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.

View our latest financial statement here

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – March April

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 (MAP) and Spectrum LGBT Center (Spectrum), and named for the founder of our two organizations, Jane Spahr. The two agencies worked side by side through the years; 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.

The Boards of Directors merged the two agencies to assure that Marin would continue to have a strong voice for LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS issues, and a safe, welcoming, and supportive center for our communities.

Our Team

 

Programs and Services Staff

Dana Van Gorder, Interim Executive Director

Andy Fyne, Prevention and Testing Manager

Bri Silva, Executive Assistant

Buz Hermes, MA, LGBT Senior Program Advisor

Cammie Duvall, MFT, Therapist

David Mon, Benefits Advocate

Deborah Dueñas, MFT, Therapist

Deborah Spake, MFT, Therapist

Fel Agrelius, Youth Program Coordinator

Janna Barkin, Parent Groups Advisor

Julie Dowling, Group Facilitator

Leslie Gallen, HIV Program Manager

Maria Camacho, Bilingual Case Manager

Mark Oliver, MFT, Therapist

Nancy Flaxman, MSW, LGBT Senior Program Advisor

Nina Friedman, TAY Program Coordinator

Will Boemer, HIV Health Educator

Board of Directors

Whitney Hoyt, President
A volunteer board member since 2016, Whitney has dedicated her career to creating access and opportunity in education for young people. Whitney spent 26 years working in Northern California public schools, serving as Assistant Principal at San Rafael High School, Assistant Principal at White Hill Middle School, Principal at Mill Valley Middle, and Co-Principal at Tamalpais High School. As Educational Director at Bridge the Gap College Prep, Whitney supported students living in public housing in getting to, and through college. Throughout her career, Whitney’s focus has been on the design and execution of educational programs that “make the school work for the kid,” supporting every student’s ability to thrive—particularly those most misunderstood, underrepresented and marginalized. Whitney holds a BA from San Francisco State University and a MS from Sacramento State University.

Ruth Dell, Vice President
A volunteer board member since 2014, first with Spectrum and now with The Spahr Center, Ruth is a retired labor attorney who previously worked for the National Labor Relations Board and employment law firms.   She has served on various boards focused on youth, including the Tamalpais Union High School Board, and 10,000 Degrees.   Ruth has also volunteered on several political campaigns for various Democratic candidates and causes.

Ricardo Segura, Treasurer 
A volunteer board member since March, 2018, Ricardo is a Life Sciences industry executive. A  long time SF Bay Area resident, he has been involved in philanthropic endeavors in different capacities for many years as a Board member, advisor, and donor.  Ricardo has supported non-profit organizations focused primarily on education, social services and HIV/AIDS services.

Marshall Grimes, Secretary
A volunteer board member since June, 2013, first with Marin AIDS Project, then with The Spahr Center.  Following years of professional work in the financial services, marketing, and customer service fields, Marshall retired and moved to Marin with his life-partner, Terre.  He brings years of volunteer service in the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities in New Mexico and Texas to the Spahr Center Board.  In addition, Marshall volunteers with his local church, personal growth groups, and the California Parks Department.  He is committed to working with the varied groups from youth to seniors and our allies in helping the Spahr Center grow and evolve to meet the new challenges faced in our changing world.

Bryan Cohen
Financial Services Professional

Andrea Devoto
Real Estate

Suzanne Ford
A volunteer board member since May, 2019 Suzanne Ford is a fierce  activist working toward  equal rights for the Trans community.  She is employed as a Regional Sales Manager at Revere Packaging, being named by Plastic News as one of Women Breaking the Mold in the Packaging Industry in 2017.  Suzanne is a board member of SF Pride and was elected as the current Treasurer.  She also serves on the Board of Trans Heartline.  Suzanne lives in the SF Bay area with her wife Beverly and son, Daniel.  She is available to speak to groups or employers about trans issues and her experience facing the world as a trans woman!

Vicki Marti
Retired Psychotherapist