Message from Advisory Council President

Six years ago, Sheryl Ott gathered a group of like-minded individuals to form the first Bridge the Gap College Prep Advisory Council. The group consisted of mothers living in Marin County that recognized the disparity between their children’s education and the education of children living in Marin City. What started as a working lunch among friends in Sheryl’s living room, and later with the leadership of Mary Jo Schaffer (President for the past two years), the Advisory Council has evolved into an active group with over 50 members who support Bridge the Gap College Prep in a myriad of ways.

Advisory Council members strive to extend
the Bridge the Gap College Prep message and mission,
believing that education can fundamentally change lives
and thereby change our community.

The Advisory Council’s focus and advocacy span from critical fundraising activities to direct engagement with students and their families. The council is the backbone of our yearly fundraiser, Vines and Vision, with members lending their talents and connections to widen our community support, (this year raising almost $427,000). Some members tutor and mentor students, while others help fulfill needs identified through Bridge the Gap College Prep. These needs have ranged from organizing a festive Back to School Night, to assisting students in planning their pre-prom party, to helping with graduation festivities. Through the Advisory Council’s broad based involvement and collective efforts, members extend the BTGCP message and mission, believing that, “Education can fundamentally change lives and thereby change our community”.

We are truly grateful for the multi-faceted support of our Advisory Council who are helping to profoundly change our students’ lives.

If you’d like to get involved with the Advisory Council, please contact me at I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you, bring you to one of our meetings, give you a tour of our facilities, and introduce you to some of our wonderful students, Advisory Council members and BTGCP staff.

Bonnie Brown

President, Advisory Council

Advisory Council Members (as of 2018)

 Heidi Altree

Joshua Barrow

Leslie Barry

Christina Bosch

Mimi Breck

Bonnie Brown

Denni Brusseau

Nina Buchbinder

Vicki Buder

Rebecca Bunyasaranand

Liz Canady

Adriene Coffey

Shawn Cole-Woods

Melissa Congdon

Holly Coplin

Cheryl Finley

Tolan Florence

Millie Froeb

Deborah Goldman

Susan Hendrickson

Melissa Henne

Jenny Henzi Lavin

Valerie Herzog

Dana Hyman 

Kim Kieckhefer

Bonnie Kirkpatrick

Barbara Kraemer-Cook

Sasha & John Larson

Heather Lobdell

Karen Loebbaka

Desanne Martin

Barbara McCrum

Ashley McCulloch

Christy McGill

Julie McMillan

Noelle Montgomery

Kathleen Morrison

Karin Neal

Kate Newsom

Jennifer Nichols

Sheryl Ott

Ali Parsons

Diane Rice

Alexis Robbins

Bonnie Ross

Kelly Scannell

Mary Jo Schaffer

Laura Scher

Lida Soofer

Patti Stadlin

Dana Steele

Mary Stervinou

Linda Stiles

Ann Swart

Christy Swildens

Paige Thomas

Libby Tracy

Paige Thomas

Denise Wang-Kline

Jennifer Weiksner

Carrie Weinstein

Patty Winslow

Maggie Woodward 

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