EVELYN CALLAS, M.D.
Science & Medicine
Over the past 30 years, perhaps no other woman has consistently impacted
the lives of so many Marin County children as Evelyn Callas.
It has been said of her, "She is professional, caring, warm and
understanding, unpretentious, low-key and devoted to her young patients.
She does it all, from fixing the pediatric department's broken toys,
to hugging a scared child, to giving clear instructions to worried
Dr. Callas's advocacy on behalf of children
has resulted in legislative changes to protect children from abuse
and neglect. Largely due to her efforts, an important bill was
passed which allows physicians to photograph children without parental
In 1978, Dr. Callas was appointed Chief of
Pediatrics by Kaiser Permanente, the first woman to be appointed a
department chief. She was also Assistant Clinical Professor
of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and has
served as Board Secretary of the Easter Seals Society.
When she retired from Kaiser in 1989, Dr.
Callas focused on her work at UCSF, becoming Director of Pediatric
Urgent Care for five years. In the fall of 1995, she moved to
Mt. Shasta where she utilizes her knowledge of pediatrics by volunteering
at a medical clinic and spending one day per week at a school-based
health clinic organized by the county schools and the local medical
group. Particularly concerned with the care of acutely sick
and needy children, she is involved in various committees concerning
emergency medical care for children and school attendance.
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Born in Iowa, the third oldest of ten sisters and brothers, Joan
Capurro says she comes from a typical Midwestern family - spiritually
wealthy and financially poor but is anything but “typical.”
Her banking career began as a page at Wells Fargo’s head office
in San Francisco at age nineteen. She moved to Marin County in 1962 with
her new husband, Bob. She then went to work for Crocker Anglo Bank in
1963 as a bookkeeper and worked her way up to Area Market Manager in San
Rafael. After working at a Savings & Loan in San Anselmo for two
years, in 1990, she was hired as one of the managers at the new Bank of
Marin. She wholeheartedly believes her current job, as Bank of Marin
Community Relations Director is the ideal job; as the bank’s philosophy,
values, and mission match her own beliefs.
Joan experienced many challenges in her career, which gave her
the resiliency to keep working hard to prove her worth. Russell A.
Colombo, President and CEO of Bank of Marin promoted her to Senior Vice
President in 2007, giving her validation. When the news was announced at
the monthly Bank of Marin staff meeting, Joan got a standing ovation.
She believes that too often, these valuable signs of recognition are
missed in the business world.
Joan feels her most valuable contribution to the Marin community
and Bank of Marin employees is her mentoring and networking skills.
Her work hours are long since she turns no one away.
She has never turned down a request to meet with people who want to
discuss a possible project, their career, fundraising, or what they
might need to start a business or non-profit organization. She thrives
on helping people who want to learn, to advance in the workplace, and
make things better for the community.
Because Joan has been a banker in Marin for over forty years, she
knows most everyone and has worked on more committees than she can
remember. Though often mistaken for Jan Wahl, since they both wear
colorful hats, neither one mind the mistake for they both is strong
women fully involved in the local community and making a difference.
Joan hopes to write a book one day about her experiences in
banking - her many rewarding relationships with customers and employees
but also her own experiences with discrimination. She has a special
empathy for women trying to advance in their careers, since she herself
was told by a manager early in her career that she couldn’t be a bank
officer because it was a “man’s job.”
Current community involvement:
- Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership-Nominating Chair
- Community Action Marin-Prosperity Partners
- Dominican University-Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Council-Chair Sponsorship and Membership Committee
- San Rafael Chamber of Commerce-Governmental Affairs Committee, co-chair Leadership Institute
- Rotary Club of Ross Valley-co-president (and 2nd woman in club)
- United Way-Community Investment Committee
- Workforce Investment Board–Nominating Chair
Prior service in Marin organizations:
- American Banker’s Association-chair-women’s committee
- American heart Association – celebrity waiter fundraiser
- American Cancer Society – committee member
- American Red Cross – board chair
- Marin County School Volunteer’s-past chair
- Marin Forum – past president – joined in 1987
- Matrix – fundraising committee member
- Novato Youth Center fundraising & emcee
- Salvation Army-1st women board chair in Marin
- San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce - board chair twice
- San Rafael Chamber of Commerce – Past Board member and Auctioneer
- Sunnyhills Children’s Center – fundraising committee 14 years
ROSARIO CARR-CASANOVA, Ph.D.
