Founder –
Janssen & Associates

Jacqueline Janssen started founding and selling businesses in her 20s beginning with an organic luncheon delivery service. She has founded or co-founded nine businesses and sold six of them. When owners and CEOs asked her to consult to them on their staffing issues she launched the recruiting arm of Janssen & Associates (J&A) in 1996. J&A has been providing services for national and international corporations, including IBM and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Online.

​As a member of the Board of Directors of nonprofit organizations, she saw the need for good leadership in organizations affecting social change. Nonprofits have benefited from Jacqueline’s services since 2008. She helped grow a nascent nonprofit recruiting practice and began placing successful Executive Directors, Interim Executive Directors and Director level staff at nonprofits in Marin, the Bay Area and nationally. Janssen & Associates (J&A), provides nonprofits with affordable executive recruiting and includes a network of former Executive Directors, consultants and Interim Executive Directors. Jacqueline’s experience in the corporate and the nonprofit sector gives J&A’s clients the benefit of having leaders with business acumen and hearts dedicated to social justice and thriving communities. Other interests include membership in the International Association of Feminist Economics, IAFFE, the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants,, and co-creation of the Family Partnership Policy for the Marin County Mental Health Department. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she is a native Californian and Marin County resident since 1988.

Founding Producer-
Co-Founder Marin Link

Mary O’Mara joined MarinLink as Executive Director at its inception. She brings her background of growing up in Marin, working in schools and nonprofits, and business acumen to create infrastructure and support for MarinLink community based projects, programs, and initiatives.

MarinLink identifies and fulfills unmet community needs, strengthening Marin communities through innovation and collaboration. Nimble and solution-based, we serve as an incubator and fiscal sponsor to individuals and groups whose inspirations for projects range from homeless services, community gardens, health and transportation initiatives, environmental education, veterans programs, arts organizations, and more. Founded in 2003 by Nancy Boyce and Mary O’Mara, MarinLink fosters effective and fiscally responsible projects and organizations by connecting people to resources and expertise.

Founding Producer-
President MF Productions

Marinda Freeman started her career as an event planner on the East Coast and moved to the Bay Area in 1991. For more than 25 years, Marinda has delighted and exceeded her clients’ expectations. She has a record of success in producing imaginative events to launch new products, benefit non-profit organizations and create custom-tailored events for Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to opening her own business, Marinda was the original Executive Director for Martha Stewart’s catering company. Today, she continues to work with leaders and decision-makers in corporations, as well as non-profit organizations, coordinating events such as Macy’s Passport, Marin Human Race, the Chairman’s Circle Dinner for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and The Heart of the Matter Dinner for the East Bay Agency for Children.

Marinda delivers the extraordinary by the way she thinks about each event. She turns it upside down and inside out, while asking – “How can it be done better? Where can it be improved? How can we create more unity and cohesion? How can it be more fun?” By looking at it from these different perspectives, Marinda brings a new level of sophistication to every aspect of the event – from the big picture to the details. She raises the bar and creates the unexpected.

Through her unique approach, she transforms non-profit fundraisers into FUNdraisers‘ and enhances company performance and identity through company retreats, team building workshops and client events. Marinda is quick to point out that the focus is not on the size or dollar amount of the event, but rather the quality of the outcome. Budgets have ranged from $30,000 to $750,000 or more.


Event & Operations Director- Mary R. Murphy


Volunteer Event Manager, Michael J. Morrissey

Outreach Volunteer, Patti Schmidt

Event Master of Ceremonies, Noah Griffin

2nd Annual 2016 Volunteers – Pam Morton, Kathie Gaines, Carllie Tilton, Liz Leone, Molly Marcotulli, Dorie Young, Ann Bauer, Jean Mariani, Samantha Martinez, Vanessa Miner, Amanda Sewell, Leslie Hendricks, Kimberly Nobella, Mitchell Marriott, Todd Walker, Samantha Baldwin, Gloria Dunn-Violin, David Elliott Lewis, Peter Ivory, Patti Schmidt, Amanda Sewell & Dorie Young.