Board of Directors

 Way of Compassion Foundation Board of Directors

Jessica Sylvanson

President – Jessica Sylvanson, L.Ac., M.Ac.O.M. is the owner and practitioner at Here and Now Acupuncture and Asian Medicine located in the Here and Now Center in Gunnison Colorado.  She practices using acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, and other tools from traditional Asian medicine systems.  She is also a Kundalini yoga instructor and integrates mindfulness and meditation techniques in her daily life.


Robyn Van Gelder

Treasurer – Robyn Van Gelder, lives in Ophir, Colorado and offers accounting and professional experience to the Foundation’s Board as a Certified Public Accountant.  Robyn was an owner of the Telluride Yoga Center for seven years and currently teaches yoga in Telluride and Ophir.  Her passion is travel and she spends a portion of the year on the road and recreating in the outdoors.  Having a strong desire to serve others, she has offered her time to the Way of Compassion Foundation with hopes that John’s teachings reach as many people as possible.    Imagine a world where so many people know the wisdom of compassion and can spread it to everyone, everywhere!”

Patrick Stewart

Secretary – Patrick Stewart, is in charge of labor relations for the Electricians Union IBEW Local 11. Patrick lives in Glendora, California and is happily married with two wonderful children. He has a passion for running and the outdoors, spending as much time as he can with his family at their cabin in Green Valley Lake. Patrick devotes much of his time helping others on a volunteer basis and is committed to helping spread compassion in the world.

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