The MarinKids Leadership Committee members represent community leaders from various sectors throughout the county including community organizations, education, government, faith, media and business. See highlights of Leadership Committee members.

MarinKids Leadership Committee


  • Dana King
    News Anchor, KPIX
    Full Bio

    Dana King has been a News Anchor at CBS 5 since 1997.  She co-anchors the CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 6 pm, 10 pm (on The CW 44 Cable 12) and 11pm.

    King has travelled extensively for the station. Most recently, in April 2008, King covered several stories in Ghana, West Africa. Her series, called “Assignment Africa”, included the story of inhumane treatment and conditions for woman accused of witchcraft. The series received national acclaim, winning the RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow award as well as two “Gracie” awards from the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT). In October 2006 she covered northern Iraq, at that time an amazingly safe and economically sound region, vastly different than the war-torn southern Iraq.  In August of 2004 she traveled to Afghanistan reporting on post war/pre-presidential election stories.  In April of 2004 she went to Rwanda, reporting on the 10 year commemoration of the genocide.  The multiple part series on Rwanda received two RTNDA Awards including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award in March of 2005.

    In November 2002, King spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf and filed live reports from Amman Jordan. She was the first Bay Area broadcast journalist at ground zero on September 13, 2001. In January 2000, King traveled back to Honduras, two years after her initial trip covering the destruction caused by the flooding after hurricane “Mitch” in November 1998. Her five-part series “Healing a Nation” provided Bay Area viewers a look at the courageous personal survival of the Honduran people. She revisited people she interviewed from her first trip providing an update on their progress.

    During 1999, King traveled to Turkey and to Taiwan to report on the devastation left from the two earthquakes. She reported the similarities of the geographic fault lines of Turkey to that of the Bay Area fault lines. King reported on the poor construction in the hardest hit areas of Turkey.

    From Turkey, King traveled to Albania and Kosovo to document the situation for refugees. King met up with two Bay Area doctors who were there to provide medical relief to Kosovo refugees. She filed several reports on the doctors’ humanitarian efforts. King said, “I told my children I can’t help like a doctor can, but I can tell someone’s story to make things better.”

    November of 1998, King traveled to Honduras following the destruction left by Hurricane Mitch, where she reported for more than a week, calling it one of the most touching stories that she had ever covered. Her efforts immediately led CBS and the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to open a phone bank that raised close to a million dollars.

    King received a local Emmy Award for her reporting in Honduras. She is also the recipient of four other Emmy Awards for local news in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and San Francisco.

    King began her broadcasting career in Los Angeles as a general assignment reporter at KABC-TV.  From general assignment reporter, she moved to early morning news anchor.  In 1989 the Los Angeles Sentinel named her “Woman of the Year.”  In 1990 she moved to St. Louis to become the evening news anchor at KTVI-TV. After King left St. Louis, she worked as anchor on “Good Morning America Sunday,” and as a substitute co-anchor and reporter for “Good Morning America.” She joined CBS News in December 1993 as co-anchor and reporter for the prime time news magazine “America Tonight.” She was co-anchor of the “CBS Morning News,” and a frequent contributor to “CBS This Morning,” as well as other CBS News programs. In 1995 King anchored a syndicated news and information program called “Day and Date.” Her most recent network assignment was that of general assignment reporter for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.

    King graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She is the mother of two college age children and is also back in school herself. King is working towards a Master’s Degree in Classical Sculpture from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

