Teveia Rose Barnes has known from early childhood that she wanted to
be an attorney. A self-described skinny kid with large glasses from San
Antonio, Texas, she was the one who all the other children would
approach to settle disputes. As a youngster, she was considered
extremely studious. She came into her own in college, earning a
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from Rice University, as a triple major
in economics, German studies and political science. Upon graduating
from Rice, Ms. Barnes attended and graduated from New York University
Law School in 1978.
She practiced law in New York at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett from
1978 to 1983, and from 1983 to 1986 she practiced at Sage, Gray, Toss
and Sims. From 1986 to 1999, she served as Associate General Counsel
and Senior Vice President at Bank of America. Ms. Barnes demonstrated
her ability to influence women when she launched the Bank of America’s
diversity initiative for women and people of color. She always remained
unassuming and humble in her leadership.
In 1999, Ms. Barnes accepted a public service calling at the request
of former president Bill Clinton. Clinton appointed Ms. Barnes as
Executive Director for Lawyers For One America. (LFOA). LFOA is a
non-profit organization commissioned to work with a collaboration of
lawyers and organizations to promote diversity for women and lawyers of
color in the legal profession and to provide pro bono legal services for
the working poor and underserved communities. Under Ms. Barnes’
leadership, LFOA produced Bar None: Report to the President of the
United States on the Status of People of Color and Pro Bono Services in
the Legal Profession, and the video, “Bending the Arc Toward Justice.”
Ms. Barnes’ full time service to LFOA ended in 2001, when she yielded
to the call of public service, to serve as the Executive Director to
the Bar Association of San Francisco. In addition, she maintained
oversight of the Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, the
largest comprehensive pro bono service provider in San Francisco.
Ms. Barnes is now dividing her time between LFOA and private
practice at the law firm of Foley and Lardner LLP in San Francisco, as a
partner in the financial institutions and the bankruptcy practice
groups. Still, she is propelled by her passion to volunteer. She has
served as a board member at Equal Rights Advocates. Equal Rights
Advocates is one of the most well-established women’s legal advocacy
groups, whose mission is to protect and secure equal rights and economic
opportunities for women and girls through litigation and advocacy.
Ms. Barnes currently serves as Chairman of the Board of On Lok, Inc.,
which provides . On Lok Lifeways, a nonprofit program specifically
designed to provide total long-term care for the elderly. On Lok’s
comprehensive health plan includes full medical care, prescription
drugs, home care, adult day health, transportation, and more, thus
allowing its member to remain at home for as long as possible.
She also served on the Board of Trustees for Rice University,
including serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee, the California
Minority Counsel Program, the American Conservatory Theater Board, and
the Board of the Branson School.
Ms. Barnes has spoken widely at national and regional bar
associations, law schools, universities and law firms and major
corporations promoting diversity and pro bono legal services to the
working poor, while taking time to mentor young women lawyers and
lawyers of color.
In 2004 Ms. Barnes was presented with the prestigious Margaret Brent
Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women for her
“steadfast advocacy and gender diversity crusade.” Other recipients of
the Margaret Brent Award include Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham
Clinton, and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Conner and Ruth Bader
Ginsburg. She was also recognized in 2005 with the Marin County Human
Rights Commission’s Martin Luther Kin Jr. Humanitarian of the Year
Teveia Barnes is devoted to her husband, Alan Sankin, also a major
volunteer at LFOA, their two sons, Aaron and Zachary, and Aaron’s
fiancée, Nicole Velasquez.
MELBA PATTILLO BEALS
Amid the howling mobs and fiery storm of the 1957 battle to integrate
Little Rock Central High School, Melba Pattillo Beals and eight other
young warriors risked their lives to change history. The U.S.
Congress voted Beals and her "Little Rock Nine" companions
the Congressional Gold Medal for their contribution to the Civil Rights
movement. Only 318 Americans have received this award.
Warriors Don't Cry is Beals' chronicle
of the school integration battle. Warriors won the 1994
American Library Association Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year,
was named a Notable Book of the year by the American Booksellers Association,
and received the coveted Robert F. Kennedy Award for books that reflect
RFK's "concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for
honest and evenhanded justice, and his faith that a free democracy
can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."
