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The mission of the Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Association is to:

  1. Enhance the liveability of the area by establishing and maintaining an open line of communication and liaison between the neighbors, Dominican University, local businesses and organizations, government agencies, and other neighborhoods.
  2. Organize and facilitate social activities allowing neighbors to get acquainted with each other and foster community pride.
  3. Inform and advocate for the desired quality of life in our neighborhood.
  4. Provide an open process by which all members of the neighborhood may involve themselves in the affairs of the neighborhood.
  5. Improve neighborhood safety and build disaster preparedness.

All Are Welcome to the Board Meetings

The Association Board meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm.  Meeting location is at the Trinity Community Church (west side of office building) 1675 Grand Avenue in San Rafael on months of January, April, July and October.  You are encouraged to join a committee to help organize an event or give ideas for events, activities or community projects you would like to see.

Annual Membership Dues

Anyone who resides within the Dominican neighborhood of San Rafael is welcome to join the Neighborhood Association for $30 a year.  The nominal dues fund our Annual Ice Cream Social, the February Cocktail Party at the Marin Tennis Club, a bi-annual newsletter and the DBCNA Annual Business meeting that hosts special events that serve our community as a whole, such as the Security Forum that was held this past year.  Join us and help by participating in your community and supporting our mission.

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DBCNA
P.O. Box 151702
San Rafael, CA 94915-1702

2019-2020 DBCNA Board of Directors

The Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Association is pleased to present the 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors. This Board will serve from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

Jack Nixon, President:  Jack has served as a San Rafael City Councilman (8 years), a Marin Co. Planning Commissioner (4 years), lead coordinator of the ad hoc Committee to Save Gold Hill Grade (6 years), Foreman of the 2014-15 Marin County Civil Grand Jury. He is Past President of the Marin Chapter of the California Grand Jurors Assn.  He and his wife Norma have been residents of their Dominican home for 49 years.

Jay Hubert, Vice President:  Jay is retired from Chevron after almost 30 years of service. He is Chief Radio Officer for the amateur radio group that is sponsored by the Marin County Sheriff.  He also leads radio support operations for the Red Cross in San Rafael.  He and his wife Mayme have resided in their Dominican home for 49 years.

Bonnie Marks, Treasurer:  Bonnie is a Bay Area native who moved to Dominican from Oakland 4 years ago.  She recently retired from a 40 year career as an educator and public school program administrator and looks forward to supporting the work of the DBCNA board in helping neighbors connect and build community.

Marty Wickenheiser, Membership: Marty is a long time Marin County resident whose job is real estate and passion is volunteerism. A long time member of Rotary International, her people skills make her a natural for Membership Chair.

John Contini, Board Member:  John is a Los Angeles native and moved up here twelve years ago with his wife (and loving it.)  He is now retired from a variety of jobs, including: elementary school teacher, credit analyst,  finance and control manager for a major food manufacturer, computer software tester and lastly as a movie and television extra. John is looking forward to being part of the Board of Directors and contributing to this already fine community.

Monica McMillan:  Monica McMillan is a transplant to San Rafael from her native Los Angeles, arriving via Germany, Spain and London, UK.  She and her husband, Lorne, raised their 4 daughters here in this community.  Monica is an avid soccer enthusiast, playing, watching, and following the game. She has volunteered for a variety of non-profits with a specific passion for high school exchange students.  Monica currently is employed at the San Rafael Elks Lodge.

Robert So, Communications:  Robert So grew up in San Rafael all of his life and educating to earn his career achievements through College of Marin, he earned Computer Information Systems Certificate.  Recently he has been working for Computers of Marin/Marin Computer Repair (owners are relatives) and offering repair skills. Born in San Francisco, raised in San Rafael, he attends to Lincoln Hill Community Church and Thai-Lao Baptist Church.

Herb Ancell:  Herb grew up in Napa. After graduating from Napa High School, he attended Santa Clara University studying mechanical engineering.  His first career was with Bank of America where he spent 4 years managing a Vietnam B of A branch during the Vietnam war years.  For the past 30 years he has been in property management.  His passion for 30 years was sailboat racing in the San Francisco Bay.  Herb and his wife, Pauline, have lived in the Dominican Black Canyon neighborhood for 40 years.

Pauline Ancell:  Pauline grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. Later, her family moved to San Francisco where she attended Lowell High School and graduated from SF State University with a degree in Biology and Physical Education.  She also received her secondary teaching credential. She started her teaching career in Marin at Davidson Middle School where she taught gymnastics and ultimately started the middle school ESL program.  While teaching science, her students built model solar cars, a program sponsored by the Dept. of Energy (National Junior Solar Car Sprint) in which they ultimately won the national competition.

Becky Gayman, Secretary, is a new Dominican neighbor, having spent the last 12 years in  Marin getting to know it well as a Health Services Coordinator/School Nurse for several school districts and also through hiking and biking the many wonderful trails of Marin. Prior to coming to Marin, she spent 50+ years in the Far North of California and Alaska, connecting to Marin through being a Guide Dog puppy raiser and leader and by going to UCSF for her nursing degree. Becky, partner Peter Banning and Farley the dog are thrilled to be in the neighborhood.