Celebrating Local Women: Marin’s Women of Impact

women in business

Whether they’re running businesses or households, women bring their own unique spirit and enthusiasm to their work. In all they do, they elevate those around them while often finding their own successes along the way. When it comes to the local business world, there are plenty of success stories to point to. We invite you to get to know a few of these pretty inspiring women.

Peg Pike and Rita Lee

Peg Pike and Rita Lee

100 Shoreline Highway, Ste. B-101, Mill Valley, CA
415.435.8330

FINANCIAL PROSPERITY; EXTRAORDINARY LIFE

Peg Pike, Chief Operating Officer and Principal and Rita Lee, CPA, PFSTM, CDFA®, Director of Research and Principal, have been successful meeting women’s wealth management needs at every stage of life. As part of the wealth management team at Brouwer and Janachowski, founded over 30 years ago, they’ve built their relationships over time with hard work and open conversations. As moms, daughters, wives, sisters and friends themselves, they recognize the unique investment needs of their female clients.

Peg, Rita and the entire wealth management group are committed to helping their clients create and conserve their wealth while integrating career, family and personal goals. They take the time to understand people as individuals, with distinct goals and values.

Both Peg and Rita are committed to giving back and serving the community. Peg is Treasurer, Board Member, Investment Committee Member and Executive Committee Member of 10,000 Degrees in San Rafael, a college readiness program for students with low-income backgrounds. Rita is Treasurer and Board Member for Family and Child Empowerment Services San Francisco (FACES SF), a non-profit organization benefiting parents and families in underserved communities of San Francisco. Based in Mill Valley, Brouwer and Janachowski oversees $2.3 billion in assets and is a fee-only financial life planning and wealth management firm providing professionals, executives, business owners, and families with advice and direction for every aspect of their financial lives.

Architectural Design Carpets

Architectural Design Carpets

1111 Francisco Blvd East, San Rafael, CA
415.458.1717

THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR HOME STARTS WITH US

Debbie Duering, the owner & CEO of Architectural Design Carpets, has been a leader in the Bay Area flooring industry since 1990. Kate Googins, ADC’s COO is a creative and dedicated woman who has been with the company for over 15 years. The two work hand-in-hand with the Bay Area’s top interior designers, architects, and realtors on residential and commercial properties. These ladies excel in the top flooring trends ranging from carpet and hardwood to custom rugs and commercial flooring. Using a woman’s ingenuity Debbie, Kate, and Nicole, a recent member of the senior sales team, constantly thinks outside the box and their attention to detail is not only a level of standard at Architectural Design Carpets but part of their creative nature. When it comes to investing in flooring for any project, no matter how big or small, the foundation of your home starts with Architectural Design Carpets.

Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine

Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine

250 E. Blithedale Ave, Suite B
Mill Valley, CA
415.887.8718
Hello@BelleMarin.com

EMPOWERING WOMEN WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF AESTHETIC CARE

Dr. Faye Jamali, founder of state-of-the-art medical spa Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine in Mill Valley, sees aesthetic medicine as an art. That’s why you may feel enchanted upon entering this effortlessly chic aesthetic boutique in Northern California.

Belle Marin aims to help women age gracefully and joyfully at every stage of life. “Women are the glue, we hold everything together,” says Dr. Jamali. “We work hard, and we deserve to look and feel our absolute best while doing it. We also deserve to enjoy our pursuit of self-care, which is exactly what I believe aesthetic medicine to be.”

Dr. Jamali’s service menu features the most advanced self-care services, and she continues to add more. “It’s not about trends,” cautions Dr. Jamali, “it’s about providing the absolute best results with comfort and convenience.” This informs one of her recent additions: BBL HEROTM. BBL Hero is the biggest advance in light technology in 20 years. It helps turn back the visible signs of aging, anywhere on the body by delivering results with 4x the speed of traditional BBL treatments. To learn more about Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine, please call 415.887.8718 today!

Changing Places

Changing Places

GUIDING CLIENTS THROUGH LIFE’S TRANSITIONS

When Bay Area residents are facing a complex moving project, Changing Places is the premier relocation company for orchestrating, managing and coordinating the process. Margaret Fearey Walsh founded Changing Places in 1993. Understanding how complicated a relocation process can be, she knows our clients want to create a stress-free and seamless move. As VP and GM, Katie Carr leads our team of 30 relocation professionals including interior designers, architects, stagers and expert home designers who have moved clients to and from 18 countries, bringing peace of mind to over 2,500 homes. Based in San Rafael, Changing Places was honored to win its 10th “Best Home Organizer” award from 2020 Pacific Sun readers. When you work with Changing Places to handle your complex relocation, you will have the peace of mind you deserve, knowing that we will overlook no aspect and we will handle the most private details of your move with integrity and compassion Contact us to schedule a personal consultation.

