Guild Awards Scholarships

Fourteen scholarships were presented during the annual NorthBay Guild Scholarship lunch, June 16, at the Green Valley Administration Center in Fairfield.

Ten NorthBay employees each won $1,000 scholarships to further their medical education. Two teen hospital volunteers each won $750 scholarships from the Elizabeth D. Balmer Scholarship fund and two Vacaville High School students each won $500 Martha S. Orr Scholarships. Both Balmer and Orr were founding members of the NorthBay Guild and their families oversee the scholarships.

Employee Scholars

NorthBay employees who received scholarships:

NorthBay employees posing with scholarships
  • Michaella Caponio of Vacaville is a certified nurse assistant on 1-West at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. She is working on her nursing degree at American River College in Sacramento and will then participate in the RN to BSN bridge program at Sacramento State.
  • Patricia Gray of Suisun City is a weekend resource specialist for Utilization Review at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. She is working on her nursing degree at Solano Community College. Her goal is to earn her BSN and become a surgical nurse.
  • Adam Jensen, R.N., of Vacaville, is a surgical nurse at NorthBay Medical Center. He is working on his BSN at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
  • Lorraine Martinez of Vacaville is a unit clerk/nurse assistant in the NICU. She planned to enter the nursing program at Solano Community College in August.
  • Mary Alexis Eleanor Parmer of Concord is an EKG technician in Cardiology. She is receiving her second Guild scholarship and was to graduate in December with a nursing degree from Ohlone College in Fremont.
  • Jenica Ramos of Fairfield is a patient services representative in the call center of the Center for Primary Care in Fairfield. She began her nursing education at Solano Community College in August.
  • Roxana Salmeron of Vacaville is a certified phlebotomy tech in the clinical lab at NorthBay Medical Center. She has earned her associate's degree from Solano Community College and is now in the RN to BSN program at the University of Texas, Arlington.
  • Julia Schraer of Vacaville is a resource specialist in case management at NorthBay Medical Center. She entered the nursing program at Solano Community College in August.
  • Tara Sharifzadeh of Vacaville is a financial accounts representative in the finance department. She is in her final year of a graduate degree in Health Informatics from UC Davis.
  • Rosemarie Segovia Thompson of American Canyon is a licensed vocational nurse at NorthBay Health at Home and Hospice. She entered the LVN to RN class at Pacific Union College in Napa last fall.

Teen Volunteers

Balmer scholarships awarded to two teens

The Elizabeth D. Balmer Scholarships were presented by her husband, Dave Balmer, who recently turned 100, along with his daughter, Joanne Balmer, and son, Thomas Balmer.

The Balmer Scholarship was awarded to two teen volunteers, Karina Rodriguez and Jasmine Wong.

Karina graduated from Rodriquez High School and will pursue her bachelor's degree in nursing at Dominican University of California.

Jasmine graduated from Rodriquez High School and will pursue her bachelor's degree in nursing at UCLA.

Vaca High Graduates

Martha Orr scholarship awarded to two Vaca High graduates

The Martha S. Orr Scholarship is presented to graduates of Vacaville High School. The late Martha Orr was both a Guild volunteer and a member of the NorthBay Healthcare corporate board of directors.

Two graduates won this award. Camryn Davis Bland will pursue her bachelor's degree in nursing at Sacramento State while Miranda Nicole Psaila will major in kinesiology (the study of muscles) at the University of Nevada, Reno.