Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, advocate for peace and social justice, and mother of three extremely loved children. Her first memoir, Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, was published in March 2005. Ms. Santana founded Do A Little, her non-profit foundation, in 2008 to support women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. She believes that OTW is an inspirational program for youth to create positive goals through service and experiencing other communities and cultures.
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Michael Daly, Chief of the Marin County Probation Department, has been a resident of Marin since he was 7 years old and currently lives in San Rafael with his wife, Peggie. It has always been an interest of Michael's to help others. Volunteering to support OTW--a pathway for young people who have had to overcome personal issues or have had trouble reaching their potential due to lack of support--and people from different parts of the world, has been a very rewarding and eye-opening experience for Michael. He has seen, firsthand, how participants flourish and fully transition into society after completing an OTW adventure. He says, he is "happy to see that others who have gone through our program have actively recruited others and remain an important part of our message."
Scott Muldavin, CRE, is President of The Muldavin Company, a real estate advisory firm, and a resident of San Rafael. He has been active in the community including serving as Board President of the Community Institute for Psychotherapy. For the last 11 years, as a Senior Advisor to Delos, creator of the WELL Building Standard™, Executive Director of the Green Building Finance Consortium and a Senior Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Institute, he has been a leader in the global movement to scale public and private investment in healthy and sustainable buildings. Previously, he was a management consulting partner at Deloitte and co-founded Guggenheim Real Estate, a multi-billion-dollar private real estate company. Mr. Muldavin is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University and has authored over 225 books and articles on real estate finance, investment, sustainability, and health and wellness. He is a frequent speaker worldwide.
Raul Aguilar, Police Sergeant with the San Rafael Police Department, began serving the people of San Rafael in 1999. Volunteering with “Opening the World” combines two of his most passionate interests; helping young people overcome challenges and experiential travel. Raul came to the United States as a teenager and only spoke Spanish. He has experienced first-hand the difficulties that immigrants face in a new country and believes that education, diligence, and supportive adults can propel young people to fulfill their dreams. Raul credits travel, whether to a nearby town or across continents, to help young people develop critical thinking and compassion for others. As a father, Raul took every possible chance to expose his son to travel, in California, but also to Mexico, Asia, and Europe. Raul holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Angela Arenas, MFT (#38718), is a licensed mental health professional serving youth in the Marin County Probation Department. She has dedicated the past sixteen and a half years to families in Marin by providing therapeutic support, advocacy, and education. In 2011, Angela founded "Girls Stepping Up for Change," a community program focused on providing young women with the opportunity to be healthier, do volunteer work, and have access to cultural events. In its 5th year, the program will continue to focus on empowering women to believe in themselves and enjoy giving back to others. Angela's work with OTW began in 2012 when she was approached by Jeannine Curley with the idea to develop the program. As an OTW leader, she has traveled to Nepal and across the United States and experienced firsthand the positive impact the program has had on its participants, alumni, and trip leaders.
Terri Carrillo is a transformational leader, influencer, and motivator with vast experience in a cross-functional matrix environment within the healthcare services industry. She has held a variety of leadership and strategic customer-focused roles ensuring operational excellence both as an individual contributor and manager of dynamic teams and in project leadership as a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She retired from a 30+ year career at General Electric Healthcare and her passion for personal growth, learning and knowledge has led her to near completion of a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. Terri has been a Rotarian since 2001 and was the 2017-2018 President of the San Rafael Evening Rotary Club. Her vision of purpose is giving back to others and investing service hours with her Rotary Club activities, as well as within her community, volunteering with organizations focused on serving others.
David Atkin came to Opening the World hoping to assist with program development and to find a new way to be in service to others. Along with his 35-year career with Bay Area Fire Districts, he has volunteered with a number of charities, driving fundraising and facilitating events. His twenty years in Union leadership gave David experience in conflict resolution and contract negotiation. At 16 years old, David was offered guidance by a caring adult that set him on a path to the Fire Service and opened the world to him. He sees Opening the World as a great opportunity for him to pay that kindness forward.
Jose Varela, Marin County Public Defender, is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. He received his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Boalt, Mr. Varela was awarded the Sowell Fellowship in Labor Law and was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the La Raza Law Journal. Mr. Varela served as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties before joining the Marin County Public Defender's Office in March of 2001. As a trial attorney, Mr. Varela has tried cases ranging from misdemeanors to death penalty cases. He is a current member of the California Public Defender Association's Board of Directors and is a frequent speaker at CPDA training seminars. Mr. Varela is active on many Marin County steering committees, including Adult Drug Court, Proposition 36 and the County's Strategic Plan Implementation Group.