Nominees Announced for the 7th Annual Heart of Napa™ Awards

Nominees Announced for the 7th Annual Heart of Napa™ Awards View nominations in six award categories

Heart of Napa 7th Annual Awards

NAPA, CA, February 17, 2022 – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 7th Annual Heart of Napa™ Awards.

“Our mission with the Heart of Napa Awards is to celebrate the hard work and dedication of nonprofits and volunteers,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO at CVNL. “During the past two years of this global pandemic, our local nonprofits and volunteers have risen to meet and fulfill our communities’ needs. These awards are our opportunity to recognize, showcase, and thank these outstanding individuals and organizations who are the heart of our community.

Heart of Napa supports the local Napa nonprofit sector, giving $22,500 to outstanding Napa organizations and the committed individuals who serve them.

Everyone is invited to the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 17th, 2022, from 11:00am to 1:30pm where recipients will be announced, and all nominees will be recognized. This year’s celebration will be held in person at the Napa Valley Expo Center. Proof of vaccination plus booster will be required, in advance, for all attendees. Register for tickets at

The event is supported by Presenting Sponsor Bank of Marin and awards are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors (see below).

And the 7th Annual Heart of Napa Nominees are…

Volunteer of the Year, Sponsor: Syar Foundation

Carlo Bartalotti, The Hero Foundation

Bibiana Corona, Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education

Dan Digardi, OLE Health,

Jillian Efishoff, West Park Elementary School

Blanca Gonzalez, NEWS

Powell Helems, Napa Valley CERT

Bruce Johnson, Calistoga Affordable Housing

Sage Jones, Girls on the Run North Bay,

Valerie Kakigi, The Tug McGraw Foundation

Bill Lipschultz, Molly’s Angels

Cintia Martinez, Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education

Clarissa Mendoza, Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education

Dr. Lois Montague, Operation Access

Dianna Robinson, Jameson Humane

Maddie Wagner, The Tug McGraw Foundation

Excellence in Board Leadership

Maria Cisneros, 10,000 Degrees

Wendy Darneal Carolo, Mentis

Mary Ellen Hester, Calistoga Affordable Housing

Rick Jones, Napa Valley Education Foundation

Anna Marie Longo, Cafeteria Kids Theater

Amy Martenson, Napa County Progressive Alliance

Bernie Narvaez, Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Sandy Re Sims, Aldea Inc.

Scott Thomason, American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation

Youth Volunteer of the Year, Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union

Ximena Alvarez-Parra, Mentis

Victor Chen, Napa County Library

Nicholas Dominici, The GIGG

Eric Duarte Avila, ACE Calistoga

Galen Freed, Sonoma Ecology Center at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Kyle Hadeler, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Andrea Hernandez Corro, Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education

Isabela Hernandez Segura, Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education

Oscar Leon, ACE Calistoga

Emily Long, American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation

Carolina Padilla, Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education

Jessica Salomon Gonzalez, ACE Calistoga

Hassan Shafi, Mentis

Evelyn Simi, Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education

Luis Tovar, ACE CalistogaKate Zarate, Girls on the Run North Bay

Excellence in Leadership, Sponsor: Comerica Bank

Evie Ayers, Music in the Vineyards

Olivia Cowell & Aimée Guillot, Cafeteria Kids Theater

Tony Fletcher, Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind

Amy Herold, Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center

N’dea Johnson, Yellow Heart Committee

Larry Kromann, Calistoga Affordable Housing

Jenny Ocón, UpValley Family Centers

Julia Orr, Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley

Janelle Sellick, American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation

Monica Stevens, Jameson Humane

Jennifer Stewart, Napa Valley Education Foundation

Rob Weiss, Mentis

Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence, Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente, Napa-Solano

10,000 Degrees

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga

Cafeteria Kids Theater

Calistoga Affordable Housing

Community Resources for Children

Equi-Ed, Inc

Hearts and Hands Preschool

The Hero Foundation

Jameson Humane

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Napa County

Mariposa Program of the Napa County Office of Education


Molly’s Angels

Monarch Justice Center

Napa Farmers Market

Napa Solano SANE/SART

OLE Health


Share the Care Napa Valley

St. Helena Hospital Foundation

United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay

Corporate Community Service

Cakebread Cellars

Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano

Komes & Garvey Ranches

La Cheve Bakery & Brews

Wine Down Media


About CVNL: For nearly 60 years, CVNL has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. 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. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer services, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™, Heart of Napa™ and the new Heart of Sonoma™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, and Sonoma 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, and more equitable communities. Visit to discover more.