Founding Member

  • Judge Roy O. Chernus
    Marin Superior Court
    Full Bio
    Close Judge Roy O. Chernus of the Marin Superior Court joined the bench in March 2006 as a Commissioner. Before being appointed as a Commissioner, Judge Chernus was Executive Director of Legal Aid of Marin. Judge Chernus’ assignments have included civil cases, misdemeanor arraignments and jury trials, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, Adult Drug Court, small claims and traffic. In 2005 Judge Chernus was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award by the Marin County Human Rights Commission. In 2003 he was awarded the Lawyer of the Year Award by the Marin County Bar Association. Judge Chernus is presently the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division.
  • Wendi Kallins
    Safe Routes to School
    Full Bio
    Close Wendi Kallins is the founder and Program Director for the national model Safe Routes to Schools in Marin County, CA, which has operated successfully for twelve years. She is a founding steering committee member of the National Safe Routes to Schools Partnership. A certified national trainer for the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools, she has provided training and consultation to over 40 communities, nationwide developing new programs and model curriculum. Wendi has been a featured speaker on SR2S at dozens of conferences, nationally and internationally. Wendi was named one of 10 national Active Living Heroes for 2006, sharing the award with notables like Barak Obama and Dan Burden. She also received the 2002 Clean Air Champion award from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the 2001 Winner of the Marin League of Women Voters 12th annual Bunny Lucheta Award for outstanding public service.
  • Andrea Michelsen
    Kaiser Permanente Foundation - Retired
  • Cyr Miller
    San Rafael City Council (retired)
  • Rebecca Porrata
    Public Health Nurse and Community Leader West Marin
  • Dorene Schiro
    Local leader and philanthropist
  • Marcus Small
    Minister, Marin City Church of God
    Full Bio
    Close Marcus Small grew up in Marin City where he attended the local schools. He graduated from Redwood High School in 1979 and then attended the local community college, College of Marin (COM). Marcus graduated from COM with an AA degree in the Behavioral Sciences in 1981 and then transferred to San Francisco State University (SFSU) where he received his BA degree in Psychology in 1984. While attending COM & SFSU, Marcus also took Bible classes at the Southern Marin Bible Institute, where his brother-in-law, Pastor Dr. Emmanuel Akognon (pronounced Akoy yon) is the founder. In 1985, Marcus was accepted into the Clinical Psychology Program at SFSU where he graduated in 1987 with a M.S. in Clinical Psychology. In 1990, he was licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of CA. Marcus currently works in San Rafael with a private non-profit agency called the Center for Restorative Practice and is the Executive Director Marcus also serves as the Executive Pastor of People’s Inter-Cities Fellowship in Marin City.