Achuck & Zech

Achuck & Zech

415.233.2009
415.722.8521
DRE 01921671 | 01378178
achuckzech@compass.com

COMPASS: STACY ACHUCK & MISSY ZECH

Striking the perfect balance of hustle and humility, Team Achuck & Zech combines the talents of two top producing agents who have a combined 30 years of experience and over half a billion in sales. Working synergistically to deliver a seamless, stress-free experience, each partner brings her own unique skill set to the table. Merging Missy’s knack for numbers and negotiations with Stacy’s penchant for staging and structural design, the team works together to deliver positive results in a very efficient manner. One face-to-face meeting with Team Achuck & Zech and you’ll quickly find out why the results-driven duo comes so highly recommended. Committed to the community, Stacy and Missy have sat on multiple boards serving the Tiburon/Belvedere school district. What is more impressive is their willingness to support the community at large during a pandemic. What started as a call to feed a handful of families in need during Covid-19, Stacy and Missy led the charge of an important campaign called Bags of Love. Over a 6 month period, Team Achuck & Zech were able to feed over 300 families by providing approximately 8,600 bags of groceries. Together with their 7 children and rallying the community at large, they independently gathered food, stuffed bags and delivered to grateful families. This dynamic duo ended 2020 as the #7 team in Marin County, #3 within Compass and #1 in our books for volunteering. Making an impact at home and in your community.

Sabrina Lowell, CFP®, CPCC®

Sabrina Lowell, CFP®, CPCC®

San Francisco, CA
415.526.2900

FINANCIAL ADVISOR, MANAGING PARTNER

Sabrina loves a good adventure, whether she’s trekking across Asia, taking a two-day virtual cooking class or helping her clients discover their most successful path to financial empowerment. With nearly 20 years of experience in the San Francisco wealth management industry, Sabrina combines her analytical, problem-solving skills with her passion for helping others to create solid frameworks for making informed financial decisions.

Sabrina works with individuals, couples and families who seek a trusted financial partner to guide them through all stages of their lives. She also enjoys working with tech executives structuring equity compensation management strategies and career-engaged couples looking to communicate openly about their finances and shared financial goals. Paired with technical expertise, Sabrina brings the Certified Professional Co-Active Coach® (CPCC) designation to her work via a systematic process of active listening, helping clients form and articulate goals, facilitating conversation, and discovering “ah ha” moments. Visit privateocean.com/Sabrina to learn more and to start a conversation.

FamilyCare Allergy and Asthma

FamilyCare Allergy and Asthma

4000 Civic Center Drive, Suite 300
San Rafael, CA
Offices also in Petaluma and Santa Rosa
415.847.4022, 707.525.0211

ADULT AND PEDIATRIC SPECIALTY MEDICINE

As more women seek careers in medicine, they often remain underrepresented in many areas of clinical practice. The Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology team at FamilyCare Allergy and Asthma in San Rafael is an exception. The all-female physician (and clinical staff ) team consists of board-certified allergists Dr. Maria M. Petrick, MD FACAAI-FAAAAI, Dr. Juline Caraballo, MD, and Dr. Christine Royer, MD. all of whom specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, food allergy diagnosis and treatment, asthma, and immunologic disorders. “While our team was not intentionally developed as all-female, we do see our group as a reflection of the changing landscape in medicine, and more specifically targeted precision care,” according to Dr. Petrick. “It’s a positive sign to see increased diversity in both gender and underrepresented minorities in clinical medicine, and more women gaining roles in leadership. We hope by being an inclusive specialty clinic group, coupled with the highest-quality, evidence-driven care, we can grow to serve a broader and more diverse patient population as well.”

