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.

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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, Reverned 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

Andy Fyne, Harm Reduction Manager
Direct: 415-886-8556

Bri Silva, Executive Assistant
Direct: 415-886-8554

Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director
Direct: 415-886-8551

David Mon, Benefits Advocate
Direct: 415-886-8552

Fel Agrelius, Youth Program Coordinator
Direct: 415-886-8555

Leandro Cabrera, Bilingual Case Mngmt. Asst.
Direct: 415-886-8559

Leslie Gallen, HIV Program Manager
Direct: 415-886-8558

Maria Camacho, Bilingual Case Manager
Direct: 415-886-8553

 

Offsite Staff

Buz Hermes, MA, LGBT Senior Program Advisor

Janna Barkin, Parent Groups Advisor

Julie Dowling, Group Facilitator

Nancy Flaxman, MSW, LGBT Senior Program Advisor

Rhiannon Saltzman, Syringe Access Program Manager

Will Boemer, Group Facilitator

Mental Health Staff

Cammie Duvall, MFT, Therapist

Deborah Dueñas, MFT, Therapist

Deborah SpakeMFT, Therapist

Mark Oliver, MFT, Therapist

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

Denny David
A volunteer board member since October 2019, Denny is the Deputy Director of LYRIC, an LGBTQ+ Youth Center in San Francisco, CA. Denny became involved with Spectrum LGBT Center and Marin AIDS Project in the early 2000s, while coordinating statewide LGBT youth leadership conferences. Denny brings over 17 years of LGBTQ+ youth development experience to The Spahr Center, including expertise in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) data collection, program design and evaluation, and capacity building efforts to support safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ young people. He is passionate about The Spahr Center’s mission to support local LGBTQ+ community empowerment. Denny and his partner live in Fairfax, CA with their dog, Delilah.

Andrea Devoto
A volunteer board member since March 2018, Andrea is a realtor in Marin county and previous to that ran an executive recruiting firm for 20 years.  She and her husband Jeff, a lifetime Marin County resident, have three children and three animals.  She also has family members who are transgender and gay, which is why The Spahr Center’s mission is important to her.

Wade Flores
A volunteer board member since June 2019, Wade is a life-long HIV activist, Co-Chair of the Marin County HIV Care Council and a board member of the Marin Community Clinic. He continues his mission to support the community health system in any manner possible.

Suzanne Ford
A volunteer board member since May, 2019 Suzanne 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
A volunteer board member since January 2016, Vicki is a retired psychotherapist who served as the Clinical Director of Marin Services for Women, a nonprofit organization providing a full range of treatment services for women with problems related to alcohol, drugs, and trauma.  She was twice appointed by California Governors to serve as a State Commissioner on the California Medical Assistance Commission, which was responsible for negotiating the state’s MediCal contracts with California hospitals.

Bobby Moske
A volunteer board member since June 2019, Bobby is a former case manager for the Spahr Center and is presently a Behavioral Health Peer Specialist. He assists people with housing, medical services, mental health issues, substance abuse problems, legal problems, and benefits counseling. Bobby is passionate about the co-morbid diagnosis of drug and alcohol problems that occur with mental health issues.  He works with the county to coordinate resources for Alcohol Justice;  RxSafe; California Association of Retired Americans; Marin County Pharmacists Association; the Marin County HIV Care Council;  the Intervention, Treatment and Recovery Team; the Marin Probation Department; Marin County Drug Court; Marin County Department of Health and Human Services Narcan Project and other County agencies.  The Marin County Board of Supervisors appointed Bobby to the Health Council of Marin, and he was also recently appointed to the Marin County Grand Jury. Bobby loves his human services work and his objective is to expand services by finding additional financial resources for all the County agencies that serve the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities