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
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
Ranchin’ Vets
Ritter Center

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.
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.