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Danville Express

Living - August 14, 2009

Of note

Danville Rotary awarded Thom Martin (left) Rotarian of the Year at a recent end-of-year awards luncheon. Outgoing President Bob Gibbs presented the award to Martin for "his outstanding contributions to Rotary and to our community." Martin, who is executive director of the Discovery Counseling Center, was recognized for his commitment to supporting many youth oriented programs and organizations in the San Ramon Valley including the Challengers Baseball Jamboree, Interact and Del Amigo High School. Martin was also instrumental in raising more than $10,000 in donations for Danville Rotary's Youth Impact Fund.

Lawson Bill has been inducted as the new chairman of the board for Discovery, which has been a community-based nonprofit organization for more than 35 years, providing the greater San Ramon Valley Community with affordable and high quality mental health services. Call the center at 837-0505.

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney recently welcomed students from the 11th Congressional District to Washington, D.C., to receive Congressional Gold Medal Awards. Two of the gold medal recipients, Kristen and Stephanie Glass, are from Danville. Each student dedicated many hours to volunteering, personal development and physical fitness in order to achieve their gold medals. Kristen Glass completed more than 650 volunteer hours through "Make It or Break It," a nonprofit group she co-founded with her sister, dedicated to educating children and teenagers about the importance of bone health. She also plays competitive tennis and sings.

Stephanie Glass completed more than 600 volunteer hours working for Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and educating young children about the importance of bone health through "Make It or Break It." She also plays competitive tennis and serves as a class representative at her high school.

The U.S. Congressional Awards are for young Americans, ages 14-23, who set goals in four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.

Marilyn J. Richardson of Danville was promoted to president and chief executive officer of Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp., effective June 22. She has served as chief operating officer and executive vice president in charge of day-to-day operations since Mason-McDuffie was founded in January 2005. She takes over from Herb Tasker who will serve as chairman of the corporation.

"Marilyn has guided Mason-McDuffie to month-after-month of record production, both in terms of the number of loans and the dollar volume. Through her leadership, we've established a niche in the market where loan officers and their clients know we can deliver speedy turn-around and quality service,'' Tasker said.

In 1972 Richardson served as operations manager for Mason-McDuffie Financial and became the first woman partner in 1979. She has since successfully worked in operations for several mortgage companies in the Bay Area including RBC Mortgage, Zino Mortgage Group, Countrywide Home Loans, Union Security Mortgage and ITT Financial.

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