Dorothy A. Hughes

A self-proclaimed radical working for peace and social justice, Dorothy Hughes’ concerns about the isolation and disarray of American families 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 […]

Grace Wellman

Grace Wellman gave her time, over and over, to influence issues meaningful to the community. Her involvement and leadership were varied: She ran the Civil Defense for Kentfield during World War II, and she coordinated the volunteer program, speaker’s bureau and other programs for the Marin American Red Cross. She played a leadership role with […]

Iniece Monroe Bailey

A former educator, Iniece Bailey was a selfless and tireless worker for many causes. A passionate activist for social and civil rights, she was co-founder of Operation Give a Damn, Inc., a Marin City based program established in 1969 to assist young people at risk. Ms. Bailey was also co-founder of the Marin County and […]

Mae Wygant

Mae Wygant is an artist with vision. It is her ability to carry her vision to fruition that has benefited thousands of elderly Bay Area residents. An ordained elder at her church, Mae spoke with fellow church members gathered at her kitchen table about the unmet needs of older Marinites. Many were passing their days […]

Edna Muse

Edna Muse is a volunteer dedicated to many Marin organizations. She has committed countless hours to many causes that impact the quality of life for local residents, including the American Cancer Society, the Novato Human Needs Center, the Novato Unified School District and numerous local hospitals. She co-founded the Concerned Parents of Novato, a multiracial […]

Kate Hacker

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 […]

Gail Theller

In her years with Community Action Marin, dynamo executive director Gail Theller has witnessed CAM grow from a fledging with a $40,000 annual budget to a huge, multi-program, multi-site service agency with an annual budget exceeding $10 million. And she’s not done yet. Personally and professionally, Gail thrives on empowering people, especially women. Countless poor […]

Maryjane Dunstan

“Learning and teaching are my passions,” said Maryjane Dunstan, who was 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 […]

Daisy Maria Saez de Ibarra

Daisy Maria Saez de Ibarra was a feminist before the word became a movement. One of a handful of women in the 1940s and 1950s to attend law school in Cuba, Daisy worked as a lawyer and social worker in her native country. In those days, such jobs always belonged to men. She and her […]

Mary Murtagh

Helping others – seniors, the disabled, the economically disadvantaged – to find affordable housing has been Mary Murtagh’s primary focus since college. After graduating cum laude from Wellesley College, she studied architecture at M.I.T. Mary was assigned to design a bus shelter in a public housing project, and saw for the first time the reality […]