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 […]

Grace A. Hughes

Through her outstanding business acumen and dedication to the community, Grace Hughes has brought success to her company as well as generous commitment to many Marin nonprofit organizations. Since Ms. Hughes became President of the Marin Airporter in 1984, the company has evolved from an eight-vehicle operation to a twenty-six bus ‘transportation empire’ with two […]

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 […]


Lois Barth Epstein was a limitless woman who exceled as a physician and scientist, as wife, mother and grandmother, as a community leader, and as an artist. A 1959 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Lois achieved international recognition for accomplishments in medical research. As UCSF Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the interferon and Tumor […]