Another focus of Ms. Beals' life has
been her work with Aid to the Adoption of Special Children (AASK).
During her 20-year tenure on its board of directors, more than 10,000
special needs children have been placed with adoptive families.
Now a Professor heading Dominican University's
Communications program, Ms. Beals is a sought-after motivational speaker.
She has appeared on NPR's "Fresh Air," on "Oprah,"
and C-Span's "Booknotes." She has been featured in
USA Today, People, and Newsweek.
Ms. Beals surprised all her friends and
colleagues when at age fifty she adopted three-year-old twin boys.
She gives praise and thanks to her grown daughter, Kellie, for helping
her to raise Matthew and Evan, now aged
Read more about this remarkable woman through this web site.http://www.mccsc.edu/~jcmslib/mlk/beals/family.htm
Medicine & Social Change
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.
Read the extended biography by Nancy Nakai
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.
Read the extended biography by Shari Rice
Elberta Eriksson is a social worker, family therapist, and a leader
in child advocacy and family issues. A graduate of Sacramento
and San Francisco State Universities, she is on the faculty at Dominican
College and the California Graduate School of Psychology. As
the Director of the Multi-Cultural Outreach Project at the Family
Service Agency in Marin and formerly a family therapy consultant at
Operation Give a Damn, Ms. Eriksson has received 20 year service awards
from both organizations. She has developed multi-cultural awareness
training programs for teachers and community workers in agencies and
Ms. Eriksson is actively involved in the
Marin City Project, participating in the design of the social services
to be provided. She is serving her third term on the Human Rights
Commission and is the founder of the Marin African-American Coalition,
which provides social, political, educational and cultural exchange.
She has received awards for her contributions to the prevention of
child abuse from both the State of California and the Marin County
Board of Supervisors. Her Study of "Interracial Marriages
(Black/White) in the Bay Area" was published in 1970. A
Mill Valley resident, she is a Board Certified Diplomat, a State Delegate
on the Democratic Committee to advance family and children's rights,
and a charter member of the American Family Therapy Academy.
Read the extended biography by Nancy Harris
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.
Read the extended biography by Shari Rice
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."
Read the extended biography by Marilyn L. Geary
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 Dr. Hallinan's extended biography
ELIZABETH THACHER KENT
Social Change (posthumous)
Elizabeth Thacher Kent, a matriarch in the founding family of Kentfield,
is one of the few Marin County women to be elected posthumously to
the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. Kent was a distinguished proponent
of women's rights and international peace and was instrumental in
securing women's right to vote.
Kent took up permanent residence in Marin
in 1907 and immediately became a vocal activist in support of women's'
suffrage. When her husband, William, was elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives, Kent leveraged her position as a Congressman's
wife to support the national suffrage movement. She was a featured
speaker at the 1913 and 1914 conventions of the National American
Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and shortly thereafter assumed
leadership of their Congressional Committee. By 1915, she helped
form the Congressional Union (later re-named the Women's Party), which
picketed the White House in support of suffrage. Kent was arrested
twice for her suffrage demonstrating. However, her cause prevailed
and in August 1920 the Susan B. Anthony Amendment to the United States
Constitution was passed guaranteeing American women the right to vote.
In addition to supporting suffrage, Elizabeth
Kent was committed to the cause of world peace. In the 1930's,
she provided leadership to the Women's International League for Peace
and Freedom. She and her husband were also early supporters
of the fledging conservation movement. They donated a large
tract of land to the U.S. Government to preserve old-growth redwoods.
Their gift, the Muir Woods National Monument, provides a lasting testimony
to the Kents' exemplary lives of public service.
Read the extended biography by Nancy Smity Harris
Fifth generation Marin native Heidi Kuhn, the founder of the internationally
acclaimed "Roots of Peace" foundation, lives, works, and
breathes the motto, "Think globally, act locally."
She attributes her international perspective to her experience as
a high school exchange student in Japan. From that point she
was truly a child of the world.