Skall Glassman Group

Skall Glassman Group

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

Marcia Skall, MBA
415.533.5721 • m.skall@ggsir.com
Lic #01077678

Jennifer Glassman
415.309.5331 • j.glassman@ggsir.com
Lic #02059113

MARIN IS A LIFESTYLE

We don’t just work in Marin County, we live and raise our children here, making us experts about the schools, neighborhoods, microclimates, and the best places to enjoy the great outdoors. Our deep knowledge of the County and our personal familiarity with the hidden gems allow us to market not just your home but the lifestyle that comes with it. Today’s buyers have myriad charming Bay Area towns to choose from, but they choose Marin for the idyllic lifestyle, coveted schools and the quintessential towns that only the paradisaical county offers. As such, we create customized and impactful marketing that is tailored to each individual home and illustrates the irresistible and illustrious Marin lifestyle that buyers covet. Our client, Tricia, describes her experience working with us: “With six offers and a sales price considerably over asking, it’s clear that Marcia and Jennifer’s hard work and efforts to present our property in its best light paid off.” We are proud to help Marin help others by supporting the MarinHealth Foundation in raising funds that strengthen existing healthcare programs and services and enables the 2021 purchase of a next-generation nuclear medicine camera.

Kathryn Harris, CPA

Kathryn Harris, CPA

1 McInnis Parkway, Suite 200 • San Rafael, CA
415.461.8500

PEROTTI & CARRADE, CPAS

Born and raised in Marin, Kathryn Harris is a dedicated professional. She is prompt, professional, well-versed in auditing, review, accounting and tax return planning and preparation for individuals, for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. Together with the other principals and experienced associates at Perotti and Carrade, Kat provides the type of service that you want in a CPA firm. For the last four years, the firm has been voted as the #1 best accounting firm by the Marin IJ’s Reader’s Choice Awards. This is due to its unique personal approach offered to all clients. The professionals at Perotti & Carrade spend time with each client, to not only calculate and review last year’s information but to explore options and alternatives for the future. They pride themselves on quality and attention to detail. Though numbers are Kat’s “thing”, there is a whole other side. Coming from a family of eight siblings, she can be counted on to chip in on babysitting, feeding, or overnight stays. With her husband and two young daughters, you can see her around enjoying all the beauty Marin has to offer.

MLE Appraisals

MLE Appraisals

646.319.7747 • mleappraisals.com

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISER

I’ve always had a love for antiques. I find the history of a piece of furniture or piece of decorative art captivating. After working in the Auction world in NYC for nearly 20 years, I’ve returned to Marin to launch MLE Appraisals, a tangible personal property appraisal firm. I specialize in appraising both fine and decorative art and engage in Art Advisory.

Rims & Goggles

Rims & Goggles

606 Strawberry Village
Mill Valley, CA
415.383.9480

AN INDEPENDENT OPTICAL BOUTIQUE CELEBRATING 45 YEARS

As a designer in L.A. working in the tv/music industry for 20 years, Penna Omega, daughter of Rims & Goggles founder, Rosemary Grow, was excited to bridge her artistic side with her instinctive understanding of what R&G has always meant to the community. Passionate about what’s new and fresh–everything from their eyewear to their on-hold music brings people joy, inspires and reminds them that beauty is everywhere. “What puts a fire inside of me are the relationships we have with our frame designers–the hands and hearts behind the eyewear. Their stories are showcased throughout our store, to share their inspiration and philosophies with our customers. As popular as online shopping is, we find our customers really want to connect in-person, says Penna. They want to feel the frames, hear the stories and feel a kinship with that frames’ designer. I love bringing that connection, uniting the artist with the wearer. It’s also why we love featuring our customers
and opticians in ads and on social media. The innate beauty one exudes when we find “that frame” is simply intoxicating!”

Cindy Bayon

Cindy Bayon

bayondesignstudio.com • 415.316.6873

OWNER, BAYON DESIGN STUDIO INC.

My success designing livable yet elegant homes has been a lifetime in the making. As a daughter of a builder, I entered the world of design and construction at an early age. Variety of projects such as a penthouse in SF or a home in Belvedere overlooking the water is matched by the diversity of tasks I perform. I could be redesigning, sourcing, and project managing all within one meeting. My uniqueness as an Interior Designer comes from my diverse skill set. I developed my construction technical knowledge over a decade as design division Director for a luxury general contractor in SF . During 60 hour work weeks, I also drove to Davis, CA weekly to earn my Construction Management Certificate at UC Davis. My design experience is supported by my BFA in Interior Architecture and Design, Academy of Art. Additionally, I earned a certification for kitchen and bathroom design with NKBA. Therefore, my combination of education, design aesthetic, construction experience, and project management is a combination that’s hard to find in an interior designer.

