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 successes to point to. We invite you to get to know these pretty inspiring women.
DESIGN, FABRICATE AND INSTALL
Martha Bodell took her husband and family’s tile and stone construction company to new heights by opening the Design Showroom in 2008 during the economic downturn. This proved to be an accurate read on the economy and North Coast Tile and Showroom team thrived and grew by reaching out directly to homeowners.
Martha leads the NCT 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”.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Martha supports The Living Room, Art Start and Sonoma County Museum, all of which were championed by her mother. They support four high school booster clubs, SRJC Baseball and Wrestling team, Sonoma State University Baseball team and individual student athletes.
Northcoast Tile and Stone
3854 Santa Rosa Ave Santa Rosa, CA
REDEFINING SERVICE IN REAL ESTATE
A consistent top-producing agent in Marin County for over 15 years, Chelsea E. Ialeggio truly understands every important facet of managing a successful brokerage. After a decade working in investment banking, Chelsea built a real estate business based on a high level of integrity and knowledge, principles she has instilled in the agents she now manages. As Vanguard Properties’ Marin Sales Manager, Chelsea’s leadership philosophy is based on the pursuit of excellence and Vanguard’s vision of collaboration, cooperation, and compassion. Her belief that success can be achieved without compromising steadfast values has inspired her colleagues to join her and as a result, Vanguard’s Marin sales volume grew over 100% in 2018 to nearly $500 million. Vanguard believes in cultivating best practices in the next generation of agents and offers a coaching program that is incomparable in the brokerage community.
One of Chelsea’s great pleasures is to share her vast real estate experience so that everyone benefits – agents raise the bar of real estate professionalism and clients receive unparalleled service. Chelsea recognizes the privilege of living and working in one of the most beautiful places in the world and shares her good fortune both locally and globally, dedicating a portion of her earnings to many charities that strive to improve the lives of others, including Home for a Home, The Milo Foundation, and Homeward Bound of Marin.
352 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA
CEO DRIVING CHANGE FOR POSITIVE IMPACT
Nooshin Behroyan, founder and CEO of Paxon Energy & Infrastructure Services, is a 16-year Marin resident and a serial entrepreneur.
She brings extensive cross-cultural experience that promotes gender diversity and work-force equality in the field of oil, gas, and utilities by addressing barriers, and driving change for positive impact, especially for women engineers and veterans. Paxon empowers their employees to apply their training and skills so as to successfully transition into productive careers. Veterans alone make up 20% of Paxon’s total employees.
Nooshin’s strategic hires and job training programs, coupled with geographic and organic growth models, has helped launch Paxon into one of the fastest growing and leading women owned consulting firms heavily involved in improving the safety of oil and gas pipelines in the US and Canada. They integrate the latest in technologies to monitor electric lines, and help protect infrastructures and surrounding communities. The San Francisco Business Journal named Paxon as among 2018’s Top 10 largest construction program management firms of the Bay Area.
Nooshin holds a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis. She is also a professionally trained piano player and has played for the UC Berkeley Jazz Ensemble. In addition, she is a mom to two active children (Arman- 10 and Ava-8).
4695 Chabot Drive, Suite 115 Pleasanton, CA
MARIN’S CANNABIS CONCIERGE ENTREPRENEUR
Open heart letter, Owning ONA has pushed me beyond my own personal limits to learn about cannabis policy/regulations on a state and local level, start an association/coalition, push boundaries, overcome my fear of public speaking, and most of all, learn how to use my voice for what I believe.
Marin, THANK YOU for supporting my mission to destigmatize, educate, and bring cannabis mainstream. I’m humbled by all the local support I’ve received, acknowledging my work, my passion and my story – having hometown love and support feels absolutely incredible!
Lastly, in the name of women, I’ve always been surrounded by intelligent, powerful, and phenomenal, “You can do it” women. Some older and wiser than me, others younger with new, fresh eyes, and some the same age with accomplishments that I can only dream to achieve. All these determined, motivated, creative and inspirational ladies have guided and shaped me. Be a mentor, every little + big girl needs one!
