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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2019

County Pays Tribute to Volunteers, Interns

Contributions enhanced customer service, provided work experience

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors recently recognized 170 outstanding volunteers and student interns who completed their service with the Marin County Civic Center Volunteers program in the past year. Among 70 volunteers were four who had served since the 1990s. There were 100 interns receiving accolades.

Intern and Boy Scout Tyler Colenbrander stands next to his 24-hour solar-powered welcome sign he designed and installed with volunteer friends at Gnoss Field, Marin County's airport in Novato.Intern and Boy Scout Tyler Colenbrander stands next to his 24-hour solar-powered welcome sign he designed and installed at Gnoss Field, Marin County's airport in Novato.
The Marin County Department of Human Resources said honorees made significant impacts as they advocated for patients, pulled invasive plants from public lands, performed legal research, helped smokers quit, built an entrance sign for the County of Marin’s airport, tutored at Marin County Free Library branches, mediated consumer disputes, patrolled open space trails, greeted visitors, counseled elders, provided clerical support, wrote articles, and much more. Honorees earned the endorsements of their staff supervisors for formal resolutions of commendation, which were approved by the Board at its December 18 meeting.

Student Internships Coordinator Joy Fossett said students brought academic knowledge to County departments for hands-on learning.

“Interns showed enthusiasm for their projects and brought fresh perspectives to the County,” she said. “They also gained experience to help them with career decisions. After they graduate, we hope many of them will apply their talents in the public sector.”

“We are so grateful to have skilled residents who volunteer to share their experience and energy,” said Anne Starr, HR’s coordinator of volunteers. “This year’s honorees contributed all kinds of expertise, from mediation to marketing and everything in between. Their efforts supplemented the work of paid staff, allowing the county to provide more service than otherwise would have been possible.”

According to its most recent annual report, the program had 8,256 volunteers and interns serving a total of 250,789 hours across the county organization in fiscal year 2017-2018.

Among the Civic Center Volunteers roles currently available are: Marin Civic Center tour docent, legal intern, Library Beyond Walls liaison, clerical volunteer, Adopt-A-Spot beautification team leader, social media intern, senior peer counselor, open space trail maintenance volunteer, law library aide, ecosystem restoration team member, and more.

Occasionally a role can be designed to meet an individual’s interests and skills. To apply, visit www.marincounty.org or contact Anne Starr at 415-473-7167 and AStarr@marincounty.org for volunteering, and Joy Fossett at 415-473-7447 and JFossett@marincounty.org for student internships.

CIVIC CENTER VOLUNTEERS 2018 HONOREES

Bolinas

Karen Willig, senior peer counselor, Health & Human Services;

Corte Madera

Amanda Aubel, epidemiology volunteer, Health & Human Services;

Jill Engelbrecht, senior peer counselor, Health & Human Services;

Ian Leifer, nutrition wellness intern, Health & Human Services;

Ruth Norstad, preservationist, Marin County Free Library;

Elein Phipps, patient advocate, Health & Human Services;

Fumi Tanaka, ombudsman, Health & Human Services;

Cecilia Wolf, communicable disease program intern, Health & Human Services;

Fairfax

Ted Bright, consumer mediator, District Attorney’s Office;

Forest Knolls

Susan Conard, administrative aide, Health & Human Services;

Rachel Marty, administrative aide intern, Health & Human Services;

Stephen Shimm, Library Beyond Walls liaison, Marin County Free Library;

Greenbrae

Nicole Fuches, District 2 intern, Board of Supervisors;

Adriana Golden, Public Guardian intern, Health & Human Services;

Marni Hansen, aide, Marin County Free Library;

Niobe Melendy, student service intern, Marin County Free Library;

Kentfield

Jeffrey Guenther, District 2 intern, Board of Supervisors;

Olivia Mendieta, Nutrition Wellness Program intern, Health & Human Services;

Ana Sanderson-Burglin, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Larkspur

Katherine Bonenti, Volunteer View newsletter writer, Human Resources;

Lelia Lanctot, administrative aide, Health & Human Services;

The late Janet Schonbrun, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Marin City

Wyna Barron, Library Beyond Walls liaison; Marin County Free Library;

Mill Valley

Ellie Allen, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Helen Beck, ombudsman, Health & Human Services;

Marjorie Genolio, book shelver, Marin County Free Library;

Alex Leason, Marin Search & Rescue volunteer, Marin County Sheriff’s Office;