International events have always been the
focus of Heidi's life. After graduating from UC Berkeley in
1979, she worked in international business management. When
the family moved to Alaska, Heidi started her own media company in
1989. soon she was providing firsthand news about the Exxon
Valdez oil spill and more to CNN, CBS, NBC and all the three-letter
The Kuhns returned to San Francisco and Heidi
worked as a reporter and producer for CNN. Soon after Princess
Diana died in 1997, Heidi hosted a UN Land Mines Awareness reception.
She offered a toast in hope that the world would move from land "mines
to vines." With that toast, Roots of Peace was born.
Heidi has a talent for bringing diverse potential
partners together. Along with 450 California wineries, she has
enlisted many other businesses and supporters ranging from the San
Rafael and Croatian Rotary Clubs to the US State Department and the
Canadian government. Roots of Peace's first demine-and-replant
project now serves as a model for similar projects from Afghanistan
Family and mentoring also figure prominently
in Heidi's life. As a cancer survivor, she lives each day as
a gift. She instills her global perspective in her four children
by taking them on working trips to Washington, DC, Croatia, and other
far away places so they can see their mother "doing" diplomacy
firsthand. It's no surprise that they've begun duplicating her
example. What better lesson could they learn than to know that
one person's actions can truly change the world?
Born in Los Angeles and raised by a strong and loving
grandmother who believed and lived the axiom that compassion for others is a
gift to oneself, was one of the first of Barbara’s many gifts.
As a Stewardess
for United Air Lines she met her future husband. They settled in Marin County where their seven children grew
up, a gift. The children were raised in Lucas Valley which they consider a
Volunteering focused on the schools…hot dog days, library
and Little League and the Swim Team and “Another Mother for Peace”. As the children grew, time opened for
some ventures outside the home…proprietor of San Anselmo Antiques, a re-entry
woman at Indian Valley College and a Docent at the De Young Museum. Not all at once, however.
After divorcing she and a friend opened an interior design
studio. She also found a new community at St. John’s church and while there
served on the Vestry, led adult classes and chaired the annual Christmas
St John’s had become involved in the Canal Community at the
time the “Boat People” were coming from the Far East and she became the St.
John’s representative to the Canal Ministry. Beginning as an ESL volunteer, she volunteered as Secretary
and then served on and chaired the Board. Another gift.
In 1999 a newspaper article gave her the idea of starting
Image for Success. Through the gracious support of Mary Donovan at CalWorks and
Homeward Bound at the beginning, and then the support and donations of the
Marin Community, Image has grown to where Image has provided two- week
wardrobes for over 8000 men, women and children.
Barbara is also a member of Clipped Wings (former UAL Flight
Attendants) and on the Board of Marin Charitable.
Her grandmother’s gift of compassion” has been a gift that
has kept on giving to Barbara.
McLemore is a dynamic activist whose "Women Helping All People"
fosters personal achievement, economic independence, and a sense
of belonging to a community.
1990, sixteen Marin City women gathered on Royce's front lawn to
express their concern for the community's young women who lived
in public housing, had nothing to do, and faced a future of more
of the same. Under Royce's leadership, Women Helping Women, a grassroots
support service, was formed. Through Royce's strong belief that
"you can do anything you want to do," WHW gradually was
transformed into something greater, Women Helping All People (WHAP).
WHAP's mission is to provide low-income Marin residents - particularly
those in public housing - with information, support services, and
educational opportunities that develop self esteem, economic self-sufficiency,
and a sense of community. (WHAP's programs are open to all Marin
residents regardless of race, color, sex, or creed.)
by WHAP's plan, the Marin Housing Authority provided office space.
With an office, a $1,000 donation, and a lot of hustling for furniture
and equipment, WHAP was a business, and Royce was Executive Director.
Assisted by the Marin Housing Authority, Community Action Marin,
the Sausalito School District and various county agencies, WHAP's
mission expanded again, this time to offer goal-directed bootstrap
programs for all low income Marin County residents.
offers an impressive line-up. In- and After School Safe House is
a tutorial program for K-12 students. Landscape Services, partnering
with Marin Conservation corps, trains young men to be gardeners
and provides opportunities to own businesses in public housing areas.