Love – Nurit
PS: On January 1, 2018, ONA flawlessly transitioned into the regulated market getting awarded licensing by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, City of San Rafael and County of Marin – making ONA the only two time locally licensed cannabis concierge in Marin.
Serving Marin + SF
San Rafael Lic #2018-08-ONA
Bureau of Cannabis Control: C9-18-0000104-TEMP
Nancy B. McKenney
PRESIDENT & CEO MARIN HUMANE
With more than 30 years’ experience working on behalf of animals, Nancy McKenney leads one of the most respected animal welfare organizations, Marin Humane.
Nancy provides innovative leadership to this progressive organization, which includes more than 110 staff members and 600 volunteers. Marin Humane finds homes for animals, provides support to low-income pet guardians, offers training classes, educates young animal advocates, investigates cruelty, rescues wildlife, and much more.
With a Master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership, experience with several animal welfare organizations, and as a member of state and national humane associations, Nancy provides key leadership to one of Marin’s most beloved organizations. She’s also helped develop a stellar board of directors, which guides the organization to the highest levels of integrity and success.
Join Nancy and Brody (Marin Humane alum) on May 19 for Woofstock, a dog-friendly outdoor music benefit on the Marin Humane campus.
Top-producing Realtor Zamira Solari has been making an impact in Marin County real estate for more than 17 years. Today, she is more passionate than ever about the business she has built on a foundation of unwavering integrity, trust, and complete dedication to her clients’ success. With close to 200 sales under her belt, Zamira’s superior negotiating skills, dynamic marketing approach, and deep-rooted connections play a major role in her achievements. Real estate is her business, but on a personal level, she is motivated by the trust and confidence her clients place in her, and she’s driven to exceed their expectations every single day.
Zamira is a longtime Marinite who proudly gives of her time and resources to many amazing local organizations including the YES Foundation, Drake Fund, Gilead House, Children for Change, Compass Community Fund, Film Night in the Park and a plethora of youth sports programs. Her strong belief in giving back to her community has inspired her husband and two children to join in her efforts to make Marin County truly the best place to call home.
Zamira has a true desire to connect with her clients, and she brings an exorbitant amount of enthusiasm, energy, and positivity to every interaction. She possesses an intricate understanding of the business, and she gives willingly of her knowledge and support. With personal attention, selfless advice, a real love of the profession, and a proven track record, Zamira ensures her clients’ unparalleled success in their Marin buying or selling experience.
Compass Real Estate
901 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Kentfield, CA
CANDOR. KNOWLEDGE. RESPONSIVE. RESULTS.
As a former media sales executive, a local business owner and a resident of Marin for more than 25 years, Kelly will help you find your dream home in the “perfect-for-you” neighborhood. She understands that buying or selling a home is a very personal, often emotional, decision. She prides herself on understanding her clients’ goals and dreams, developing a personal relationship based on listening, integrity and trust.
Vanguard Properties – Marin
Mill Valley, CA
82 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
Marin Optometry, est. 1937 is the Bay Area’s premier optometry practice and eyewear boutique, bringing the absolute best individualized eye care, newest technology in optical lenses and most current fashion in today’s eyewear from around the world. Located in Mill Valley, we are here to serve the community so you love the way you look and love the way you see!
Dr. Jean Brennan and Sharon Segal love their Bay Area and Mill Valley community. Community sits at the forefront of their values – within their Marin Optometry family, and the community at large.
We support many local social and cultural causes, including Kiddo, Rotary, 10,000 Degrees and Saint Vincent De Paul. We believe seeing is believing. We’re here to give you your absolute best vision and we look forward to building a relationship with you and your family to last a lifetime!