Dr. Rosario Carr-Casanova's every move is focused on the empowerment
of women and the improvement of their status. Throughout her
dual careers as an accomplished psychotherapist and a professor, Dr.
Carr-Casanova has demonstrated her belief in this goal. She
has a deep love for education and a dream of providing opportunities
for as many people as possible. As a university professor, she
has achieved national acclaim as a cross cultural and multi-racial
specialist. Dr. Carr-Casanova is aware of her impact as an example
to young Latinas and encourages young Chicanos to excel.
Dr. Carr-Casanova is also highly trained
in public policy and works to provide better services to women of
all races and to poor and needy families. She worked to establish
the Marin County Minority Mental Health Services, and to have counseling
services in Spanish provided though the Family Service agency.
While on the Board of Directors of United Way, Dr. Carr-Casanova brought
five Latino agencies in as new members. At the national level,
she has been instrumental in providing birth control information in
Spanish to the nation's Hispanic population. In addition, Dr.
Carr-Casanova raises funds for the Chicana/Latina Foundation, helping
Hispanic women to access higher education. In 1994, she was
named Citizen of the Year by the Marin Council of Agencies.
As a psychotherapist, Dr. Carr-Casanova works
with groups of youth who are believed to be dangerous and is successful
in bringing out the best in the community's most disturbed and discarded
teenagers -- many of whom she has seen become successful business
people under her tutelage.
Dr. Carr-Casanova is truly a champion of
the underdog. She is continually looking for better ways to
understand, represent and serve the Hispanic people. She advocates
that people obey the law, work hard and be of service to their families
and to the community. She stands as a powerful model, especially
for women, of focused determined action to uphold human rights and
to ensure dignity for all.
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Sports & Recreation
Rosie Casals is a championship tennis player, but beyond that she
is one of the pioneers of women's tennis. She has worked tirelessly
throughout her career and has been a major force in attending prestige
and money for the women's game. She is a co-founder of the Women's
International Tennis Association where women were finally able to
speak with a single, strong and effective voice to advance the opportunities
for female tennis players. As an advocate on behalf of women
and women athletes, Casals is the founder and President of Sportswomen,
Inc., an active force in promoting women-owned businesses. Her
goal is to develop leadership talents in women, motivating them to
break down barriers and strive for equality.
Casals has provided an opportunity for women,
as well as men, to play competitively in their later years with her
Tennis Classic, the "Over-30" tournament circuit.
She has supported tennis opportunities for less advantaged young girls
and is active in youth organizations, conducting several tennis clinics
each year for less advantaged youth. She supports the Endangered
Species Project through the Rosie Casals Celebrity Tennis Invitational.
Not content with simply achieving as an outstanding athlete, she has
worked actively to make opportunities available for others, especially
women. A resident of Marin for the past 24 years, she is the
tennis pro at Harbor Point Racquet Club in Mill Valley.
Hilda Castillo has not wasted a minute of her 22 years in the US.
She came to Sonoma State as an international student to learn English
and earn a master's degree, then returned to Venezuela, Before long
the University recruited her so back she came with her children, this
time to stay.
Her education, talents, vision, perseverance,
and experience as an immigrant helped Hilda find ways to empower Marin's
diverse ethnic population. Helping other Latinas has been especially
important. Knowing that Spanish-speaking women had no chance
to find jobs that would support their families, Hilda collaborated
with the Marin Child Care council and the Canal community Alliance
to develop a Spanish-language Family Day Care Training series.
