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 […]

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 […]

Paula Freschi Kamena

The first woman elected District Attorney in the history of Marin County, Paula Freschi Kamena demonstrated her desire to make a difference for others in so many ways. As a successful prosecutor, Paula made sure that those who needed treatment in lieu of prosecution received it. She stressed prevention and protection, not just prosecution as […]

Sister Marion Irvine, O.P.

Sister Marion is committed to serving others by raising social consciousness, primarily through teaching, administration and example. In 1949, she began her vocation as a Roman Catholic nun and taught third-graders at St. Raphael Elementary School in San Rafael. For fifty years, Sister Marion held eleven different positions in education in Marin, Vallejo, Monterey, Stockton, […]

Laurel Burch

(1945 – 2007) The mystical beings and familiar icons in Laurel Burch’s work expressed her own brilliant and loving spirit. Her artwork and designs of fantastic felines, mythical horses, creatures from ocean and sky and people from many lands all serve as symbols to remind us of the ongoing world of the spirit. As a […]