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We are a group of Bodega Bay residents who came together because we saw a need.


Our 501C3 nonprofit relies on fundraisers, donations and grants to operate. All funds collected go directly to support our local charitable projects.


Bodega Bay started out as a small fishing village. It has now become quite the tourist destination. There is a huge demand for short term housing here during our various tourist seasons. While this is a great revenue source for business owners and real estate owners,we find that there is a massive affordability gap in the housing market for the folks who live and work in our community.


Often times, after paying the large rents, there is literally not enough household funds remaining to purchase family food. We believe that the basis of a community comes from the service providers being able to live in the community in which they work. This is true for the hospitality industry as well as for our educators, sheriff, firefighters, paramedics, fishermen/women and construction workers.


Waves of Compassion Foundation’s first project brought us together — a community based food pantry to assist our local community residents and workers with the high cost of food. Our mission statement, however, can take us in many directions in the future.


Carolyn Connors


I moved to Bodega Bay in 1971 with my husband, Peter Connors, who had a one-year post-doc position at Bodega Marine Laboratory. After working in science for several years, I raised our two sons and became very involved with Bodega Bay School and Shoreline Unified School District. I then became employed at BBS as librarian and instructional assistant. After 15 years at BBS, I retired in 2015, though I continue to volunteer at the school. I then organized the distribution of food from a Marin County Food Pantry to families in Bodega Bay. This led to the formation of Waves of Compassion Foundation, supporting our coastal community in times of need. I am a member of Bodega Bay Grange 777, Bodega Bay CERT, and Bodega Bay Community Center.

Lira Filippini

I was lucky to call Bodega Bay my home from 2011-2019. I grew up in Auburn, California, studied Sociology at UCSC, and then spent some time living in Oakland, creating large-scale steel art. I then discovered Bodega Bay, where I promptly moved and started a couple of businesses, joined organizations, served as President of the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and founded the new Sonoma Coast Visitor Center. My focus is on living a loving and artistic life with my family, friends, pets, and plants. Though I have now moved back down the coast to Santa Cruz, I am so happy and proud to continue to be a part of this lovely foundation that serves our cherished Bodega Bay community.

Vice President

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Patty Ginochio

Vice President

Lifelong resident of Bodega Bay, full time resident 10 years ago. Owner of local businesses in Bodega Bay, Ginochio’s Kitchen and Sonoma Concierge, along with my husband Paul and daughter Alicia. Board member for Bodega Bay CERT non-profit, Board Member for Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and member of Bodega Bay Collaborative. Work for Cartus, a corporate relocation management company, headquartered in Danbury, CT for past 10 years. Provide food, clothing and books to deserving children in Bodega Bay for past 4 years during the holiday season.

Peter Connors


I am a retired biologist, having spent most of my career as a researcher and administrator at the University of California Bodega Marine Laboratory, with interests in shorebird biology, grassland ecology, conservation of endangered plants, and marine algae distributions along our coast. I am a long-time member of another 501(c)(3) , the Organization of Biological Field Stations, a non-profit for which I served as Treasurer and a fundraiser. I “keep the books” for Waves of Compassion Foundation.

Suzanne Martin


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My husband and I have lived part-time in Bodega Bay since 2001. I retired from the biopharmaceutical industry in 2004, then worked for 13 years as a Family Counselor with Alzheimer’s Association, and held Board positions with the Eckenhoff Foundation for Leukemia Research and with TheatreWorks of Palo Alto. I began volunteering at the Food Pantry in 2018 and look forward to helping WOCF expand services to our wonderful neighbors in Bodega Bay.

Angela Aloise

Hello, I have had my home here in Bodega bay for over 10 years and moved here full time 3 years ago when my husband retired. My home was my father’s house before it became mine. I like to think of it as our family’s home and I am hopeful that we can’keep it in the family for years to come. I still work in the mortgage industry for a mortgage bank, American Capital Mortgage out of El Segundo. My husband, Ron and I, have a Standard Poodle, Ginger, who we spoil rotten. I am feeling truly blessed to be connected with this group of people that formed Waves of Compassion.I have served on Boards of nonprofits and have volunteered in the past. However, there is a commitment and community consciousness within this group that I have rarely seen. I see many successful projects in our future that will enhance the world, one small community at a time.



Brian Leubitz


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My husband and I have lived part time in Bodega Bay with a series of impossibly cute pugs since 2010, and made the move from San Francisco full-time in 2020. While in San Francisco I worked as a lawyer and in politics, in local and statewide campaigns. Now that I've moved to Bodega Bay full-time, I'm very excited to help this incredible organization fulfill its important community mission.
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