The innovation of Visiting Nurse Associations began in the 1880s in New York, where free nursing care was provided to those who could otherwise not afford it. After graduating from the first nursing class at Johns Hopkins University, Marian Watts continued the new trend of bringing care directly to the patient in need and began one of the first VNAs of America in Santa Barbara in 1908. With a small coalition of other women from Santa Barbara and Montecito, VNA of Santa Barbara began going to the home of patients who either physically could not make it to a hospital, or simply could not afford the care they needed. In 1910 Marian purchased the organization’s first building on Haley Street, which still stands today, and even featured a “loan closet” with nursing supplies for caregivers and patients. Marian Watts began the necessary and compassionate care that Santa Barbara needed, and it has been sustained with continuous support from the community.



Founding Members:

Heart Circle
Trust Circle

Hillary Dixon & Josh Aller
Theresa Borgatello & Derek Carlson
The Crary Foundation
Mary Ann & Paul Frank
Brian Johnson
Gertrude B. Johnson
Ruth Kyes
La Centra-Sumerlin Foundation
Rod Lathim
Don Louie
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick McCarthy
Mr. & Mrs. J. Roger Morrison
Carla Reeves
Kate Schepanovich
Ingrid & Jim Shattuck
The Xaton Foundation
Robert Zukin

Compassion Circle

Jan Hanrath

Care Circle

Fred & Rozana Anson
Laurie Ashton & Lynn Sarko
Joan Bailard
Jeffrey & Margo Baker Barbakow
Dr. Lawrence Bines
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Bordofsky
Bobbie Bratz
Edward Buckely-Select Data, LLC
Dinah & Richardo Calderon
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Casey
Sue & Ted Dalzell
Rosie Dellegrotti
Carol Donner
Kenneth Falstrom
Roberta & Stan Fishman
Dan l Fox
Pamela Dillman Haskell & Chris Haskell
Victoria & Robert Hazard
Shauna & Bob Hirsch
Katina Etsell
Robin & Roger Himovitz
Phil Hons
Mary Lee & Michael Hopkins
Karen & Si Jenkins
Suzanne & David Johnson
Elaine Keenan
Barbara Kummer
Joel Landson
Janet & Steve Lew
Thelma Locker
Jane Manasse
Samuel B. and Margaret C. Mosher Foundation
Dale & Mike Nissenson
Joanne & Peter M. P. Norris
Natalie Orfalea
Charlotte Richardson
Ann Padden-Rubin
Rachel Pace
Amie Parrish
Marla & Lee Phillips
John Rasmussen
Bobbie & Gerry Rubin
Jeanne & Geremy Salts
Carissa Sanchez
Maryan Schall
Shelley & Paul Schulte
M. Barry Semler
Bui & Herbert Simon
Trudy Smith
Scott Smoot
Prudence & Robert Sternin
Stevens and Associates Insurance
Kay & Frank Stevens
Nan & Larry Stone
Anne Towbes
Lynda Weinman

Please consider joining in her legacy to continue innovation
and ensure trusted and compassionate care for all.


Heart Circle – $10,000 and above

Access to Trust Circle advantages plus:
•   VIP Concierge Hotline for access to VNHC services

Trust Circle- $5,000 to $9,999

Access to Compassion Circle advantages plus:
•   Exclusive invite to attend VIP reception before PHORUM healthcare event
A personal visit with VNHC President/ CEO

Compassion Circle – $2,500 to $4,999

Access to Care Circle advantages plus:
•   Annual intimate reception with VNHC Leadership
Priority seating at VNHC public events (excludes Mother’s Day Luncheon)

Care Circle – $1,000 to $2,499

Donors enjoy the following:
•   Invitation to Marian Watts Reception hosted by VNHC
•   Name listed in Annual Report/ online
Receive seasonal Heart to Heart magazine with latest updates on VNHC and healthcare
Personal invitation to VIP tour of Serenity House and/or Loan Closet



 For more information about joining the society, or about the upcoming inaugural founder’s reception please contact Brittany Avila Wazny at 805.690.6290 or email

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