Board of Directors and Advisory Council

Board of Directors

The West Marin Fund was organized by long-time leaders in the West Marin nonprofit community.

Our Board members have deep roots in the nonprofit community, having served as founders, directors, and executive directors of numerous local organizations and projects, including the Coastal Health Alliance, Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, Gallery Route One, Halleck Creek Ranch, Inverness Garden Club, Inverness Yacht Club, Papermill Creek Children’s Corner, Point Reyes Farmers’ Market, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Shoreline Healthy Start Collaborative, the Stinson/Bolinas Community Fund, Think Local First West Marin, Tomales Bay Library Association, West Marin Coalition of Agencies, West Marin Commons, West Marin Community Services, West Marin Health Coalition, West Marin-Inverness School PTSA, West Marin Latino Family Services group, and the West Marin Review.

Susan Byrd: Susan serves on the grants committee of the Stinson-Bolinas Community Fund, as an Advisory Board Member of the National Parks Foundation, and as trustee of the Lampert Byrd Foundation. Susan and her husband Mark established their family foundation 15 years ago, investing resources and time in youth-serving organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. A clinical social worker for thirty years, Susan provides parenting workshops and family counseling services to families in San Francisco and Marin.

Steve Costa: Steve co-founded the West Marin Fund. A community organizer by background and former small-business owner of Point Reyes Books, Steve is now the Executive Director of Black Mountain Circle. Steve also founded the Geography of Hope, an annual literary and community-building event in Point Reyes Station.

Gary Ireland: Former business owner, former West Marin Fund Treasurer, and current finance committee member. Gary has served on the steering committee for West Marin Commons, was Vice President of Point Reyes Station Village Association and was recent Board President of West Marin Community Services.

Michael Mery: A third generation West Marinite, Michael’s board memberships include the Dance Palace, Coastal Health Alliance, the Inverness Association, and membership in the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department, Tomales Bay Watershed Council, Point Reyes Station Village Association, Waste Watch, the update of the Point Reyes Station community plan and the successful effort to build affordable housing in Point Reyes Station.

Harriet Moss: Board Chair. Harriet has spent 30 years creating, running and sitting on the boards of various local, state and national nonprofits. She is the founder of the Stinson-Bolinas Community Fund, which annually makes grants to projects and organizations that benefit the communities of Stinson Beach and Bolinas.

Cynthia Ohama: Treasurer. During the last 35 years Cindy has served the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including The Dance Palace, Gallery Route One, the Inverness Foundation and Planet Walk. She was a founding member and first Executive Director of Coastal Health Alliance.

Mary Rocca: Owner and President of the Palace Market in Point Reyes Station, and Founder/President of Rocca Family Vineyards in Napa, Mary grew up in the rolling hills of West Marin, attended the University of San Francisco, the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, and received her Global MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is Co-Founder and board member of Healthroots, a nonprofit engaged in promoting healthcare and community development for the underserved, and served on the board of the Community Foundation of Napa Valley for over a decade.

Ann Shulman: Vice Chair & Secretary. Founder and President of Philanthropy Associates, Ann has decades of experience helping foundations and nonprofits refine their priorities, leadership and services.  A part-time Stinson Beach resident with her husband and two sons (who attended Stinson-Bolinas schools), Ann delights in helping people do their best work.

Advisory Council

The West Marin Fund has a growing number of Advisors – people who have their eyes and ears on the ground for the West Marin Fund up and down our coastal region. They watch for issues that rise, for unmet needs we could address, and serve as a wisdom board on issues where we need greater expertise. We’re grateful for their help.

Nancy Bertelsen, Point Reyes Station; community outreach and engagement, poet

Barbara Boucke, Stinson Beach; community outreach

Julie Cassel, Point Reyes Station; 8th grade teacher, non-profit administration

George Clyde, Marshall; attorney, investigative reporter/producer

Elaine Doss, Nicasio; ret. teacher and principal, community history

Mark Dowie, Inverness; journalist and author

Ken Emanuels, Inverness; community and non-profit board service

Wendy Friefeld, Inverness; non-profit leadership

Charlene Harvey, Stinson Beach; parks and land conservancy

Elizabeth Hill Gardner, Point Reyes Station; farm and food tours small business

Maureen Kennedy, Inverness; affordable housing

Steve Kinsey, Forest Knolls; former Marin County Supervisor for West Marin

Harriet Kossman, Bolinas; artist, educator, advocate

Venta Leon, Tomales; community event organizer

Ted Lyman, Inverness; legal and community insights

Peter Martinelli, Bolinas; organic agriculture

Beth Perry, Stinson Beach; outreach and education

Carlos Porrata, Inverness; community and Latino leadership, photographer

Toni Rembe, Inverness; law and philanthropy

Dennis Rodoni, Olema; Marin County Supervisor for West Marin

Lexi Rome, Pt. Reyes Station;  convener

Nancy Scolari, Point Reyes Station; agricultural land and resource conservation

Lazuli Whitt, Inverness Park; parent of young children, attorney