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On this page we feature real, solid Marin people who do meaningful or impactful things for the community, serve as role models to children and adults, or give back in ways that can inspire others.  

If you know someone who embodies these characteristics and/or exemplifies acting with respect, humility, social awareness, and appreciation for where they live -- please reach out to us because we want to meet them!

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DEREK BENTLEY (November 2019)

Dad. Martial Arts Champion. Coach. Volunteer. 


This Sausalito local was spotted on Bridgeway picking up garbage while walking his dog.  Turns out he's picked up 17 bags of trash in 7 weeks on his daily dog walks.  Derek has noticed how littered his neighborhood has recently become and has taken it upon himself to help fix the problem.


Derek grew up in Sausalito.  This competitive martial artist now teaches children of all ages in San Rafael.  He gives his extra time to his children's schools and is one of the most humble people you'll meet.  


Thanks to this true Marin-lover for setting an example for others and making a difference in our community.

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CASEN SPLAIN (December 2019)

Mom. Former EMT/Volunteer Firefighter. Community Role Model.  


Giving back to the community comes naturally to longtime Stinson Beach resident, Casen Splain. Director of Outreach and Enrollment at NatureBridge, Casen enjoys connecting Bay Area children to Marin's expansive and magic wilderness, an experience that some have never had despite living close by.  As a busy mom and professional, Casen also makes time to volunteer at her son's school helping with fundraising, event planning, and more. 

Driven, excited about life, and always seen with a smile, this former Tam High soccer player is an all-star in every way.  Thank you, Casen, for all that you do!

LAUREN FEE (January 2020)

Educator. Coach. Friend.

 This Inverness-bred all star works tirelessly on a daily basis to ensure educational success for her 27 first grade students.  Her day isn't over when the final bell rings.  Lauren provides valuable tutoring sessions to children during afternoons and evenings, and dedicates additional time to coaching volleyball and basketball teams.  Lauren implements a goal-oriented and thoughtful approach to teaching and tackling issues big and small, and consistently does this with a smile and a calm demeanor.  

Thank you, Lauren, for being a rock for Marin's youth!

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