As we celebrate National Women's History Month and the many women who have made valuable contributions to our community, STAND! would like to celebrate one of our own notable pioneers -- Rollie Mullen.
Rollie's 15-year career in advocating for family violence survivors started when STAND! was Battered Women's Alternatives (BWA). As a family marriage counselor from Moraga, Rollie joined BWA as a volunteer in 1979 and became the Executive Director in 1985.
Rollie received many well-deserved accolades for her work to end domestic violence, from Inc. Magazine and the Haas School of Business' Entrepreneur of the Year award to the San Francisco Foundation's John R. May Award for creative leadership.
Driven by deep passion and dedication, Rollie raised awareness around domestic violence as well as raised important support from donors, volunteers, and friends. She was also involved in key aspects of developing our emergency shelter and transitional housing. After her passing in 1996, the center was named in her honor. Today the Rollie Mullen Center is a safe haven for 200 women and children each year.
At our annual Rebuilding Lives Luncheon, the Rolle Mullen Award is presented by her husband, Joe Mullen, to individuals or groups who champion our mission and have displayed innovation, creativity, and commitment to ending family violence. Congressman George Miller was the award recipient in October 2014, our 22nd annual luncheon. Congressman Miller was also an admirer of Rollie's work. In September 1996 in Washington D.C., after Rollie's passing, he paid tribute to Rollie: "Rollie was a truly remarkable woman who left an idelible mark on our entire community."
Thank you, Rollie, and the many other women leaders like her who are making historical and life-changing contributions to our world!