Sande Hart is one of the core founders of Compassionate California and has been actively supporting the compassionate cities campaigns with the Charter for Compassion since 2009. Sande serves as the lead organizer for the Charter for Compassion Women and Girls sector, Past Chair for the United Religions Initiative for North America, Founder and President of the women's interfaith organization S.A.R.A.H. (Spiritual And Religious Alliance for Hope), Youth Empowerment Coach for ages 9-99 and deeply engaged in stewarding a culture of compassion by addressing our world's safety-net issues and responding with social impact and sustainable change. She lives with her husband in Orange County and is the mother to 2 amazing adults.
Gary Christmas supports compassionate solution based activities with Indigenous, people in need and organizations select organizations in North and South America, Canada, Taiwan and Australia. Believing that each of us can make a very real difference in the future of our history by bringing Love for Humanity and Mother Earth to our primary focus, Gary encourages inspiring activities that motivate others to take action in the world. As a full time producer / director of TV, Radio and training programs for global financial education company Online Trading Academy, Gary has also been featured on the front page of the Orange County Register in 2013 for his years of work with the Navajo and Hopi and also participated in presenting a resolution to the United Nations for Protecting Sacred Sites in 2014. Gary is also blessed to be one of the founding Chief Compassion Officers for Compassion California which is bringing Compassion to top of mind in cities and hearts all over the State of California through targeted initiatives, live events, and Compassion Games.
Jo Ann Gaines' commitment to service and creative collaboration began relatively early in life. While a student at Douglass College/Rutgers University, deep focus/meditation on abstract math problems registered surprising results, and Jo Ann was soon drawn to creative group meditation as a powerful force for good in the world. She has been active all her adult life in meditation work, as well as various aspects of the arts, and for the last decade in grassroots activism. She has served on several nonprofit Boards in related fields. Aside from her work with Compassionate California, Jo Ann volunteers in a leadership role in the L. A. area with the national nonpartisan grassroots organization The Peace Alliance – bringing the work of peacebuilding into the national discourse and policy priorities through legislative advocacy, education and mobilization. In the 90s, she co-founded and administered a community-based Contemporary Museum of Art touted for its focus on ideas and issues of community and global significance. Jo Ann developed many of her skills while working for 2 decades in the business world; in the N.Y. City, D.C. and L.A. areas, and held strategic management positions at a national level in the areas of systems support, education, product planning and program management. She currently lives in Redondo Beach. Jo Ann and her daughter share a passion for working for a peaceful, just and compassionate world.
Carol Salazar Loweree graduated from Wilson High School in East LA and soon found her calling as a school teacher. After teaching for twenty years, Carol retired in 2005 to pursue her goal of helping at-risk kids. In 2006 she founded Family Improvement Through Education (FITE), providing tutoring for children and seminars for parents on education, parenting and character building. In 2016 Carol became President of Happy House, a non-profit founded by Nancy Cartwright, that gives parents and children the practical tools they need to succeed in life. And, despite her full schedule, since 2012 Carol has given more than 200 drug-education seminars, with over 20,000 children pledging to be drug free.
Felecia Lenee, better know as Fe Love Child to her fans is the host and creator of the Artist Eclectic pLAygROUND, a “pop-up” event space that supports new as well as established artists and innovative entrepreneurs primarily in the Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles area. She is an activist/producer and creator of the MOJ:Murder or Justice Project, a drama series that focuses on the defense of battered women who retaliate against their abusers. The women depicted in the series are facing or receiving harsh capital punishment. She is also a trained actress from CalArts. Felecia Lenee is a healer and a licensed massage therapist with a focus on energy balancing. She is very much hands on when taking compassionate action within the community. Recently, Felecia Lenee was hospitalized with an autoimmune illness, that left her paralyzed in a wheelchair for three months. Inspired by her own personal recovery story, she has returned to the stage performing “motivational” stand-up comedy and spoken word. Felecia is very passionate about the arts and inspiring others to feel comfortable expressing their true voice.
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Wendy Silvers is an inspirational speaker/teacher, author and Mindful Parenting educator, dedicated to bringing greater peace to our world through the power of mothering. She is the founder/CEO of the Million Mamas Movement, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of mothers stepping into their power as global changemakers and ensuring that mothers and children thrive globally. While a celebrity publicist creating high visibility for high profile clients and projects, Wendy had a spiritual awakening and felt inspired to make a change. She decided to apply her intuitive gifts at mining others’ greatness into helping mothers raise confident children while growing their businesses. Wendy is also a blogger for Huffington Post, other magazines and online sites and a contributing author to the international best seller, Balance for Busy Moms. She is affiliated with the Agape International Spiritual Center as an Agape Licensed Spiritual Therapist and director of the Agape Conscious Parenting Ministry. Wendy has appeared on stages and summits with Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Panache Desai, Dr. Shefali Tsabary and others. Her business is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and powerful teenage daughter.
Laura Hansen is Founder/President of GoldVision, LLC, an organization dedicated to cultivating stewardship practices in organizations and business, communities and within the individual. She is the Founder of Social Mission Central, an enterprise technology platform, and app and training guild for defining, aligning and putting social missions into action. She is Founder of the Divine Spark Center, a mindfulness and meditation training center. As CoFounder and Chief Social Impact Officer of Queentia, Laura designs and leads the social impact foundation and development of early key strategic partners, as well she is the rudder ensuring the entire company and all its verticals are aligned for maximum social and human impact. Laura is also a Board Member and Senior VP of Business Development for Liberty Wheel Systems, a best-selling author, gifted speaker, leadership team member of Compassionate California, mentor to STEM education programs, and a board director and leader for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Sacramento Valley.
Joan Marie is actively co-creating the Compassionate Capitol Region of Northern California. She is a multisensory/multimedia artist, working with oil, acrylic, photography, video and also aromatherapy. A graphic artist and massage therapist in private practice for over 25 years, Joan is the owner of Enter the Orchid where she does massage, shows her art and has classes, workshops and guest presenters. Joan also works with Inspired Medicine’s Holistic Hospice Program. She teaches simple and effective ways for people to participate in their own wellbeing. Joan believes we each have the right to rest in peace while alive! Her business with Lonnie Winston, named Mirth To Earth, offers photography, art, graphic design and printing to the community focusing on additional support to nonprofits such as Ubuntu, Tuskegee Airmen, Inspired Medicine and Pathways for Veterans to name just a few. Since 2010, Joan has been one of the primary organizers for the United Nations International Day of Peace Event at Carmichael Park. She is working with Rene Marie (connected with the Peace Pole Project) and holds the vision of offering a Labyrinth and Peace Pole in every school and place of Higher Education.