The Oracle/Independent Studies Program works with MCOE to offer
independent study to enable high school dropouts to earn a diploma.
The GED/ESL Literacy Class, in cooperation with Marin Literacy Council,
provides tutors to teach English to residents who don't speak English.
Vietnamese residents of Marin City have benefited greatly from this
Cumper Learning Center teaches computer skills that open the door
to better-paying jobs. The Housing Authority provided funds for
Computer Repair Training classes, with even better jobs in mind.
Finder's Keepers, with help from Ritter house, offers clothing and
household items to people in need. Finally, WHAP's Scholastic Academy
offers a supportive learning environment for students who perform
below grade level and need extra help to improve.
determination, fired by her strong personal faith, is the driving
force behind all this. Congratulations, Royce McLemore!
Santana is a true Renaissance woman. To say she’s an author,
business woman, wife, mother, and philanthropist is to scratch the
surface. Perhaps the best way to understand this woman is to look
at her memoir, "Space Between the Stars - My Journey to an Open Heart". With grace and wisdom, she
explores issues of faith, spirituality, race, sexuality, love, marriage,
motherhood and womanhood. Through writing, Deborah shares her ongoing
quest to believe in and express her best self—and, in doing
so, to love and serve humanity.
in San Francisco in the 1950s, Deborah grew up in a culture in profound
transition. Her father, a pioneering African-American blues guitarist
and singer, and her mother, an independent Irish/British-American
career woman, married before interracial unions were legal in many
states—and at a time when wives were not expected to work
outside the home. They created a colorblind household where all
dreams were possible. The speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and
the songs of Mahalia Jackson helped form Deborah’s sense of
equality and social justice.
Santana emerged as a successful entrepreneur in the early ’70s.
At the age of twenty-two, she owned and managed a thriving vegetarian
restaurant in the heart of San Francisco. She met musician Carlos
Santana at a concert at the Marin Civic Center. They married in
1973 and have three children together. In 1994, the couple assumed
management of the Santana Band.
In 1998, the Santanas established the Milagro Foundation, a nonprofit
organization serving children and youth in the areas of health,
education and the arts. The Milagro Foundation –milagro meaning
miracle – has made hundreds of grants to underserved and underprivileged
children and youth in 30 states and 35 countries, with a focus on
agencies in Marin County.
accomplishments have been widely recognized. In 2000, Ms. Santana
received the UCLA César E. Chávez Spirit Award in recognition
of her philanthropic work. In 2004, she received a Women of Distinction
Award from Soroptimist International for her outstanding achievements
in business and leadership. 2004: She and Carlos were recognized by
YOUTHAIDS for their efforts battling the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
In 2006 Deborah received one of the Marin Human Rights Commission’s
Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards.
Deborah Santana was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in
2007, a year when she also received the Mills College Distinguished
Achievement Award. She has received the following recognitions: 2010-Bay
Area Blacks in Philanthropy Catalyst Award, 2012-Women's eNews 21
Leaders for the 21st Century Award.
Other recognitions include: Board Member, Artists for a New South
Africa (ANSA), Los Angeles; Board Member, Museum of the African Diaspora
(MoAD), San Francisco; Founding Donor, Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
Her Anthology Contributions: 2012 - Life Moments for Women, 2012 -
Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me God, 2006 - Tutu, As I Know Him: On a
Documentaries Produced: 2012 - School of My Dreams, 2010 - Girls of Daraja, 2006 - Road to Ingwavuma.
Ethel Seiderman is nationally recognized for her creative approaches
to childcare and family, establishing cooperative nursery schools
tied to parent education programs. Growing up in the Bronx
during the Depression years, and educated at Brooklyn College during
the McCarthy era, Ms. Seiderman worked in the settlement movement,
first at the Henry Street Settlement House in the lower east side
of Manhattan and later at the Roxbury Neighborhood Center in
Boston. Under the auspices of San Francisco State University
she directed the nurseries in the Cross Cultural Education programs
providing experiences to children and opportunities to parents in
order to build a greater sense of community and communications across
diverse populations. She established and directed one of the
first infant care programs in the state, the Florence Crittendon
Infant Center, geared to providing quality childcare to teenage
mothers while they finished school.
