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Catherine was born in England, lived in Thailand and Malaysia before moving to Orinda to attend junior and senior high school. After playing lacrosse for UC Davis, Catherine graduated with a BA in Communications. She went on to spend more than a dozen years in the public relations and television marketing industry working for companies like ESPN. Catherine recently combined her love for the entertainment industry and connecting people and co-founded Shortlist Model + Talent with fellow SMMC mom, Lana Burstein.
Catherine is happiest when sharing her love of sport, the outdoors, and all that Marin County offers with her husband Jeff and their boys, Justin and Ryan.



Emma, originally from the UK, moved to San Francisco in 2008 for a 1 year assignment! She is still here and now lives happily in San Rafael with her husband Neal and their 4 year old daughter Keira. Emma is also step-mom to Conor and Christian.
Emma spent 20 years working in Financial Services before taking a break last year to be a full time Mum to Keira. She recently started her own consulting business and is a co-founder of Project Worth, an initiative focused on educating professional women about the importance of financial preparedness as it relates to career success. Emma loves spending time with family, traveling and hiking. She has a passion for food and wine and is often found in the kitchen cooking (most of the time with wine!). She has adopted bay area sports and is a San Francisco Giants season ticket holder.



Stacey Johnson is a Bay Area native. She spent most of her career as an HR Business Partner and most recently was the Head of Talent Management for the Global Quality organization at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland. While in Switzerland, she and her husband, Alex, enjoyed traveling all over Europe. They now live in Mill Valley and have a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. She enjoys hiking, traveling and drinking wine with friends.



Kristen grew up in Southern California and moved to the Bay Area in 2012. Her first time visiting Marin was on a bike ride with her husband from the city over the bridge to Sausalito. She nearly ran into a few things gawking at the beauty that is Marin and decided she must move here! She and her husband are both CPAs and met at KPMG. Since moving to Marin, they have welcomed two kids, a now 2-year old daughter and baby boy. Kristen has been an accounting and finance professional for 14 years and is currently an accounting policy director at MUFG Union Bank. While mostly focused on family these days, she tries to find time for travel, friends, biking and swimming.



Katy is a Northern California native back home after ten years living overseas first in Sydney, Australia then Singapore. She is enjoying being back in beautiful California close to family again. Katy moved to Sydney in 2006 for a job opportunity in the e-commerce space. She worked in the online industry for 10 years both here in the U.S. and overseas. Katy met her Australian husband while living in Sydney. After getting married in Bali they had their son, Jaxon, while living in Singapore. She truly enjoyed living abroad, especially the incredible travel adventures around Asia. Katy enjoys spending time with her two favorite boys, frequenting the yoga studio, traveling and wine!



I started my career as a young rainmaker attorney practicing mergers & acquisitions in New York City and representing clients from private funds to luxury brands. True to my middle-brained nature and passion for creating, in parallel to my practice of the law I have successfully launched, from concept to market, luxury event and floral design, prestige skincare, and building materials companies. I continue to invest myself in the growth of my family’s manufacturing businesses. For fun, I enjoy spending time with my husband Dean and our daughter Fleur, traveling, spinning, gardening, cooking for last minute dinner parties, and making all things beautiful.



Vanessa has called Marin home for nearly three years, since moving to Larkspur from San Francisco in 2015. A native of Washington, D.C., she started her career in public relations at ABC News and FOX News Channel in the nation’s capital. The work led her to a coffee with a handsome White House reporter, Scott, who she married in 2007. Her career in public relations has included a focus on corporate social responsibility, where she assisted global programs for Adobe, Chevron and HP as examples. As philanthropy director, Vanessa will continue SMMC’s leadership in Marin by investing in local nonprofits that support children and families. She is mom to four-year-old Katherine and two-year-old Bowdie.


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Stephanie is a seasoned fashion+tech entrepreneur garnering recognition with mentions in Vogue, InStyle UK, and as speaker at the Commonwealth Club of California. Highlights include interviews with Zac Posen and Saint Laurent’s muse Loulou de la Falaise. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, she now lives in Corte Madera with her daughter Lucy and dog Sébastien. She now divides her time between growing her business, travels with her family, and supports nonprofits that assist women and children in need. Today, Stephanie is a passionate Rodan + Fields business owner - building a community alongside her like-minded team whose vision is to empower others to dream BIG!


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Jessica Wallace is a Bay Area native, and moved to Marin from San Francisco in 2016. She worked in financial services marketing for almost 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom to her son, James, who was born on Christmas Day of 2017. She now lives in Novato with her husband, Greg, son and golden retriever, Shelton. She enjoys exploring Marin County - hiking and trying new restaurants, traveling, visiting wine country and spending time with family and friends.



My husband and I moved to the Bay Area from Victoria, BC, Canada almost 4 years ago and to San Rafael 2 years ago. I have a diverse background in social work and counselling, yoga teaching, and building design. In addition, I helped create and run my husband’s tech start­up for two years before having our daughter, Isla. I’m happiest when I get to exercise, play outside, make art, dance, travel and spend time with family and friends. I love everything Marin has to offer families and SMMC really helps me feel connected to community.



Leslie moved to San Francisco from Southern California in 2001 to attend and graduate from The University of San Francisco with a BA in Communication Studies. She fell so in love with the Bay Area, she never left. She moved on from her career in advertising to help open and operate Marengo Restaurant Group in San Francisco beginning in 2010. Leslie enjoys living life in San Rafael with her husband, Jim, and their three daughters Jules, Adele and June (ages 4, 2.5 & 2.5). In her free time, Leslie enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening and being outdoors.


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Robbin moved to the bay area from Texas in 1995 to earn her doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She lived in San Francisco for over ten years before settling in Mill Valley when she had her first baby. She is a single mom of three awesome kids and her sweet rescue dog Marley. Robbin owns and is Clinical Director of Marin Wellness Counseling which provides psychotherapy to help marin families thrive. She is also founder and host of the podcast Solo Parent Life, a podcast for single parents. Robbin was on the SMMC board as Community Outreach from 2007 to 2010 and now returns to the board as director of The School Years. She loves camping, listening to live music, cracking up over silly things with her kids and spending time with dear friends.


Director, The SMMC Crier

Yolanda became an SMMC member four years ago, after her first child was born. She and her husband, Claas, moved from Europe to Marin for what they thought would last only one year. Six years later, they still cannot resist the Californian sunshine and beaches. You’ll often find her in a dance class at Rocco, hiking China Camp, or on family road trips. Yolanda’s career background is in Law and corporate transformation and right now, she's having fun overseeing content of The Crier.


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Fifteen years ago Shannon met the love of her life, Rolf, while sailing in Cleveland, Ohio. After a few months of long distance dating she decided to follow him west and moved to San Francisco. They lived in the City for 12 years where they enjoyed all that San Francisco offers before getting married, starting a family, and moving to Marin. Since moving to Tiburon, Shannon has focused on raising their three energetic kids, Will (6), Isla (4), and Luke (2), while chasing after their Golden Retriever, Abby, who has run off with someone’s lovey.  While the kids are sleeping, at school, or otherwise occupied (destroying the house or looting the refrigerator) Shannon is busy fulfilling her volunteer roles for her kids schools and approving SMMC membership requests. In what little free time Shannon has, she enjoys reading, napping, and drinking wine