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Al Boro

President


            albertjboro@gmail.com




A retired, 35-year executive of Pacific Bell, Al has a vast record of community service, most notably as the five-time mayor of the City of San Rafael. He has also headed the Marin County Council of Mayors and Council Members, the Marin Commission on the Homeless, the Marin County Parks Commission, the San Rafael Child Care Task Force, the Central Marin Sanitation Agency, the Marin County Fair Board of Directors, the Golden Gate Bridge District and the SMART board. 

Al and his wife Pat have four grown children and have lived in San Rafael since 1966.  Saint Raphael is his parish, where he serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister.  Al was born and raised in San Francisco and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.


Gary Ragghianti

Vice President


            garages@rflawlip.com




Gary is the senior and managing partner at Ragghianti/Freitas, one of Marin’s largest full-service law firms located in San Rafael.  Gary started practicing law in the Marin County District Attorney’s office in 1969 and entered private practice in 1971.  He served as the elected San Rafael city attorney for 23 years and as the city attorney in Belvedere, Corte Madera and Tiburon.  Gary specializes in municipal law, real estate and land use litigation.  Gary is also the CEO of Resolution Remedies, an alternative dispute resolution provider where he has conducted mediations and arbitrations for 18 years.

Gary has lived in Marin for 69 years and was raised in Greenbrae.  He attended Marin Catholic High School, the University of San Francisco and USF Law School.


Peter Grant

Treasurer


                peter.grant@boerio.com







Peter serves as the Museum’s treasurer.  He is a retired CPA and business consultant including serving as partner and president of the Novato CPA firm of Smith, Grant & Kliegman. 

Peter is a seventh-generation California, whose fifth great grandfather, Juan Marcos Villela, arrived with De Anza on the expedition of 1775-78.  His maternal third great grandfather was Cayetano Juarez, who served under General Vallejo and then established Tulocay Ranchero in Napa and served as majordomo of Sonoma.

Peter was born in San Francisco in 1943, but moved to Corte Madera in 1946.  He attended Larkspur Corte Madera and Neil Cummings grammar school and graduated from Marin Catholic High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College and an MBA from Golden Gate University.  Peter is married to Suzanne Quigg, a Marin native and operating room nurse at CPMC.  They have two married daughters.


Ann Batman



                 Abatman229@aol.com








A long-time and respected community and political activist, Ann and several colleagues formed ABR Associates in the 1990s to manage Marin political campaigns.  While Ann retired in 2011, she remains active in Marin community.

Ann and her family moved to San Rafael in 1969.  She quickly became active in the League of Women Voters, serving as president of the local organization and two terms on the state board of the league.

In 1974, Falkirk – the Dollar Estate – was facing demolition and Ann and many other community members fought to save the mansion.  Their campaign was successful, with the City of San Rafael eventually purchasing the site.  Ann served for many years on the Cultural Affairs Commission that oversees the Falkirk Community Center and for eight years on the San Rafael Planning Commission.

A California native who was raised in Orange County, Ann graduated from the University of California.


Paula was the first woman elected district attorney in the County of Marin and the Bay Area.  As D.A. she stressed prevention and protection and in so doing Paula created a new template for the county.  During her tenure, Paula co-founded the Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center, adult and juvenile drug court, mental health court, the Sexual Assault response Team and many other innovative programs to better deal with victims and offenders.

In retirement, Paula volunteers with the First Responder Support Network and Soroptimist International of Marin County, raising funds for projects supporting women and girls.

Paula was reared in Oakland and has lived in San Rafael for more than 20 years.  She worked for the county for 35 years, first as a probation officer, then prosecutor and then as elected D.A.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminology from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from San Francisco Law School.  She is married to Dr. Mark Kamena, a nationally certified psychologist specializing in treating first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Injury.


Jaime, a life-long Marin resident, is a residential real estate agent for Terra Firma Global Partners.  A former executive, Jaime has a deep background with more than 25 years of finance and residential real estate experience.  Prior to his current position, Jaime served as CFO for real estate, consumer goods and technology businesses, ranging from start-ups to well established companies.  Jaime served a CFO for  several large Bay Area residential real estate firms:  Pacific Union, Cornish & Carey and Fox & Carskadon.

A native of Argentina, Jaime is bilingual in English and Spanish.  He was raised in Tiburon and Mill Valley, attended St. Hilary School, St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Santa Clara.  He is also a CPA.

Jaime lives in San Rafael with his wife Ann.  He has two married children, Dan and Lauren.




Jeff is a lifelong citizen of Marin and a long-time resident of San Rafael.  After retiring from the Marin Independent-Journal in 1980, Jeff committed himself to community service. Among the many agencies and nonprofits for which he as served are the Friends of Mt. Tam Gravity Car Barn exhibit at Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Whistlestop as a driver for Meals-on-Wheels.

He co-founded the Kentfield/Greenbrae Historical Society, currently serves as property manager for Trinity Lutheran Church, is a docent at the San Quentin Museum, and a board member of the San Rafael Fire Foundation.  One of Jeff’s biggest community service accomplishments was co-founding the well-known Marin charitable event for nonprofits called “The Human Race.”


Dennis is a founding partner of San Rafael-based Seagate Properties, Inc.  He is a licensed and active member of the state bars of Ohio, Texas, Colorado and California, a licensed California real estate broker and a former councilman and two-term mayor of the City of Mill Valley.  He was also named Mill Valley Citizen of the Year in 2006. A member of many professional and civic organization, Dennis is a founding and current board member of the Sweetwater CafĂ© & Music Hall, an emeritus member of the board of the Mt. Tamalpais School and a member of Hawken School Board’s Visiting Committee.

Dennis graduate from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor’s in Political Philosophy and holds a J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Dennis and his wife, Pamela Polite, live in Mill Valley.  Pam is a long-time geology teacher in Marin public schools.  They have three grown children.


A commercial real estate investor, Roger brings to the board more that 35 years of business and marketing experience in San Rafael.  He is a fourth generation Marinite with strong ties to the community.  Grandparents on both sides were downtown San Rafael merchants in the early 20th century and his family also ran successful dairies in Fairfax and San Rafael.

Roger was raised in Fairfax, attended local schools (Go Pirates!) and has both bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of California.  He has been an active participant in civic affairs throughout his career.  Roger lives in San Rafael with hi  wife and dog and they hope all their three grown children will return home periodically.

 



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