Its graduates earn licenses that qualify them to open their own childcare
businesses. These women are independent because of Hilda Castillo.
Hilda is the director of Bilingual Studies &
Outreach at Headlands Institute. In 1993 she created the
bilingual program for Pacific Environment and Resources Center to
provide access to environmental education for Latino students who
are English learners. Recently she developed the bilingual "Family
in Nature" program to educate low-income families and children
about the environment.
Her work with English language learners often
involves diverse school groups from under-served communities.
She even provides scholarships when money is tight. She forged
a groundbreaking partnership between the Headlands Institute and the
Sausalito-Marin City School District to provide the district's students,
families, and teachers with ongoing environmental education and field
Hilda's influence is international.
She has designed environmental activities for Bolivia and other Latin
American countries. She has collaborated with natural history
museums, nonprofit environmental organizations, governments, and universities
the world over. "You have no idea how much satisfaction
I get from doing this work," says Hilda Castillo, truly a contemporary
JEAN BEE CHAN, Ph.D.
Jean Bee Chan, Lucas Valley resident, is an outstanding educator and
mentor. As a professor of mathematics at Sonoma State University
since 1973, Dr. Chan has been instrumental in bringing a sense of
community and mutual support to the Mathematics Department which has
had an immeasurably beneficial effect on the morale of students and
Dr. Chan has championed a cause, believing
that a firm understanding of mathematics and science is critical to
success in our highly technical society. She is committed to
providing equal educational opportunities to all. To this end,
she established a family scholarship fund for Sonoma State students
entering the teaching profession, and founded the Asian Scholarship
Endowment Fund which helps send students of Asian descent to college.
Dr. Chan is passionately concerned about mathematics education for
girls, who tend to lag behind boys in math and science.
Beyond her own community, Dr. Chan is Chair
of the Northern California Section of the Mathematical Association
of America, involving over 100 mathematics departments in thousands
of mathematics faculty and students. She has provided leadership
for the Marin Chinese Cultural Group and was a founder of the Asian
American Alliance of Marin, which is dedicated to bringing justice
and equality to all citizens. As a result of her contributions
to the community, Dr. Chan was honored by the Marin County Marin Luther
King, Jr., Humanitarian Award in 1996.
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Anne was an ardent feminist whose indomitable spirit and political
skills advanced the cause of human rights for everyone.
She broke ground in the women's movement. As a member of Marin's first
Women's Commission in 1974, she started a county process that brought
women's issues to public attention. As Chair of the Commission's
Affirmative Action Committee, she led the fight that resulted in Marin
County hiring female department directors.
Anne was constantly testing limits by venturing
into areas dominated by men. Her vision of what women could
accomplish encouraged them to venture goals previously thought unattainable.
She believed in making the world a better place for women and had
a passion for getting good women into elected office.
As part of her multitude of civic activities,
she served as Executive Director of Falkirk, formed the Marin Arts
Council and became its first Executive Director after a nation-wide
search. She broke ground as the first female President of the
Boyd Science Museum.
She founded and empowered several organizations
that continue to advance the cause of equality and access for all.
As a skillful and organized administrator she served our community
as well as the State Bar of California with verve and focus.
She did all this along with her responsibilities to her husband and
Anne is remembered as a woman of great style
and panache, a witty and loving person.
Business & Professions
Kit M. Cole has dedicated her professional life to bringing women
into leadership roles in the financial field. As a young divorcee
with five children under six, she left her job teaching to work as
an assistant in a brokerage house. She quickly obtained her
brokers license and became one of the first women stockbrokers hired
by a major brokerage firm in the United States.
Five years later, she founded Cole Financial
Group, Inc., an investment advisory firm specializing in providing
financial guidance, education and investment management to women.
Today, Cole Financial Group manages $50 million in investments.
A year after starting Cole Financial, she co founded New Horizons
Savings & Loan, securing her destiny as one of the first women
in the country to be the founding chairman of the Board of Directors
of a financial institution. It also made New Horizons one of
the first financial institutions in the country organized and managed
by women. In 1991, she founded San Rafael Thrift & Loan,
and again championed gender equality in decision-making power.
