TEAM

Our global library team is as rich and varied as our content.

The Asian Legacy Library enjoys a mix of experienced executives, managers, employees, and volunteers who support its mission in over 40 countries around the world.

US HEADQUARTERS STAFF

ASIAN LEGACY LIBRARY
BOARD

Michael Roach

Michael Roach serves on the board of the Asian legacy Library as founder of the Asian Classics Input Project. ACIP was created in 1987 in order to preserve and digitize the timeless wisdom texts of Asia, primarily in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is a graduate of Princeton University and as a high school senior, the recipient of the Presidential Scholars Medallion.

Michael was the first American to complete the Buddhist geshe degree, or Masters of Buddhism, from Sera Mey Monastery in South India.

As a director and founding member of the Andin International Diamond Corporation, Michael helped grow the company from three employees to eventually being sold in 2009 to Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, after achieving over $250 million USD in sales.

In addition to authoring numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life, he is the founder of multiple global teaching organizations based on the principles found in the ancient and timeless wisdom traditions of Asia.

In 2019, the Asian Classics Input Project ceased operations, and donated its significant corpus of preservation work to the Asian Legacy Library.

John Brady

John serves the Asian Legacy Library as the executive director in charge of global operations.

Prior to ALL, John was an executive director for the Lillian Vernon Corporation, heading a “Business to Business” division serving clients such as Estee Lauder Cosmetics, American Express Credit Card Services, Victoria’s Secret, Anheuser-Busch, Kraft Foods, and other Fortune 500 companies.

For over a decade, John studied and practiced meditation with Eido Shimano Roshi, an authentic master and lineage holder in the Rinzai tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. John was on the board of directors of The Zen Studies Society from 1985 to 1995.

In 1996 John met Tibetan Buddhist master teachers Geshe Lobsang Tarchin and Geshe Michael Roach. He began the rigorous 36 course study program, which culminated in him entering a 3-year, 3-month, 3-day silent meditation retreat on December 26th of 2011 as director. John is a senior instructor for Asian Classics Institute, Diamond Cutter Institute Global, and Sedona College of International Management.

He currently resides with his wife in Sedona, Arizona. They travel and teach together throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Constance O’Brien

In addition to serving as a board member for the Asian Legacy Library, Constance serves as the president of the Yoga Studies Institute, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the wisdom traditions of yoga. Constance completed a 36-course curriculum and a traditional three-year retreat based upon the timeless wisdom texts preserved by the Asian Legacy Library. She currently teaches for organizations that draw from ALL’s knowledge base: Diamond Cutter Institute Global, Sedona College of International Management, Yoga Studies Institute, and Asian Classics Institute. Constance uses the ALL library to innovate new programs for children and yogis. She holds degrees in nursing and psychology. Previously she owned an award-winning restaurant on Vancouver Island, Canada, and created a company dedicated to designing, and operating children’s programs in Asia.

Christina Kasica

Christina is the executive manager of the Asian Legacy Library’s preservation efforts at the National Library of Mongolia, located in Ulaanbaatar.

Christina studied medieval Islamic intellectual history in a doctoral program at Harvard University, acquiring an M.A. in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She then entered the technology industry, holding positions such as vice president of marketing, where she helped to facilitate IPOs, and consulting in international technology market analysis.

Subsequently, she went to work for Robert Reich, serving as his campaign scheduler in his bid to become governor of Massachusetts. Post-campaign, she worked in the non-profit industry in social justice sectors, on issues such as the subprime mortgage crisis, the estate tax, and savings in underbanked communities. She also was a consultant at Harvard University on a recent $6 billion capital campaign.

Stanley Chen

Stanley Chen is a certified professor and the director of innovation for Diamond Cutter Institute Global. He has been studying, practicing, and teaching the timeless Diamond Cutter Wisdom since 2011, and he has often served as the main Mandarin translator for Michael Roach since 2014.

Stanley is also an ancient wisdom text translator for the Diamond Cutter Classics Translation Project in the US. He and his partner Xiaoping Zhou launched the Pure Gold Translation Project in order to train and support Chinese translators in ancient wisdom translations. In 2017, they founded both the Future Diamond Academy and Silk Road Renaissance, each of which conduct China Soft Power’s Global Executive Training for elite business executives to help them expand their international businesses through the power of applying timeless wisdom.

In addition to serving on the board of the Asian Legacy Library, Stanley is also a board member of the Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, one of the largest retreat centers in the world.