CVNL Press Release: Nominees Announced for 4th Annual Heart of Napa Awards

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January 28, 2019


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Nominees Anounced for 4th Anual Heart of Napa Awards

71 nominations were received, honoring nonprofits, volunteers,
local leaders, and businesses

NAPA, CA, 1/28/19 – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 4th Anual Heart of Napa™ Awards. Visit to view nominations received.

“Nonprofits in Napa are improving the lives and welfare of residents, preserving the environment, protecting and celebrating arts and culture, and so much more,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO at CVNL. “Heart of Napa inspires, recognizes, and encourages people from all sectors to honor the critical work of nonprofits, their leaders, volunteers, and the businesses who support them.”

Heart of Napa directly supports the local Napa nonprofit sector, giving $22,500 to outstanding Napa nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. Everyone is invited to the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Napa Valley Expo, where recipients will be anounced, and all nominees will be recognized.

Individual tickets are $75, and traditional tables of 10 are $750. As a Gold Table Sponsor for $1,100 you will receive preferred seating for 10, while providing 2 tickets for youth nominees to attend the celebration. Silver Table Sponsors receive priority seating for 10, while providing 1 ticket for a youth nominee to attend the celebration. All Sponsors receive table signage and recognition in the event program and presentation.

Awards are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors (see below). To purchase tickets, and make table reservations go to

And the Nominees are…

Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence (SPONSOR OPEN)
American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation
Cafeteria Kids Theater
Calistoga Affordable Housing
Calistoga Firefighters Association
Canyon Oaks PTO
Community Resources for Children
The Hero Foundation
Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch
Loving Animals Providing Smiles
Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley
Moving Forward Towards Independence
Music in the Vineyards
Napa County Resource Conservation District
Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS)
Napa Valley Education Foundation
One Mind
Operation Access
The Patrick Savage Memorial Corporation and GIGG
Rebuild Wine Country
Share the Care Napa Valley
Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity
Teens Conect
United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay, Inc.

Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Syar Foundation)
Shanon Hattyar, Girls on the Run Napa & Solano
Michele Lex, Napa High School Athletic Boosters
LC Naylor, Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity
Walter Norton, Community Action Napa Valley (CANV)
Michael Rupprecht, The Hero Foundation
Karrie Sanderlin, Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS)
Muriel Snyder, Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley
Stacy Soberalski Hersly, Aldea Children and Family Services

Youth Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Bank of Marin)
Vanessa Chen, Napa Library
Chloe Dinsdale, COOL School After School Program
Emma Healy, First United Methodist Church & Napa Valley Service Project x2
Vivian Kammerer, Napa High School Interact Global Club
Jenifer Lopez, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
Katherine Maia Manzagol, Napa High School
Eric Navarro, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
Joel Navarro, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
Yiliana Perez, COOL School After School Program
Aliza Schuler, Girls on the Run Napa & Solano
Bailey Stone, Teens Conect
Marisol Vallejo, COOL School After School Program
Daisy Zamora, LGBTQ Conection Napa/Sonoma
Owen Zuidema, Napa High School Interact Global Club

Excellence in Board Leadership (sponsored by Comerica Bank)
Maira Ayala, OLE Health
Sara DeVrevel, Paws for Healing, Inc.
Ane Evans, Music in the Vineyards
Randy Gnagy, Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS)
Mary Ellen Hester, Calistoga Affordable Housing
Chuck McMin, NapaLearns
Chuck McMin, Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition
Chuck McMin, Rail Arts District Napa
Sarah Memmott Dun, Zero Prostate Cancer Napa Valley
Marilyn Soulsburg, Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center
Hilary Zunin, Napa Valley CanDo

Excellence in Leadership (sponsored by Redwood Credit Union)
Olivia Everett Dodd, Arts Council Napa Valley
Aimée Guillot & Olivia Cowell, Cafeteria Kids Theater
Larry Kroman, Calistoga Affordable Housing
Kathleen Reynolds, Napa Valley Community Housing
Fran Rosenberg, Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley
Peter Shaw, Crosswalk Community Church
Monica Stevens, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch
Rob Weiss, Mentis
Pablo Zatarain, Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center

Corporate Community Service (sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric)
Adventist Health St. Helena
Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Redwood Credit Union

About CVNL
Since 1964, the national award-wining Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging inovation, and empowering individuals throughout the Bay Area. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. CVNL offers comprehensive programs including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, and volunteer opportunities and programs for nonprofits, individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Our Heart of Marin™ and Heart of Napa™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. CVNL provides disaster preparedness training and serves as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa and Marin Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. Visit to discover more about how we help nonprofits.