She is currently Chairman/CEO of the Thrift whose assets at year end
were over $68 million.
Ms. Cole offers programs in personal finance
and investments for women and has co-founded two community organizations,
Wednesday Morning Dialogue and Marin Forum. A Girl Scout leader
for 17 years, Cole has served on several community boards, including
the Bay Area Girl Scout Council, United Way, and Mill Valley Film
Festival. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Marin Women's Commission
and Co-Chair of the Commission's Economic Resource Committee.
M. SAMUEL CONLAN O.P.
Sister Samuel, a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, is a dedicated
and exemplary educator. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature
from Stanford University and joined the faculty of Dominican college
in 1957, serving as President of the College from 1968-80. She continues
to teach English. Under her leadership, the college was transformed
from an all women's college into a co-educational institution.
She spearheaded the placement on campus of a model Development Center
for children with special needs and supported the development of a
Special Education Teacher Training Program which earned statewide
recognition for excellence. Seeing the need for the college
to be an integral part of the community, she expanded the Board of
Trustees to include members of the business and professional community.
Through her work in the field of education
for over 40 years, Sister Samuel has influenced the lives of scores
of students. She is teaching by example that you can address
the world with confidence, serve with courage, principle, elegance,
compassion and grace. In 1980, she received the Dominican College
Distinguished Service Award and in 1981, School Master of the Year.
Golden Gate University awarded her an honorary degree in 1980.
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Schisgall Currier is the founding Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare
During her 18 year tenure, she has done everything that needed to
be done to get the company on a solid financial and artistic footing.
“Everything” includes acting, directing, constructing
sets and props, board building, fundraising, special events and
development in the broadest sense.
Marin Shakespeare Company is widely recognized
for its professional productions each summer at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre
on the campus of Dominican University of California. Under Lesley’s
leadership, MSC has garnered national attention and won many awards.
MSC is also renowned for its educational outreach programs for thousands
of Marin students each year.
Innovative programs are Lesley’s hallmark.
In 1991 she began education programs that now serve more than 5,000
students annually with classes, summer camps, in-school and after
school programs, student matinees, and a Teen Touring Company. More
than 35 schools participate each year. There are free outreach programs
to young people from Marin City and the Canal neighborhood, as well
as to inmates at San Quentin. Lesley empowers students and instills
the desire to use their own abilities and expand their creativity.
Directing is another strong point. Her adaptation
of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, which she wrote and directed,
was nominated for “Best Overall Production of 2002”
by the Bay Area Critics Circle. Her original adaptation of Alice
in Wonderland delighted audiences at Marin Shakespeare Company in
Lesley took her vision “on the road”
by helping start a Shakespeare festival in Los Barriles in Baja,
Mexico. For five years Lesley and husband Robert, Marin Shakespeare’s
Artistic Director, put on annual Shakespearean productions with
the locals, with Lesley co-directing and acting in all five productions.
In 2006 Lesley arranged for Marin and Baja Shakespeare to host the
Shakespeare Theater Association of America (STAA) conference in
tiny Los Barriles.
Lesley holds a B.A. in Religion from Princeton
University, where she received the Frances LeMoyne Page Award for
Theatre. She served on Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Service
Committee for six years, is past president of STAA, and has twice
been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, an honor
bestowed only on the nation’s best and brightest. The proud
mother of Jackson and Nate, and only 44, Lesley is an exquisite
role model for young women in the arts.
Janet Daijogo is the consummate teacher -- a role model of strength,
flexibility and compassion as she endeavors to fulfill her goal
of instilling in children a sense of importance, uniqueness and
personal power. A kindergarten teacher at Marin Country Day
Elementary School since 1984, she has had a positive impact on hundreds
of children. She has incorporated an Aikido/Energy Awareness
Program into the kindergarten program. She holds a second
degree black belt and uses aikido to build sensitivity and strength,
and to teach children to be at peace with themselves and centered.