158 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA
HOSPITALITY DESIGN WITH A STRATEGIC EDGE
Jennifer Johanson is the President and CEO of EDG Interior Architecture + Design, a globally recognized hospitality design and strategy studio headquartered in Marin, with offices in Dallas and Singapore. EDG specializes in branding, restaurant concepts, and hotel and resort design. Jennifer has established EDG as a leading innovator in hospitality design strategy, with active projects in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
Jennifer’s balance of design creativity, business savvy and strategic innovation drives phenomenal results. Her work with ground-breaking chefs, hoteliers, and entrepreneurs has positioned EDG at the forefront of the hospitality design revolution. Architect by training, maverick by nature, Jennifer measures success by client satisfaction and tangible results.
Recent projects include signature restaurants in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Kona; an edible garden in centerfield at the Giants Oracle Park, and boutique hotels on the Oregon Coast, in Newport Beach and Manhattan Beach; with new wine country resorts underway in Sonoma and Napa. EDG is an award- winning team of 75 designers, architects, strategists and graphic designers. The home office is housed in Hangar 7 at Hamilton Landing.
7 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato, CA
3 C’S COACHING – CREATING CONSCIOUS CHANGE
Gabriela Buich is an explorer of people. In her work, she analyzes interpersonal relationships and believes that creating an open organizational culture starts with each individual.
Referred to by her clients as the “Jedi of transformational breakthroughs,” and the “soul mirror,” Gabriela connects from her heart creating an intuitive trust which enables people to rescript old stories while catalyzing inner evolution. Gabriela’s teaching is a combination of 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, deep empathy, laughter, discovery, and accountability. She lasers in on personal potential.
In addition to her C-suite clientele, Gabriela has been dedicated to supporting women. Recently, she hosted a women-focused workshop cultivating coaches and leaders and was the keynote for the Women Sharing Wisdom Institute in Kenya.
“My practice is the practice of openness, which grows capacity for living from joy and provides a foundation for supporting those who feel called to show up and do the work.”
Serving the SF Bay Area
CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH PROPERTIES
With nearly a BILLION DOLLARS in sales, Marilyn Rich is dynamic, well known for her strong negotiating skills, her integrity, warmth and extraordinary service. Marilyn always asks her clients how she can help, because achieving her clients’ real estate goals is her primary focus. Marilyn is excellent at determining what should be done to improve a home when selling to get the highest price in the shortest length of time, and her A-plus team of professionals can get it done!
Her strong belief in the importance of giving back, serving community and supporting charities keeps her involved and in-touch. She loves sharing her knowledge of Marin’s towns and neighborhoods, schools and recreational opportunities. When looking for a home, this knowledge and experience are invaluable.
Being from, and in, a real estate family, Marilyn’s San Francisco, Peninsula and East Bay, connections and far-reaching networks are unparalleled. Can she help you? Yes, she can.
A portion of Marilyn’s commission goes to Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Children Services.
Compass Real Estate
23 Ross Common, Suite 3 Ross, CA
CURATED BY DESIGN
Bonnie Powers is co-curator of the jewelry and home goods shop she owns with her husband, goldsmith Jeffrey Levin. Her passion lies in the power of design to shift experience and culture. As a creative agency exec, Bonnie advocates for connecting us to the human experience. Similarly, the store edit reflects Bonnie’s passion for discovery and a considered fascination with narrative, taste and devotion to craft.
New Location: 11 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA
THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR HOME STARTS WITH US
Debbie Duering, the owner of Architectural Design Carpets, has been a leader in the Bay Area flooring industry since 1990. Her senior sales team consists of two creative and dedicated women, Kate Googins and Mary Lippert, who have been part of her team for over 15 years. They 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 Mary constantly think 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.
1111 Francisco Blvd East San Rafael, CA
Monica Gray Mrs. Nice Gal
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 which 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 three 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.
Nice Guys Delivery
THE DESIGNING WOMAN FOR FLOORING
Back in 1993 when Leigh Bakhtiari and her husband Hossein opened the doors to City Carpets in San Rafael, there were few women strongly entrenched in the flooring business. Leigh wanted to change that dynamic and proceeded to build her visibility within the industry knowing she could open doors for others to follow.