Sofia Jewelry

Sofia Jewelry

80 Throckmorton Ave • Mill Valley, CA
415.388-8776

CUSTOM CREATIONS AND BESPOKE DESIGNS

Sophie’s love of business came from her parents who started Sofia Jewelry in Mill Valley. It was there that she learned how important small businesses are to the community. Now as the owner of Sofia Jewelry, and most recently, Johann Paul Fine Jewelry, Sophie is honored to bring her passion of business and community to the next generation of Marin County businesses.

Helen Abe

Helen Abe

300B Drakes Landing Road, Ste 155 • Greenbrae, CA

415.445.8468

A division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Member NYSE/
FINRA/SIPC. All rights reserved.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR

RBC Wealth Management

Helen Abe was born and raised in San Francisco. Her immigrant parents worked hard and sacrificed to raise a large family. They taught their children the importance of living within your means. “My mother literally saved pennies and proved that it’s not what you earn, but what you save that matters”. Helen said. With strong values, Helen set out to achieve her financial objectives while helping others to achieve their financial dreams. She makes it a point to listen and to acknowledge each person’s concerns and circumstances. Her approach is to keep it simple, understandable and tailored to each individual. Some people are comfortable working with a woman; although less than 20% of financial advisors are women. Many widows, needing help understanding their own finances; have engaged Helen for help after their husbands had passed away. Helen believes in helping others to live a life that makes them happy. She believes that we should focus on what we want out of life instead of being fearful.

Michele Affronte

Michele Affronte

Engel & Völkers International
415.798.0236 • maffronte99@gmail.com
Lic #000959293

#1 ENGEL & VÖLKERS PRODUCER IN ALL OF MARIN COUNTY

Michele is selling a lifestyle for Engel & Völkers in Marin County. She specializes in Sausalito and all waterfront property including Floating Homes. Michele received her license in 1987 and has been a dedicated successful advisor since then. She lives the Sausalito waterfront lifestyle on her floating home. When you commit to working with Michele, she makes you feel as if you were her only client. Her reputation is solid gold, just read her 22 Five Star reviews on Zillow or ask anyone in Sausalito and they will tell you how she showed them property on her motorboat or how she threw a welcome party for them at the close so that all of the neighbors could meet her buyers. Michele will have your property staged for you, advertise around the world for you and negotiate the best price for you whether you are the buyer or the seller. College graduate, world traveler and animal lover…reach out to Michele…you will be happy that you did.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

Sutton Suzuki Architects

suttonsuzuki.com

THOUGHTFUL DESIGN

For over 30 years, Elizabeth Suzuki, Sutton Suzuki Architects partner, has delivered her core value of excellence in design and service for each client and project. The women of Elizabeth’s team, Carol Dockum-Project Manager, Alexandra Rose- Designer and Gail Janin-Office/Operations Manager, collaborate on creative solutions that are innovative yet timeless and always unique to each client’s needs.

Northcoast Tile and Stone

Northcoast Tile and Stone

3854 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA
707.586.2064

DESIGN, FABRICATE AND INSTALL

North Coast Tile have been helping people navigate thru heartache due to the fires over the past 3 years. Now we face another challenging time with Covid19. NCT continues to be a company that cares, helps, contributes and is dedicated to keeping you in your home and working for you in a way that is mindful as well as detail orientated. Martha leads the North Coast Tile and Showroom team in working with designers, contractors, architects and homeowners with a confident, thoughtful and professional attitude. NCT is a one-stop shop which offers stone slabs, a beautiful tile selection, design services and installation of both stone and tile. One client says, “Being in Martha’s showroom is like being in her living room. The care that was taken with the selection, design and installation of our slabs and tile made us feel like family”. Please call with any questions to how to make appointments with us during this time.

Innovative Match

Innovative Match

Ross, CA, 415.259.8714

WELCOME TO YOUR NEXT RELATIONSHIP

Cassie Zampa-Keim is a renowned dating and relationship strategist, author, speaker and coach. She is the founder and CEO of Innovative Match, a national relationship-services firm. One of the industry’s leading experts on dating, Cassie has worked with thousands of singles over the past three decades. She’s been named one of the World’s Top Matchmakers (UK Dating), written for and been featured in leading media publications and is the author of the acclaimed “Finding Love After 50.” One of the early pioneers of using online dating with clients, Cassie draws the latest technologies to service clients. Cassie delivers a 21st century approach for helping clients to realize their relationship goals. Cassie offers a holistic, data-driven roadmap for transforming clients’ dating lives, drawing upon technology expertise, psychological training and work as a dating and life coach.

