2015 1st Annual Marin Founders Celebration

The 1st Annual Marin Founder’s Celebration on April 26, 2015 at the Buck Institute in Novato, CA brought together over 40 Marin County nonprofit founders to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the work they have done for the community. A documentary trailer produced by Spirit House Productions shown at the event highlighted the collective stories behind Marin County’s nonprofit’s founders and their exceptional organizations.

2015 Marin County Nonprofit Founders Honored

Brigitte Moran, Agricultural Institute of Marin

Phyllis Thelan, Art Works Downtown

Marty Griffin, Audubon Canyon Ranch

Marty Weinstein, Bay Area Community Resources

Margie Belrose, Belrose Performing Arts Center

Carol Normandy, Beyond Hunger

Karen G. Schurig, Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area

Denise Brusseau, Bridge the Gap

Gary Giacomini, Buck Institute

Murray & Harriet Richard, Buckelew Programs

Carol Friedman, Dance Palace

Robert Wain-Becker, Golden Gate Opera

Mary Teverna, Hospice By the Bay

Larry Beggs, Huckleberry Youth Programs

Barbara Lee, Image for Success

Elliot Katz, In Defense of Animals

Daniel & DeRuth Collins represented by Chuck Collins, Lifehouse

Dale Borglum, Living – Dying Project

Mae Wygant, Love is the Answer (LITA)

Phyllis Faber & Ellen Straus (posthumous), Marin Agricultural Land Trust

Joan Brownstein, Marin County School Volunteers

Martha Wall, Marin Girls Chorus

Suzie Pollack, Marin Nexus (Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership)

Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios

Robert Currier & Lesley Schisgall Currier, Marin Shakespeare Company

Lucien Garrett Mitchell, Jean Marie Mattos Maguire Mitchell, Charles Allen Meacham, Virginia Ojeda, Maestro Gaston Usigli, Hugo Rinaldi, Marin Symphony

John Rumsey, Marin Ventures

Anna Latta, Bonnie Rose Hough, Nancy Nakai & Ann Kennedy, Marin Women’s Hall of Fame

Patricia Arrigoni, Paul Wellman, & Lloyd Smalley, Marine Mammal Center

Nancy & Ed Boyce, Mary O’Mara, MarinLink

Suzie Pollack, MarinSpace

Barbara Alexander, Ning Douglas & Joan Kilburn, Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center

Susan Gilmore, North Bay Children’s Center

Rube Kaylor & John Steuber & Dr. John Elloway, Novato Rotary

Marian Schinske, Novato Spirit

John Bell, Okizu Foundation

Felecia Gaston, Performing Stars of Marin

Linda Crossman Fitzpatrick, Senior Access

Jan Pedersen Schiff, Singers Marin

Doug Ferguson, Slide Ranch

Dr. Jane Spahr, Spectrum LGBT

Cyane Dandridge, Strategic Energy Innovations

Peggy Hewett, The Redwoods

Marilyn Price, Trips for Kids

Bill Hamm, Warm Wishes

Jean Burroughs, West Marin Senior Services

Vera Schultz, Whistlestop

Robert Plath, Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance

Marianne Locke, Young Imaginations

Outstanding Contribution to the Nonprofit Sector: 

Joan Brown, Civic Center Volunteers & Denise Lucy, Institute for Leadership Studies