August, Sue

Sue is a new member inducted in January 2020. She had a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse and now works 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.

Avedano, Mari

Mari is an active member of the community and volunteers for several non-profits. Recently Mari participated in the Leadership Novato program and was elected class Valedictorian.  Previously she held various positions working in the tech and venture capital industries.

Sylvia is a top producing realtor specializing in real estate in both Marin and Sonoma counties. She is a Certified Senior Residential Specialist, Certified Relocation Specialist, Certified International Property Specialist, and a recipient of multi-year President and Client Service  awards.  She is affiliated with Coldwell Banker and is the Director and Government Affairs Committee Chair for Marin Association of Realtors where she was the 2018 Realtor of the Year. As an active community member, among other things, she is on the Advisory Board for Novato School Fuel.

Bennett, Carole

For ten years, Carole was the Chair of the North Bay Science Discovery Day, an annual event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds that draws 16,000 people. Every Monday you will find her at the Novato Police Department where she has a fun job volunteering.  She is a retired instructor from Santa Rosa Junior College. In 2018, she received an award recognizing her as a volunteer by the North Bay Business Journal.

Vicki is the Chair of the Violet Richardson Award which is an award up to $1,000 for a girl who is recognized for her volunteerism in Novato.  Vicki is the Public Relations Chair of our club. She is also the Co-Facilitator of the Marin County Multiple Sclerosis Society support group. Vicki is a retired Product Marketing Manager from Wells Fargo Bank.

Cooper, Shaun Faherty

Shaun is a Registered Nurse in Family Medicine.  Currently she is working for Sutter Care at Home doing flu and wellness clinics.

Corrigan, Lauri

Lauri is a stay-at-home mom and very active with her children's school. She enjoys caring for her 7 chickens, 2 rabbits, and 4 cats. Her past occupations include professional fashion modeling, car sales, and Pilates instruction. She is happy for the opportunity to serve her community.

Diederich, Robin

Robin is a retired teacher (elementary and preschool). She completed the Leadership Novato program, Class of 2018, and currently serves on the Board of the League of Women Voters of Marin County as well as Chair of their Voter Services Committee. Her interests include community and government issues, voter education and fair elections in particular.

Dillon-Knutson, Carole

Carole has provided leadership to the City of Novato by being on the City Council and serving as Mayor. After retirement from the geotechnical firm, Subsurface Engineering, and the City Council, she now serves on the elected Board of Novato Sanitary District. Carole continues her interest in the visual and performing arts as well as charitable interests.

Farac, Rachel

Rachel is a Senior Account Manager and a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker. She is a graduate of Novato Chamber's Leadership Program and is a judge for the 4th of July Parade. Rachel 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 DC to educate congress members about Climate Change.

Fleisch, Patsy

Patsy is a new member inducted in December of 2018. She is a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics and is very active with Novato Chamber of Commerce as their current president. Mentoring emerging leaders is an area in which Patsy excels. Helping women to work on self-empowerment, education, improvement of self esteem and image, are a passion for her.

Fox, Rosemary

Rosemary has lived in Novato for over 40 years. As a graduate from USF's nursing program, she also has an MBA from Golden Gate University. She has been in the health care profession for many years, and is presently working with Healthcare Start-ups to bring innovation to the health care model. Currently Director of Homecare at Hospice by the Bay.

Gannon, Jane

A resident of Novato since 1993, Jane serves as the assistant to the CEO of The Croner Company, a compensation consulting firm based in Marin. Jane has worked as a meeting facilitator, public school teacher, graphic artist at several newspapers and in public relations. In addition to loving her daughter, Jane's passion is teaching students the joy of writing and reading through creating their own newspapers. Originally from New Jersey, Jane enjoys her friends and family and likes to hike, read, garden and swim (especially in the Atlantic Ocean). 

Gondola, Kathy

Kathy is enjoying being retired, spending time with four grandsons and volunteering with our club as well as North Marin Community Services.

Graham, Insa Simon

Insa is a Senior HR Director at Fireman's Fund / Allianz and has close family in Germany.

