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Cottage Hospital Foundation Names 2013 Board

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013

By: Laura Kath (Expired article)

Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, California -

The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation (SYVCHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, manage and channel the community’s financial support on behalf of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, thereby serving not only to protect, but also enhance the hospital as a valuable community asset. The SYVCHF board of directors met recently at the hospital to name the 2013 officers and welcome two new directors.

The 2013 SYVCHF officers are: Charles “C.J.” Jackson (President), Gerry Shepherd (Vice President), Barbara Anderson (Secretary) and Kathleen Campbell (Treasurer). Returning directors are The Rev. Dr. Randall Day, Kate Firestone, Stewart Fries, Sid Goldstien, William Heringer, MD; Richard Nagler and Sandy Power.

The all volunteer 2013 Board of Directors of the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation (SYVCHF) gathered after their recent meeting. Seated left to right: Kate Firestone (Director), Gerry Shepherd (Vice President), Tresha Sell (Director) and Kathleen Campbell (Treasurer). Standing left to right: Sid Goldstien (Director), Sandy Power (Director), William Heringer, M.D. (Director), The Rev. Dr. Randall Day (Director), Ernie Zomalt, Ph.D., (Director), Richard Nagler (Director) and Charles “C.J.” Jackson (President). Not present: Barbara Anderson (Secretary) and Stewart Fries (Director).

There are two newly elected directors. The first, Tresha Sell, is office manager and also co-owner, along with her husband Mike Sell and son Sam Sell, of Rio Vista Chevrolet of Buellton and Rancho Grande Motors in San Luis Obispo. She was raised in the Santa Ynez Valley and graduated from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School and the General Motors University of Automotive Management. She previously served on the SYVCHF board for nine years serving six of those as president and also in the capacity as Co-Chair of the Building Campaign for SYVCH. Sell most recently served as president of the SYVCH Auxiliary for two years and continues as a director on the Valley Foundation board along with her other community service work with The French Maids, P.E.O TX and Rotary Club of Solvang.

The second new SYVCH director is Ernest “Ernie” Zomalt, Ph.D., of Solvang, who retired in 2000 as executive vice president from CSU, San Marcos. His master's degree and doctorate in higher education were obtained at UCSB where he served as assistant dean of men, counselor for the off-campus studies program and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. Zomalt has served on the boards of several community organizations, including the Girls Club of Santa Barbara and the North San Diego County Interfaith Council. He is currently president of the board of trustee of Pacifica Graduate Institute, vice -president of the board of directors of Atterdag Village of Solvang, and president of the board of trustees of the Endowment Fund of the Solvang Lutheran Home.

About Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

Founded in 1964, the not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) provides high quality outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physicians specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the community. Located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, SYVCH is part of the not-for-profit Cottage Health System, which includes Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. For more information, visit

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