Patty Garbarino, President of Marin Sanitary Service, has been
at the forefront of recycling technology nationwide. Her company
began the first curbside recycling program and she was instrumental
in beginning Marin's Hazardous Waste Collection program. In
the male-dominated waste management business, Ms. Garbarino has demonstrated
courage and leadership. Despite the less than welcoming attitude in the industry toward women,
she has won the respect of her colleagues. In the year 2000,
she will serve as the first woman president for the Refuse Removal
Besides running a successful business, Ms.
Garbarino contributes her company's time, services and money, as well
as her own, to support community projects. She serves as Chair
of the Marin County Planning Commission and serves on both the Marin
Ballet Board and the Rafael Theater Renovation board. In addition,
Ms. Garbarino spearheaded the Dominican College's campaign to renovate
and expand its campus.
As president of the San Rafael Chamber of
Commerce, Ms. Garbarino aided in raising of $500,000 from the business
community to support the public schools. She was also instrumental
in organizing a transit tax campaign. Ms. Garbarino was a board
member and a major fund raiser for the San Rafael Public Education
Foundation in its early years. She also organized and energized
hundreds of volunteers through 4 parcel tax campaigns in 2 bond measures benefitting the San Rafael city schools. During the first campaign,
she deferred critical surgery in order to shepherd the campaign through
the election. The campaigns were successful, aided by her efforts,
and have provided the San Rafael Schools with critical funding.
Ms. Garbarino went on to found a state level lobbying organization
for the California public schools called Kids Voice.
Patty Garbarino is a woman who dares to be
courageous, especially on behalf of issues about which she cares deeply,
of which there are many. She is a public servant, a dynamic
business leader and an outstanding spokeswoman.
2010-2011: She currently sits on the Marin County Office of Education Board of Trustees.
Read the extended biography by Marilyn Longinotti Geary
Since 1974, Donna Garske has been devoted to spirited activism on
behalf of women, working initially with women in the criminal justice
system, and then as Executive Director of Marin Abused Women's Services
(MAWS). Throughout her 17 years at MAWS, she has led the way
with innovative responses to men's violence against women, including
an internationally replicated reeducation program for batterers, and
one of the first transitional housing programs for battered women,
for which she earned an award from the American Planning Association
Her advocacy efforts have influenced legislation
such as the Federal Violence Against Women Act and a California law
establishing minimum requirements for batterers' programs. In
1992, she guided MAWS in creating "Transforming Communities:
Creating Safety and Justice for Women and Girls" as a learning
center for preventing violence against women and girls, recognized
as a model approach by the National Academy of Sciences.
Ms. Garske, a San Rafael resident, was selected
as a 1995 National Gimbel Foundation Child and Family Scholar to explore
new approaches to preventing family violence. Her resulting
article, "Transforming the Culture: Creating Safety, Equality
and Justice for Women and Girls," was published in Preventing
Violence in America (1996). In 1996, she was appointed to the
Board of Directors of the National Association of Prevention Professionals
and Advocates. Donna helped develop Europe's first batters'
program and works with the Network of East-West Women to support domestic
violence programs in Eastern/Central Europe and the former Soviet
Union. Her tireless commitment, enthusiasm, humor, integrity
and vision serve as an inspiration.
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FELECIA GAIL GASTON
Felecia Gail Gaston was denied admission to her local school of ballet,
when she was a child, because of the color of her skin. Years
later, this painful experience was to become the impetus for one of
her greatest accomplishments.
In the late 80's, while serving as the Community
Relations/Cultural Events Coordinator at the Marin City Multi-Service
Center, Ms. Gaston became interested in developing opportunities for
Marin City Children to increase their self-esteem. One such
opportunity was a scholarship program she developed in collaboration
with the Marin Ballet, which enabled Marin City children to take classes
as the Marin Ballet. By 1990 the Multi-Service Center closed
its doors, leaving Felecia without a job and the children without
an avenue to pursue ballet.
Refusing to let an opportunity die, Ms. Gaston
shared her dream with Anne Rogers, executive director of the Marin
Community Food Bank, and with Community Action Marin (CAM), an umbrella
organization for social service programs. With their support,
she founded "Performing Stars of Marin," a non-profit agency
offering low-income children, predominately African American, an opportunity
to learn dance, martial arts, grooming, discipline and manners in
an environment of respect and support.
Ms. Gaston was responsible for bringing "Performing
Stars" from a struggling neighborhood program, with no budget,
to a successful county-wide organization. Through her determination
and commitment, she has earned great respect in Marin county and beyond
and has brought together people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Her successful relationship with other Marin arts organizations impressed
the Marin Community Foundation, which has become the major financial
supporter of "Performing Stars."