In 1973, she founded the Fairfax-San Anselmo
Children's Center which has served as a model for other programs
throughout the nation. The Center consists of the infant-toddler
program, pre-school and after-school programs, and the "Get
Well Room." Her exemplary Parents Service Project provides
workshops, support groups, respite care, and family events, all
of which contribute to enhance the leadership and sense
of competency of low income families from diverse backgrounds.
A long time consumer activist, as founder of TURN (Toward Utility
Rate Normalization) in 1973, Sylvia Siegel became the main protagonist
and protector of all utility paying consumers. After finding
that no one was really challenging the utilities companies, Ms. Siegel
became a self-taught expert of complicated utility law.
Ms. Siegel's work led to the utility industry
changing its rate structure to eliminate a discount for increased
usage - so that it now supports reduced use. Her efforts also
helped to mandate a "lifeline rate" - a minimum amount of
gas and electric made available at reasonable rates for those who
needed it most - the segment of the population on fixed incomes.
She utilized her ability to interpret complicated
data and communicate the findings into the "everyday language
that consumers can understand," and make it "juicy"
enough so that people would listen. Among some 250 consumer
advocates in California, Ms. Siegel became the most visible and viable
advocate in the state. Upon her retirement from TURN, she was
hired by the Marin County Board of Supervisors to represent the interest
of the consumers of Marin with Viacom Cable. She went on to
organize a statewide group called Consumers Cable Commission.
Recently elected to the Marin Health Care
District Board, Ms. Siegel continues to be an active advocate
and voice of the consumer, and serving her second term on the Board
Read Sylvia Siegel's extended biography
Gloria's work and focus are from three sources: love and respect for children; an understanding of the profound benefits of art and play as healing tools; a belief that everyone has something of value to contribute and that everyone needs opportunities to give back.
At thirteen, she became a child advocate, as a volunteer in a NYC pediatric hospital where she painted with critically ill children. After high school she traveled and founded three small schools for children in Spain, Holland and Peru. Using art she followed her lifelong dreams and passion and created a unique way for children to cope and to begin healing.
Gloria received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union in New York City and an M.A. in counseling psychology and an honorary M.A. degree in expressive art therapy from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. In 1980 she moved to the Bay Area. In 1981, she began therapeutic art programs at two San Francisco hospitals; California Pacific Medical Center/University of California, and San Francisco’s Moffitt Hospital. At the Children’s Cancer Research Institute, she created an arts program to help children cope and express themselves. "The children," she remembers, "taught me to listen and to sit with pain."
In1989, she founded the DrawBridge Foundation: An Arts Program for Homeless Children, in the canal district of San Rafael. It has served over 10,000 children in family shelters: providing safety, stability and respect for homeless children offering art, collage, role-playing and other artistic methods.
DrawBridge also has 30 sites in seven bay area counties. As one of the earliest and most successful programs for the homeless population of Marin, DrawBridge has become a model for other states and also established international partnerships with groups in Afghanistan, Palestine, India and Mexico. Over the past ten years, Gloria offered training in working with children in crisis in Europe and Africa, with a focus on children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Gloria Simoneaux was founder, fund-raiser and Executive Director of Drawbridge for nineteen years. She recently started a new organization, Harambee Arts, which partners with African grassroots programs to train local caregivers to provide art programs for vulnerable children in an environment that fosters their sense of joy, creativity and exuberance. Harambee, a Swahili word for "Let’s Pull Together" sums up Gloria’s desires for helping children.
Gloria’s vision and perseverance have raised social consciousness and advanced human rights throughout the world. Her work has empowered others, especially children. In 2008 Gloria was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to lecture and do research at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, for a year.
The Hall of Fame honors Gloria in Social Change, for her continued dedication to help homeless children.
In the 1940's, Annette Klang Smail began her career as a social reformer
by working for the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) in Chicago.
Long an advocate of solutions to economic problems, she has lobbied
at the local, state and national levels against poverty, racism and
gender discrimination. Ms. Smail spearheaded the grassroots
efforts to have a bill passed in Congress to extend medical and pension
benefits to divorced wives of men who had been in the military twenty
years or more, overturning a Supreme Court case denying those benefits.