Greenblat, Angeline

New member inducted July 2019.  Angeline is an educator of 25 plus years and has taught preschool. She currently teaches first grade at Brandeis Marin in San Rafael.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her interests include kayaking, baking, cooking, and reading mysteries and science fiction.

Hafling, Paula

Paula is a new member.  Information soon to be here.

Hanns, Sandra

Sandra is a new member.  Information and photo soon to be here.

Hess, Patricia

Patricia is retired from the Department of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her technology background provided great assistance to our Sounding Board community TV program.

Hurwick Barbara

Barbara has served as Secretary for the club and currently serves as co-chair on the Live Your Dream Committee. She also helps with the fundraising for the annual Spring Fashion Show. Barbara is s a docent for the San Francisco Legion of Honor and deYoung Museums. Previously, Barbara was an international educator.

Johnston, Kate

Kate is a new member and has recently retired as a government attorney. She leads historical walking tours in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Kaplan, Fredda

Chair of e-Luminate community television program. Lifetime focus on "The Arts":  Art History and Photography university professor, concert producer, video teacher, Educational Technology and Media university instructor, Technology and Media coordinator for K-8 schools.

LeDonne, Pam

Pam has had a long career working at Bechtel as a treasury assistant and then working part time as an administrative assistant at Gilead House, a non-profit that offers transitional housing. She possesses endless energy and has lots of creative ideas!

Levin, Susan

Susan is a retired CPA who relocated to the Bay area from Chicago.  There, in addition to teaching accounting, she volunteered for Northshore University Health System raising funds for medical research.

Lister, Judy

Judy has been a member for years and works behind the scenes on most all of our projects. She also is active with high school scholarships.

Susan is currently the Manager of the Novato History Museum and active in the Novato Historical Guild. She is a retired Associate Superintendent of Education at Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Montero, Judy

Judy has chaired the annual Soroptimist fashion show for several years.  She has been a member for many years and has been on the Board as Assistant Treasurer.

Musante, Mary

Mary is a retired school nurse from Novato Unified School District.  Her involvement with one of the Soroptimist DREAM project -- Dream It, Be It -- helps to connect students with career opportunities.  She volunteers with the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life.

Peters, Madalienne

Madalienne was the originator of Sounding Board, the community television program, and continues to work hard on it.  Originally, it was a project of the American Association of University Women, and it was a joint project of the two clubs with Margaret Kapranos. Recently Madalienne has been instrumental in rebranding the program as e-luminate. She is a recently retired professor from Dominican University and also serves on Novato Community Television Board.

Shea, Rosemary

Rosemary retired from the child development field and is now a community volunteer and singer with the Novato Music Association Chorus.

Smith, Patty

Patty spent many years in public relations and marketing for wineries large and small. Since retiring she is happy to have more time to paint, golf, and volunteer in the community.

Tevis, Maggie

Maggie is a swim coach at Rolling Hills. She has extensive experience working in non-profit programs such as YWCA, Emeritus College of Marin Community College, AAUW, Adult Day Health Care in Novato.  She is dedicated to improving the lives of women of all ages, as well as girls.

Urban, Charlotte

Our most senior member who has also been president and held many other offices. Serves on Novato's Street Improvement Oversight Advisory Committee and the Novato Streetscape Committee.

Van Boer, Sharlene

Sharlene is the swim coach for the record-setting Mud Sharks swim team at Rolling Hills and has been a volunteer masters swim coach for 26 years.  For our club, she loves to collect silent auction items and corporate sponsors for the annual fashion show.  She likes best working behind the scenes for projects like the lobster sale and Dream It Be It.

Weber, Nancy

Nancy is a retired CPA and is the manager for a not-profit tax assistance program.  She is a tireless worker behind the scenes of most all of our projects.  As Past President she is now taking leadership regionally with the Fellowship Program.

Wiley, Kris

Kris has been president of our club four times and has chaired the high school scholarship program for 15 years. She is an event planner and works for BioMarin.

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