Ian Hadley is the Executive Director at 916 Ink. He is ready and eager to pick up the pen and write the next amazing chapter in the 916 Ink story. He has spent his entire professional career developing effective programs for underserved children and families, including programs that develop Kindergarten Readiness, Youth Life-Skills Development, and Strong and Healthy Family Dynamics. In 10 years at the Child Abuse Prevention Center, he has brought many innovative projects to scale with diverse partnerships including the First 5 Association, The Corporation for National and Community Service and dozens of community based non-profits throughout California. His projects have been recognized at the local, state, and national level for their efficiency and impact.
Ian has been inspired by 916 Ink for a number of years before joining the team! He has also experienced the power of creative writing and self-expression first hand. Growing up in difficult circumstances and facing a number of early challenges, it was the power of ideas and his connection to the written word which ultimately changed the trajectory of his life. He believes strongly that 916 Ink can continue to have the same positive effect on youth throughout the Sacramento area!
Justin Self is 916 Ink’s Director of Advancement. His primary focus is in working with the wonderful people and organizations who, through their donations, make it possible for us to grow our mission and our impact. After spending the first five years of his career in the private sector, Justin decided that he was ready to put the skills he had developed into effect in the nonprofit world. An invitation to a book release party from a friend of a friend gave Justin a chance to see firsthand the incredible impact 916 Ink programs have on youth, and from there he was hooked.
Justin believes that when kids become engaged in writing they become more engaged in the world around them, and are better prepared for success later in life. He finds being a part of an organization that helps make this possible for so many children, many of whom have had few other ways to express themselves, is both humbling and fulfilling. After relocating to Sacramento from the Bay Area in 2017, Justin is excited to become a part of the local community.
Nikki Cardoza serves 916 Ink as the Director of Programming. Before coming to 916 Ink, Nikki was active in the Sacramento writing community and as a volunteer for 916 Ink. She also worked full-time as an associate education lobbyist in state government representing community colleges, school districts and employee unions.
Nikki’s experience working with non-profit organizations began in 2003 when she started serving as a long-term volunteer for a faith-based aid organization in China. During this time she also served as an editor and publication designer for China Compass Publishing. After a short sabbatical to focus on her education, Nikki returned to the work-force as a Volunteer Coordinator for International China Concern.
In 2015 she completed her undergraduate education at California State University Sacramento where she graduated with a degree in Government.
She continues to write for fun herself and is happily revisiting the best moments of her own childhood, reading all her old favorite stories to her daughter Annie.
Paulette Greenhouse is 916 Ink's Programming & Production Coordinator. She has always been a writer, even since an early age. At six, she was crying over the idea of never being able to read, but by eight she was referring to her trusted World Atlas to create numerous country reports on staple-bound scrap paper with detailed Crayola drawings of the geography and appropriate flag. This research experience became useful when Paulette discovered her love for reporting, which pushed her to become an Editor of her high school’s newspaper, and eventually an Associate Editor and Art Director of Xpress Magazine at San Francisco State University, where she graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
Paulette then continued her studies and received a Multimedia Certificate through SFSU’s College of Extended Learning. She was introduced to 916 Ink when suffering a major creative block and wanted to find inspiration. Volunteering as an Inspirator helped push her to achieve goals that she had previously been unaware of. She now serves as the Programming & Production Coordinator to 916 Ink, happy to be contributing to her community and helping youth realize their own imagination and potential.
Quinn Tannehill is the Administrative and Technologies Coordinator for 916 Ink. Quinn started out as a volunteer, Button Pushing for a couple of programs here and there and was immediately hooked. Laughing and writing with the kids brought him closer to 916 Ink's mission, and gave him the drive to climb the ranks of 916 Ink. After receiving his Wordslinger certification, he ran a class at Encina Preparatory High School alongside former Director of Programming, Brett Stults, and was credited in the book, Trail Mix of Stories. His contributions to the 916 Ink team will impact youth for years to come.
Quinn’s attitude inside the office and out perfectly reflects the spirit of 916 Ink’s mission. If you ever decide to drop by, Quinn will be waiting with a smile and a solution!
Jasanté Howard is 916 Ink's Development Associate AmeriCorps VISTA. Jasanté was brought into the fold last year as an intern through our connection to La Familia Counseling Center and immediately we saw his potential. A diligent worker and creative mind, Jasanté's added value has reinvigorated our staff's drive to set the bar for community engagement.