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CVNL unveils Heart of Marin nominees

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership has announced the nominees for the 30th Annual Heart of Marin Awards.  

   “After two years of virtual events we are thrilled and filled with joy to bring everyone together in person to honor and show our appreciation to the outstanding nominees,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO at CVNL. “In 2022 individuals and nonprofits stepped up in creative and courageous ways.  We look forward to recognizing all of the nominees and to announcing the award recipients in January.”  

   Heart of Marin directly supports the local Marin nonprofit sector, giving $35,000 to outstanding Marin nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. The public is invited to the awards ceremony on Jan. 12 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael. 

The nominees are:

Corporate Community Service

  • Bank of America 
  • Bank of Marin 
  • Ghilotti Bros. Inc. 
  • Hanson Bridgett LLP 
  • Kaiser Permanente San Rafael-Petaluma 
  • Marin Independent Journal 
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • San Marin Animal Hospital 
  • Volvo Cars Marin 


Volunteer of the Year 

  • Jeff Amen, Community Action Marin 
  • Alexander Battaglia, Operation Access 
  • Lydia Bell, LITA (Love is the Answer) 
  • John Beltran, The Marine Mammal Center 
  • Joan Boyd, Guide Dogs for the Blind 
  • Hunter Breck, Felidae Conservation Fund 
  • Chad Brubaker, Call of the Sea 
  • Natalie Clark, WildCare 
  • Carla Condon, Age Friendly Intergenerational Center 
  • Dick and Betty Currie, Guide Dogs for the Blind 
  • Troy Evans, Marin County Search and Rescue 
  • Noni Garner, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts 
  • Peter Goetz, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
  • Erika Gomez, Multicultural Center of Marin 
  • Clara Greisman, Enriching Lives through Music 
  • Lesley Hu, Pierce’s Pledge 
  • Suzanne Jansen, Center for Domestic Peace 
  • Brian Johnson, Community Action Marin 
  • Krissa Klein, Sonoma Ecology Center 
  • Timothy Knowlton, Marin Humane 
  • Nicole Lea, Family and Children’s Law Center 
  • Marv Levinson, ExtraFood 
  • Nancy Rae Ludwigsen, San Geronimo Valley Community Center 
  • Nancy Malcolm, Vivalon 
  • Rich Moore, Halleck Creek Ranch 
  • Heather Parker, Hooves for Harmony 
  • Alex and Tracy Peters, Las Gallinas Sanitary District Non-Marching Band 
  • Ann Marie Santana-Turina, Marin Humane 
  • Marc Schreiber, Family and Children’s Law Center 
  • Virginia Schultz, Marin County Library Foundation 
  • Lori Feldman & Carol Soker, Marin Court Appointed Special Advocates 
  • Bonnie Spitz, DrawBridge 
  • Bruce Todd, Canal Alliance 
  • Becky White, 10,000 Degrees 


Excellence in Board Leadership 

  • Laura Anderson, Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships 
  • Dr. Colleen Arnold, Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center 
  • Chris Cabral, Trips for Kids Bay Area 
  • Bruce Goines, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority 
  • Dr. Jason Lau, Marin YMCA 
  • Marc Loupe, Alzheimer’s Association 
  • Mary Jane Luck, SHE-CAN 
  • David Neagle, Ritter Center 
  • Pamela Parker, Southern Marin Mothers’ Club 
  • Carol Rebscher, San Geronimo Valley Community Center 
  • Marion Soloway, Pony Barnes Foundation 
  • Cheryl Sorokin, Marin Villages 
  • Ida Times-Green, Sausalito Marin City School Board 
  • Tiana Wimmer, Enriching Lives Through Music 


Excellence in Innovation

  • Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity 
  • First Responder Therapy Dogs INC. 
  • Giving Marin Community Partnership 
  • Little Wishes 
  • Maggie/Mavi Pilloton 
  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Drought Resilience and Water Security Initiative 
  • Marin Foster Care Association 
  • Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 
  • Shoreline Connectivity Project 
  • Side by Side, Raices Unidas 
  • Social Call 
  • Sparkle Foundation 
  • Vivalon 


Youth Volunteer of the Year 

  • Ruth Alvarenga, North Marin Community Services 
  • Ashlyn Byous, WildCare 
  • Matteo Diaz, The Spahr Center 
  • Kimberly Escobar, Youth Leadership Institute 
  • Oliver Goldman, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue 
  • Melissa Gongora, HeadsUp San Rafael Public Education Foundation 
  • Talia Harter, San Rafael High School 
  • Alysha Lee, County of Marin Student Elections Ambassador Program, League of Women Voters, and Beyond Differences 
  • Maddie Mangino, Sparkle Foundation Inc. 
  • Amanda Mueller, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit 
  • Samantha Podoll, San Geronimo Valley Community Center 
  • Jada Swan, Project Awareness and Special Sports, Friendship Club Terra Linda High School 
  • Sophia White, The Schurig Center 
  • Alisa Zhou, American Red Cross 


Excellence in Leadership

  • Chandra Alexandre, Community Action Marin 
  • Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios 
  • Kari Cordero, SANE-SART 
  • Dave Cort, San Geronimo Valley Community Center 
  • Aideen Gaidmore, Marin Child Care Council 
  • Sarah Hobson, West Marin Fund 
  • Ivana Jagodic-Meholick, Post-Partum Support Center  
  • Marty Meade, Marin American Indian Alliance 
  • Andy Naja-Riese, Agricultural Institute of Marin 
  • Mark Shotwell, Ritter Center 
  • Samantha Tradelius, Sparkle Foundation 


Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence

  • [ap]Parent Love 
  • Adopt A Family 
  • Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity 
  • Big Skills Tiny Homes 
  • Bridge the Gap 
  • The Cedars of Marin 
  • Community Action Marin 
  • Enriching Lives Through Music 
  • ExtraFood 
  • Family and Children’s Law Center 
  • Legal Aid of Marin 
  • Make it Home Bay Area 
  • Man 2 Man Urban Youth Advocate, Inc. 
  • Marin Child Care Council 
  • Marin County Cooperation Team 
  • Marin Foster Care Association 
  • Marin Humane 
  • Marin School of the Arts Foundation 
  • Mount Tamalpais College 
  • North Bay Children’s Center 
  • Ritter Center 
  • Southern Marin Mothers’ Organization 
  • The Nika Project 
  • Vivalon 


Lifetime Achievement

  • The Rev. Dr. Jane Adams-Spahr  
  • Judge Roy Chernus  
  • Trisha Garlock 
  • Heidi Kuhn 
  • Jody Lewen 
  • Renee Pollard 
  • Richard Shipps 
  • Judy Schriebman 
  • Bruce Wagman

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