Master Dennis Chambers
CEO/Lead Martial Artist
Master Dennis is an 8th degree black belt with over 30 years of experience in numerous martial arts styles who has served over 1,000 students utilizing Zen’s principles. He has two Masters degrees and an ED.d from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he focused on the nature of learning and development. In 2004, he and his wife Sharon Chambers were inspired to start their own Tae Kwon Do studio, Zen Masters, in St. Albans, Queens. Outside of martial arts he hosts classes on conflict resolution and seminars on parenting.
Mrs. Chambers oversees the business operations of the school as ZMI Foundation’s Executive Director. She has a seasoned background in Business Management with Fortune 500 corporations. She earned her Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University in Social Organizational Psychology, and has a passion for business development. One of her passions lay in the hiring and staff development of college and high school students city-wide. In 2012, Mrs. Chambers led the spin-off of Zen Masters and formed ZMI Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and has been committed to its growth and expansion ever since.
Ms. Brittany Chambers has served as a member of the Zen Masters, Inc. team since its inception in 2004. She is a recent graduate from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business Administration and minor in Psychology who is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership with an Adult Learning and Leadership focus at Columbia University Teachers College. She is an individual who is very passionate about learning and development across the lifespan and aims to bring her knowledge and expertise to the ZMI Foundation.
Ms. Ganpat started at Zen Masters, Inc. in 2005, since then she’s grown to be an essential part of the organization. Ms. Ganpat plays a hybrid role, vital to the office operations and the dojang (Tae Kwon Do training space). As Assistant Manager she maintains organization in the office, aids Director Chambers, and helps manage personnel. As a Martial Arts Instructor she teaches young newcomers during the After School Program. She prides herself on the personal connection she makes with children and families, and values everything she’s learned under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Chambers.
Assistant Manager / Instructor
Meet Our Executive Team
Ms. Ashley Chambers has served as a member of the ZMI Foundation team since its inception in 2004. She is a recent graduate from The New School of Jazz and Contemporary with a B.S. in Jazz Music. She is also currently pursuing a Masters in Music Educatuion at Columbia University Teachers College. Ms. Chambers plays the Alto Saxaphone and is classically trained as a pianist. She teaches Piano Lessons through her studio Keiko Studios year-round that many of our after school and summer camp students partake in. She is also leader of our creative team for ZMI Foundation productions.