  • Pam Champion Franklin, PhD
    Community Activist
    Full Bio
    Close Pam is the director of Marin School Volunteers. She began her career as a Clinical and Consulting Psychologist. She was Director of Training for Comprehensive Child Crisis Services, San Francisco, AVP of Wells Fargo Bank Employee Assistance, Staff Psychologist at Kaiser Permanente, Consulting Psychologist for Letterman Army Medical Center and was a private practice clinician. While raising a family in Marin, she stopped working temporarily and became passionately involved in San Rafael City Schools. She was PTA and Foundation President, then continued on the Board of HeadsUp Foundation; she remains an emeritus member. Pam served on the Superintendent’s Parent Council, and numerous site committees. She currently is Field Specialist/Site Coordinator for AARP/Experience Corps, Marin. Pam has a passion for travel. She has lived and worked in both Hawaii and Southeast Asia while studying cross-cultural psychology. More recently she has served as an international volunteer with Cross Cultural Solutions. She has two children: Allison graduated from Boston College with an education degree and Alex will attend Oregon State University next fall on a golf scholarship. Her husband, Michael, is a Management Consultant in San Francisco. Finally, she is a passionate sports fan, feverishly supporting Niners, Giants and University of Michigan!
  • Pepe Gonzales
    Prinicipal, Venetia Valley School
    Full Bio
    Close Pepe Gonzalez was born and raised in Point Reyes Station in rural West Marin County. Raised on the Giacomini dairy, Gonzalez attended West Marin Elementary from kindergarten through eighth grade then proceeded onto Tomales High School. Upon graduating from Tomales High School Gonzalez was accepted to Dominican University of California in San Rafael. At Dominican Pepe Gonzalez excelled receiving his teaching credential and degree in four years. The program allowed him to complete a five year course of study in four. Gonzalez was honored the Most Outstanding Student award when graduating from Dominican. After graduating from Dominican with a degree in education and a multiple subject teaching credential, he taught 5th grade in the dual Language Program at Venetia Valley K-8 School. After three years of teaching and earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Sonoma State University, Mr. Gonzalez was promoted to Vice-Principal at Venetia Valley. After two years as the vice-Principal Gonzalez became the Principal of Venetia Valley School. In 2010 Mr. Gonzalez was transferred to become the principal of Laurel Dell Elementary and the newly opened Short Elementary School. Pepe Gonzalez is the past president of the Dominican University of California Alumni Board, vice chair of the board of Ten Thousand Degrees, chair of the San Rafael City Schools Family Engagement Task force and an active member of the San Rafael Community.
  • Michael Daly
    Chief Probation Officer for Marin County
    Full Bio
    Close Michael Daly is the Chief Probation Officer for the County of Marin. Mike was raised in Marin, went to Drake High School and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1990 with a B.S. in Social Sciences with a concentration in criminal justice. He started working for the Probation Department 1990. Mike also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. His wife Peggie is a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner who owns her own company in Marin. Mike and his wife live in San Rafael with their dog Tippy.
  • Jeff Bialik
    Executive Director of Catholic Charities CYO
    Full Bio
    Close Committed to strengthening families, building community and reducing poverty, Jeff Bialik’s leadership in education and charity has developed through a personal investment in helping others. He is currently the Executive Director of Catholic Charities CYO, a comprehensive human services agency with operations in Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Haas School of Business at the University of California. Prior to Catholic Charities CYO, he worked in higher education in positions at UC Berkeley, Dominican University of California and Golden Gate University. Jeff is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches non-profit leadership. Jeff lives in San Rafael with his wife Mabel and daughter Ellen.
  • Mary Jane Burke
    County Superintendent of Schools
    Full Bio
    Close Mary Jane Burke began her career in education in Marin County in 1971. Her first position was as an Instructional Assistant. She went on to serve as a Teacher, Principal, Special Education Director, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. In 1994, she was elected Marin County Superintendent of Schools and continues to serve in that office. Ms. Burke is known for her enthusiastic championing of all students in public and private schools. She is committed to seeing that students are given a strong start by receiving a quality 21st Century education so that they possess the basic knowledge, skills and values needed for success in school and, most importantly, in life. Ms. Burke is involved every segment of the community in the education of young people. She serves as the Co-Chair of the School/Law Enforcement Partnership, School to Career Partnership and the Marin Early Childhood Education Partnership. She has partnered with school districts, community organizations to bring internationally known experts to provide information to teachers, parents and the general community on 21st Century Learning. Her office provides a variety of programs for students as well as vital services to school districts and the community. Ms. Burke is a past President of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and currently serves on the Executive Committee. She was President of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Board of Directors and remains on the Executive Committee. She is also a current member of the Board of Trustees of Dominican University of California—the University from which she received both her Bachelor and Masters Degrees.
  • Jenny Callaway
    State Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s office
  • Aideen Gaidmore
    Executive Director, Marin Child Care Council
  • Patty Garbarino
    President and CEO, Marin Sanitary Service
    Full Bio