Prior to teaching kindergarten she spent 18 years working at the
Marin Child Development Center in San Rafael, where she helped her
students "mainstream" and go on to college and productive
Ms. Daijogo understands how emotional trauma
can affect a child. In 1942, she and her family were forced to leave
their California home and live for three years at a relocation camp
where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II.
Ms. Daijogo received her B.A. degree from the University of California
at Berkeley. In 1990 she was honored by the California State
Department of Education with the California Educator Award for teaching
Through the Resource Directory of Marin
Women, she serves as a volunteer speaker to children about her wartime
experiences. A Mill Valley resident, she also designs art-to-wear
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Since 1973 Linda Jacobs
Davis has worked and volunteered for numerous local and national nonprofit organizations
on a diversity of issues.
Born in Coral Gables,
Florida after her parents left Philadelphia to start their life together, Linda
was raised in a family where both parents worked and volunteered; her mother
active in the Jewish congregation and her father with youth sports.
As a teenager, Linda grew
increasingly interested in social issues, beginning with the green party, civil
rights, and the women’s movement.
Fiercely independent from an
early age, Linda rebelled against establishment, rules and gender bias;
refusing to stand for the national anthem during high school, questioning why
boys couldn’t have hair longer than their ears, arguing over rules set on
clothing restrictions and wondering why women were not paid equal to men and
were not represented in leadership positions – business and political.
At the University of South
Florida, Linda studied dance, art history and women’s studies earning a
Bachelor of Fine Arts. It was there
that Linda began studying the subject of transformation and leadership and
where she met her husband. They moved to San Francisco in 1978 to work for Werner
Erhard and the EST organization, a program that inspires its participants to
make a difference for people in all walks of life, bringing to the forefront
the ideas of transformation, personal responsibility, accountability and
While traveling the U.S. as
a volunteer seminar leader she learned of an organization dedicated to changing
the lives of youth at risk. The
Breakthrough Foundation was a nonprofit that produced breakthroughs in
communities and more importantly in the lives of young people age 10-20, all of
whom either had a history of violence, drugs and crime or were headed in that
direction. During her seven-year tenure there she created a funding stream to
scholarship all youth who participated, transforming and saving the lives of
many by breaking their gang attachment.
In 1987 Linda’s husband died
suddenly. Struggling to find
herself, Linda left her job and opened an art gallery in San
incorporating her education and love of art. However, being out of
the nonprofit sector didn’t last long. In 1989-1990 Linda married
two sons (one two days before the Loma Preieta Earthquake) closed the
spent a year fulfilling the ‘bucket list’ of her best friend who died
Having lost both a spouse
and best friend forced her to think about life, death, and what happens in
between. This painful time turned
into an empowering experience that re-focused and directed her to a life of
Realizing that nonprofit
work was a worthy and righteous profession, Linda moved her career to Marin,
serving as the development director for Marin Child Care Council and then
Development/Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Marin, Sonoma and
Mendocino. In 1996, Linda was
hired as the CEO of the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce where she completed a
six-year program and earned a certificate from the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce Institute for Organization Management and was recognized as an
Accredited Chamber Executive by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.
In 2002, Linda became the CEO of the Center of
Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.
The mission of the Center is to develop a vital and engaged community
dedicated to building and sustaining quality of life by enriching and
strengthening volunteerism and nonprofit organizations, enhancing community
leadership and involvement and promoting the impact and value of the nonprofit
two sons, Linda says that her most inspiring work comes through volunteering,
whether with youth sports, education, advocacy, environmental restoration,
disaster relief, or social services.
Her favorite was when her family went to New Orleans along with 28 youth
and adults from their Congregation to demolish and rebuild homes after
hurricane Katrina. Linda said, “I
saw how our labor impacted the lives of the devastated home owners, neighbors
and the community while enriching the lives of the volunteers and most importantly opening the
eyes and ears of our sons to the world while teaching and modeling for them the
importance of giving to those in need”.