California Girl Jewelry

California Girl Jewelry

California Girl Jewelry

californiagirljewelry.com • 650.504.0646

PLAY OF COLOR

California Girl Jewelry is owned by mother-daughter duo Mariel Baker and Denise Forbes. “We’re a women-owned (and all-women) business who believe every piece begins with rare and magnificent jewels. Most jewelry stores are diamond-focused and do not have the expertise on colored gemstones that we do. It’s rare to find jewelers that make and sell their own jewelry.”

Monica Gray, Mrs. Nice Gal

Monica Gray Mrs. Nice Gal
Photo by: Brad West, @caughtbykale

415.855.5914 • info@niceguysdelivery.com

COO & CO-FOUNDER OF NICE GUYS DELIVERY

Marin County has always been a home for Monica. She grew up in Mill Valley, CA, where she attended Old Mill, Mill Valley Middle School, and Tamalpais High School. After graduating from Tam High, Monica attended UCLA where she obtained her BA in World Arts and Cultures. Directly after receiving her degree she moved to New York City to work for companies such as: Calvin Klein and Jcrew. She then moved to Los Angeles and worked at Sketchers, before moving back to Marin to work at a start-up footwear company located in San Rafael called Vionic. While at Vionic she was the Senior Director of Product Development and Costing departments. Monica specializes in start-up businesses within corporations and brings a structured yet grounding presence to the workplace. Her distinctive abilities have helped Nice Guys Delivery stand out as a business of merit and professionalism in the newly formed legal cannabis industry. Nice Guys Delivery is a licensed cannabis delivery service that operates out of San Rafael, CA. Monica and her partner, Adam Fong, co-owner and CEO of Nice Guys, own a house in West Marin and are raising two young boys and two dogs. It’s a dream come true for her to raise a family and own a business serving the community in the same county where she grew up.

Lamperti Contracting and Design

Lamperti Contracting and Design

1241 Andersen Drive, San Rafael, CA
415.454.1623

ELEVATING THE DESTINATION, WE CALL HOME

Today, the women at Lamperti Contracting & Design are excelling in the design-build industry. Time and optimism have been good to the all-female design team who work side-by-side with the owner, Sean Kelly, leaving their mark as leaders of the design trade.

Carrie Durham, Design Director, is a maverick of design and sales. Her style and keen eye for detail enhances every aspect of the design-build experience. Jenny Meyers, Designer, brings more than 20 years’ experience to the design team focusing on luxury kitchen and bath redesigns. Casey Mazzoni, Associate Designer, is launching her second career in the design-build world at Lamperti. Jennifer Kelly, VP of Marketing, comes to Lamperti from the wine industry. Her experience in marketing consumer goods and services provides the needed edge to elevate the visibility of Lamperti Contracting & Design. This group of talented professionals is inspired, and ready to help design the home of your dreams – with luxury finishes, the ability to procure any level of custom cabinetry, guide you on styles and educate you on the highest quality appliances. Visit us! Our showroom is experiential, from custom cabinetry to appliances Lamperti Contracting & Design has it all!

Morpheus Medical Aesthetics

Morpheus Medical Aesthetics

5 Bon Air Road, #107 • Larkspur, CA
415.924.1330

LOOK GOOD. FEEL GOOD. DO GOOD.

Dr. Chilcott and the team at Morpheus Medical Aesthetics are disrupting the medical aesthetic space and the stigma it carries. We are determined to change people’s perceptions around the industry. When people hear the words ‘Botox’ or ‘Filler,’ their first thought tends to be ‘fake,’ ‘vain,’ ‘overdone.’ All words we hear and fear from going to a medical aesthetic office.

Our culture at Morpheus is unlike any others, and the message is simple: Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good. We understand the magic that comes from looking and feeling your best. When you like the person looking back at you in the mirror, you’re a better parent, partner, sister etc. We empower others to feel like they can take on the world while maintaining a natural look. Changing this industry’s culture is not easy, but Dr. Chilcott does not back down from a challenge. After having a successful software product development career, she decided to fearlessly leave it all behind and attend medical school in her 30’s. This type of attitude and determination is the driving force behind her business and staff.

Take a look at some of the past women we’ve highlighted:

Celebrating Women 2020