VOTE: Person of the Year

Post your vote for person of the year from the nominations in the comments.

We asked you all and we got some outstanding nominations. Here are the people you nominated for person of the year, including some information from their nominator.

Now, we've extended the deadline to vote until Monday!

Post your vote for who you think should be Person of the Year from the nominations below in the comments. Simply write a comment saying who you think should win by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. Only comments on this article count as votes and you only get one vote.

We will then contact the winner and their nominator and write an article about our newly-crowned Person of the Year, selected by you.


Kay Coleman - Councilmember Kay Coleman is involved in community events and town volunteers, helping to bring picnics and concerts to San Anselmo. "She is an incredible community member above and beyond being a councilmember."

Lesleigh Ganz-Ordway - Lesleigh brings meals to families in need, works for a number of nonprofit groups in the area, runs the business side of her husband's business, a busy mother to two teenagers and a great friend. She makes big Thanksgiving and Easter meals and invites anyone who doesn't have anywhere to go for the holidays. "She is also available for her friends, which I dont know where she finds the time, but comes to their aide when they really need her."

Kelsey Lopin - The student and athlete is a LINK team leader, helping new freshmen at Drake, a part of PALS, where she has lunch with students with special needs, and the student representative to the San Anselmo Parks and Recreation Commission. "She manages all that plus earns money babysitting while having health problems that can make her life difficult to manage. I am so incredibly proud of her each and every day."

John Pedersen - For 35 years, the owner of "has been a hub about which hundreds of amateur and professional musicians revolve. He never turns you away for want of money, offering priceless advice for free, and inexpensive yet expert repairs of acoustic instruments." Though he's never made a ton of money, he helps friends and shares his knowledge.

David Smadbeck - The Fairfax Chamber president and co-owner of the helps put on a number of events and programs in town, including the Fax Fest, Eco-Fest, the new , and Halloween Parade. "David participates in so many arenas that I don't know when he sleeps."

Kathy Thornton - The volunteer at also helps with garden improvements, student plays, parent-teacher associations, and field trips. She also heads up fundraisers at St. John's in Ross and works as an interior architect. "She's been a tireless, devoted volunteer - ask anyone who knows her!"

Who do you think should be person of the year?

R Darcy December 14, 2011 at 02:41 PM
John Pedersen. I met John years ago when our kids were in the Open Classroom together and I've always wished I could be more like him. He's an old soul with a big heart.
R Darcy December 14, 2011 at 02:43 PM
hey wait how come Kelly Dunleavy's not in here?
Jeremy McLane December 14, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Because no one nominated her
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara December 14, 2011 at 07:20 PM
hah, thanks.
Jeremy McLane December 15, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Not to be mean, but you are not up there because no one nominated you
Seamus McDermott December 15, 2011 at 03:59 PM
John Pedersen. A worthy nominee.
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara December 15, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Yes, Jeremy I know. I believe R Darcy just meant it nicely, as a compliment, so I was simply thanking him for the thought. Nothing else.
Pamela December 15, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Sharon Sagar of Fairfax who has been on the Ross Valley School Board for over 14 years; and has been heavily involved with the local Girl Scout Service Unit for over 15 years should have been nominated. This woman is awesome in her knowledge of school issues and her ability to calmly verbalize what people need to hear or are trying to say. Sharon is a recognized outstanding volunteer with the Girl Scouts both at a local and Council level. She is currently the treasurer for the local service unit and administrator for the summer Arequipa Day Camps. She goes far above and beyond the call of duty in anything she does!
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara December 15, 2011 at 08:46 PM
So, there seems to be confusion about this. We ran an article asking for Nominations last week. These were the people that were nominated. Now, we're asking you all to vote among those that were nominated by posting a comment on the article. Thanks!
Tom McInerney December 16, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Kathy Thornton has my vote. In addition to what's listed, she is also on the SABA board and for the past few years has run the snack shack, raising money for our league and for special projects at Memorial Park. She is an amazing community volunteer--for the Wade Thomas community, the White Hill community, the SABA community, and the St. John's community.
E. Bond Francisco December 16, 2011 at 07:35 PM
John Pederson
Claire Slade December 17, 2011 at 12:48 AM
I agree Sharon's dedication to RVSD and Girl Scouts is remarkable.
Tara Sotter December 19, 2011 at 07:03 AM
Kathy Thornton!
annette holloway December 19, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Kathy Thornton
Gwen December 19, 2011 at 11:14 PM
John Pedersen


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