Sallena Pool

Leadership, Operations, and Communications
Sallena is our company Director and Integrator who strategically and creatively mobilizes people, systems, and resources to bring creative visionary ideas into form. She oversees all in-person and online Chi Center operations; and she leads the stewardship and cultivation of our brand and culture by promoting the right messaging in the right timing to the right teams, communities, and audiences. Sallena also has a creative aesthetics streak as a self-taught designer of beautiful places, things, and experiences. She’s a grandmother of five charming and brilliant kids; a lover of live music, beautiful food, and fine craftsmanship; and an ardent traveler.

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Gillian Gonda
Gillian Gonda
Venue Partnerships

Gillian creates and manages local, national, and global partnerships for gatherings and programs to be held on-campus at The Chi Center in New Mexico. She thrives when in relationship with individuals and organizations seeking transformational change in themselves, communities, and society through deep learning, spiritual practice, and unique opportunities to engage. She has spent many years operating public and private retreat centers and also specializes in program strategy and design, community outreach, and public engagement. Originally from Placitas, New Mexico but away for 18 years, Gillian followed her heart back home to New Mexico and now lives in Santa Fe with her youngest child.

Brittani Mitchell
Brittani Mitchell
Systems and Operations
Linda Smith
Retreat Enrollment & Teaching

Linda is an Enrollment and Retreat Expert at The Chi Center — helping people get clear on the next steps of their healing, health, and well-being journeys with Wisdom Healing Qigong and how to best access our online programs and retreats. Linda is retired from a career in the computer industry and from private practice as a healing practitioner. She has studied Wisdom Healing Qigong since 2012 and is a life long student and practitioner of healing arts. She is also a Wisdom Healing Qigong Level 2 Certified Instructor and Level 1 Certified Healer. Linda currently lives and plays on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.