Ms. Gaston enjoys the enthusiastic support
of many Marin City families as well. They see "Performing
Stars" as a positive, inspirational alternative to the perils
of poverty. As one of her nominators said, "Felecia is,
herself, a 'Performing Star' in Marin County."
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Emily Gates is known not only as a inspirational community member
and role model for young women and girls, but also as one of the most
respected and beloved chorus and musical theater teachers in Northern
California. Born and educated in Ohio, Ms. Gates married her
high school sweetheart and began a music teaching career which continued
through the birth of four children, a move to California, and twenty
years of teaching music in the Novato Unified School District.
She currently teaches Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Show
Choir and Musical Theater Workshop at San Marin High School.
Ms. Gates serves as a board member and Jazz Show Choir Repertoire
Standards Chair of the American Choral Directors' Association, has
hosted choral festivals and given workshops for the California Music
Educators' Association, and is a member of the Novato Music Educators'
Conference, the California Band Directors Association and the International
Association of Jazz Educators.
Ms. Gates has assembled and coached innumerable
musical groups that have achieved regional and state awards.
She counts her real rewards through the achievements of her former
students in the musical and theatrical fields, many of whom attribute
to her the awakening of their talent.
A long-time political activist, Elizabeth Smith Gatov served as Democratic
Committeewoman for California from 1956 - 1965. In 1960, she
was appointed by President Kennedy as the Treasurer of the United
States, becoming the highest placed woman in that administration.
In her early years, Ms. Gatov was active
in civic activities such as the Junior League, Red Cross and Sunny
Hills. In 1948, she became involved in the congressional campaign
of her neighbor, Roger Kent and learned that "intimately everything
that's important and lasting, if it has any social impact, gets into
the political field."
With her return from Washington, Ms. Gatov
became extremely involved with Planned Parenthood, ultimately becoming
the national organization's first Public Affairs Director. Her
advocacy on the issue of reproductive rights was responsible for enactment
of progressive legislation at the state and federal level.
Upon the death of her husband, Ms. Gatov
wrote "Windows in the Dark", a primer on the fundamentals
of money management designed to help women take charge of their financial
On her death in 1997, one historian's words
were recounted, "Widely read in both domestic and international
policy issues, deeply dedicated to the battle against social injustice,
experienced in the 'old politics' of party and precinct organization
and the 'new politics' of television...Libby Gatov represents all
that is best in American politics. Respect, trust and integrity
- her life is a personal testimonial to the glory of the democratic
process at its best."
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As a young mother, Joyce Goldfield spent hours on the ice-skating
rink, in the ballet studio and in her sail boat. After a violent
attack on her life, which she miraculously survived, Ms. Goldfield
developed multiple sclerosis (associated with the trauma of this attack).
Subsequent balance problems interfered with her ability to ice skate
at her previously level of expertise and she returned to her childhood
love, horses. While riding, she was bucked off a horse and confined
to a full-body cast for two months. Discussing her frustration
about the cast and hindrance to her freedom with her friend Duane
T. Irving, they talked about the problems of disabled youngsters,
confined to wheelchairs, unable to properly enjoy the freedom and
healing powers of the wilderness.
On July 9, 1977, at Duane's ranch with 12
riders and 6 gentle horses, she opened the Halleck Creek Riding Club,
a Marin County 4-H Club. The club has grown to a membership
of over 500 riders of all ages and disabilities, with a core of 100
volunteers and 35 horses. Ms. Goldfield has written a book about
20 years of Halleck Creek in which she states that Halleck Creek is
an affirmation that life is a joy, regardless of the pitfalls,
and that it is more important to celebrate what you CAN do, rather
than to grieve over what you cannot.
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Kate Hacker touched hundreds of lives as a compassionate teacher and
an inspiring community organizer. She improved the lives of
children - especially teenagers - by connecting them with their community.
Kate Hacker taught early childhood development at Santa Rosa Junior
College, in childcare programs, and ran children's drama workshops.
She served as Director of the Campaign for a Healthier Community
for Children (CHCC) from 1987 until her death.
The creation of the Music Mentor Program in 1993 was the high point
of Kate's professional life. This innovative program
featured monthly concerts by local, teenage bands and drew crowds
of six hundred. Despite initial objections from local authorities,
Kate persisted. She took on her community's fear of teenage
energy and made from it an outlet for teenage creativity.
