2015 Heart of Marin

Thanks to everyone who was a part of the 23rd Anual Heart of Marin™ Awards!

Nearly 900 community leaders, volunteers and nonprofits celebrated together. We’re honored to recognize a record number nominees this year, and excited to celebrate the recipients of awards.  Go to the News Story to see photos, view the Awards Program Book, and read about all of the Award recipients!


Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations — we received more candidates than ever before — and are thrilled with the quality of people and organizations who were honored on January 7, 2016. Please join us in congratulating all of the nominees! Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to their constituents. ACE Marin (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 SPONSOR: Autodesk Lifetime Achievement 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. Dona Boyd, The Godmothers of Timothy xxxxxMurphy 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 SPONSOR: Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital Volunteer of the Year 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. Jenifer Agard, Marin Community Clinics Diane Ascher, Novato Youth Center Mary Bramblett, Civic Center Volunteers Julie Burford & An Wathen, xxxxxCeres 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 Susie Jacobs, Singers Marin Harriet Lee, Insight Prison Project Kathleen Lipinski & Steve Emery, xxxxxBuckelew 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 SPONSOR: Redwood Credit Union Excellence in Leadership 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 McKeney, 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 xxxxx& Resource Center Judy Wolff-Bolton, Osher Marin xxxxxJewish Community Center SPONSOR: Marin Community Foundation Corporate Community Service 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. SPONSOR: Bregante + Company LLP Excellence in Board Leadership 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 xxxxxof Marin Heather Cameron, YWCA San Francisco & Marin Diane Doodha & Nanette Londeree, Marin Art xxxxx& Garden Center Mark Goldrosen, Corte Madera xxxxxCommunity Foundation Diane Hansen, Marin Open Studios Erica Heath, Zero Breast Cancer Kathleen Keating, DrawBridge Lyn Lent, Community Institute for Psychotherapy Alexis Lynch, Matrix Parent Network xxxxx& Resource Center Susane Lyons, WildCare Rocky Pierson, Marin County Alcohol xxxxxand Drug Advisory Board Barbara Salzman, Marin Audubon Society Jeff Silberman, Ritter Center SPONSOR: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael Excellence in Inovation The Excellence in Inovation 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 Ana Benetiz & Joe Devine, xxxxxSeneca Family of Agencies Buckelew Programs, Casa Rene Call of The Sea Camp University Catholic Charities, xxxxxCanal 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 xxxxxand Learning Collaborative Marin Community Clinics, Health Hubs Marin County School Volunteers xxxxx& First Presbyterian Church xxxxxof San Rafael, Adopt A School Marin Humane Society, Kitty Corner Next Generation Scholars Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, xxxxxHydrotherapy Program Planet Bee Foundation RxSafe Marin San Rafael High School, xxxxxAVID Program – Food Pantry Strategic Energy Inovations, Marin xxxxxSchool of Environmental Leadership Suny Hills Services, YouThrive SPONSORS: International ProInsurance and Pacific Union Youth Volunteer of the Year 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, xxxxxNext Generation Scholars Avani Bahl, Branson, Next Generation Scholars Noah Block, Sir Francis Drake HS, YMCA xxxxxYouth Court Fernanda Burciaga, San Rafael HS,           Civic Center Volunteers Ruby Raye Clarke, West Marin Elementary, xxxxxYouth Leadership Institute Robyn Dunkel Wilker, Tamalpais HS, xxxxxThe Redwoods Merone Eckert, Terra Linda HS, Indian xxxxxValley Organic Farm and Garden Jessica Gerwin, Sir Francis Drake HS, xxxxxSchool to Career Ben Guggenheim, University High School xxxxxSan Francisco, Hanah Project Juan Hojilla, Redwood HS, 10,000 Degrees Adam Kaerounian, Monte Vista HS, xxxxxRichardson Bay Audubon xxxxxCenter & Sanctuary Jasmine Klein, Branson, Beyond Differences Jamie Kurtzig, San Domenico, Juvenile xxxxxDiabetes Research Foundation Cristian Maldonado, Branson, xxxxxNext Generation Scholars Bilal Mubarack, San Marin High School Sterling Perry, Lagunitas Middle School, xxxxxLagunitas Public Montessori Program Sutter Portner, Redwood HS, National xxxxxCharity League of Marin Stephanie Requena, San Rafael HS, xxxxxMarin County School Volunteers Alicia “Daniela” Rodas, San Marin HS, xxxxxSummer Search Romain Screve, Branson, Bridge xxxxxThe Gap College Prep Grace & Sophia Stewart, Davidson xxxxxMiddle School, WildCare Jocelyn Tsai, Miller Creek Middle School Hector Villeda-Godoy, Novato HS, xxxxxYouth Leadership Institute Matthew Wallace, Marin Academy, xxxxxWallace Food Initiative Olivia Yee, Redwood HS, School to Career Sylan Yuan, San Domenico, xxxxxChildren in Need Club Pearl Zhong, Redwood HS, Hooves for Harmony SPONSOR: Bank of Marin Where volunteers, nonprofits and leaders shine.

Every day, passionate individuals like you dedicate their work to advancing our communities. CVNL honors local leaders and their causes at the Heart of Marin Awards. Produced by CVNL and presenting sponsor Union Bank, the Heart of Marin Awards recognizes outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them.