Ellen Tirza Lotte Straus was a rancher and environmentalist who dedicated her life to preserving a viable agricultural community in West Marin. Credited with building a bridge between Marin’s dairy ranchers and its environmentalists, she co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), the first agricultural land trust in the nation and a model for protecting […]


Martha Martinez volunteered for many organizations that provided services for the Latino population in Marin, especially those that helped Latinos become more a part of the community. Where no programs existed, she started them. One of her most outstanding services was the work she did for the Novato police department in composing Spanish translations for […]


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 […]


Janet Daijogo is the consummate teacher — a role model of strength, flexibility and compassion as she endeavors to fulfill her goal of instilling in children a sense of importance, uniqueness and personal power. A kindergarten teacher at Marin Country Day Elementary School since 1984, she has had a positive impact on hundreds of children. […]


Margie Belrose is founder and director of The Belrose School and Theatre in San Rafael. At The Belrose, Margie Belrose teaches, performs and directs. Theater colleagues proclaim that Margie exemplifies the stage motto, “The show must go on.” Through hard work and steadfast devotion to her dream, she has earned the respect of associates and […]