Leslie Murphy

Born in San Francisco, Leslie Murphy moved with her family to Novato in 1966. She cherished her time as a child growing up in a new development in the San Marin area of Novato. Leslie’s childhood was on a court with mostly boys which led to dirt clod fights, roller ball, and fort building. Also […]

Jean Berensmeier

Jean Berensmeier was born during the Depression in 1932. She was sent to live with her Croatian-speaking grandparents in Ruth, Nevada, at the age of four. To this day, Jean still sings her Grandma’s songs of “old-country.” Her Grandmother had a schedule for everything. Jean played in the desert where two key experiences shaped her life. The first was […]

Toni Shroyer

Toni Shroyer knows what hard work is.  She knows how to champion important causes.  Born in 1967 at Marin General, she grew up in a church manse, a stone’s throw from the church where her father was a Presbyterian Minister.  As she puts it, “The cupboards were bare, but we had a lot of love […]

Cheryl Paddack

Cheryl Paddack, Chief Executive Officer of North Marin Community Services, is a nonprofit executive and fund development professional who has dedicated over 25 years to advancing community wellbeing. She is a compassionate and courageous leader, and through building effective teams, has increased access to critical human services, independence for the visually impaired, expanded energy efficient […]

Gina Fromer

Dr. Gina Fromer is CEO of Children’s Council of San Francisco and a proud native of the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. A sixth-generation San Franciscan, Gina’s experience of economic struggle during her childhood galvanized her from an early age to forge a path out of poverty – and ultimately to give back to her community through both volunteerism […]