We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams
— Arthur O'Shaughnessy c/o Willy Wonka
Michael Spurgeon Board President and Co-Founder

Michael Spurgeon
Board President and Co-Founder

Michael Spurgeon is a tenured professor of English at American River College, where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing and serves as the Editorial Advisor to the American River Review. He has authored two chapbooks and four short stage plays, and his writing has appeared in multiple regional and national journals. Michael’s first novel, Let The Water Hold Me Down, was published in 2013 by Ad Lumens. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation. www.michaelspurgeon.com

Jill Allyn Stafford

Jill Allyn Stafford

Jill Allyn Stafford is a legal assistant at Koenig Caprile & Berk, a collage artist at ARTHOUSE Gallery & Studios, a mom, and an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, volunteerism and charitable works.  While Jill was born in Northern California, she moved around often as a kid, spending time on the Potawatomie Indian Reservation in Northeastern Kansas, and small towns in the Pacific Northwest.  At 15, Jill developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome and was left fully paralyzed and on full life support for 6 weeks. Her ability to communicate was limited to shrugging one shoulder. This experience offered Jill a unique perspective on the importance of both being able to express oneself and connecting with others.  Jill received her BA in Political Science at Washington State University, was a founding member and artistic director of the nonprofit arts organization Vox Sacramento, and in 2013 was a nominee for Volunteer of the Year through the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento. www.jillallynstafford.com 

Chris Baltzley

Chris Baltzley

Chris J. Baltzley works as a professional coach and consultant with Continuity Consulting,   focusing on developing leaders, inspiring people and maximizing systems. He has a M.A. in Intercultural Studies, with additional training in a variety of fields and tools, including language-acquisition and cultural adaptation, leadership theory, and team building. He has worked in a variety of industries, including banking, insurance, higher education, as well as, non-profit and faith-based organizations. A native Northern Californian, Chris has also been shaped and enriched by living in Central Asia and New Zealand, causing him to miss most of the 90s in America. However, for the record: the Spice Girls and the Macarena even made it big in rural Kyrgyzstan.

Stacey Powell

Stacey Powell

Bio Coming Soon! 

Rebecca Rodriguez

Rebecca Rodriguez

Bio Coming Soon! 


Kari MacDonald

Kari MacDonald

Kari MacDonald is the Finance and Operations Manager at the Nonprofit Resource Center, which strives to support Sacramento nonprofits with all of their management  and capacity building needs. Since receiving her BA in Communication from the University of California San Diego she has worked in financial analysis, program evaluation, financial publishing and nonprofit management support. Kari has also written for and edited two Sacramento-based books, and served as an Art Docent for youth. She has a lifelong love of writing and is a voracious reader. She is also a busy parent to two teenage daughters and loves hiking, yoga and Sunday afternoon naps.

Thadd Blizzard

Thadd Blizzard

Thadd Blizzard has loved literature and writing his whole life.  He earned undergraduate and Masters degrees in literature, and has written poetry, fiction and drama, including a poem published in the 2012 Sacramento anthology Late Peaches.  He practiced law for 30 years in California and New York, and has taught legal writing.  Since 2009 he has served as a judge on the Sacramento Superior Court.  In addition to writing, he enjoys making music on stringed instruments, painting and making bronze sculptures. 

Bronwyn Gillespie

Bronwyn Gillespie

Bronwyn Gillespie is a licensed CPA at Crowe Horwath, LLP, where she is a Manager for the Financial Advisory Services practice. She has over 10 years of public accounting and consulting services experience. Bronwyn is committed to her profession as well as her community.  She has served as a Director on several non-profit boards both locally and nationally.  Bronwyn is an advocate for enriching, improving and changing the lives of individuals and believes 916 Ink’s mission truly aligns with these values.  She is grateful to be a part of 916 Ink’s vision.  Away from the hustle and bustle of life, Bronwyn is an avid runner and never leaves home without her running shoes.

Interested in Joining the Board of 916 Ink?

We're always on the lookout for potential board members who have a passion and drive for our vision. Joining our Board of Dreamers brings you a unique opportunity to shape 916 Ink's literacy revolution. As a board member, you'll make an annual contribution, attend ten board meetings, volunteer at book release parties and other events, fundraise, provide strategic direction, and build a strong organization for future generations. Inquiries can be directed to katie@916ink.org.