African Orthodox Church in 1978, after working for years in refugee resettlement services in San Francisco as a member of St. John’s Order, first with Tibetans, and then with Vietnamese, Haitian and Ethiopian refugees in the late 1970s. Green earned his masters in divinity at the University of Chicago in 1987. He later attended Syracuse University, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy in 1991 and a Ph.D. in religious studies in 2004.

This biography of Bishop Green is taken from an article written about him, that can be found here.

Melinda Staley

Melinda Keach Staley has been practicing meditation since 1965. She began chanting Kirtan with Ginny Morgan in 1977. Her teachers include Paramahansa Yogananda, Sri Haidakhan Baba, Har Govinda Baba, James Samuels, Matthew Flickstein, John Firdousi Wyrick and Ken Wilber. Melinda serves on the board of the American Haidakhan Samaj and hosts the Heartland Haidakhandi Center in Columbia, MO. The chants and meditations practiced at Show Me Dharma are devotional expressions from many spiritual traditions.

Teachers on sabbatical…

Althea Harris began her study of the Dharma in 2005. She was asked to join the Sangha’s teachers council in 2011. Althea’s teachers are Ginny Morgan, Joe McCormack and Lynn Rossy. Her meditation practice has been enhanced by practicing Kripalu yoga as taught by Ken McRae. As a woman of color, Althea receives inspiration and encouragement from other Theravadan teachers of color, especially Gina Sharpe and Spring Washam. Althea is a licensed clinical social worker.

Lynn Rossy has been practicing meditation practice since 1989. She has taught Vipassana meditation since 2002 and completed the Community Dharma Leader Training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in January 2008.  As a clinical psychologist at the University of Missouri, she directs the activities of the Mindfulness Practice Center on campus. She has been teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs since 2001 and completed work for her certification to teach Mindfulness from the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts. She has completed a 200-hour National Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Certification Program at Kripalu. She facilitated A Course in Miracles for 9 years (1991-2000).