In her career, Leigh has shown the importance of a woman’s leadership in business and more specifically in the flooring industry. She is a currently a Regional Network Coordinator for Carpet One Co-op, past- president and long-tenured board member for the Redwood Empire Floor Covering Association, in addition to serving on advisory councils for fiber manufacturers including Stainmaster® Flooring and Gulistan® Carpets.
According to Leigh, there is much more to be done, including building awareness and support for sustainable practices within the flooring industry. City Carpets gives her a showroom to introduce natural flooring products that are created to last in appearance and comfort.
555 East Francisco Blvd San Rafael, CA
Carey Hagglund Condy
Finding the right home is about so much more than square footage and number of rooms. It is also about quality of life and how you live outside those walls. Carey Hagglund Condy is not only one of the most respected luxury real estate agents in Marin County, but also one of its most passionate residents. That’s why she is the Face of Luxury Marin Homes. Having raised her three daughters here, Carey lives and breathes the Marin lifestyle and knows first-hand what her clients want and need.
Whether hiking on Mount Tam, playing golf, or being active in the community, Carey’s not just your agent, but part of your Marin network. “To me, real estate is more than just selling houses. It means creating connections — between buyer and agent, family and home, home and community.” By providing her unique and personal perspective to living in Marin, her unparalleled knowledge and attention to detail, Carey and her team will help guide your journey to your perfect home so you too can enjoy “Marin Living Beyond The Four Walls”.
Compass 27 Ross Common, Suite 2A Ross, CA
Dr. Cat Gibson
OWNER, CLUB 9 CRYO LOUNGE
Dr. Cat’s success springs from her business-school mind, Taoist leadership style and camp counselor attitude. Earning degrees in business, psychology and a PhD in Asian Philosophy, she is one of few Westerners to receive teachings from the Dali Lama and is versed in Taoism, Zen, Buddhism, I Ching, and Confucianism. One key to her success is contemplation. “Great leaders and innovators carve out space to think.” Another is analyzing important decisions by “knowing the time and knowing your position” like a chess player.
Dr. Cat is known as an innovator. She has been involved in more than 200 businesses internationally, in Silicon Valley and locally. In Marin, she owns 9 Corners Functional Medicine Center with her husband, Randy Gibson LAc, MA, MS. In it’s 21st year, 9 Corner’s Team hosts over 1000 sessions per month. Her newest innovation, Club 9 Cryo Lounge, delivers Cryo Therapy, Infrared Saunas and Bio Coding. She’s partners with a Buck Institute molecular scientist bringing revolutionary bio and physio health tests to Marin residents. Club 9 / 9 Corners is the only place in the US interlinking Bio Coding, Functional Medicine, Cryo, and Infrared. “It’s breathtaking to advance personalized medicine in such effective, affordable ways,” smiles Dr. Cat.
THE REAL ESTATE TEAM THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Applegarth + Warrin is honored to be recognized as the top team at the #1 real estate brokerage in Marin. The women of Applegarth+Warrin — Kara Warrin, Jennifer Glassman and Melissa DiVita — specialize in high-end, luxury real estate, with over $1 billion in sales. Known for their discretion, uncompromising quality, and an elite level of service, they have facilitated the buying and selling of some of Marin’s most coveted homes.
The team is comprised of real estate mavens, moms, and philanthropists, spanning backgrounds in design and sales. With over 50 years combined experience, this team excels at providing unparalleled service and expertise to their clients. Their commitment to building strong communities by investing in local charities, schools, and non-profits sets them apart.
Professionals with local knowledge and a global reach: Applegarth + Warrin and the Sotheby’s brand, with its prestige, worldwide presence and superior network is unrivaled by any other brokerage.
Put Marin’s top team to work for you.
To partner with A+W for your real estate needs, please call 415-383-5200.
Sotheby’s International Realty
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 launched Innovative Match to deliver a 21st century approach for helping clients to realize their relationship goals. Cassie offers a holistic, data-driven road map for transforming clients’ dating lives, drawing upon technology expertise, psychological training and work as a dating and life coach as well as a compassionate heart.