Linda has served on
committees with Points of Light Foundation, Hands-On Network, California
Volunteers and Volunteer Centers of California. She is on the board for the Marin Economic Forum, California
Association of Nonprofits, Marin Interagency Disaster Coalition, Marin School
to Career Partnership, American Red Cross Leadership Council and a member of
the Marin Forum, California Association of Nonprofits Policy Council, and
California Management Assistance Partnership.
Past participation includes the Community Media Center of Marin, Novato
Lacrosse Club, Marin Football Club, Marin Independent Journal Editorial Board,
Mill Valley Rotary, Rancho Elementary School Leadership Team, Marin Women's
Services Coalition, Commission on the Status of Women, National Organization
for Women, Marin Medical Society Task Force on Domestic Violence, and Campaign
Committee for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.
Krystyna came to California in 1987. She was born the eldest daughter
of a Polish immigrant and RCA factory worker and was brought up with
old fashioned solid work ethics and a business tool her father impressed
upon her, which was ‘make what you want from others easy for them to
After one short year and losing her corporate job during the dot com
bust, and with nothing more than a telephone and an idea to create a
company, Krystyna and her future husband launched one of the early U.S.
visual effects studios, Matte World, being the second visual effects
company serving motion pictures based in Marin County. In the
male-dominated movie industry and with Industrial Light & Magic as
her neighbor, this was gutsy. She was gutsy and unwavering in her vision
to create this company and sustain it. She was the heart of the company
often referred to as "The Mother of Matte World".
Matte World began its legacy of producing images of lasting
significance for film, against the odds of competing with local giant
Industrial Light & Magic for a particular type of visual effect,
when it made contact with HBO and secured it's first contract for the
seedling company. Within one year of establishing her new company,
Krystyna won her first Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for an HBO
Krystyna became the first woman in Marin County, and possibly the
first woman in the United States, to own a visual effects company,
producing special effects for film. She is among the very first women to
be a credited Visual Effects Producer in film as well. She is unique in
having created, owned and operated a company – while being its producer
of visual effects at the same time. This from a woman who re-invented
herself to fulfill a financial need while having no prior background in
the 'biz' or the production of visual effects.
As an entrepreneur, Krystyna ran her company for 19 years as a Visual
Effects Producer and Executive Producer and has shown excellence in the
field through her contributions to 84 films, numerous commercials, a
Michael Jackson video and projects for The National Park System and The
New York American Museum of Natural History.
Krystyna’s company was the first in the film industry to apply
radiosity rendering (a certain computer software based technique of
lighting objects in an architectural model) to motion picture film, in
Martin Scorsese's "Casino".
Krystyna has worked on such notable films as Tim Burton's "Batman
Returns", Francis Ford Coppola's "Braum Stoker's Dracula", Martin
Scorsese's "Casino", James Cameron's "Titanic" and David Fincher's
She leaves a legacy that will last for generations to come, immortalized by film and digital medias.
FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS and NOMINATIONS:
- Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects - "By Dawn’s Early Light", 1990
- Nominated for Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and
BAFTA Awards for Achievement in Visual effects - "Batman Returns", 1992.
- Gold Plaque for Best Special Effects, Chicago International Film Festival - "The Utilizer", 1996.
- Nominated for BAFTA for Achievement In Special Visual Effects for "The Truman Show", 1999.
- Nominated for Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding
Visual Effects In A Special Venue Project For "Greece: Secrets of the
- Nominated for Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects In A Motion Picture for "Zodiac", 2007.
In addition to visual effects work, Krystyna produced the
televised science fiction film, "The Utilizer," which won “Best Visual
Effects” at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Krystyna contributed to the production, research and licensing of
images for a comprehensive book about visual effects matte paintings
authored by her former husband and Mark Cotta Vaz, 2002, called, “The
Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting.” The book received
the ‘Outstanding Book on Film’ Award from the Theatre Library
Association of New York and ‘Golden Pen Book Award’ from Theatre
Krystyna was also a featured contributor to the book, “The Power of
Miracle Thinking”, by Randy Peyser 2008, endorsed by 3 New York Times
best selling authors, Marci Shimoff from “The Secret,” Caroline Myss,
and Terry Cole-Whittaker.
