The Marin History Museum celebrates the traditions, innovation and creativity of the people of Marin County. Through exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum inspires honor for the past, an understanding of the present, and an imagination of the future.
Staff & Board Bios
Members of the Staff
Michelle Sarjeant Kaufman
Michelle Sarjeant Kaufman graduated from John F. Kennedy University, in Berkeley, California, with a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Art History and British Literature from Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon.
She has been a staff member for over nine years. Michelle has worked with such prominent museums as the Oakland Museum of California, the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center, and the National Hot Rod Museum in Pomona, CA.
Before these experiences she ran her own freelance photography business and worked as a book conservator. Michelle co-authored The State Belt: San Francisco’s Waterfront Railroad and Marin History Museum’s Modern San Rafael: 1940-2000.
Members of the Board of Directors
Al Boro was born and raised in San Francisco and attended the University of San Francisco, where he earned a degree in Business Administration.
A retired, 35 year executive of Pacific Bell, Mr. Boro 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 Councilmembers, 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. He continues to serve on the Marin County Cultural Services Commission, where he is a lifetime emeritus member.
Mr. Boro’s many honors include not only the 2012 San Rafael Citizen of the Year but also the William J. Filante M.D. Award from the Marin Medical Society, the Marin County Italian-American Citizen of the Year Award from the Cristoforo Colombo Club of Marin, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the Blue Ribbon Award from the Western Fairs Association for his dedication and service to the Marin County Fair, and the “Be a Dream” award from the Marin County Grassroots for exemplary leadership in the advancement of social equity. In May of 2011, Mr. Boro was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Dominican University of California. Additionally, the Pickleweed Community Center was renamed the Albert J. Boro Community Center in his honor for his service to that community and his effort in spearheading its $9 million refurbishment.
Mr. Boro and his wife Pat have four grown children and have lived in San Rafael since 1966. Saint Raphael Church is his Parish, where he serves as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Gary has lived in Marin County for 69 years and was raised in Greenbrae. He attended Marin Catholic High School then University Of San Francisco (Undergraduate) followed by University of San Francisco School of Law. Gary started his practice of law in the Marin County District Attorney’s office in 1969 and entered private practice in 1971 in San Rafael. Over the years he has served as the elected City Attorney in San Rafael for 23 years and also as the City Attorney in Belvedere, Corte Madera and Tiburon. His practice has been in the fields of municipal law, real estate and land use litigation. Gary is also the CEO of Resolution Remedies, an ADR provider of long standing located in San Rafael where he has conducted mediations and arbitrations for 18 years. Gary is presently the senior and managing partner at Ragghianti/Freitas one of the largest full service law firms in Marin County located in San Rafael.
Peter is a seventh generation Californian. His great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Juan Marcos Villela, arrived with De Anza on the expedition of 1775-1776. On his Mother’s side, his great-great-great grandfather was Cayetano Juarez, who was born 1809 in Monterey, served under General Vallejo in the Mexican Army and then established Tulocay Ranchero in Napa and served as mayordomo of Sonoma in 1841.
Peter was born over a century later in 1943 in San Francisco but moved to Corte Madera in 1946. He attended Larkspur Corte Madera and Neil Cummings grammar schools and graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 1961. He went on to St. Mary’s College where he earned a BS in Business Administration in 1965. He completed his studies with an MBA from Golden Gate University in 1967 and subsequently obtained his CPA license. Peter was drafted into to the US Army in 1968 where he served a tour in Korea as an intelligence officer 1969 and 1970.
Upon his return to the Bay Area, Peter became a financial officer for a construction and real estate development firm through the early 70’s and moved on to become an independent business consultant. Starting in 1985, he worked as a CPA in Oakland and Marin County, eventually becoming partner and President of the CPA firm of Smith Grant & Kliegman. That firm merged with another Novato firm in 2013 and Peter retired in 2016.
Peter has been married to Suzanne Quigg since 1979, a Marin native and operating room nurse at CPMC in San Francisco. They live in San Rafael and have two married daughters, one an English teacher at Marin Catholic HS and the other a school psychologist in the Boston area.
Peter is also serving the Marin History Museum as its Treasurer.
Ann is a native Californian born in Whittier and raised in Orange County. After college at the University of California she and her husband made a short stop in Illinois but quickly returned to California. Ann and her family moved to San Rafael in 1969 settling in the Glenwood neighborhood. She quickly became active in the League of Women Voters acting as president of the local organization and served 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. The campaign was successful and funds were available for the city of San Rafael to purchase the site. Ann served on the Cultural Affairs Commission that oversaw the Falkirk Community Center for many years. Following that she was appointed to the San Rafael Planning Commission and served for eight years. In the 1990s Ann and two friends formed ABR Associates that managed local political campaigns including Paula Kamena for district attorney and Faye d’Opal for judge. In 2011 Ann retired but continues to be active in community groups including the Marin History Museum.
