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Where volunteers, nonprofits and leaders shine.

23rd Annual


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Welcome to the 23rd Annual Heart of Marin™ Awards CVNL and presenting sponsor Union Bank are thrilled you are here with us to experience this celebration honoring Marin nonprofits and volunteers. We’re excited to recognize all 145 nominees and present awards to the 2015 Heart of Marin recipients. We appreciate you and your passion. You help lift our most vulnerable populations, endangered lands, and cultural institutions. We are deeply grateful for your extraordinary dedication and the vital work you do. Together we can create healthier, happier communities. – Rev. Carol Hovis, Board Chair, CVNL – Linda Davis, CEO, CVNL


Change Starts Here

Doug McConnell is our Heart of Marin emcee! We’re thrilled to have Doug as our master of ceremonies this year. He was Host and Senior Editor of the legendary Bay Area Backroads series on KRON for more than a dozen years — the longest-running and most successful regional television series in American broadcast history. Doug has co-authored two best-selling travel publications for Chronicle Books and has a long list of broadcast credits that include the host of Mac and Mutley, Pacific Currents, a reporter for KPIX News, KING Television in Seattle, KAKM Public Television in Anchorage, WBZ Television in Boston and KTLA Television in Los Angeles. More recently he has independently hosted and produced national series and specials for CBS, American Public Television, the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Doug has recieved multiple awards including Emmys and honors for environmental reporting and storytelling during his career in television broadcasting.



Achiev ement in N onprof it E xcel l ence Autodesk

Vo lunteer of the Y ear Redwood Credit Union

Exce l lence in B oard Leadership Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

Exce l lence in Leadership Marin Community Foundation

Exce l lence in I nnovation International ProInsurance and Pacific Union

Corporate Community S erv ice Bregante + Company LLP

Youth Volunteer o f the Y ear Bank of Marin

Lif etime Achievement Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital

THANKS TO OUR HEART O F MARIN JUDGES! Marlon Alvarez, Novato HS / Marin School of the Arts Gary Anspach, Anspach Financial Group, LLC Kim Baenisch, Trips for Kids Jeff Bialik, Catholic Charities Chris Bonfiglio, Casa Allegra Community Services Taren Bouwman, Terra Linda HS / Marin School of Environmental Leadership Michael Breard, Oak Hill School Shelley Brown, Milagro Foundation Otis Bruce Jr., Marin County District Attorney’s Office Tim Byrd, Marin YMCA Atashi Chakravarty, Community Volunteer Kate Colin, Council Member, City of San Rafael Mackenzie Cullens, Redwood HS Jami Davis, Marin Ventures Mary Denton, Sunny Hills Services Steve Eckert, Buckelew Programs Marilee Eckert, Conservation Corps North Bay Vikki Garrod, Marin Community Foundation Donna Garske, Center for Domestic Peace Eli Gelardin, Marin Center for Independent Living Patricia Gill, Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area David Hofele, International ProInsurance Associates, LLC Carol Hovis, Marin Interfaith Council Cleve Justis, Potrero Group, LLC Pat Kendall, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Elliot Levin, Partnership Resources Group Denise Lucy, Dominican University of California Jonathan Marker, Youth Leadership Institute Sally Matsuishi, Next Generation Scholars Nancy McKenney, Marin Humane Society Mariangela Morales, Branson Cheryl Paddack, Novato Youth Center Marty Rubino, Big Cat Advertising Sarah Schoenbaum, San Jose Middle School Fu Schroeder, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center Mary Kay Sweeney, Homeward Bound of Marin Rick Wells, Marin Builders Association Julie Wilder, Autodesk Karen Wilson, WildCare Jane Winter, YWCA San Francisco & Marin


Corporate Community Service

S P O N S O R : Bregante + Company LLP The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.

Corporate Visions, Inc. Kiosk Pet Food Express Redwood Credit Union Sierra Electric W. Bradley Electric, Inc.

Achievement in Nonprofit Exce llence

S P O N S O R : Autodesk The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to their constituents.

Anova Center for Education Beyond Differences Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Petaluma California Film Institute Camp Chance Ceres Community Project of Marin Dedication to Special Education Downtown Streets Team Enriching Lives through Music Episcopal Senior Communities Extrafood.org Global Student Embassy Hooves for Harmony Jessica’s Haven and Rescue

Jewish Family and Children’s Center Marin Audubon Society Marin Center for Independent Living Marin Child Care Council Marin County School Volunteers Marin Open Studios Marin Organic Marine Mammal Center Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival NovatoSpirit Ranchin’ Vets Ritter Center SummerAde


Volunteer of the Y ear

S P O N S O R : Redwood Credit Union The Volunteer of the Year Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an individual (other than a board member) who has provided exemplary volunteer service to a Marin nonprofit organization.

