Mitch Darnell, MS, OSM, CRC – Founder
Mitch was inspired by children’s responses when he visited them in hospitals as “Tony The Tiger” for Kellogg’s years ago, realizing that visits are very positive for the kids. Since those days, Mitch became a Jungian Psychotherapist, focusing on Life’s Archetypes such as the Princesses and the SuperHeroes.
Mitch founded the League of Heroes Inspired as a result of his intention to make an enduring positive impact on the lives of severely traumatized children. When not busy with the League, Mitch loves to snow ski, go SCUBA diving, play piano (Rock) and read to explore Life!
Adriann Bradley – Secretary
The reason I joined LHI is because I truly believe my purpose in life is to help people. Having a son of my own and knowing how important it is for children to have hope and positivity in their lives, it is important for me to be a part of that process to other children. I am honored to be a part of such an important group that helps and inspires traumatized/ill children to not give up on themselves or on life!
Bari Becker – Gift Drive Director
Bari has owned her own software firm for the past 19 years with clients like DMV, KVIE, and SMUD. She has always been interested and has volunteered for various organizations in the past, and she is excited to be part of LHI. Bari has a 13 year old son who attends Capital Christians and is a very sweet, sensitive soul who also likes to help out with LHI.
Elena Yepez – Latin Community Outreach Director
Elena is originally from Caracas, Venezuela where she was an Administrator and Corporate Executive for two major banks. She has extensive experience with negotiations and public speaking, and is currently augmenting her education at American River College. Her Life Purpose is to help many people, and she loves visiting the children, “seeing the eyes of God in each child”, saying this, “fills my spirit and my heart with love to help others”! In addition, Elena loves participating with the Board and with the activities and the annual Gift Drive for Traumatized Children.
Elyse Davis – Volunteers Director
My name is Elyse Davis, I am an Army vet, single working mom halfway through my Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program. I have been a Behavioral Health Case Manager, Behaviorist for DD adults, counselor, mediator, special ed teacher and para educator. I am very passionate about people and their relationships and take trauma very seriously in my career. I love LHI’s mission and the beautiful people and children we get to empower and be humbled with. Thank you for taking am interest in this movement and please contact me if you’re interested in being a part of this as well.
Gina Cook Hillmer – Outside Events Director
Gina is a Sacramento native. She is a wife, mother, helper, and performer in the Sacramento Theatre and film community. Despite her full-time career with Sutter Physician Services, and caring for her mom and own family, Gina is passionate about helping hurting kids discover their own hero within. Gina not only serves on the LHI Board as the Outside Events Coordinator but also lends her performance background to serve as one of our costumed Cos-Players, e.g., girl Robin and Fairy Godmother. Gina has often said that it is the kids that LHI have spent time with that have profoundly changed her heart and outlook on life more than she could ever imagine. She is incredibly honored and blessed to be apart of such an inspiring organization.
John Gustason – Board Member At Large
Lisa Ezell – Board Communications Director
My name is Lisa Ezell. I am a mom to 9 kids (his, mine and ours). I am passionate about helping kids in need. My husband and I are former foster parents and adopted twin boys from foster care last September. I am excited to be working with an organization that helps bring a smile to kids who deserve it most!
Sarah Banks – Social Media Director
Violet Giovanni – Vice Chair & Website Administration Director