Board of Directors
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Amanda McCarthy is now serving her second term on the Board of Directors and, as president of the board, is shepherding the agency through an exciting transition period. Dr. McCarthy is Chief Operating Officer and a Principal at WRA, Inc., a San Rafael environmental consulting firm, where she works with the leadership team on similar organizational health initiatives to build capacity. Formally trained as a plant biologist, she brings a unique perspective to the board and is eager to build relationships in the community, working diligently to create a Marin with equal opportunity for all. She has worked with the Marin Childcare Council, Canal Alliance, and Community Action Marin to create a process for large daycare approval in the City of San Rafael and looks forward to building the Board of Directors to build fundraising, recognition, and advocacy within the community.
Joe Simmons is now retired after a career of forty-five years in urban planning and low-income housing financing. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rice University, a Masters in Regional and Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in urban planning from UCLA. His professional career has included working for the Mayor’s Office in Denver and teaching at the University of Colorado and Iowa State University. Following his doctoral studies, he found that his planning experience provided a seamless transition into the financing of low income housing. The last twenty years of his working life were spent in the provision of funding for nonprofit low-income and community facility developers throughout the country. After retiring in 2012, Joe still resides in Novato, and has become active on boards in Marin County.
Gail Meblin’s career in management of human service programs in Marin County spans over 30 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University of the East Bay. She retired from the County of Marin after 20 years as the administrative manager of Community Mental Health Services, including fiscal services, management information systems and contract management. Prior to her employment with the County she was Deputy Director/CFO of Marin Treatment Center, a drug treatment service, and Executive Director of Marin Services for Women, a comprehensive women’s alcoholism treatment program. Born in San Francisco, she is a long time resident of Marin County , and brings her financial expertise and knowledge of human services in Marin to the Community Action Marin Board of Directors.
Roger Crawford has lived in Marin County for 12 years and has been a member of the CAM board for 4 years. Roger Crawford currently works as the Equal Employment Director for the County of Marin. In that role, Roger shares responsibility for the development and implementation of the County’s Diversity and Inclusion policies as well as the County’s Race Equity Plan. Roger is an employment attorney and before working for the County, he worked in San Francisco at the employment law firms, Jackson Lewis and Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. Roger is originally from New York and he received his B.A. from Connecticut College and his law degree from Villanova University. Roger brings his commitment to equity and social justice as well as his legal background to the CAM board. Roger is married with three children.
Patricia Duffy brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in Bay Area philanthropic and community organizations during which time she has pursued her commitment to the poor and underserved populations of this region. Ms. Duffy began her professional career first as a Corporate Associate with Pettit & Martin law firm in San Francisco and then as a Public Finance Associate for the law firm currently known as Sidley Austin LLP, also in San Francisco. Ms. Duffy has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, including service on numerous boards including the San Francisco National Organization for Women Political Action Committee, Ross School Foundation and Sunny Hills Services Counsel, is an active member of the National Charity League and has served as a Marin County Court Appointed Special Advocate. Ms. Duffy earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, California and her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.
Danielle George has lived and worked in Marin County since 2015. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist currently working for the County of Marin to ensure children and families are connected to mental health services in the community. Danielle has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and in addition to doing traditional therapy, she has experience in mental health plan contract management, substance use treatment, and involuntary hospitalizations. In her current position, she interacts with and supports families that are in crisis, struggling with substance use, insecure housing, or feeling the impact of mental health issues on their family. Danielle tries to always carry the perspective of the families she works with into her role as a board member for Community Action Marin.
In 1977, Maya Gladstern used her lived experience of spending six months on a locked ward to become the first “consumer” to be appointed by the Marin Board of Supervisors to the Mental Health Board. She then organized others who had been diagnosed with serious mental illness and founded the Enterprise Resource Center (ERC), which since 1992 has been the centerpiece of Community Action Marin’s Mental Health Program. For the past dozen years, she has lead the Mental Health Advocates of Marin in representing the mental health consumer experience to the community. In 2016, the current participants of ERC petitioned CAM to have her represent them on the CAM Board.
She started working for the County of Marin in 1980 as a computer programmer. When she left county service in 2015 she was the Accessible Technology Coordinator. In addition, several decades of union leadership and civic activism has cemented her reputation of being a tenacious advocate. She has been a Trustee on the Retirement Board of the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association since 2003, which manages a $2.4 billion system and ensures a secure pension for 6,500 public employees. In addition to serving on the boards of the Marin Association of Public Employees, the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association and once again on the Marin Mental Health Board, she also participates in the leadership of many other organizations.
With her notoriety for rarely turning down an invitation to join any meeting, she is grateful for her family’s support and tolerance of her many endeavors.
Dr. Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar is the Vice President for Public Affairs & University Relations overseeing marketing, communications, and public and government relations. She is also on the faculty of the Education Department. She joined Dominican January 2013 as Senior Assistant to the President.
Prior to Dominican, Hanna was Assistant to President at Brown University, working closely with President Ruth Simmons and serving on her Cabinet. Previously she worked as a researcher at Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and National Bureau of Economic Research. She taught as an adjunct instructor at University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.
Currently, Hanna serves on the national board of Generation Citizen, and the Alumni Council for Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for Brown University, as President and Secretary of the Brown University Alumni Association, as representative for Harvard Graduate School of Education on the Harvard University presidential search, on the Board of College Visions.
Dr. Rodriguez-Farrar received a doctorate and a master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education with an emphasis on higher education leadership and policy. She also received a doctorate, master’s degree, and bachelor’s degrees from Brown University in the History of Art and Architecture. She has participated in several executive leadership programs including American Council on Education’s 88th National Women’s Leadership Forum and the Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges.