Our Team

Buddhist Geeks is run by a small team of talented & passionate geeks:

Vincent Horn
Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, Vincent spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks while doing a full year of silent meditation practice. He began teaching meditation in 2010 with the encouragement of his own teachers, Kenneth Folk and Daniel Ingram. Vincent has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He is married to the super-fly Emily Horn and is father to a little boy named Zander.
Emily Horn
Emily Horn is a meditation teacher and mind hacker. Her integrativeteaching style is influenced by Mindfulness meditation and revolves around the interwoven nature of contemplation, personal unfolding, and daily life. She has taught mindfulness classes at InsightLA, and is currently in the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training led by Jack Kornfield, Trudy Goodman, Joseph Goldstein, and others. Emily has also managed projects in contemplative education environments including Naropa University, InsightLA, and Sounds True. She is currently the director of operations at Buddhist Geeks. Emily lives in Asheville, NC with her husband Vincent and enjoys hiking and gardening in the Blue Ridge mountains.

We’re also supported by a close network of board members and advisers:

Brian Lewis
Brian was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and pursued his undergraduate studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He then was accepted into medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also received a Masters in Public Health focusing on health care leadership, health education, and community-based clinics. His residency for Family Practice was completed in Asheville, NC.

After completing residency, he modeled a faculty development fellowship centered on Integrative Medicine and worked with other residents across the country to provide affordable fellowships in Integrative Medicine. He continues to work with integrative practitioners to foster collaboration and innovative practice models for making integrative and holistic medicine accessible and sustainable. He has spoken regionally on topics ranging from mindful movement to understanding the healthcare system, and has served as the medical director for regional Integrative Medicine conferences. He views lifestyle approaches as the foundation of sustainable healthcare.

Some of Brian’s additional studies include: Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Yoga, Meditation, Himalayan and Tibeten healing methodologies.
Kate Garvin
Kate has managed non-profit programming for over 10 years domestically and abroad. She started her career in the Peace Corps Turkmenistan where she collaboratively opened a sports school with local teachers and coaches. She returned to NYC working in education-focused non-profit organizations conducting outreach, volunteer management and board leadership development. Kate returned to graduate school in Worcester, MA and received a masters degree in Community development and Social Change from Clark University. She currently lives in Denver, CO where she opened a community center focused on Refugee and Immigrant services. Collaborating with over 30 local organizations, the Crawford Community Center served over 5,000 individuals seeking to improve their integration process into the local community. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, snowboarding and exploring the world with her husband and labrador.
Ryan Oelke
Ryan Oelke, MSEd, is the Creative Director and founder of PowerUp Productions, an artist, poet, and meditation mentor. He has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska - Kearney and a bachelor of arts from Missouri Western State University in music performance, sound engineering, and Spanish. He also spent three years in the MA Indo-Tibetan Buddhist program at Naropa University, where he taught Tibetan language as an adjunct faculty.

Ryan enjoys exploring the mystery of life through creative collaboration, entrepreneurship, and art. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.