Nonprofit Leadership Award Winners Announced

Leaders in education, creating affordable housing or offering improved healthcare are among those being chosen to receive a Business Journal Nonprofit Leadership Award this year.

“The individuals and organizations we honor here today deliver every day on their promise to make our communities better. It is a privilege to shine a light on their work,” said Publisher Brad Bollinger.

In its sixth year, the awards will go to 20 North Bay professionals or volunteers and one organization, each of which is making life better in the area.

The winners will be profiled online and in the Oct. 30 edition of the Business Journal.

Honorees will also be recognized on Oct. 31 as the North Bay Business Journal and the Pisenti & Brinker LLP present the Nonprofit Leaderships Awards Lunch Reception at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa with registration at 11:30 a.m. and the lunch and program from noon until 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $80 per person or $700 for a table of eight. Register at

Here are this year's award recipients:

Board Honorees

Sabrina Kidd, vice-chair of Operation Access of San Francisco

Ken & Sharon Maiolini, board members, Becoming Independent in Santa Rosa.

Rolf Nelson, board member, Chop's Teen Club of Santa Rosa

Douglas Pavese, board member, Santa Rosa High School Foundation

Michael D. Senneff, director emeritus, of the Sonoma County Family YMCA

Joseph Spinelli, vice president of the Board of Directors, Lifehouse of Marin and Sonoma counties

Executive Honorees

Elizabeth Brown, president and CEO, of the Community Foundation Sonoma County

Julie Burford, Founder, Ceres Marin; and Ongoing Ceres ambassador, of Ceres Community Project in Santa Rosa

Christine Castillo, executive director, Verity of Sonoma County

Carolyn Pistone, president and managing director, Clear Blue Commercial of Petaluma

Melissa Kelley, volunteer board president of Impact 100 Redwood Circle in Sonoma County and executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation

Nancy McKenney, CEO, Marin Humane Society

Mary Murtagh, president & CEO of EAH Housing, California and Hawaii

Elias Rosenthal, founder and director, Teens4Health Teens4Biz in Santa Rosa

Jennifer Weiss, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County

Jack Tibbetts, executive director, St. Vincent De Paul Sonoma County

Nick Egan, Head of School, The Healdsburg School

Laura Talmus, executive director and co-founder, Beyond Differences of the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland.


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Katy Carrel, volunteer, YWCA

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