Board of Directors

Paul Wassenich (He/His)
-Board of Directors, President

Paul Wassenich is a tutor for students all over the world, from junior high to grad school, with a focus on economics and statistics. He has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MPA in Development Economics from Harvard University. He previously worked as a poverty-reduction economist for the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Paul started attending events at the Dallas Meditation Center in 2016 and has been volunteering and facilitating sanghas ever since. In addition to his work and meditation, Paul also enjoys taking yoga classes; playing board games; and reading and watching sci-fi, fantasy, and zombie fiction.

Christina Rahman (She/Her)
-Board of Directors, Secretary

Christina Rahman works in Trust & Safety for the largest online dating conglomerate in the world, responsible for crafting safety policies, training companies in appropriate safety response, and partnering with local governments, law enforcement, and NGOs to prevent and prosecute online sexual exploitation of minors. She has attended the Dallas Meditation Center since 2012 and has facilitated the young adults’ group Wake Up Dallas YES! at the Dallas Meditation Center since 2013. In addition to being a senior facilitator, she also trains others who are interested in facilitating for the young adults group. Christina has been practicing meditation since 2010, yoga since 2014, and graduated from SMU in 2011 with degrees in Journalism and English.

Weldon Moore (He/His)
-Board of Directors, Treasurer

Weldon Moore is an attorney with the law firm of Sussman & Moore, LLP where he is a named partner. He has been practicing law in Texas since 1983 and is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Specialization in Business Bankruptcy Law. His practice also includes Creditor’s Rights and general business litigation. He was born and has lived his whole life in Dallas Texas, save and except his undergraduate and law school years, and has watched the dynamic growth of the DFW area. He is a relative newcomer to mediation but has devoured numerous books on the subject and credits the Dallas Mediation Center with invaluable practical advice on the subject. His hobbies include cycling, running, and triathlons as well as perfecting his home espresso. His family includes his wife Eva, who also enjoys attending the Center, his son, his daughter, his son-in-law and his two truly exceptional grandsons.

Alex Shapira (He/His)
-Board of Directors, Member

Alex Shapira was born in Romania, during its Communist era, and emigrated during his college years to Israel, where he pursued a hi-tech and executive management career, which brought him to Dallas twenty years ago. As he is approaching retirement, Alex returned to his old passion of composing and performing classical contemporary music. He is leveraging his scientific and high-tech
background as well as the understanding of social and corporate processes in shaping new musical structures. He is pursuing creative collaborations with composers, performers and visual artists to expand his creative reach and challenge himself to get out of his comfort zone. Alex joined the National Association of Composers USA in 2021 and serves on the NACUSA National Board. Alex lives in Dallas with his wife. They have two adult children and two granddaughters. He likes to hike, jog, meditate and enjoys modern art and a good laugh.

Scott Kearney (He/His)
-Board of Directors, Member

Scott Kearney is a martial arts teacher, qi gong coach, and Zen ordinand. He holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Iliff School of Theology, where he studied inter-religious spiritual care, as well as contemporary and comparative traditions. Scott has been an APA panelist presenting on military moral injury, which he continues to research. Scott has also appeared on radio programs and podcasts to discuss the dynamics of Eastern traditions and martial arts for mental health and trauma recovery. A US Army combat veteran, Scott retired from government service in 2019.

Photography by Dave Westbrook.