ARTIST, GALLERY OWNER AND LIFE COACH
I paint spacious, blissful havens for the soul, to uplift and quiet the mind, and elicit inner peace. Come experience my Blissful Gallery’s relaxing effect! Nurturing and empowering are at the core of both my art and my life coaching practice, to help people thrive. Since 2013, 4% of every sale is gratefully donated to charity. Emmeline Craig – Blissful Gallery.
3415 Shoreline Stinson Beach, CA
Karen Z. Hardesty
COMMITTED TO EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE
Karen Z. Hardesty has consistently excelled in her real estate career in total sales production and, more importantly, with the extraordinary service she provides to her clients. Her belief in the value of home ownership and deep knowledge of the Bay Area market have benefitted her buyers and sellers through many years and economic cycles with results that keep them coming back to her. Strategically advising them on how properties will hold their value during changing markets, they return to her again and again for their real estate needs. She has repeatedly seen homes provide luxury and warmth, and if purchased wisely, become the client’s strongest investment.
Karen grew up in Pasadena and Newport Beach and attended USC. Her work with Disney, CBS, Dean Witter and running her own photography business gave her valuable training in interpersonal relations and negotiating skills, all instrumental in her success.
Since 1982 Karen has resided in Marin County and appreciates what it has to offer. She is a broker associate with Vanguard Properties and finds their elegance and collaboration the perfect platform from which to serve her clients. An added bonus is having her daughter, Chelsea E. Ialeggio, as the Marin Sales Manager!
Karen is involved in philanthropic endeavors with a focus on the needs of children in impoverished areas and veterans. She also counsels cancer patients facing this traumatic diagnosis.
Vanguard Properties 352 Miller Ave Mill Valley, CA
Holly A. Kopman
An acclaimed interior designer with a rock n’ roll edge, Holly Kopman creates glamorous, multi-layered interiors with her keen eye for detail. Materials, color, and scale combined carefully with contemporary, vintage, and Holly’s own signature custom pieces are the trademark of Holly A Kopman Interior Design. Holly considers herself a conduit for her clients’ design ideas and personal aesthetic.
3020 Bridgeway, Suite 207 Sausalito, CA
CLIENT FOCUSED. RESULTS DRIVEN.
Robin’s innovative approach is carefully designed to achieve the best outcome for each client she serves and each home she sells. She works closely with her clients to uncover a home’s most appealing features, then highlights them through skillful marketing and preparation. A dedicated professional, Robin and her team deliver a high level of service and personal attention to ensure a smooth and effortless transition.
With a background in marketing to high net-worth clients for Fortune 500 companies, Robin understands how to appeal to a sophisticated audience. And as a real estate investor with a solid business background, she is a strong negotiator and valuable member of any development team.
Robin lives in Mill Valley with her two sons, one a passionate mountain bike racer, and the other a proud member of Marin County Search and Rescue. She is actively involved in the Marin community and donates a portion of each home sale to local charitable organizations.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
INNOVATIVE WOMAN- FOCUSED PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Karen Horton has been in practice in San Francisco since 2006, focusing primarily on aesthetic surgery for women and aesthetic breast reconstruction. An athletic mother of twin girls and Marin resident herself, Dr. Horton focuses on creating natural results with preservation of muscle function to help patients return to everyday activities quickly after surgery. Dr. Horton’s boutique practice hosts an all-female staff whose goal is to ensure each patient has the very best experience and outstanding results.
Karen has a women’s touch in the way she approaches each patient individually and incorporates mental, emotional and physical considerations when planning their procedure. Dr. Horton has also developed innovative techniques when it comes to popular female procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tucks, labiaplasty and mommy makeover procedures. Her practice offers non-surgical aesthetic treatments including Botox, fillers, lasers, CoolSculpting and medical-grade skin care by “the gentle injector”, Emily Sespaniak, NP.
