Welcome to NovatoSpirit!  We are a 501c3 nonprofit providing athletic scholarships to children with financial needs. Our mission is to give kids a healthy way to improve their physical and mental health through their own efforts.  Our nonprofit’s registered name is KarmaSpirit—evoking the idea that good efforts yield positive results—but we do business as NovatoSpirit to reflect the community we serve in Novato, Marin County, California. 

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Marian Huntington, NOVATOSPIRIT Founder, President and Executive Director

Marian founded KarmaSpirit, dba NovatoSpirit, in 2005. She's been praised for her work in effectively helping impoverished children improve their health. In 2017-18, she was recognized for her work helping families in poverty by several Marin leaders, who nominated her for the Marin Women's Hall of Fame.  She received a Marin Founders Award in 2015, and was nominated from 2016-18 for the Leaders of the North Bay Awards, spotlighting those who contribute to the prosperity and quality of life in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties. For 13 years, she’s been nominated for “Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence” and for the “Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018” at the Heart of Marin Awards, which honors notable nonprofits in the county. Additionally, she’s been nominated for the “Volunteer Family Award” by APPLE Family Works; the Bay Citizen’s “Citizen of Tomorrow” Award; The Beryl H. Buck Award for Achievement in Marin County; and the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports “Spotlight Award.” California Senator Mark Leno has also commended her work.

Marian is interested in promoting community peace and equity, and she's honored to be a participant of the Marin Interfaith Council, and has been an active in the Novato Police Department's Community Academies.

Marian and NovatoSpirit have been highlighted on television, radio, and in San Francisco Bay Area newspapers. To see the TV show, please go to  In 2016-18, Marian was interviewed by radio host Susan Santiago on KWMR, Marin’s radio station. Newspapers, such as The Marin Independent Journal, Novato Advance and the Novato Patch have also published stories about NovatoSpirit. 

She's the author of several books, and the most recent, Movement and Mentorship: Healing Kids through Sports, is available on Amazon in English, Spanish and French.

Previously, she was an investigative news reporter for the Pulitzer-Prize-winning newspaper Point Reyes Light in rural western Marin County. While at The Light she won three first-prize awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) for investigative reporting, spot-news reporting, and public service. Additionally, she was an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Sonoma State University, where she taught students how to write accurately and ethically for the news media.


Charlie Dresow- board member

Charlie Dresow is a lifelong Marin County resident, only leaving to attend Pitzer College and the McGeorge School of Law. Charlie currently lives in Novato with his wife and two children. While at Pitzer College, Charlie was a four year letterman for the football team and a four year starter on the rugby team, finishing as rugby team captain his senior year. After college Charlie continued to play rugby and coached football at the youth and high-school level. He strongly believes that every child in our community should have the same opportunities to participate in sport as he did. Charlie has personally seen friends and youth benefit from the opportunities presented by sport. The truth is that youth who participate in sport learn skills that help them succeed in life and become leaders our community. 

Professionally Charlie is an attorney who has maintained a criminal defense practice based in Marin County since 2008. He carries on the legacy of his paternal grandfather, a career public defender in San Francisco, from the 1930s through the early 1960s, his father, who practiced criminal defense throughout California for over 40 years and his maternal grandfather who served as a Supreme Court Judge in Ulster County, New York.

Charlie is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Alternate Defenders Incorporated, the local conflict defenders service and is President elect of the Marin County Bar Association for 2018 with his Presidency of the organization to commence in 2019. He also serves on the executive committee of the Richard Sangster Inn of Court for Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties.

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Suzanne Daggert, Secretary and Treasurer 

Suzanne is a CPA practicing in Novato, providing tax compliance and planning, forensic accounting and valuation services to individuals and small businesses.  Her experience includes tax compliance, business valuation, financial reporting and accounting for individuals, high net worth and multi-generational families, trusts, family partnerships and charitable foundations.  She also coordinates financial-services professionals, including estate and income tax planners, investment advisors, attorneys, and banking, brokerage and insurance professionals to provide clients comprehensive management, reporting of assets and tax and estate planning.  Formerly, she served as treasurer and financial manager for Private Realty Investments, Inc., where she worked with high net worth clients with $300 million in assets, and as controller for Maier & Siebel, real estate investment advisors in Larkspur, Marin County.  She assisted the Board of Directors in completing the due diligence process for a successful merger with US Trust Company.  Her other professional experience includes serving as advisor and accountant for several private foundations in California.  She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Arizona and California.  She has a M.S. in Personal Finance Planning from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.  Her voluntary activities have included serving as treasurer for Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, member and treasurer of the Ignacio Rotary Club, math tutor at Palm Valley Elementary, and volunteer support for churches and synagogues in the Novato and Phoenix areas.


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Alison Moore, Community Outreach

Alison is originally from London with an administrative-legal background and has many years of experience working with multi-national companies in London and Brussels.  She has lived in the U.S. for nearly 20 years and is a U.S. citizen.  Alison retrained here as a Registered Nurse, and in addition to working for Kaiser Permanente, is now working full time at Marin Community Clinics, providing nursing care to the underserved communities of Marin County.  Fluent in French and Dutch, she is busy improving her Spanish to help her in her work.   She is passionate about healthcare, and a large part of her job as an RN in the community involves diabetes education and encouraging adults and children to exercise in order to maintain their health and reduce their risk factors.  Alison has served as both Secretary and Historian on the PTA Board at Pleasant Valley Elementary (NUSD), working closely during that time with the Novato Human Needs Center and their Holiday Share Program.  She has a particular interest in special-education children, and was a member of Parents in Touch, a local Novato support group for parents with children having special needs.  In addition, she worked with the Novato community in passing the political bond Measure A, raising money for Novato’s schools, and is an active supporter of the school community in Novato, where she lives with her husband and two children.


NovatoSpirit Board of Directors: Suzanne, Marian and Alison

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