Ms. Smail was co-founder of the Novato Human
Needs Center and served on its board for seven years. In 1980,
she was selected as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging,
and in 1984, she was a member of the California Task Force on the
Feminization of Poverty. She was the founder of the Older Women's
Political Caucus and served as its President from 1977 until 1995.
Annette has long been a leader in the movement for gender equality
on government commissions, and was instrumental in the creation in
1996 of the President's Interagency Council on Women. This Council
is designed to identify and eliminate laws and policies that hinder
the lives of women. The recipient of the 1994 Eleanor Roosevelt
Women of Vision Award, Annette has actively supported a Marin Abused
Women's Services program to address the problem of domestic violence.
Read Annette Smail's extended biography
REV. JANIE ADAMS SPAHR
The Rev. Spahr first began serving people in Marin in 1975 as Associate
Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. In 1979
she was forced to resign as Executive Director of the Oakland Council
of Presbyterian Churches when she "came out" as a lesbian.
She founded and served as Executive Director of Spectrum Center for
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns (Formerly Ministry of Light).
Since 1980 Spectrum has been the only social service agency serving
the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Marin County by starting
such programs as the Marin Aids Project, Marin Chapter for Parents
and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rainbows End Youth Program, Lesbian/Gay
Parents Group, AIDS Interfaith of Marin, New Horizons and Women's
In December, 1991, the Downtown United Presbyterian
Church in Rochester, New York chose the Rev. Spahr to be one of their
four co-pastors. Eleven months and two Presbyterian court battles
later, the Rev. Spahr was denied permission to act as pastor due to
her sexual orientation. In spite of this setback, the Rev. Spahr
was chosen as the first nationwide lesbian Presbyterian Evangelist
educator. She has and will continue to encourage and strengthen
thousands of people who share her hopes and dreams for the just treatment
of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our community
and throughout the country.
Sushma Deva Taylor, Ph.D., a native of India, has been Executive
Director of Center Point, Inc. a private substance-abuse facility
in Marin, since 1981.Center Point provides long-term adult residential
and outpatient services, adolescent services, in-custody drug treatment
service, case management services for parolees, and a wide range of
other services. The organization has grown under Dr. Taylor's stewardship
and today serves more than 6,500 clients annually in Sacramento, Contra
Costa, San Diego and Marin counties, treatment to 2,400 inmates daily
in seven California prisons, and parolee management in 18 California
Dr. Taylor co-directed the Marin County Treatment
Alternatives to Street Crime Project (TASC) for five years and was
Director of the Sonoma County TASC for two years. The mentally ill
diversion program she developed at Sonoma TASC became a national model.
She directed the Phoenix Project at San Quentin, served on the Marin
County Adult Criminal Justice Commission, and chaired the Commission
for four years. Dr. Taylor has also served as a special consultant
to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The Residential
Women and Children's Program she developed at Center Point in 1990
is one of the best in the country.
Dr. Taylor has a Master's in Public Administration,
a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a MFCC, and she is a Certified Practitioner
of Psychodrama and Group Sociometry. She holds office in the Therapeutic
Communities of America (TCA) and chaired the California Therapeutic
Communities Association (CTC). She serves on several statewide advisory
boards and commissions, chairs the California Perinatal Treatment
Network, serves on the Proposition 36 Statewide Advisory Group, co-chairs
the Department of Alcohol and Drug Program's Access to Recovery Project,
and serves on Department of Corrections Office of Substance Abuse
Program's Policy Advisory Committee.
As a consultant for the State Department, Dr. Taylor
toured India, Burma and South East Asia as an expert in narcotics
treatment. Her team was sent to train psychiatrists, psychologists,
social workers and counselors in the latest techniques. She has lived
in the West Indies, Sweden, England, Laos and Bangkok and speaks several
languages. Married to another clinical psychologist, Dr. Taylor has
one son, Thaine, who recently completed a four-year enlistment with
the US Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan immediately following
September 11, 2001.