Jennifer Agard, Marin Community Clinics Diane Ascher, Novato Youth Center Mary Bramblett, Civic Center Volunteers Julie Burford & Ann Wathen, Ceres Community Project of Marin Bruce Burtch, DrawBridge Nancy Curran, Canal Alliance Jacky Dana, SF-Marin Food Bank Waverly Eichhorst, Art Works Downtown Joan Flood, Marin County School Volunteers Mary Hrize, California Film Institute

Excellence in Leadership

Susie Jacobs, Singers Marin Harriet Lee, Insight Prison Project Kathleen Lipinski & Steve Emery, Buckelew Programs Bob Lundstrom, WildCare Jim Murphy, Oak Hill School Maureen Nass, Hospice by the Bay Patricia Oji, Art Works Downtown Gale Serin, Bridge The Gap College Prep Cece Silver, Ritter Center Claire Snyder, Marin Catholic Boosters Linda Varonin, Marin Ventures Janis Walsh, Whistlestop

S P O N S O R : Marin Community Foundation The Excellence in Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an executive director who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefiting the organization and community.

Corey Downs, Ranchin’ Vets Dr. Tina Gabby, SummerAde Emily Gasner, Working Solutions Rev. Carol Hovis, Marin Interfaith Council Kevin Loughin, Canal Baseball Academy Nancy McKenney, Marin Humane Society Brigitte Moran, Agricultural Institute of Marin

Alan Olson, Call of the Sea Heather Parker, Hooves for Harmony Nora Thompson, Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center Judy Wolff-Bolton, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center


Excellence in Board Leadership

S P O N S O R : Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Marin nonprofit board of directors.

Shelley Arrowsmith, Agricultural Institute of Marin Heather Cameron, YWCA San Francisco & Marin Diane Doodha & Nanette Londeree, Marin Art & Garden Center Mark Goldrosen, Corte Madera Community Foundation Dianne Hansen, Marin Open Studios Erica Heath, Zero Breast Cancer

Excellence in Innovation

Kathleen Keating, DrawBridge Lynn Lent, Community Institute for Psychotherapy Alexis Lynch, Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center Susanne Lyons, WildCare Rocky Pierson, Marin County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board Barbara Salzman, Marin Audubon Society Jeff Silberman, Ritter Center

S P O N S O R S : International ProInsurance and Pacific Union The Excellence in Innovation Award and $5,000 will be presented to an individual, organization or partnership that has developed new, creative and effective strategies for advancing solutions to critical issues in our community.

Aging Action Initiative Anna Benetiz & Joe Devine, Seneca Family of Agencies Buckelew Programs, Casa Rene Call of The Sea Camp University Catholic Charities, Canal Family Support “Kids Club” Downtown Streets Team Go Inspire Go, Community Heroes Insight Prison Project ISOJI, Multi-Disciplinary Team Lillypad Homes Marin Artists International Network

Marin Environmental Literacy and Learning Collaborative Marin Community Clinics, Health Hubs Marin County School Volunteers & First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, Adopt A School Marin Humane Society, Kitty Corner Next Generation Scholars Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, Hydrotherapy Program Planet Bee Foundation RxSafe Marin San Rafael High School, AVID Program – Food Pantry Strategic Energy Innovations, Marin School of Environmental Leadership Sunny Hills Services, YouThrive


Youth Volunteer of the Year

S P O N S O R : Bank of Marin Up to five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards of $1,000 each will be presented to full-time middle or high school students serving a Marin nonprofit in the community, education or faith environment.