Business & Professions
Newsweek has noted that Ann Diamond founded the first all women-lawyer
legal firm in the Bay Area. In addition to that "first,"
Ms. Diamond also pioneered the area of family law as a legal specialty.
As a member of the Family Law Advisory Commission of the California
State Bar, she helped to set state guidelines for child and spousal
support. She taught law at U.C. Davis.
Ms. Diamond came to the U.S. from Hungary
at the age of 17, speaking no English. Within seven years she
had graduated from high school, college and law school and passed
the bar exam. She went on to practice law with distinction until
retirement at age 73.
Ann Diamond can look back on a legacy of
the Marin Legal Aid Society, Lawyer Referral Service, developed family
mediation techniques and a cadre of lawyers and judges who call her
"mentor." The first woman to serve as President of
the Marin County Bar Association, Ms. Diamond was also the President
of the Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial
Ms. Diamond remains very active with the
Family Law Center, Kids Turn and other innovative programs designed
to help families at the time of separation.
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Faye's passion -- helping create communities of justice, equality
and peace for ourselves and the earth -- is clear to all who know
her. She works to change existing policies and resource allocation
systems so that access and opportunity are provided to those who
are most often neglected, especially women, children and the poor.
She strives to eliminate all forms of oppressive discrimination.
From her roots in rural Arkansas to the
past 25 years in Marin, whether as attorney, feminist, community
activist, mother, educator or former Peace Corps leader, Faye has
Honored by her years of Peace Corps service,
Faye's community development, planning and policy skills have served
the legal and non-profit community, including Legal Aid of Marin,
Marin Abused Women's Services, Marin's Juvenile Justice Commission,
YWCA Legal Clinic, Marin County Bar Association, Marin County Women
Lawyers, and the Triangle Alliance of Marin, a gay and lesbian political
action committee. Within these contexts, Faye helped to assist
victims of domestic violence, improve access to the legal system,
provide pro bono legal assistance, including legal clinics in Spanish,
improve conditions at Juvenile Hall and Community Court School Program,
and empower lesbians and gays to become involved in the political
Convinced that "we the people"
hold the power, Faye does not sit quietly in the face of injustice,
but chooses to act and urges others to act so that we all
have a future with integrity, justice, equality and peace.
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Long before waste management became popular, Gloria Duncan was a
leader forging a coalition of environmentalists, consumers, business
communities and local governments. Their task was to address
issues associated with recycling, resource recovery and litter control.
Working closely with the garbage industry, she played a major role
in pioneering curbside recycling. She also assisted in the
development of an internationally-recognized recycling facility
in San Rafael, one of the first of its kind in the world.
In addition, Ms. Duncan has a record of
achievement with environmental issues. She has served on the
statewide committee of the League of Women Voters relating to water
issues and solid waste management. She was a member of the
advisory council to the Bureau of Land Management, and participated
with the Association of Bay Area Governments in designing the environmental
management plan dealing with air, water and solid waste problems
of the San Francisco area. Ms. Duncan served for eight years
on the Marin County Planning Commission. A Fairfax Town Council
member for four year she also served as Mayor of Fairfax.
She was President of the Marin Conservation League, and has maintained
an active involvement for twenty-five years. She continues
a 20 year membership in the Environmental Forum of Marin, also serving
as its President for a term. She served on the boards
of the Marin Conservation Corps and the Marin Waste Management Advisory
Council for many years. Additional leadership roles are with
the Bay Model Association, where she is currently the Chair, and
the Marin Economic Council, where she is the Vice-Chair.
