The Board of Directors

The Sanghata Board of Directors serve as stewards helping the community provide the basic needs – the requisites – of the monastics living at the Pacific Hermitage. This support allows the monastics to live in accordance with the Vinaya (Buddhist monastic code) and to teach the Buddha Dhamma in the Pacific Northwest. The requisites include: food, clothing, shelter, and medicine.

Sanghata receives and holds monetary donations given to the Pacific Hermitage; pays bills, and provides requisites as needed by the monastics. We ensure that financial transactions are carried out legally, fairly, and in consultation with the monastics. We welcome inquiries from the community about the Sanghata organization, our finances, the requisites for the monastics, and the role of stewards.

For more information please contact: dana@sanghata.net.

Scott Benge | Sanghata Board President

Scott Benge


Scott is a retired business owner. He became a Buddhist practitioner in 2002 and has been inspired by the Theravadan monastic tradition. Scott has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards over the years. He resides with his wife Joan in Bend, Oregon.

Anna Siebenborn | Sanghata Board Vice President

Anna Siebenborn

Vice President

Anna, a White Salmon resident has had a life-long interest in meditation. She met the Hermitage monks in 2010 while they were walking alms in her neighborhood and has been a regular donor and practitioner ever since. Anna joined the Sanghata Board in 2016.

Jay Harrington


A resident of Seattle, Jay began practicing in the Thai Forest Tradition in 2009.  He has been visiting the Pacific Hermitage since 2010, and joined the board in 2020.  He is excited to help support monastic Buddhism as it puts down roots in the Northwest.

Jessica Swanson

Jessica Swanson is a longtime supporter of the Portland Friends of the Dhamma and has served in a number of roles from teacher, program developer to board member. It was during her time as a board member that Jessica helped make the Pacific Hermitage a reality and served as the first dana coordinator. She joined the Sanghata Board in 2020.