Diana Alfaro, San Marin HS, Summer Search Alba Alvarado, Terra Linda HS, Next Generation Scholars Avani Bahl, Branson, Next Generation Scholars Noah Block, Sir Francis Drake HS, YMCA Youth Court Fernanda Burciaga, San Rafael HS, Civic Center Volunteers Ruby Raye Clarke, West Marin Elementary, Youth Leadership Institute Robyn Dunkel Wilker, Tamalpais HS, The Redwoods Merone Eckert, Terra Linda HS, Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden Jessica Gerwin, Sir Francis Drake HS, School to Career Ben Guggenheim, University High School San Francisco, Hannah Project Juan Hojilla, Redwood HS, 10,000 Degrees Adam Kaerounian, Monte Vista HS, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary Jasmine Klein, Branson, Beyond Differences Jamie Kurtzig, San Domenico, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Cristian Maldonado, Branson, Next Generation Scholars Bilal Mubarack, San Marin High School Sterling Perry, Lagunitas Middle School, Lagunitas Public Montessori Program Sutter Portner, Redwood HS, National Charity League of Marin Stephanie Requena, San Rafael HS, Marin County School Volunteers Alicia “Daniela” Rodas, San Marin HS, Summer Search Romain Screve, Branson, Bridge The Gap College Prep Grace & Sophia Stewart, Davidson Middle School, WildCare Jocelyn Tsai, Miller Creek Middle School Hector Villeda-Godoy, Novato HS, Youth Leadership Institute Matthew Wallace, Marin Academy, Wallace Food Initiative Olivia Yee, Redwood HS, School to Career Sylan Yuan, San Domenico, Children in Need Club Pearl Zhong, Redwood HS, Hooves for Harmony


Lifetime Achievement

S P O N S O R : Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital The Lifetime Achievement Award and $5,000 for the individual’s nonprofit(s) will be presented to an individual who has made a positive and notable difference during their career by significantly contributing to address a cause, issue or discipline.

Donna Boyd, The Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent’s Joan Brownstein, Marin County School Volunteers Sue Carlomagno, Italian Street Painting Marin Kent Eagleson, Catholic Charities Mark Fishkin, California Film Institute

Deb Hubsmith, Marin County Bicycle Coalition William “Billy” Pauli, Ritter Center Marilyn Price, Trips for Kids Gail Theller, Community Action Marin Fred Wahpepah, Seven Circles Foundation







Active Executive Searches managed by CVNL include: • WildCare, Director of Development • City of San Rafael, Director of Homeless Planning & Outreach • Heartwood Institute, Director of Development • Fit Kids Foundation, Executive Director View more on cvnl.org/executive-search


Upcoming LEADERSHIP ACADEMY™ events: 1/12: Fundraising ­— Engaging Millennial Donors 2/2: The BrandEquation 2/9: Planning for Impact — A Communications Plan that Works 3/15: Don’t Dread the Elevator Speech 3/16: Volunteer Management — Designing a Program that Works 3/22: How Well Do You Know Your Audience? 3/24: Workforce — Steps for Better Decision-Making 4/6: Recognizing Volunteers & Evaluating Your Program 4/12: Maximize your Message Through Storytelling 4/19: Leveraging Social Media for Impact Spring 2016 Emerging Leaders Program — early bird discounts available for Marin and Napa. Visit cvnl.org/leadership-training


Do you, or does your organization, face a challenge that demands a new approach? Do you have an instinct that getting expert guidance is what you need? Connect with us. We have the staff, expertise, resources and network of professionals to help. Learn more: cvnl.org/consulting


Our Volunteer Portal is the place where nonprofits post opportunities, and volunteers find and engage with what matches their interests and the causes they care about. The state-of-the art technology we use makes it easy for agencies to get the help they need, and for volunteers to interact and give back. Upcoming opportunites and submissions in Marin & Napa: 1/16-18: MLK Day of Service 1/28: Service Enterprise Initiative, applications due 2/5 & 2/19: Volunteer Portal training 3/4: FLEX applications due (customized CVNL projects in Marin) 3/31: Cesar Chávez Day of Service 4/10-16: National Volunteer Week 4/15-23: Earth Day Projects Thank you to all of the nonprofits who worked endless hours to create projects, tasks, and recognition activities for volunteers! We appreciate the volunteers who have connected with causes and nonprofits to make a difference. For more info, or to sign up directly, visit cvnl.org/volunteerism and volunteer.cvnl.org MARIN: 65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 101 • San Rafael, CA 94903 • 415.479.5710 NAPA: 433 Soscol Avenue, A-100 • Napa, CA 94559 • 707.252.6222 CVNL.ORG

Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon Park

Photo © Dianne Arrigoni

5K Run • Walk • Dog Walk • Community Village Music • Food • Kids Races Mark your calendars! Be a part of the 34th annual fundraising event benefiting nonprofits, schools and community groups. More than $7.3M raised! Save the date for the Bay Area Human Race Kick-off Breakfast: Friday, February 5, 2016.

Call 415.479.5710 or learn more: cvnl.org/bayareahumanrace

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