The Dreamers

working tirelessly to make 916 Ink impactful

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

Michael Spurgeon
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

Chris Baltzley Board President

Chris Baltzley
Board President

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

Stacey Powell is the founder and CEO of Finance Gym, a social venture where you and your money get stronger. A lifelong entrepreneur, she is also the founder of Creating Answers, a chief financial officer firm that provides both excellent financials and excellent financial coaching to not for profits and small businesses. In 2013 she left Creating Answers to devote her time fully to writing her first book, speaking, and building Finance Gym. Stacey’s sole (and soul) purpose is to change the way people interact with their money so that they can lead financially healthy lives and have fun doing it. Some of her favorite life moments are reading with her daughter, being published on Forbes.com, playing Euro-strategy games and digging in her garden.

Rebecca Huval

Rebecca Huval

As a journalist and copywriter in Sacramento, Rebecca Huval writes about design and the many ways it intersects with our world, from tech to business to food. Her byline has appeared in publications such as the Awl, GOOD and Sactown Magazine, and she dreams up fresh copy for companies such as PUBLIC Bikes, Zendesk and Indiegogo. In former lives, she had been the managing editor of Communication Arts magazine, an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners, and a volunteer with 826 Valencia in San Francisco.

Chris Worden

Chris Worden

Chris Worden’s career is a mix of political, legal, public sector, and non-profit service, including work as vice president of public policy for the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber, senior policy manager for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and district director for a member of Congress. Chris has managed two successful statewide political campaigns, served as a deputy attorney general and run his own law practice, worked as a volunteer radio and TV political commentator, and assisted many non-profit organizations combating domestic violence. Chris’s focal point now is 916Ink because he is a writing enthusiast who lives in Roseville, CA with his partner, Erica, and their little man, Aedan (age 9), and one of his greatest sources of contentment is writing a killer verse over a hip hop beat. 

Rekha Tejpal

Rekha Tejpal

Rekha Tejpal works as an Administrative Services Coordinator III at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.  For the past 5 years she has been developing training modules, providing education on infection control and workplace safety for staff, and working with Management to improve operational efficiency in Environmental Services.  Prior to her work with Kaiser, Rekha served as a science teacher, where she worked with students from grade 7 through grade 12.  In her leisure time, Rekha is a writer and believes that stories have the ability to transform both reader and author in unimaginable ways.  A native of South Sacramento, Rekha is firm in her belief that it is the stories that connect the people in this community, and that the telling of those stories for Sacramento youth will be important in the future development of the region.

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. 

 

Rebecca Rodriguez

Rebecca Rodriguez

Rebecca Rodriguez passion is helping people, and being committed to assisting those whenever possible and where’s the highest need. Rebecca grew up in South Sacramento, and, in fact, her old third grade classroom now serves as the headquarters of 916 Ink. Rebecca loves her job at SMUD as a SEED Program Advocate, which is a program that helps small businesses participate in the competitive bid process. Her favorite hobby is to read, and she’s always had a profound love of words. Her three boys keep her active and busy with football and soccer. Rebecca is actively engaged in community events and volunteers the majority of her time in SMUD events that help the community, while also helping many youth sports organizations.

Daniel Kaufman

Daniel Kaufman

Daniel Kaufman is co-founder & Principal of Third Plateau, a strategy firm that partners with many of the world’s most passionate and daring change-makers to reimagine, expand, and realize their social impact. He has worked with a diverse array of clients, including large, national foundations, emerging social enterprises, pioneering nonprofit collaboratives, and impact-driven corporations. In 2006, Daniel co-founded the Giving Circles Fund (formerly the One Percent Foundation), an organization building a broad-based movement of next generation philanthropists (ages 18-39) by making giving accessible, engaging, and meaningful.  Daniel is a graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Law.  He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Talia, and two children, Mia and Eli.

 
Marcus L. Strother

Marcus L. Strother

Marcus L. Strother is a father, husband, educator and a youth and community advocate. Marcus is a 19 year veteran in the education field spending 17 years in Illinois and has since relocated to California. Marcus spent 8 years as a classroom teacher. During that time of teaching young people, he taught Language Arts, Life, Social Skills and Advocacy. Marcus also spent 9 years as a high school administrator with a focus on teacher evaluation, PBIS, school culture, and discipline. Marcus is currently the Coordinator of Youth Development at Sacramento City Unified School District. In this role, Marcus oversees Expanded Learning, Summer Programming and Boys and Girls of Color work. 11 years ago, Marcus and his wife started a non-profit around Youth Development called LEAAP (Leaders Empowered to Achieve Anything Possible). His non-profit has been nationally recognized and researched (University of Illinois, 2014) as a program that should be used in schools and communities throughout the country. Through this non-profit, Marcus and his wife bring students to the Dominican Republic where they have built schools, water filtration systems and do concrete work for homes in the 3 villages they have adopted. They also have a male and female mentoring program which has served hundreds of young people over the years. Together, they work to heal and build healthy communities and schools!