2100 Webster Street, #506 San Francisco, CA
YOUR LOCAL BOUTIQUE
Alys Grace® has the quaint charm of a favorite neighborhood boutique with many contemporary ready-to-wear designers found worldwide. Alys Grace husband and wife team, Phil and Tiger Bachler, opened their doors in 2008 in Menlo Park, in the heart of the Silicon Valley and have since opened 4 more locations in Los Altos, San Francisco, Corte Madera, and San Ramon. Whether you’re looking for luxurious sweaters, a special date night dress, a great fitting pair of jeans or that essential white tee shirt, Alys Grace’s curated collection of contemporary designers allows you to build that perfect wardrobe. From coveted denim brands such as Mother, AG, Moussy, and Citizens of Humanity, to collections from A.L.C., L’Agence and Iro and everyday essentials from ATM and Vince, Alys Grace is able to dress their clients for real life. The butterfly logo symbolizes what we hope to convey to every client we style: joy, rebirth, femininity, and transformation.
Corte Madera, CA
TRANSFORMING HOME THROUGH DESIGN
JMJ Studios is an all-women architecture firm that brings innovative design solutions to any project regardless of size or budget limitations. Founded in 2012, Architect Julie Johnson brings strong commercial design experience to the residential market. We believe that architecture should be designed for a specific client, on a specific site and for a specific purpose.
PO Box 231 Kentfield, CA
LUXURY PROPERTY SPECIALIST
Selling or buying a house is one of the most significant events in a person’s life. Working with a professional you can trust to guide you through the process is a key part of ensuring a successful outcome. Meet Christine Christiansen, the consummate real estate professional whose top priority is to truly listen to her clients. Her capacity to fully embrace her clients’ needs and desires is the reason for her success in the Marin luxury market. She listens, she learns, and she will lean in to get you what you want. Her clients are continually impressed and have all referred her, used her services again, or become friends.
Christine has created exclusive collaborative opportunities where she learns about properties not widely available to others thereby getting her clients in first to see Marin’s best homes. Her strong relationships with gold-standard contractors, inspectors, engineers, lenders, and attorneys constitute a concierge team, ready to respond quickly and smoothly to manage the most complex of transactions. Christine is one of Vanguard Properties’ top luxury property agents and her business acumen gives her an edge that hones her for success.
Meet Christine and you will immediately understand why she is among the best in her profession, why she has earned the respect of so many, and why she will certainly earn yours.
Vanguard Properties 352 Miller Ave Mill Valley, CA
Creating sustainable, non-toxic living spaces today. I have always loved textiles and the creative breadth that is encompassed in interior design. Working with my clients is about giving them the courage to realize their innermost dreams. It’s like solving a complex and very personal puzzle. People have the opportunity to show who they really are in the way they decorate their homes.
323 Pine Street, Unit A Sausalito, CA
WE FIND EGG DONORS AND SURROGATES
Gail Sexton Anderson helps people make babies, but not in the traditional way. Since 2006, Donor Concierge, based in San Rafael, has provided personalized services to help IVF patients navigate their third-party fertility journey.
Clients from all over the world hire the company to find, select and match egg and sperm donors, and gestational surrogates. A sort of ‘general contractor’ for fertility, Donor Concierge works with anyone trying to have a baby – older women who may have been through numerous IVF cycles, second marriages, single men and same-sex couples.
Through a network of trusted fertility professionals, the team guides clients through the process, sometimes right to the birth.
“I founded Donor Concierge to create a safe place to explore the myriad decisions in finding a donor or a surrogate. It’s an overwhelming process and people waste precious time and money trying to navigate it on their own.”
CANNABIS FOR WELLNESS AND PLEASURE
Andrea Brooks came to cannabis later in life after a debilitating injury left her in pain and unable to function. Using an array of tinctures and topicals, combined with a wellness routine, she recovered and was inspired to create a platform that would make it easier for others to find and learn about cannabis for wellness.
In 2016 she founded Sava, a cannabis delivery service with a focus on curation, education, and customer support. “During my initial explorations I saw how many artisan crafters were making such high quality products, and I wanted to make it easier for people to find those brands,” says Andrea. “Whether you use cannabis to unwind, to sleep well, to deal with pain, as an aphrodisiac – it should be easy and convenient to find what you need.”
