About Us

The Spahr Center is a non-profit community agency devoted to serving, supporting and empowering Marin’s LGBTQ community and everyone in the county living with and affected by HIV. Guided by our mission, our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, supporters and donors work together to achieve our vision of Marin as a healthy, inclusive community where every person lives with freedom and equality.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve, support and empower Marin’s LGBTQ community and everyone in the county living with and affected by HIV.

Equality

Our History

The Spahr Center was created in March 2015 through the merger of Marin AIDS Project and Spectrum LGBT Center, bringing together two organizations linked from the time Jane Spahr brought them into existence. In 1982, Janie founded the Ministry of Light and in 1984, she launched the Marin AIDS Support Network.

The agencies took new names in the early 1990s, becoming Marin AIDS Project (MAP) and Spectrum LGBT Center. From the beginning, they worked side by side, providing services, support and advocacy. MAP concentrated on direct, health-related services and prevention/education for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS while Spectrum focused on advocacy, education and support for the LGBT community.

After more than 30 years, the Boards of Directors decided to merge the two agencies to increase their strength, efficiency and stability. They wanted to assure that Marin would continue to have a strong voice for LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS issues and a safe, welcoming, supportive and responsive center for our communities. Today The Spahr Center is solid and growing, dedicated to serving, supporting and empowering our communities and advancing toward our vision of Marin as a healthy, inclusive county where every person lives with freedom and equality.

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Our Team

Administration

Jennifer Malone, Executive Director
Richelle Lipar, Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Marshall Grimes, President
Ruth Dell, Vice President
Stan Swanson, Secretary
Bryan Cohen, Treasurer
Robert Beadle
Dennis L. Elder
Whitney Hoyt
Vicki Marti
Scott Stanley
Jennifer Malone, Executive Director

Programs and Services

Staff

Alejandro Cavan, Communications Assistant
Andy Fyne, Prevention and Testing Manager
Bri Silva, Program Coordinator
Cammie Duvall, MFT, Therapist
David Mon, Benefits Advocate
Esperanza De La Vega, Program Assistant
Fernando Barreto, Bilingual Group Facilitator
Julie Dowling, Group Facilitator
Julie Lehman, MFTi, Therapy Intern
Laurel Roberts-Meese, MFTi, Therapy Intern
Leslie Gallen, HIV Program Manager
Luis Alvarado, PsyD, Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor
Maria Camacho, Bilingual Case Manager
Mark Oliver, MFTi, Therapy Intern
Will Boemer, Health Educator

Consultants

Akhil Mehra, M.D., Ph.D. Psychiatrist
Buz Hermes, LGBT Educator
Nancy Flaxman, MSW, LGBT Consultant