Faye D’Opal

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 […]

Melba Patillo 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. […]

Mary Taverna

As a young nurse, Mary Taverna observed that terminally ill patients were lacking adequate, compassionate care. She decided there had to be a way to relieve the loneliness, isolation, and fear that haunted the last days of dying patients. In 1976 Ms. Taverna joined Hospice of Marin, a fledgling organization dedicated to helping people die […]

Heidi Kuhn

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 on, she was truly a child of the world. International […]

Sushma Taylor, Ph.D.

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 […]

Royce Yvonne McLemore

Royce McLemore is a dynamic activist whose nonprofit, Women Helping All People, fosters personal achievement, economic independence and a sense of belonging to a community. In 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 […]

Gloria Simoneaux

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 […]

Teveia Barnes

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, […]

Barbara Lee

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, which 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 […]

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, speaker, actress and advocate for women, girls and their families. Newsom is the writer, director and producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary film “Miss Representation,” which explores how the media’s inaccurate portrayals of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. “Miss Representation” […]