Sava has been in Marin since the beginning, and can now deliver to anyone over the age of 21. Not sure where to get started? “It took me a lot of research and trial and error to find the right products for me,” says Andrea, “so we created an excellent customer support system. We provide free consultations, and are available by email and phone to make it easy for our customers to find the perfect thing for their needs. We love this plant, and want to support people in exploring it!”
Delivering to the Entire Bay Area
Fiona Dorst is the owner of La Belle Fifi boutique, a uniquely curated collection of fine lingerie and distinctive swim and resort wear. Originally from the Bay Area, Fiona followed dreams and opportunities to the film industry in LA, PR and publishing in NYC and finally to a farm in Africa. La Belle Fifi is an expression of her many experiences.
121 Corte Madera Town Center Corte Madera, CA
Richardson Architects provides design and management of residential, commercial, and institutional projects throughout Marin County and the greater Bay Area. Established in 1984, the Mill Valley-based firm is run under the leadership of Heidi Richardson. Dedicated to “intelligent architecture”, the team creates site-specific solutions, navigating complicated zoning and permitting constraints, to create timeless designs.
225 Flamingo Road Mill Valley, CA
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN
In 2018 we sent 65+ kids to enrichment programs, filled and delivered 355 backpacks, fulfilled Christmas for 180 people/53 single parent homes, raised over 150k in cash, and sent it right back into the community. This year, we are opening Los Angeles and Sacramento chapters and building SparkleBiz: micro-lending to women who want to start or grow their businesses. To sign up or donate, email: samantha@ sparklenow.org
INDUSTRY LEADER WHO KNOWS HOW TO WIN IN THE GAME OF REAL ESTATE.
Lori Saia Odisio celebrates over 20 years as an award-winning real estate professional in Marin. A Marin native and Cal Berkeley graduate on a track scholarship, Lori’s trademark is to work hard, understand her clients’ needs and exceed expectations every time. Her happy clients often become repeat customers, and her ability to deal with sensitive issues such as celebrity, divorce, death, estate sales and relocation is highly regarded. As a trusted advisor, she knows that a home is a client’s largest equity in their portfolio, but also an emotional asset where a person plants their roots and builds a life. Lori has the experience and expertise in all price points as she has sold over 450 homes and has clocked in over $350 million in sales.
Client and author Anne Lamott shares, “Lori Odisio is a brilliant realtor–probably the savviest in the county–but besides that, EVERYONE falls in love with her.” Clients Celeste and Cort Bishop add, “Lori is proof positive that a top-notch professional with a mixture of smarts, pragmatism, creativity and energy can and does make the difference. Lori also brings other attributes to the table…she cares about her clients.”
Lori knows the importance of giving back and often works behind the scenes to ensure a need is filled. She also serves on the Board of the Marin Athletic Foundation which serves Marin County’s athletic programs by focusing on the health, safety, and injury prevention of Marin County high student athletes. Please donate at marinathleticfoundation.org.
Vanguard Properties 352 Miller Ave Mill Valley, CA
ACCUCHEX PAYROLL & INSURANCE SERVICES
Since 1990, Accuchex has been privileged with the responsibility of paying people correctly. Leslie Ruhland is a Marin County native and is the EVP of Accuchex Corp. Headquartered in Novato. “One of my favorite things”, says Ruhland, “about working with companies’ payroll is that no matter the size or industry, our friendly and knowledgeable staff adds value, and in doing so, we become part of our clients’ adventure.” Photo: Mary Small Photography
415.883.7733, ext 110
CURATED TEA BOXES
Claire Forgan is a tea sommelier and Founder of the online business, “Tea By C”. Members of Tea By C enjoy monthly tea boxes that Claire curates according to their flavor profiles and requested health benefits. Claire sources unique teas from around the world and tells you about their background and health benefits, making these teas educational and tasty.