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Joanne Dunn's contributions to Marin is an awesome task. She's served
Marin County arts and service organizations as founder, board member,
fundraiser, and PR person for 47 years. She's been happily married
to Gordon Dunn for more than 50 years. A commitment from Joanne
means long-term dedication.
life is the arts began in the 1960's, when as a board member of
the Marin County Junior Theater group, she joined the Masque Unit.
This group brings live theater to children all over the Bay Area.
Over the years she's been an actress, playwright (10 plays!), director,
stagehand, and "gofer." She's still an active performing
has co-founded four major arts organizations. In the 1970s Joanne
and two friends saw the need to supplement arts education in the
schools. The result was Youth In Arts, a highly visible and effectve
nonprofit serving 30,000 Marin students annually. Simultaneously
Joanne founded its volunteer arm, Youth In Arts Auxiliary, she originally
underwrote Youth In Arts and sevred as its first executive director
(40 volunteer hours/week). Both YIA organizations continue to flourish
after 35 years, and Joanne is still involved.
the 1980s Joanne and friends who share her love of the arts saw
that the county's many various arts organizations were too small
and isolated to have significant impact. Thus the Marin Arts Council,
bringing these individual organizations together under one powerful
umbrella, was born.
the 1990s downtown San Rafael was on the decline. Joanne et al.
saw this as opportunity for the arts community to help and be helped,
so Art Works Downtown was born. This nonprofit creative haven provides
gallery, studio, and living space to artists at reasonable prices.
AWD has been a boon not only to artists and patrons, but it has
made a positive impact on Fourth Street's appearance and economic
growth. AWD is now regarded as one of the Bay Area's premier galleries.
has also worked tirelessly for the Marin Ballet, Marin Wildcare
(formerly Terwilliger center), and San Francisco Theological Center's
Montgomery Chapel. Joanne is also mother of a grown daughter, Sunday
school pageant director, advisor, friend, and more. The common thread
is her vision, imagination, skill, and tenacity. Her talent has
not escaped notice. Mike Groza, recently retired from the Marin
Community Foundation, remarked. "I think we should nominate
Joanne to be the next director of FEMA." We agree!
and teaching are my passions," said Maryjane Dunstan; first, last,
and always an educator. After teaching at Merritt College and College
of Marin, she was recruited by the State Department to teach in Burma
under a Fulbright grant. Her work was so exceptional her one-year
appointment was extended to four.
Maryjane founded the Communications Department
at College of Marin, taught there for 20 years, and co-authored two "future studies" textbooks. A true visionary, she developed courses
such as "Inventing the Future," at which Buckminster Fuller spoke.
Her "Future Fare" in the early 70s envisioned such unheard of concepts
as laser holograms, geodesic domes, and even personal computers.
Maryjane believed that educators have responsibility
to the community. She served tirelessly on elected and appointed Larkspur
commissions. An untiring catalyst for change, Maryjane always knew
what to do and didn't hesitate to enlist others in getting it done.
She earned the title of "Boss of Larkspur" because no matter how thorny
the issue, she could always smile while she twisted arms and persuaded
others to see things her way.
Maryjane also made her mark in the literary
community. Co-owner of the beloved Artist's Proof Bookstore on Magnolia
Avenue, she hosted a series of literary lunches first at Fabrizio's,
then at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, and finally at the Larkspur
Cafe Theater. Not only did she bring in world-class authors, she also
engaged them in conversations that went straight to the heart of their
work. She stripped away all facades, ultimately revealing each author
as "one of us."
Before her death in 2002, she left her friends some words of
appreciation, along with a few regrets:
I regret that I cannot hop out of bed and walk
down Magnolia today. . . that I'm not out on the links trying for
another hole-in-one! I regret that I am not able to send daily emails
to our elected officials seeking their active leadership for peaceful
problem solving and UN negotiations rather than wars and more killing
fields. Yet treasuring each moment . . . I feel a measure of peace.
. . . I have evolved in a culture when we women gained some rights
and are now emerging as leaders for a just and peaceful world.
Dunstan followed her passions until her death in December 2002. What