Joan Linn Bekins

In January 1964, the San Francisco Chronicle named Joan Linn as one of thirty-five business people chosen as “Bay Area Leaders Who Made Their Mark in 1963.” After a long professional public relations, sales promotion and advertising career representing agricultural industries, Joan married Don Bekins in 1964 at age 34. With their infant in a […]

Dolores “Dolly” Nave

Few people affected the greater public good more than Dolores Nave, affectionately known as “Dolly.” At age twenty, Dolly was a widow with two children after her first husband was lost in the Korean War. In 1955, she married Rich Nave, and they raised eight children. With her children involved in athletics and recreational activities, […]

Jan Pederson Schiff

In college, Jan pursued a degree in nursing, but auditioned for the Augsburg Choir as well. She missed the call-backs because she hadn’t seen them posted as she had left campus that afternoon. So when she found an invitation to attend the first rehearsal, she was sure it was a mistake – until she received […]

Claudia Asprer

Claudia Asprer has dedicated her career and life to foster children and adolescent services. She is the founder of Movin On Up, a non-profit organization that helps foster youth aging out of foster care find the resources they need to become successful. Over the past fifteen years, Claudia and her husband, Roy Asprer, have personally […]

Kate Kain

Kate Kain, Deputy Executive Director for the Center for Domestic Peace, is one of Marin County’s leaders in the work to end domestic violence. Her work has played an instrumental part in the statewide and international movement to transform society by bringing primary prevention programs to children, youth and adults with the goal of ending […]

Florence Williams

Florence was born and raised in Mansfield, Louisiana. She grew up in a loving extended family. Her mother Myrtis, a nurse, and her father Willie, who worked for the railroad and a roofing company, worked hard and provided a comfortable and loving home for seven children. Florence grew up with three brothers (one died as […]