San Rafael, CA
Julie Tuton • boutique
JEWELRY • ENERGY
When an energy healer is a jewelry designer, her pieces become elixir adornments, energetically designed to assist in unspoken ways – for you to feel empowered, nurtured and beautiful. Her jewels are an addition to you as they expand your natural glow and beauty. When you are drawn to Julie’s work, what if that is your knowing, showing you an energy that will contribute to you?
73 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley, CA
CANNABIS ADVOCATE AND EDUCATOR
Longtime Marin resident Pamela Hadfield suffered from migraines for 25 years—and then she tried cannabis. Within three months, she was managing her migraines, and in six months, she was preventing them altogether. Today, Pamela is the co-founder of HelloMD, the largest health and wellness-oriented cannabis community. As a new medical marijuana patient, Pamela found reliable cannabis information hard to come by. She also wished she could talk to a doctor who could answer her questions about cannabis. Understanding this was a need shared by many others, she co-founded HelloMD in 2015.
An award-winning user experience designer, Pamela has since become a passionate cannabis advocate and educator, speaking at events around the world. What first began as a service connecting medical cannabis patients with doctors, HelloMD has since expanded into a global digital health care platform—the go-to place for all of your cannabis needs.
HelloMD comprises online doctor consults along with a library of educational cannabis content, which includes thousands of articles, videos and Q&As. Visitors can also buy high- quality, lab-tested cannabis and hemp-derived CBD products vetted by Pamela and the HelloMD team.
When she isn’t working, Pamela enjoys kiteboarding, snowboarding, dirt biking and hiking in the hills with her husband, three kids and dog. You can also catch her on the John Muir Trail this summer.
HelloMD 101 California Street, Suite 2710 San Francisco, CA
INNOVATIVE CUSTOM DESIGN
Elizabeth Suzuki is a partner at Sutton Suzuki Architects, a small design-oriented firm with projects throughout Northern California as well as Malibu, Tahoe, Hawaii, and Kauai.
Elizabeth places an emphasis on quality design as well as service for her clients. She finds that working collaboratively with her clients is the best way to find innovative solutions which are progressive yet timeless, specific to the client and context.
The team of professionals at Sutton Suzuki Architects combines the best of time-honored creativity with cutting-edge processes. Merging knowledge and talent, they work together with a collaborative spirit that sparks their success.
Elizabeth is proud of the business she has created. She understands that the firm’s integrity starts with individual pride in what they do – and how well they do it. Design styles may be variable but attention to detail is enduring.
Annie Leese Thistle
YOUTH DANCE & THEATER ARTS DIRECTOR
Since Performing Arts Academy of Marin (PAAM) opened in 2009, Annie has provided premier training and a warm community environment, allowing students to reach their full potential as artists. A strong believer in the power of arts to inspire all areas of development, Annie delights in watching the hard work, growth and achievement of PAAM students, from preschool through high school.
60 Belevedere Drive Mill Valley, CA
SELLING A LIFESTYLE
Michele Affronte is the foremost Realtor® representing the Floating Home community in Sausalito. Teamed with the vast resources of Engel and Volkers International Real Estate, Michele provides sellers and buyers with an exceptional level of service and deep understanding of this unique market. Her International marketing, and 32 years experience selling waterfront property, make her your best choice to list or buy your floating home with!
Engel & Volkers International
BRINGING ART TO THE PEOPLE
Melanie Victor-Smith took the concept “Have Art Will Travel” literally with her new mobile art gallery, “Artstream”. With a retrofitted 1954 Airstream she represents local artists who celebrate the beauty of the Bay Area.
The Artstream was born after years of developing a boutique print business with fine artists. While working with a variety of clients, she discovered a pattern she calls, “blank wall syndrome”. That empty wall in your home waiting for a piece that’s both unique yet fits your budget. Because the fine art world feels inaccessible for most people, she set out to create a whole different experience.
Melanie travels to locations all over the Bay Area showcasing one artist at a time inside the trailer. The process is designed to feel welcoming and inclusive. Decorated with comfy sofas and iPads, you can view work from all the artists she represents.
Follow Melanie @TheArtstream on Instagram to see where she’ll be pulling up next.