Our Board is Building!


Over the last year, our transitional board of founders of Mercey Springs Foundation and Compassionate Capital Region have been building the infrastructure for the new vision for Chill Sacramento. Now that our structure is in place and our key programs documented or in process, we’ve begun the joyful work of building a board of dedicated community leaders who believe in the organization’s mission: to give individuals and communities the tools and connection to resources they seek for making decisions that serve their individual and collective good — including perspectives and practices for personal wellness and development, cultural understanding and celebration, volunteer resiliency, servant leadership and neighborhood economic activation.


To see the team of Board Advisors, please see our Advisors page.

Michele Bennyhoff
Board Director/Community Partnerships

As Community Partnerships Chair, Michele stewards the relationship development with community
organizations for the purpose of furthering the organization's mission.

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Leah Burdick,
Board Director/Marketing

For more than 20 years, Leah Burdick has held a variety of marketing and communications roles including tenures in New York City advertising, owning her own Chicago digital marketing agency, and more recently serving...

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Kimberly Gudino
Board Director/Youth Programs

Kimberly grew up in South Sacramento, in a community with rich family values, hardworking immigrants, cultural diversity, love, and so much untapped potential.

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Brenda Astara Gustin, Ph.D.
Secretary/Board of Directors

Brenda Astara Gustin, Ph.D., has focused her life upon peace and freedom. As co-founder and President of a Sudbury School, children, including her own, were provided opportunity to create from their innate desire to learn. Trust allowed them to grow into responsible citizens.

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Laura Hansen
Board President

Laura Hansen, social entrepreneur, best-selling author, patent-holding product designer, and strategic business advisor.
Founder/President of GoldVision, LLC, an organization dedicated to cultivating stewardship practices in organizations, business and within the individual...

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Joan Marie
Vice President/Board of Directors

Joan Marie is the owner of Compassion Central in Carmichael, a venue with a mission to host and promote educational and cultural events and training that serve veterans, women and girls. She is co-founder of Compassionate Capitol Region, an Ambassador for Compassionate Women and Girls, a Conscious Touch Educator and VP...
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