ROHNERT PARK -- The North Bay Business Journal will recognize 13 nonprofit leaders for their contributions to the community and organizational accomplishments at the second annual Nonprofit Leadership Awards in October.

The awards are being made in conjunction with the annual Nonprofit Boot Camp founded by Pisenti & Brinker LLP. The event is sponsored by the accounting firm, Summit State Bank and Vantreo Insurance Brokerage.

The winners represent a wide range of nonprofits from across the North Bay, from land trusts to youth services.

The winners are:

 -- Katie Barr, executive leader of Tomorrow's Leaders Today

 -- Ralph Benson, executive director of Sonoma Land Trust

 -- Robin Bowen, executive director of California Parenting Institute

 -- Diana Curtin, executive director of Chop's Teen Club

 -- Linda Davis, chief executive officer of Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership

 -- Diane Evans, executive director of Sonoma County Museum

 -- Susan Gillmore, executive director of North Bay Children's Center

 -- Kiska Icard, executive director of Sonoma Humane Society

 -- Mike Kallhoff, president and CEO of United Way of the Wine Country

  -- Kate McClintock, executive director of Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation

 -- Tim Miller, chief executive officer of American Red Cross Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties Chapter

 -- Rick Phillips, executive director of Community Matters

 -- Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director of Homeward Bound of Marin

In addition to the nonprofit executives, the Journal selected Carol Ann Libarle, board member of Petaluma Educational Foundation, as Board Member of the Year.

"These individuals run some of the most amazing organizations anywhere," said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. "It is our privilege -- in fact, our responsibility -- to recognize what they do for our neighbors and our communities."

The event will feature keynote speaker Kay Sprinkel Grace, founder and principal of Transforming Philanthropy LLC, since 1989.  Ms. Grace has an established history of working with countless nonprofits on issues affecting donor development, fundraising, outreach, message strategy and volunteerism. Recent clients include the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Sonoma Community Foundation, Santa Rosa Junior College, KQED, Sutter Health, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin, United Way of Sacramento and numerous other high-profile nonprofit organizations across the state.

Prior to the awards, the morning program will feature a panel of experts including Ms. Grace, Elliot Levin, president of the nonprofit consultancy Partnership Resources Group and author and consultant Bruce Burtch of Bruce W. Burtch Inc. Other topics to be addressed include board governance, fund-raising and the latest financial, accounting insurance and legal regulations.

The boot camp will be Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Cost is $55/person including lunch; $500/table of eight. To register for the event, go to or call (707) 521-5270. Or email Linda Perkins at