Guild Grants Scholarships to Teens, Employees

Seven scholarships were presented to employees and a volunteer during the annual NorthBay Guild Scholarship Lunch, June 15, at the VacaValley Wellness Center in Vacaville. Each received $1,000, with funds that were raised during the 2017 Golf Classic.

“We are here today to honor the hard work our Guild volunteers have done all year to make these scholarships available, so that these students can continue their education in the medical field,” said Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services. “We want you to be sure and return to NorthBay when you are done with your studies, as you are an investment in our future, as well.”

Employee Scholars

Ashley Alvarez, central supply technician at NorthBay Medical Center, has completed her pre-nursing education and will continue to work toward her bachelor’s degree in nursing through Solano Community College’s program. She has been at NorthBay for five years.

Mina Behmardi, certified nurse assistant on NorthBay Medical Center’s Unit 1600, is enrolled in a program to receive her bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State. She had worked as a registered nurse before emigrating to the United States, but found her certification was invalid after she arrived. She became a CNA in 2012 and has also earned a phlebotomy certificate.

Rachelle Cole, unit clerk in NorthBay Medical Center’s ICU, is attending San Joaquin Delta College to obtain a degree in respiratory therapy. She was able to shadow a respiratory therapist and realized then that was her true calling.

Kathleen Lew, imaging support specialist at VacaValley Hospital, will attend Western Governors University to obtain a bachelor’s in health care management. She has been working at NorthBay for the past six years and is also a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council.

Katelin Pereira, patient access ambassador at NorthBay Medical Center, was accepted into Solano Community College’s bachelor of nursing program. She also plans to start a second bachelor’s degree through the University of Phoenix.

Vicquita Velazquez, financial counselor ambassador at NorthBay Healthcare, is enrolled in Northern Arizona University to obtain a bachelor’s in health care business management. She has volunteered for many NorthBay events, including Operation PROMises.

Volunteer Scholar

Leslie Leutenegger, a volunteer, has been accepted into San Francisco State University’s bachelor’s program for nursing. She is a graduate of the NorthBay Nurse Camp program.

Teen Volunteers

Alex Sanchez and Elizabeth Uldall, Vacaville High School students, were winners of the Martha S. Orr Scholarship.

The late Martha Orr was both a Guild volunteer and member of the NorthBay Healthcare corporate board of directors.

Alex will attend the University of Arizona as a biology major this fall, and Elizabeth will attend Solano Community College.