Amandine Lienhart, data analysis intern, Human Resources;

Heidi Masturzo, paralegal intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Bruce Murphy, senior peer counselor, Health & Human Services;

Spencer Robert, emergency management intern & volunteer, Marin County Sheriff’s Office;

Teresa Saltzman, senior peer counselor, Health & Human Services

James Sawyers, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office’

Emily Spears, high school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Novato

Diana Alfaro, pre-law intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Roxanne Brown, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Priscilla Cardenas, School to Career high school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Eneyda Cifuentes, probation intern, Probation Department;

Tyler Colenbrander, airport sign project intern, Department of Public Works;

Marilyn Cordes, book shelver, Marin County Free Library;

Judy Cutler, patient advocate, Health & Human Services;

Joan Davis, Senior Access reader, Marin County Free Library;

Jessica Demitro, Adult Offender Work Program intern, Probation Department;

Roberta English, patient advocate, Health & Human Services;

Karen Ferris, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Jacqueline Ford, Senior Access reader, Marin County Free Library;

John Fossett, public administrator intern, Department of Finance;

Natalie Hallatt, high school intern, County Counsel’s Office;

Penny Hansen, patrol, Marin County Parks;

Irene Hernandez, Spanish tutor, Marin County Free Library;

Mayana Jean Charles, Women, Infant, and Children program office aide, Health & Human Services;

Rhett Martino, high school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Bilal Mubarack, substance abuse prevention and policy intern, Health & Human Services;

Randy Robertson, shelf reader, Marin County Free Library;

Robert Schinske, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Si Si Semple, administrative aide, Cultural Services;

Tekla Shelton, ombudsman, Health & Human Services;

Aline Tanielian, housing intern, Community Development Agency;

Kim Tran, teen shelver, Marin County Free Library;

Rita Wengler, English tutor, Marin County Free Library;

Michael Wilroy, evaluation aide, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s Office;

Athena Yap, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Point Reyes Station

Kaya Gately, information & referral program intern, Health & Human Services;

Clarissa Ramirez, teen shelver, Marin County Free Library;

San Anselmo

Natalie Agnew, District 2 intern, Board of Supervisors;

Sarah Barsky, high school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Aidan Berry, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Gillian Friend, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Connor George, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Isabel Noto, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

San Rafael

Miranda Bane, volunteer attorney, District Attorney’s Office;

Lynne Bergherm, children's library aide, Marin County Free Library;

Barbara Bischoff, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Blake Boehne, epidemiology intern, Health & Human Services;

Carroll Botvinick, shelver, Marin County Free Library;

Kevin Buckholtz, Marin Search & Rescue volunteer, Marin County Sheriff’s Office;

Thor Caroe, pre-law intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Caroline Carothers, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Pat Currier, special project aide, Marin County Free Library;

Shae Daly, District 2 intern, Board of Supervisors;

Janice Dushkes, senior peer counselor, Health & Human Services;

The late Dayna Ehlen, ombudsman, Health & Human Services;

Elizabeth Ferris, senior peer counselor, Health & Human Services;

Roy Fidler, consumer mediator, District Attorney’s Office;

Eugene Frid, post-bar law clerk, Public Defender’s Office;

Madeline Gebbie, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Suzanne Gollin, Library Beyond Walls liaison, Marin County Free Library’

The late Joe Grasso, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Beverlee Hibbs, tutor, Marin County Free Library;

Rieko Inoue, administrative support, Health & Human Services;

Hannah Leadem, tobacco prevention & education intern, Health & Human Services;

Cora Lohse, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Chris Magaňa, volunteer attorney, Public Defender’s Office;

Jordyn McCord, probation intern, Probation Department;

Gueverly Mendez, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Ruben Mosqueda, online learning intern, Human Resources;

Jocelyn Moss, California Room docent, Marin County Free Library;

Sierra Najolia, adult case management class assistant, Health & Human Services;

Carol Neel, administrative aide, Cultural Services;

James Nelson, social media strategist, Human Resources;

Jean Marie Nshimiyimana, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Allison Orozco, access team program intern, Health & Human Services;

Georgina Ortega Moran, Marin County Restorative Justice Program intern, Probation Department;

Sandra Otanez, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Joan Richardson, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Cecilia Sandoval, post-college intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Stephen Sarhad, web developer, Information Services and Technology;

Elizabeth Shirino, high school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