Kate believed the only way teens would learn responsibility was
by having them handle the concerts themselves. They interviewed
bands, promoted the concerts, performed, and even managed security.
By teaching them responsibility, Kate showed teens they could have
fun, earn respect, and achieve success.
While struggling with pancreatic cancer in 1998, Kate worked with
her staff until her last month, preparing them to carry on the work
of CHCC. Two weeks before she died, Kate rested at home while CHCC's
annual talent show (the 12th she produced) took place. After
the show the child and adult participants stood under Kate's bedroom
window and serenaded her with the songs she'd taught them.
Later that year, 50 children and adults made a float in Kate's honor
and marched in the County Fair Days Parade, where Kate Hacker was
posthumously named Honorary Marshall.
Medicine & Social Change
Patricia Hallinan was one of the first women to graduate from Stanford
Medical School. Although she was actively discouraged from pursuing
medical studies by some of her professors (who did not want female
students), she successfully completed her medical program. When
medical internships other than at children's hospitals were routinely
denied to women, Patricia Hallinan directly negotiated a general medical
internship at San Francisco General Hospital. When she completed
her internship, she was the first Stanford graduate in twenty years
to be awarded a residency at San Francisco General. She later
entered private practice as a cardiologist.
Dr. Hallinan eventually became Assistant
Health Officer for Marin County. In this position she became
closely acquainted with the special needs of disabled children, children
with birth defects and other children with special needs. She
established a program in the Department of Public Health for the protection
of battered children. She was a champion for the rights of the
developmentally disabled. Later, as a representative of the
Agency for Infant Development, she worked with State Assembly members
to write, sponsor and pass legislation designed to protect California's
children. She actively lobbied in Sacramento and made numerous
television appearances on behalf of these laws and other child-related
issues. She was one of the first to address the problem of fetal
alcohol syndrome. Dr. Hallinan received numerous awards during
her life, including the March of Dimes Meritorious Service Award.
Read Patricia Hallinan's extended biography
Anna Halprin, a Marin County resident for over 50 years, has won national
and international awards in recognition of her prestigious achievements
as a dancer and choreographer. Halprin is considered to
be one of the most highly esteemed 20th century dancers, whose ranks
include celebrities such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham.
She has received the largest dance award in the country, the Samual
H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement.
Since the late 1930's, Halprin has revolutionized
her art form and has inspired fellow choreographers to take modern
dance to new dimensions. She has been an innovator throughout
her career, experimenting with improvisation, with the audience-performer
relationship, and with the place of dance in the social and political
In the early 70's, when she was diagnosed
with cancer, Halprin's focus shifted to healing, not only for herself,
but for others and for the planet. This concern led her to work
with cancer patients, and to create healing rituals for the community.
One such ritual, the "Circle the Earth" dance, is performed
annually at Easter on Mt. Tamalpais and has been introduced in 36
countries throughout the world. Her "Planetary Dance: A
Prayer for Peace," was staged in Berlin at an event commemorating
the end of World War II. In 1995, Halprin was invited by Mikhail
Gorbachev to present an invocation at the State of the World Forum
in California. She published Dance as a Healing Art,
as a source of guidance and support for those living with a life threatening
Read the extended biography by Rita Gardner
Peggy Harrell, Director of Marin County's Prisoner Services, was
ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ 22 years
ago. Prisoners in jail and at San Quentin Prison have come to
depend on her after more than two decades she has spent working
When Peggy started working in the jail, there were very few rehabilitation
services. As she says, "In the beginning I carried a
cardboard box with pencils, paper, and magazines up and down the
tiers." Today seventeen outside agencies provide programs for
prisoners. Many of these are considered models. In fact
personnel from other sheriff's departments, seeking to begin rehabilitation
programs of their own, often visit to see how Marin's successful
The jail's drug and alcohol recovery programs have transformed the
lives of countless inmates. These programs, administered by
Bay Area Community Resources, stress that the person is responsible
for his own recovery.
Other programs Peggy supervised emphasize the practical skills
required for successful rehabilitation. These programs include
English as a Second Language, GED preparation and exam, job search
techniques, AIDS education, breast cancer detection workshops,
parenting skills, and spiritual direction by various faiths.
The Mothers and Fathers program directed by Marin Literacy
emphasizes positive parenting by teaching prisoners and importance
of reading to their children. After completing an eight-week
class, prisoners pick two books to be sent home to their
child. They read one of the books onto tape, so the child can
hear the absent parent's voice over and over again.
San Quentin inmates also receive Peggy's care and attention.
She visits Death Row weekly and has served as a Spiritual Advisor at
the executions of three men. Peggy considers it a great
privilege to work among the incarcerated in Marin County.
