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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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.
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.
Financial Services Professional
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!