The late William Silver, administrative aide and investigator, Marin County Sheriff’s Office;

Paula Sullivan, event coordination intern, Human Resources;

Rosemary Vial, senior peer counselor, Health & Human Services;

Annie Ward, pre-law intern, County Counsel’s Office;

Karen Watts, patient advocate, Health & Human Services;

Barbara Webb, Volunteer View newsletter writer, Human Resources;

Christopher Wragg, administrative aide, Health & Human Services;

Sausalito

The late Tim Fleshman, harbor assistant, Community Development Agency;

Robin Glazer, consumer mediator, District Attorney’s Office;

Stinson Beach

Sally Henrikson, shelver, Marin County Free Library;

Tiburon

Vicki Englert, patrol, Marin County Parks;

Irene Rosmos, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Sonoma County

Tony Cresci of Petaluma, graphics layout advisor, Human Resources;

Lauren Fernandes of Petaluma, juvenile services volunteer, Probation Department;

Linda Sheppard of Petaluma, Marin Center usher, Cultural Services;

Katie Smith of Petaluma, intern coordinator for 2018 Marin Teen Girl Conference and for the 2017 Employee Arts & Crafts Fair, Human Resources;

Nicholas Uribe of Petaluma, accounting intern, Department of Public Works;

Natasha Gálvez of Rohnert Park, volunteer law clerk, County Counsel’s Office;

Carmen Quiroz of Rohnert Park, adult case management intern, Health & Human Services;

Paula Albertolli of Santa Rosa, adult probation intern, Probation Department;

Zorayda Sibrian of Santa Rosa, intake volunteer, Probation Department;

Sophia Metzner of Sonoma, social work intern, Health & Human Services;

Jaclyn Vaishville of Windsor, coroner intern, Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

Other Bay Area Locations

Chris Aria of Alameda, law clerk, County Counsel’s Office;

David Cullison of Antioch, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Mark Brandon of Berkeley, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Jason Hsu of Berkeley, social work intern, Health & Human Services;

Alexis Dye of Berkeley, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Laurel Taschetta of Burlingame, communicable disease and epidemiology intern, Health & Human Services;

Kyle Dunson of Concord, social work intern, Health & Human Services;

Karthik Raju of Menlo Park, volunteer attorney, Public Defender’s Office;

Paul Kelley of Oakland, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Patrick Troubetzkoy of Pacifica, post-disaster data and outreach intern, Department of Finance, and business property intern, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s Office;

George Adams of Richmond, volunteer attorney, Public Defender’s Office;

William Orrego of Richmond, legal support intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Akram Abdulrahman of San Francisco, environmental GIS Intern, Community Development Agency;

Austin Burke of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Sara Bushman of San Francisco, post-bar law clerk, Public Defender’s Office;

Andrea Cristiani Closa of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Monica DiLullo of San Francisco, intern for District 1 and District 3 offices, Board of Supervisors;

Dustin Ercolano of San Francisco, pre-law intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Mayra Hernandez of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Zoe Jordan of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Srdjan Lakobrija of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Ryan Lutz of San Francisco, social work intern, Health & Human Services;

Jonathan Mendoza of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Grace Onuoma of San Francisco, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office;

Andrew Peasley of San Francisco, social work intern, Health & Human Services;

Stephanie Ramirez of San Francisco, Adult Offender Work Program intern, Probation Department;

Christine Reyes Loya of San Francisco, post-bar law clerk, Public Defender’s Office;

Edwin Salgado of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Janice Stillman of San Francisco, post-bar law clerk, Public Defender’s Office;

Samantha Tagle of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Alex Thayer of San Francisco, post-bar intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Asha Vora of San Francisco, law school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Melanie Chan of San Jose, Nutrition Wellness Program intern, Health & Human Services;

Nicholas Jadallah of San Mateo, pre-law intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Gladys Tumbaga of Santa Clara, coroner intern, Marin County Sheriff’s Office;

Adam Ponce Jr. of Vacaville, juvenile probation intern, Probation Department;

Daeja Tillis of Vallejo, Nutrition Wellness Program intern, Health & Human Services;

Outside California

Krishna Menon of Palm Harbor, Florida, high school intern, Public Defender’s Office;

Palden Flynn of Hanover, New Hampshire, pre-law intern, District Attorney’s Office

Contact:

Anne Starr
Volunteer Coordinator
County of Marin

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 403
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7167
Email: Anne Starr
www.marincounty.org