HORAN, Ed. D.
As Executive Director of the Beryl Buck Institute for Education, Carolyn
Horan is dedicated to working with schools to restructure education
to better meet student and family needs.
While working to support her two children,
Ms. Horan earned her B.S. and Masters degree from San Francisco State
University. During her education, she was involved in developing
the Regional Occupational Programs. particularly the Office Occupation
Program which offers free training for re-entry women.
Ms. Horan has a keen understanding of the
importance of change and growth for education. Some of the positions
she has held include Superintendent of the K-8 District in Fairfax,
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Planning for
Marin County Office of Education, President of the Marin Chapter of
the Association of California School Administrators, President of
Marin Association of Superintendents, and Chair of the Youth Committee
for the San Rafael Rotary Club. She was in charge of the project
that resulted in the development of the 1,700 acre Walker Creek Environmental
Education Center in West Marin. Ms. Horan was a member of the
County-State Steering Committee under the California Department of
Education and the recipient of the Educator of the Year award in Marin
A self-proclaimed radical working for peace and social justice, Dorothy
Hughes' concerns about the isolation and disarray of American families
has led to a variety of events, programs, and numerous efforts to
reshape relevant public policy.
Her efforts began while working on her master's
degree and raising eight children. She also taught disadvantaged youth
and was active in the peace movement opposing involvement in Vietnam.
Her move to Marin in 1969 began a career with the Mental Health Association
that has included developing a comprehensive community care
system for mental health clients, such as Marin Lodge, Buckalew and
Avanti houses; preventative services such as Suicide Prevention and
the Canal Children's Center; and community action programs such as
stop-bys for latch-key children. These programs are part of
a network that assists people with mental health problems and addresses
the concerns that led to the formation of the "Campaign for a
Dorothy Hughes is always there to organize,
chair or serve on important Marin-based groups devoted to human rights,
mental health, children, and older people at the local, state and
federal levels. Her fond hope is that there will one day be
a progressive national policy on children and families.
Business & Professions
Through her outstanding business acumen and dedication
to the community, Grace Hughes has brought success to her company
as well as generous commitment to many Marin non-profit organizations.
Since Ms. Hughes became President of the Marin Airporter in 1984,
the company has evolved from an eight-vehicle operation to a 26-bus
"transportation empire" with two terminals, an administrative
center, and a maintenance facility. More than 90 Airporter
employees provide daily service to SFO at half-hour intervals, as
well as charter service throughout the Bay Area.
Before assuming the leadership of Marin Airporter, Grace spent six
years in the public sector. She was a program director with
the CORO Foundation, an organization dedicated to strengthening
communities by training individuals to be effective, ethical leaders.
Grace also worked for the Democratic National Committee in California
and New York City.
Grace's passion for giving back to the community is demonstrated
both by her role on myriad non-profit Boards and by her personal
and corporate support of the non-profit community.
A past trustee of the Marin Community Foundation, Ms. Hughes most
recently has become involved with organizations and task forces
devoted to community health, such as the Marin Community Clinic.
Grace also serves as co-chair of the Large Employer's Task Force
on Work-force Housing. And last but not least, she's proud
of her 15-year record of "Bowling for Kids," even though
she has never broken 50!
Millie Hughes-Fulford, Marin's first astronaut, orbited space for
nine days in June 1991 as a payload specialist aboard NASA's first
Spacelab mission dedicated to biomedical studies. The SLS-1
mission flew over 3.8 million miles, 140 orbits and its crew completed
over 18 experiments during a 9 day period bringing back more medical
data than any previous NASA flight.
Dr. Hughes-Fulford's work helped to prepare
future crews for long stays in space, whether on a permanent space
station, staffing an outpost on the moon or flying years-long missions
to Mars. It also helped provide insight into medical disorders
on earth, including hypertension, bone disease and heart failure.
Science has long been Dr. Hughes-Fulford's
chosen field of study. She entered college at age 16 and majored
in biology and chemistry, earning her doctorate in chemistry.
Selected by NASA in 1983, she spent seven years training for the space
flight, all the while continuing her career as a biochemist directing
cellular research at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.
Following the Spacelab mission, she
served as Scientific Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Department
of Veterans Affairs for 3 years. Today, as a Professor at the
University of California Medical Center at San Francisco, in addition
to her duties with the VA, Dr. Hughes-Fulford continues as a principal
medical investigator for a number of projects, including the study
of cancer with the VA and the regulation of bone growth with NASA.
Read the extended biography by Connie Karczewsk