Joseph Kohn Memorial Scholarship
Honoring an ardent protector of Marin's native plant species
Donor: Bequest of Joseph Kohn
Amount: Covers full tuition to the Master Class
Joseph Kohn (34), a self-described “flaming environmentalist”, was an active member and tireless supporter of Environmental Forum of Marin and the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Before he passed away in January, 2010, he guided Environmental Forum students on walking explorations of natural habitats, native plants, and waterways.
Always a compassionate advocate on the subject of correcting eco-system damage wrought by human inattention and behavior, Joe’s dedication to all environmental concerns inspired dozens of Environmental Forum students. He attributed his public speaking skills to his advocacy training as a member of Master Class 34. An annual memorial scholarship was created to honor this beloved member with funds he bequeathed to the organization so that other “flaming environmentalists” could follow in his stead.
The scholarship covers full Master Class tuition for a student who already has demonstrated leadership qualities in protecting the lands and ecology of Marin County. Recipients are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the environment and sustainability, their past experience serving as a role model for other environmental advocates, their collaborative skills, and past accomplishments.
2014 recipient — Ann Bauer
Ann Bauer recently retired from her position as Director of Education for The Marine Mammal Center. During her 23 years there she developed and taught the Center’s educational programs for thousands of school children and the public, teaching many in Spanish. She coordinated the development of the youth volunteer opportunities, adult docent programs, and special programming for undeserved students. Other accomplishments included writing and coordinating interpretive displays and exhibits as well as serving as media spokesperson. Ann was a key liaison for the Center with PIER 39, coordinating exhibits, programs and events related to the sea lions. Most recently she assisted the Aquarium of the Bay with planning and exhibit writing for their new Sea Lion Center that opened in December 2013. Ann was born and raised in Marin. She has a BS in Natural Resources Interpretation from Humboldt State University and a Spanish Bilingual Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She served in the Peace Corps teaching environmental education in Honduras and Paraguay. Ann is a Master Gardener. She served for many years on the boards of the Environmental Education Council of Marin, SEED and Cultural Connections. Currently Ann is volunteering for the Home Ground Habitat Nursery. Ann is a naturalist who enjoys observing and learning about connections through bird watching, hiking, gardening, and raising chickens and bees. She lives with her husband and teenage son in San Rafael and is working to transform her yard into a model habitat garden.
2012 recipient — Renee Goddard
Renee Goddard has an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University, and 20 years of experience as an international whitewater exploration and rafting guide.
Her two passions have led her to work in such diverse fields as social work, where she worked as a bilingual caseworker resettling Russian refugees, and presently teaching music and movement classes for 0- to 5-year olds and their parents. The confluence of these two areas of focus is home in Fairfax as a mother of a 13- and 10-year old, an environmental activist, and the coordinator of the project to bring Fairfax to zero waste by 2020. She played a key role in initiating and helping to pass the Fairfax plastic bag ban, and is an avid advocate for bicycle transportation and teaching bicycle skills to children. Renee is thrilled to have the opportunity to be in the Master Class of the Environmental Forum and make connections within a larger community of passionate environmentalists. The opportunity to learn from those who have dedicated themselves to the protection of our open spaces and farm land, whose bounty is now our nourishment, is a great privilege.
2011 recipients — Stewart Moody and Juan Carlos Solis
Stuart Moody (39),President of Green Sangha, a spiritually-based environmental action group. He received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources at U.C. Berkeley, and an M.A. in counseling psychology at the University of San Francisco. In 2005, he initiated the Rethinking Plastics campaign of Green Sangha. He has served on the Education team of San Rafael Clean, the Zero Waste Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Marin, and the planning committee for the Marin County Fair. He is Green Schoolyard Coordinator at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael.
Stuart has taught yoga for over 30 years, including directing the Transcendental Meditation program at San Quentin in the 1980’s. He teaches movement and dance in schools and community venues. As a somatic educator, he leads professional development workshops through local teacher colleges and Young Imaginations, a multicultural arts education agency based in San Rafael.
Juan Carlos Solis has worked as a naturalist and interpretive program manager for 17 years in California. He’s a former naturalists for the East Bay Regional Park District, and a senior program manager for the California Academy of Sciences, and Coyote Point Museum. He has lectured and led environmental education workshops and natural history expeditions to Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, Canada, Australia, and Antarctica.
Currently, Juan Carlos is Director of Education for WildCare, a Senior Naturalist for Oceanic Society Expeditions, and a Field Associate for the Ornithology and Mammalogy Department at the California Academy of Sciences.
2010 recipient — Pam Hartwell Herrero
Pam Hartwell-Herrero (38) is the first recipient of the Joseph Kohn Memorial Scholarship. Since 2004, Pam has been the Executive Director of Sustainable Fairfax. She was elected to the Fairfax Town Council in 2009 and currently serves as Vice Mayor.
As a child growing up on a small farm in Minnesota, Pam developed a passion for simple living, chickens, and worms, and the ability to inspire others to live an abundant life with more connectivity and less waste. Now, she is a strong advocate for renewable energy and Marin Clean Energy, zero-waste initiatives, and water conservation.
Among her other community contributions, she serves as a leader of the Fairfax Youth Commission and as an advisory member of the Marin Economic Forum. She is a past three-term president of Marin Master Gardners and was elected to the Marin County Green Party County Council.