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Well, it looks like we might just have a set team in place again.

We're happy to announce that Martha Walters has joined us as our Volunteer Program Coordinator.  Martha's comes to us with prior experience in the Aging sector, specifically as the Executive Director of LITA (Love is the Answer).

Her other professional experience includes being an environmental scientist in the public and private sectors for 20 years which included senior roles at the SF Redevelopment Agency, U.S.Environmental Protection Agency and ARC Ecology. Martha is co-founder and (volunteer) chair of theCrissy Field Dog Group for the past 10 years.

Martha graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Biology.  She lives in San Rafael and has been a resident of Marin for 25 years.

B.J. (Barbara Jean) Slater hit the 6-month mark as our Membership and Development Coordinator.   

She has been welcoming our many new members and making sure their requests have the best chance of    being fulfilled. B.J. also has been a huge help, managing the acknowledgement process through our annual solicitation and Birthday Blow Out events.  


Mary Brinkmann (yes, she is Lisa's sister) has been the team's pinch hitter, filling in wherever and however needed.  Mary has had a long career as an entrepreneur, running her own bakery for over 25 years and most recently receiving certification innutrition counseling.  

Marin Villages' Staff
The Marin Villages staff members listed below are available to answer questions, match volunteers with members, provide resource information and support members/volunteers and community partners as needed.

Executive Director
Lisa Brinkmann, MSG, MBA

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Martha Walters

Membership Coordinator
B.J. Slater

To reach our staff, call: 415-457-4633

Understanding the unique needs and capabilities of their own communities, Local Villages help strengthen the bonds between members and volunteers in their geographic areas.

They organize social activities, develop programs in response to local member needs, and help recruit volunteers to assist members with needs and services. They develop networks among local organizations, merchants, and services to help support their local village membership.

If you have an interest in helping to start a local village in your area, please contact Lisa Brinkmann, Executive Director at the phone or email listed above.

Below are the individuals to contact for information about our individual local villages.

Local Village Contacts:

Mill Valley Village
Connie Dubin, Chair

Novato Village
Jean Gunn, Chair

Ross Valley
Loulie Sutro, Chair

San Rafael Village  
Sparkie Spaethe, Chair

Tiburon Peninsula
Gatian Cunningham, Chair

Twin Cities
Larry Meredith, Chair

The Board of Directors
Each member of our board of directors brings his or her unique experiences and passion for our mission to the work of the board. 

Cheryl Sorokin - President
Jane Matthewman - Vice President
Frank Keenan - Treasurer/Secretary
Annmarie Clark
Gatian Cunningham
Larry Meredith
Ruth Ramsey
Sparkie Spaethe
Susan Steele
Paula Weinberger

Advisory Council
Members of our Advisory Council were instrumental in the founding of Marin Villages.
They continue to share their commitment to our mission by serving as ambassadors for the organization and providing wise counsel to the leadership of the organization.

Dellie Woodring, Chair
Irv Gubman
Trish Hibben
Lee Follett
John Pearson
Loulie Sutro

Members of the board or advisory council may be reached through email to


Marin Villages is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization • 415-457-4633 • email • 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite F-142 San Rafael, CA 94903