Paula DiMaggio Hamra is the granddaughter of Joe DiMaggio, who she always knew as "Big Joe." She grew up in Walnut Creek, California, and many of her fondest childhood memories involve fishing in the Carquinez Strait with Big Joe and his cousins. She has loved baseball all of her life, is a loyal season ticket holder for her Oakland A’s, and supports various charities associated with The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. She has two daughters, Vanassa and Valerie, and lives in Danville, CA, with her husband Jim and their two pugs.
Ken Dothée is a native San Franciscan who was raised in the historic Mission District of the City. Following his graduation from Riordan High School he received his Political Science degree from St. Mary’s College, California and his law degree from Golden Gate University. He was hired by the Contra Costa Public Defender and moved to Martinez in 1971. He was a founder and first president of the Martinez Historical Society and a founder of the nationally renown Martinez Bocce Federation. Ken has been active in local affairs in Martinez since his arrival and was a member of the Martinez City Council and served as Vice Mayor. Ken and his wife Donna now enjoy retirement and in addition to civic involvement spend a large portion of their time with grand children and traveling throughout the world.
Paul Craig is Professor of Engineering Emeritus at UC Davis. He has a physics background but later specialized in environmental policy. He served in Washington DC as Deputy Director of the President's Science Advisor's Office of Energy R&D Policy. He lives in Martinez where he does metal sculpture, is active in the arts community, and serves on several Committees of the John Muir Land Trust.
Donna worked as a land use planner for Contra Costa County for over three decades before becoming an independent planning consultant. She served 10 years on the City of Martinez Planning Commission and currently serves on the County Planning Commission. She helped establish and was a charter Board member of the Martinez Historical Society. With her husband, Ken, helped grow the Martinez Bocce Federation to a nationally recognized organization. Donna loves her retirement and traveling as well as helping to promote Martinez.
Bob Agnew is a veteran Bay Area radio programmer having worked at KCBS All News (1974-1984) All Sports KNBR (1989-2005) and News Talk KNEW and KKGN (2005-2008).
He helped develop KNBR into one of the most successful sports radio stations in the country both in revenue and ratings. His Bay Area radio background includes working closely with the Giants A's, Warriors, Raiders, 49ers and Sharks.
Agnew's career includes working as a news director in Philadelphia and Las Vegas, and sports programmer in Los Angeles for the LA Angels radio station. His experience includes working closely with former SF Mayor Willie Brown, who he hired to co-host on SF radio KKGN in 2007. In 2010 Agnew worked closely with world famous artist/sculptor producing fund raising events for his Remember Them-Champions of Humanity sculpture in downtown Oakland. While at KNBR, Agnew was named as one top 25 most influential leaders in Bay Area Sports.
Agnew has been a life long Giants fan and jumped at the opportunity to work on the Hometown Hero Project. During his extensive broadcast career Agnew has worked closely with major sports figures including Barry Bonds, Steve Young, Jon Gruden, Don Nelson, John Madden along with key executives such as Larry Baer, Al Davis, Billy Beane, Andy Dolich, Pat Gallagher and more. Under his leadership, KNBR became one of the top five sports stations in the county. It is still recognized today as one of the best. He is well respected nationally as a leader and innovator in both sports and news radio programming. Received his bachelor of arts degree from Cal State University, Hayward. Married 42 years with two daughters and four grandchildren.
Anne Mobley was born Renanne Vicini to first generation Italian and Croatian parents, Reno and Anni, in SF, attended eight years of Catholic grade school, and after high school graduation went to work for a chemical company for a year before beginning a long career in municipal government working for cities of Union City, South Lake Tahoe, Orinda, and Pleasant Hill, and retiring from Contra Costa Water District.
Anne has served as President of the South Lake Tahoe Business and Professional Woman’s Club, Vice President of the South Lake Tahoe Republican Woman’s Club, Secretary/Treasurer of the South Shore Utility Coordinating Council, Member of the Meyers Cable TV Franchise Review Board, member of various dance clubs, and was a recipient of the AAUW “Women Helping Women” Award.
Anne has owned White Rabbit (2004-2005) in Gardnerville, Nevada, owns and operates White Rabbit Boutique in Martinez since April 2005, served on the Main Street Martinez Board of Directors and founded the Downtown Retailers Focus Group, serves as President of the Lamorinda Republican Women Federated (2012, 2013, 2015, & 2016), Secretary of the Martinez Lioness Club, Newsletter Editor of the Diablo Valley Chapter of the Sons of Italy, is a Member of the Martinez Yacht Club and Martinez Senior Citizens, and for the past 30 years, provides secretarial/accounting duties for her husband’s construction drilling business.
She lives with her husband of 30 years, Bill, in Pleasant Hill. They have two children and six grandchildren.
Lara DeLaney was born in southern California and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Lara finished high school in Ashland, Oregon and after attended college at U.C. Santa Cruz, studying Literature and finishing with Honors in the Major. Lara then obtained a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Lara began her career in government with the San Joaquin Council of Governments as a Senior Regional Planner, working on regional transportation and land use policy. In 1998, Lara was hired by Contra Costa County, as a Senior Management Analyst, providing budgetary oversight for the General Government division. She presently serves as a Senior Deputy County Administrator.
While tennis has remained a central activity in her life, having achieved a credential as a tennis professional and umpiring at the U.S. Open in 1997, Lara has also engaged in a variety of civic activities including involvement with the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Martinez.
Joe Quagliano became an honorary board member in 2016. His Grandparents immigrated from Parma, Italy and settled in New York City. Raised in New Jersey, he started a successful landscape design company. A lifetime New York Mets fan, his love of baseball lead him to start Mint Pros, one of the fastest growing sports marketing/promotional companies in the United States with clients consisting of over 60 past and present Major League Baseball players. He proudly serves of the Boards of the Mariano Rivera Foundation and the Ted Williams Museum. He resides in Frenchtown, New Jersey and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with his wife Debbie and two dogs Yogi and Lucy.
Tony La Russa has been an honorary Board member of the Joe DiMaggio Hometown Hero Project since its inception. He has been the Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2014. His managerial career spanned 33 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St Louis Cardinals and his .536 regular-season winning percentage ranks him 3rd all time. He retired from active management in 2011 after winning his third World Series title and reached the pinnacle of his baseball career when he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. He and his wife, Elaine founded Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in 1991 to aid abandoned and homeless animals. He resides in Alamo, CA with Elaine and two daughters.