Ann now lives in Greenbrae. She has two daughters, one a structural engineer and the other a costumer for theater. Her granddaughters both have returned to the west coast after college in the east and midwest.
Jeff is a life-long citizen of Marin County and a long-time resident of San Rafael. After retiring from employment at the Marin Independent-Journal in 1980, Jeff committed himself to community service. Among the many agencies and nonprofits for which he has 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, and currently serves as property director for Trinity Lutheran Church, 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 County charitable event for nonprofits called, "The Human Race."
Mr. Fisco graduated from Case Western Reserve University (1977) with a BA in Political Philosophy and he holds a JD degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law (1979). He is a founding partner in San Rafael based, Seagate Properties, Inc. (1984). Dennis 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, California. He was appointed Mill Valley Citizen of the Year in 2006. He is a member of a variety of professional and civic organizations and boards. Mr. Fisco is a founding and current Board member of the Sweetwater Café & Music Hall, an emeritus member of the Board of the Mount Tamalpais School and is a member of Hawken School's Board Visiting Committee.
Dennis has been married to Pamela Polite Fisco for 38 years and they live in Mill Valley. Pam is a long term geology teacher in the Marin County public schools. They have three grown children: Gavin, 33 a professional geologist; Dana, 31 a Marine Biologist and Peter, 29 a commercial real estate professional.
Paula Freschi Kamena
Even before she became the first woman elected District Attorney in the history of Marin County and the Bay Area, Paula Freschi Kamena demonstrated her desire to make a difference and has taken countless steps to implement results. As a successful prosecutor, Paula made sure that the bad guys were successfully prosecuted but also that those who needed treatment received it. By stressing prevention and protection, she shattered the old way of doing things and created a new template for the County. She 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.
Since her retirement, Kamena has remained involved in the community by volunteering her time and energy with both the First Responder Support Network and Soroptimist International of Marin County, raising funds for many projects that support women and girls. Her pro-bono work includes investigating cold cases for Marin County law enforcement, assisting with jury selection in high profile prosecutions and raising awareness on human trafficking. She has also been a delegate to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. She travels extensively.
Paula has received numerous awards and accolades including induction into the Marin County Women's Hall of Fame and San Francisco Law School Hall of Fame. She received the Women of Distinction Award from Soroptimist International Founder Region. She was the first woman to be president of the Marin County Chiefs of Police Association.
Kamena is also is a general partner in PLP Partners, LP and as such has managed and developed commercial property for over 25 years.
Paula grew up in Oakland and has lived in San Rafael for over 20 years. She worked for the County of Marin for 35 years, first as a probation officer, then as a prosecutor, retiring as the elected District Attorney. She holds a B.A. and Masters of Criminology from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from San Francisco Law School. She is married to Dr. Mark Kamena, a nationally certified psychologist who specializes in treating first responders suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Injury as well as training and teaching on the subject. They have been married since 1968.
Jaime Pera, a life-long Marin County resident is a residential real estate agent working for Terra Firma Global Partners. A former executive, Jaime has a deep background with 25+ years of combined finance and residential real estate experience. Prior to joining Terra Firma Global Partners, Jaime served as Chief Financial Officer in real estate, consumer goods and technology environments, ranging from start-ups to high profile, well-established companies. His real estate expertise was developed while serving as CFO for several large San Francisco Bay Area residential real estate firms: Pacific Union, Cornish & Carey, and Fox & Carskadon.
Jaime is a native of Argentina and is bilingual in English and Spanish. He was raised in Tiburon and Mill Valley, attended St Hilary School in Tiburon, 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 Certified Public Accountant. An avid reader, he enjoys studying economics, history, people, and cultures.
Jaime is married and lives in San Rafael with his wife Anne. He has two married children, Dan and Lauren.
Smith, a commercial real estate investor, brings to the board over 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.
Mr. Smith was raised in Fairfax, attended local schools (go Pirates!) and has both a bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California. He has also been an active participant in civic affairs throughout his entire career. Mr. Smith now lives in San Rafael with his wife and dog and they all hope their three grown children will return home periodically.
Craemer Family Collections and Research Facility
45 Leveroni Court, Novato, CA 94949
Tuesday: 10:00 am - Noon
Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Other times by appointment
P.O. Box 150727, San Rafael, CA 94915