    Close Patty Garbarino became President of Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) in 2000 after being with the family owned and operated business for 13 years. She was the first woman President of the California Refuse Recycling Council and was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999. The California Integrated Waste Management Board lauded MSS as having the highest recycling rate in California and the Marin County Board of Supervisors honored the company with the Golden Spire Business award in 2006. Patty has been instrumental in creating programs aimed at educating the community on waste diversion and recycling. She believes that the future of preserving and maintaining our natural resources rests in the development of awareness in our young people. Youth have the strength, optimism and energy to become good stewards of the land ~ we must just give them the knowledge and the chance.
  • Cio Hernandez
    Mental Health Counselor Practitioner, Women’s Health Services Teen Clinic; Member, First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission
  • Reverend Carol Hovis
    Marin Interfaith Council
  • Marc Levine
    Marc Levine, California State Assemblyman 10th District
    Full Bio
    Close Assemblymember Marc Levine was elected in November 2012 to represent the 10th Assembly District, comprised of the communities of Sausalito, Tiburon, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, Kentfield, San Rafael, Fairfax, Novato, West Marin, Petaluma, Cotati, Penngrove, Sonoma, Sebastopol, and parts of the City of Santa Rosa. His priorities include investing in K-12 and higher education, creating and retaining jobs, protecting the environment, promoting clean energy and creating a sustainable budget. A former San Rafael City Councilmember, Levine has held leadership posts throughout his career helping to develop innovative solutions at the local, state, national and international levels. Levine has also worked as an advisor and consultant to social enterprise and high tech startups. He developed award-winning technology for human rights organizations, in the process raising millions in funding from the U.S. State Department, the Soros Foundation and other funders to create technology that is now in use globally. Additionally, Levine has worked to create innovative programs that use technology to foster learning in under-served classrooms. Levine earned his Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and was recognized with a Special Act Award for his work to promote the elite graduate school around the world. While earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Cal State Northridge, he was elected Chair of the California State Student Association representing over 400,000 students to the State Legislature and Board of Trustees. Some of Levine’s past activities include: Vice Chair, Marin Telecommunications Agency; Governance Committee, MarinKids; Alternate Commissioner of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Alternate Director of the San Rafael Sanitation District and Central Marin Sanitation Agency; Member of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party; Vice Chair of California Democratic Party Business and Professional Caucus; and Fellow of the ZeroDivide Foundation. Assemblymember Levine lives in San Rafael with his wife Wendy and their two children.
  • Kim Mazzuca
    President, 10,000 Degrees (formerly Marin Education Fund)
    Full Bio
    Close Kim Mazzuca, President and Chief Executive Officer
 Kim Mazzuca has served as the president of 10,000 Degrees (formerly Marin Education Fund) since 1999. A Bay Area native and first generation college graduate, Ms. Mazzuca has dedicated her life to social justice. She brings more than two decades of executive nonprofit management and philanthropic leadership in the areas of youth development, human services, workforce development and education. Prior to joining 10,000 Degrees, Kim served as the Associate Executive Director of Jewish Vocational Service and as Director of Rehabilitation and Special Assistant to the Founder and Director for RCH, Inc. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Francisco State University, is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Program for Nonprofit Leaders where she was named a fellow in 2001, and is currently seeking her doctoral degree in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Ms. Mazzuca has served on numerous community boards and currently serves on the National College Access Network Board of Directors where she just completed her three-year term as Board president, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Prison University Project at San Quentin and is on the adjunct faculty of Dominican University of California, where she teaches Nonprofit Business Management.
  • Larry Meredith
    Director, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lorne Needle
    VP Community Investment, United Way of the Bay Area
  • Heather Ravani
    Director Social Services, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Amy L. Reisch
    Executive Director, First 5 Marin
  • Mary Kay Sweeney
    Homeward Bound
  • Mike Watenpaugh
    Superintendent, San Rafael City Schools
  • Kay Wernert
    Chair, Marin Child Care Commission
    Full Bio

    Kay has been in the field of early care and education for the past 36 years.

    Her early childhood professional experiences have been in a variety of settings including:

    • Campus Child Care
    • College Lab schools
    • Community based early childhood settings
    • Publicly funded early childhood settings
    • Head Start – both in Humboldt County and Marin County

    She has taught Early Childhood Education courses at Colorado State University, Humboldt State University and at College of the Redwood Community College in Humboldt County.

    Kay is currently President of the California Head Start Association Board of Directors and has been the Director of the Marin Head Start program for the past 11 years. She is also very active in Marin County Early Care and Education policy development and implementation of quality programming including Promoting Early Success for All, A Pre-K -3 Initiative of the Marin Community Foundations.

    Contact Information

    Kay Wernert

    415-883-3791 x 11


  • Cecilia Zamora
    Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin