Vashon Community Care Foundation – Office

Verna Everitt
Verna EverittExecutive Director
In 2015, Verna joined the Vashon Community Care Foundation as the executive director. Currently she sits on the Vashon Chamber of Commerce Board and is a member of Vashon Social Service Network. Verna holds a BA from UCLA and a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. She is a third generation Islander and learned to raise funds as a Los Angeles film producer. Verna has a passion for raising money for mission-driven nonprofits. Prior to beginning her leadership role at the VCC Foundation, Verna was the community outreach manager at Vashon Center for the Arts.
Jill Venturi
Jill VenturiDevelopment Manager
Jill came to the VCC Foundation in December 2015 following six years in a development role at Vashon Center for the Arts for the campaign to build the Katherine L. White Hall. Prior to moving to Vashon Island in 2005, Jill served for eleven years as creative manager for advancement communications at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA for the duration of the $300 million Challenged to Lead capital campaign. She holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic communication from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Vashon Community Care Foundation – Board Members

Richard Sontgerath
Richard SontgerathPresident
Richard grew up in Spokane, WA, attended Gonzaga Prep and Harvard. After graduating, Richard started his real estate career with Grubb & Ellis Company in Seattle. He joined Heritage Group Ltd., a real estate services firm in 1980 and became the sole owner and president in 1985. Heritage Group specializes in historic rehabilitation and urban revitalization projects, and development of affordable, market rate, senior housing and boutique hotel projects in selected markets nationwide (see
www.heritagegroupltd.net).
Wendy Noble
Wendy NobleVice President
Wendy obtained her master’s degree at The Ohio State University and Family Nurse Practitioner certification at Ball State. In addition to years of clinical practice as an RN she taught nursing for 18 years and has extensive experience in curriculum development and evaluation. She moved to Vashon from Wisconsin in 2014 and has worked part-time as an ARNP at the Vashon Franciscan Clinic and VCC. Her interest in working within different cultures and underserved populations led to eight summers working with Alaska Native youth from rural villages, work as an ARNP in the Alaska Native and Navajo Health systems, and a charity hospital in Cambodia.
Janet Quimby
Janet QuimbyTreasurer
Janet Quimby was instrumental in creating the Vashon Community Care Foundation in and obtaining its status as a 501(c)3 tax deductible charity. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and its School of Law. She worked for the University of Washington and Metro, specializing in public contracting, and retired from the Port of Tacoma as its Director of Contracts and Risk Management. A longtime Vashon equestrian, Janet has worked tirelessly to develop the facilities at Paradise Ridge Park and other Island trails.
Rev. Randolph Farrar
Rev. Randolph FarrarSecretary
As a pastor and community leader, Randolph is dedicated to serving others. In his role as the Executive Director of Camp Burton, Randolph oversaw the successful capital campaign for the new Camp Burton Retreat Center. In 2008, the year-round multi-purpose site for non-profit organizations opened to help visitors reach their retreat, educational and spiritual goals. Randolph’s amicable nature is a wonderful addition to the Foundation board.
Vicki Clabaugh
Vicki ClabaughBoard Member
Vicki and her husband Ted came to Vashon in 1987 and are proud to be original Vashon Community Care guarantors. They have been part of the family since 1995 when Island Manor became VCC. Vicki has served as a development/fundraising volunteer since that time as well as holding a place on the VCC and Foundation boards. Tirelessly active in her community, Vicki has also held positions on the Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation board and Granny’s Attic board where she still serves weekly as a volunteer. A retired teacher, tutor and “gofer” for her husband’s law office, Vicki spends her spare time hiking, gardening, reading and creating art.
Glynis Delargy
Glynis DelargyBoard Member
Glynis grew up in New York, NY, attended University at Albany, State University of New York and has more than 25 years of accounting, finance, valuation, real estate, technology and start-up experience. She began her career in New York City in public accounting with clients in the construction, garment, and import/export industries. She moved to the Northwest two decades ago with the sale of a successful start-up business. She served clients in a wide range of industries, including marketing, retail, real estate, technology and the nonprofit sector. In 2013, she joined Heritage Group as co-owner and CPA.
Bettie Edwards
Bettie EdwardsBoard Member
Following two terms as a member of the former VCC board of directors, Bettie transitioned to her new role on the Foundation board in 2017. She is a very familiar face to VCC residents as she has been a faithful volunteer for nine cheerful years and counting. Devoted to all things “community,” Bettie is a beloved Islander who is a champion of small businesses, a supporter of local merchants and most of all is committed to giving back. She also owned and operated The Little House, a wildly popular gift and housewares store, for 39 years.
Jill Robinson
Jill RobinsonBoard Member
Jill has been an active member of the Vashon/Maury community for more than 10 years where she has served in numerous volunteer roles. Prior to Island life, she was instrumental in organizing a volunteer fire department in Whatcom County where she also served as an EMT for 15 years. And, because she is a Jill of all trades, she is also a retired dental assistant and software tech. Jill has a passion for making marked progress and brings great energy to her volunteer effort at the VCC Foundation.
George Wright
George WrightBoard Member
A skilled artist and loyal community volunteer, George and her family have been on Island since 1976. Upon meeting Vashon icon Vy Biel at the Country Store, they officially considered themselves “true” Islanders and went about their business buying rubber boots for their children. George was the first person to rent the whole of Lisabuela which included two houses, a dance hall, hotel, cabins and a changing room, along with the vestiges of a dock where the Mosquito Fleet once docked. George offers a wealth of wit and wisdom to her role as a Foundation board member with a keen focus on the mission of securing the future of VCC.

Vashon Community Care – History

How we became Vashon Community Care – Journey with us through VCC history 

Why does VCC Need to Raise Money?

When Vashon Community Care (VCC) was established in 1995 they made a promise to the community that no resident would ever be asked to leave due to the inability to pay. Twenty-three years later they have kept that promise largely through the reimbursement for the cost of care by Medicaid. The bad news? Medicaid only covers 49% of the cost of care for Assisted Living and 70% for Skilled Nursing. This leaves a fair amount of costs which are unpaid – on average, more than $400,000 per year.

Our Goal

The Foundation’s primary goal is to close the Medicaid Funding Gap by raising operational funds to secure the future of VCC. The Foundation has met its goal of awarding VCC $400,000 every year.

Our Future

In December of 2017, Vashon Community Care affiliated with Transforming Age. The affiliation means Transforming Age has taken on the leadership role and manages day-to-day operations. Though VCC retains its name and its own 501(c)(3) status, governance is now under Transforming Age’s board of directors.

The VCC Foundation remains independent from the affiliation and has its own board of directors, but its goal is still very much the same – raising funds to offset the lack of full Medicaid reimbursement.

Vashon Community Care Foundation’s History

With a large portion of the cost of care not being paid by Medicaid, tremendous pressure is placed on VCC to be able to fundraise and still provide the level of care it demands of itself. This became the catalyst of the creation of Vashon Community Care Foundation.

The Foundation received its 501(c)(3) status from the Federal Government at the end of 2013. As a newly formed non-profit its first step was to create a board of directors, some of whom came from the VCC board while others were added from the community. The Development Director from VCC assumed the Executive Director position and 2014 marked the Foundation’s first year of raising funds exclusively for VCC’s operating budget.

In 2015, a new Executive Director grew the organization, adding on a Development Manager, and putting a team together to create advertising and marketing to highlight the Foundation’s work and raise awareness for VCC. Programs were expanded and a newly created, one-night live auction significantly grew donated income.

Vashon Community Care Foundation

A Strong Foundation. A Secure Future.

We Need Your Help

Become a sustaining member of Vashon Community Care Foundation and help secure the future of VCC for generations to come. We also have many other ways you can support Vashon Community Care. These include:

Vashon Community Care Foundation
  • One Time Donation
  • Become a Monthly “Sustaining” Donor
  • Memorial and Tribute Gifts
  • Planned Giving
  • Gifts In-Kind
  • Matching Gifts
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The cost of care has more than doubled over the past 20 years and Medicaid has drastically cut its reimbursements to VCC. This creates a “funding gap” that grows larger every year.

We Rely Heavily on Your Support to Meet Our Funding Gap Challenge. 

Ultimately, the VCC Foundation will succeed only with the on-going participation of the Vashon community in our recurring gift program.

Let’s build a strong foundation to secure the future for those in need. Call the VCC Foundation at (206) 567-6164 for more information or become a sustaining member and donate today! Scroll below for donation instructions.