Members

SUSAN AUGUST

Joined 1/15/2020

Sue is a new member inducted in January 2020.  She had a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse and is now working as an Executive Coach working with emerging leaders helping them with a variety of leadership challenges.  Sue has a deep commitment to supporting young women and has taught at Daraja Academy in Kenya and now mentors young women through the organization, Students Rising Above. Born in Hawaii, Sue loves being in water and is an avid swimmer on the Marin Aquatics Masters Swim Team.

MARI AVEDANO

Joined 2/15/2017

Mari has been our Fashion Show Chair as well as Vice President.

SYLVIA BARRY

Joined 4/8/2009

Sylvia is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty and was Marin Realtor's 2018 Realtor of the Year. She is a Leadership Novato 2012 graduate and serves as a mentor for the 2021 class. She is a Commissioner on the Marin County Commission on Aging for District 5, ex-Officio for City of Novato Economic Development Advisory Committee, NUSD Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee, Novato School Fuel Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise (past President), as well as volunteering for Novato Paint the Town Red, July 4th Parade Committee, and Novato Holiday Tree Lighting Committee. She also is a past president of our Soroptimist club and is Chair of the Pauline Stuber STEM high school award.

CAROLE BENNETT

Joined 2/1/2007

Carole has had several offices and been president in the past. She retired as an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College. She was Chair of the North Bay Science Discovery Day providing STEM experiences each year to over 17,000 attendees. She recently started the SMART 2 CMOSC project for Novato 3rd graders.

VICKI CAMPBELL

Joined 10/15/2011

Vicki has been the long-term Chair of the Violet Richardson Award. She is the Chair of the Candy Sales.

LISA COBB

Joined 2/1/2021

 After living most of her adult life in New York City Lisa relocated to Marin County in 2020 and is proud to call Novato home. Lisa has been an Executive Recruiter for over 20 years and currently works for Apple. When not working, she's an avid reader and traveller having visited over 17 countries, even living for awhile in a few exotic places. Lisa is looking forward to serving the Novato community and building new friendships through Soroptimist's.

SHAUN FAHERTY COOPER

Joined 4/1/2015

Shaun is currently our President and is responsible for the oversight of the club activities and meeting which are the first Wednesday of each month . She was Co-Chair of the Lobster Sale.

ROBIN DIEDERICH

Joined 9/1/2018

Robin has built a partnership with League of Women Voters.

CAROLE DILLON-KNUTSON

Joined 9/26/1990

Carole is one of our Members of Long Standing.

RACHEL FARAC

Joined 7/1/2019

Rachel currently is on the Novato Planning Commission. She is on the Marin County's Mental Health Board and loves mentoring the youth of Marin County. She is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby and attends a yearly conference in D C to educate congress members about Climate Change.

COLLEEN TOBIN FINNEY

Joined 7/1/2005

Colleen recently transferred from the SI Marin club and is now on our Board. She had a very rewarding career for over 40 years as a Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Paralegal in the Bay Area. Colleen retired from full-time employment in June of 2018, but still enjoys her work so much that she is continuing to do some contract paralegal work for attorneys in San Rafael.

PATSY FLEISCH

Joined 12/2/2018

Patsy helps get our Fashion Show models ready with their make-up.

ROSEMARY FOX

Joined 1/23/2017

Rosemary came up with the idea of selling local olive oil as a fundraiser.

JANE GANNON

Joined 8/3/2016

Jane is the Chair of the Live Your Dream Award.

KATHY GONDOLA

Joined 10/10/2012

Kathy is currently our Secretary.

INSA SIMON GRAHAM

Joined 7/1/2010

Insa and her family are often on a world tour, but she has managed to organize our very first S-Club for high school girls, and it is being offered online.

ANGELINE GREENBLAT

Joined 7/1/2019

Angeline is a new member.

SANDRA HANNS

Joined 9/1/2019

Sandra Hanns is the founder and CEO of iGreen Media Group and organizer of San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International. Currently she is on the Board of Trustees of The Mexican Museum and Advisory Board to the Museum of the American Indian in Novato. In August 2020 she became a Climate Reality Leader trained by our former Vice President of the United State Al Gore. Sandra is the Chair of Dream It, Be It with our club.

PATRICIA HESS

Joined 1/1/2005

Patricia has been a past president.

BARBARA HURWICK

Joined 1/18/2015

Barbara initiated the holiday shopping night for downtown Novato.

KATE JOHNSTON

Joined 1/18/2017

Kate provides tours for us to unusual sites in the Bay Area.

FREDDA KAPLAN

Joined 1/1/2005

Fredda is the Chair of our e-Luminate television productions.

PAM LeDONNE

Joined 2/1/2019

Pam was the Chair of our most recent garage sale.

SUSAN LEVIN

Joined 1/18/2015

Susan was our former Treasurer and is currently the Hospitality Chair.

SUSAN MAGNONE

Joined 1/9/2013

Susan is currently a member of the Board of Directors.

JUDY MONTERO

Joined 8/1/2002

Judy was the Fashion Show Chair for years. Currently, she is our Treasurer, and has been President in the past.

MARY MUSANTE

Joined 1/1/2008

Mary is an RN and retired School Nurse from Novato Unified Schools. She is the Co-Chair of our Dream It, Be It Program which connects students with resources for success. She is a beast cancer survivor which gives real meaning to being the Chair of the Relay for Life team. 

MADALIENNE PETERS

Joined 9/15/1993

Madalienne is among the Members of Long Standing and has been president more than once.

VICKI RE

Joined 6/17/20

Vicki is a new member; more information will be coming soon.

RENÉE ROBERTS

Joined 3/18/2020

Renée is a new member; more information will be coming soon.

ROSEMARY SHEA

Joined 1/1/2006

Rosemary is a past president and has had many other offices on the Board of Directors.

PATTY SMITH

Joined 2/15/2017

Patty currently is the Membership Chair as well as Fun & Frolic.

MARGARET TEVIS

Joined 2/15/2012

Maggi is often a lead model in our fashion show.

CHARLOTTE URBAN

Joined 7/1/1974

Charlotte is among the Members of Long Standing and has had numerous offices on the Board of Directors.

SHARLENE VAN BOER

Joined 7/1/2011

Sharlene works hard behind the scenes obtaining sponsors for our fashion show.

NANCY LEE WEBER

Joined 1/9/2013

Nancy is the 2020-2022 Founder Region Membership Chair and previously was the Founder Region Fellowship Director for District IV in 2018-2020. She has served several terms as Novato Club President, Treasurer, and Board Member over the years. Nancy is active as a social justice advocate and community volunteer with several organizations. She currently has roles with City of Novato - Recreation, Cultural and Community Services Commissioner; Not in Our Town Novato; Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking; League of Women Voters Marin County; and Novato Chamber of Commerce. Even though her schedule is full, Nancy lovingly carves out quality time to spend with her granddaughter Evan.

KRISTINE WISE

Joined 1/1/2O21

Kris is a new member who recently relocated from Illinois to be with her family in Novato.  She looks forward to getting to know those in the group, and the community in general.

KRIS WILEY

Joined 1/12/1988

Kris is among the Members of Long Standing and has been president many times. She is the Chair of Scholarships.

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