Co-founders Linda Falasco Mavilla and Brenda Kress, along with Brenda Gustin who serves Mercey Springs’ representative on the Chill Sacramento Board of Directors, head up the leadership for 2019. Their goal this year is to recruit people who are interested in the mission of Mercey Springs and who have a heart for service in our communities.
Brenda Kress, Just Imagine, Co-Founder
Program Director and Chill Corporate SecretaryBrenda Kress, through her company, Just Imagine, provides leadership mentoring, board training and culture shifting, and dialogue coaching. After completing a two-year practicum in Contemplative Dialogue/Active Engagement through the International Centre for Contemplative Dialogue and as a certified mentor of Dynamic Dialogue, Brenda has focused on providing opportunities for individuals, leaders and groups to use dialogue to create healthier, happier and more compassionate work and personal environments. She is cofounder and has served as Executive Director of Mercey Springs Foundation, a charitable nonprofit, now a program under Chill Sacramento. She has also as Executive Director for several not-for-profit trade organizations.
Married to husband Nick for thirty-seven years, she is the mother of two young men, mother-in- law to two beautiful women and proud grandmother to 7-year- old Jameson and 18-month old Jace, who both constantly remind her of how fun life can be.
Brenda Gustin, Union With the Heart
Liaison to the Chill Board
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. At the Radiant Health Center, she and her colleagues assist adults in doing the same. As a Global Anchor within BraveHeart Women, a smooth transition as the Co-Director for The Charter for Compassion Women & Girls Sector emerged. A Board position for Chill of Sacramento was the next best step to consciously continue the work of Mercey Springs Foundation through a broader local platform. The continuous thread in Brenda’s life is the joyful opportunity to actively highlight the work of like-hearted people dedicated to improving life through collaborations locally and worldwide.
Brenda is the Founder of Union with the Heart, co-owner of The Radiant Health Center and author of The Foundation Trilogy: Soul Union Series. Through her work with Ananda Yoga and Meditation, sacred geometry, mandala, sound healing and various bodywork modalities, people learn how to listen to their bodies and create sacred union within all levels of them(cell)ves to live healthy and joyful lives.
Linda Falasco Mavilla, Co-Founder
Linda Falasco Mavilla has a background in the legal and association fields. She was also raised by a father who believed in supporting through philanthropic giving. Now retired from the business world, Linda continues to support people and organizations working to achieve their dreams.