• New Board Members and Officers for Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation

    SANTA YNEZ VALLEY—Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation (SYVCHF) has elected four new members to join the Board of Directors for 2021, as well as named new officers.
    The new Board members are J. Robert “Bob” Andrews, Richard Crutchfield, Barbara Anderson and Guy R. Walker. New officers are Judith Dale, President; Barbara Anderson, Vice President (Allen Anderson served as Vice President from January to May 2021). Continuing members are Tresha Sell, Secretary; Michael J. Sgobba, Treasurer; Gustavo Dascanio, MD; Sid Goldstien; Charles “C.J.” Jackson; Richard Nagler; and Ernest Zomalt.
    Under the leadership of the Board, SYVCHF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to develop, manage and channel financial support on behalf of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, serving not only to protect but also to enhance the hospital as a valuable community asset. Since 1978, the Foundation has provided more than $36 million to the hospital in support of critical capital projects, programs and services. The Foundation is currently spearheading a campaign to raise $600K to purchase a state-of-the-art CT scanner to replace the current equipment, which is reaching the end of its useful life. For more information or to contribute visit: cottagehealth.org/syvchfoundation.

    New SYVCHF Board members for 2021:

    J. Robert “Bob” Andrews
    J. Robert “Bob” Andrews has over 50 years of experience at Mullen & Henzell LLP handling the business, corporate, real estate and estate planning needs for clients of the law firm. He served as Managing Partner of the firm for 16 years. He is a graduate of UCSB and earned his Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. He served on the Board of Directors of Cottage Health System for 29 years and was Board Chair for many years. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, as well as the boards of numerous other non-profit organizations.
    Richard Crutchfield
    Richard Crutchfield has been practicing mediation in the Santa Ynez Valley for 15 years with his business Humanix. He has worked in family law, landlord/tenant and employer/employee disputes. He also serves as a consumer financial counselor. Mr. Crutchfield moved to the Santa Ynez Valley after a career in commercial aviation and financial management. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Officer in the United States and the Mediterranean then joined Pan American World Airways where he was stationed at Kennedy Airport (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), and Istanbul, Turkey. He became one of six advanced cargo loadmasters in the Pan Am system. Upon arriving in the Santa Ynez Valley, he became active in the community by serving as Co-Chair of the Valley Blueprint.
    Barbara Anderson
    Barbara Anderson, a 31-year resident of the Santa Ynez Valley, has been a longtime volunteer for Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. The SYVCHF Board recently welcomed her back as a member after she previously served from 2009-2018. She also served as SYVCH Auxiliary President three times and was past Treasurer for many years of the hospital’s New To You Shop in Solvang, where she’s currently the shop scheduler. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, had a career as an elementary schoolteacher and is the current owner of Old Danish Food Farm, Inc. in Solvang. Mrs. Anderson has also volunteered with St Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church and the Solvang Theaterfest. She received the 2007 Santa Ynez Valley Woman of the Year award.
    Guy R. Walker
    Originally from Compton, California, Guy R. Walker attended local public schools before enrolling in Dunn School, a private boarding high school in Los Olivos, CA. After attending Vassar College and the University of Southern California (USC), he graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). Guy’s career started in the accounting field before he entered financial services where he has been in practice since 1990. He founded Wealth Management Strategies Insurance & Financial Solutions in 1994 where he serves as President. Mr. Walker’s community involvement includes serving on the Allan Hancock College Foundation, CommUnify (A Community Action Agency), Dunn School, and Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People.