Marian Watts Society

Sustaining innovation, compassion and care.

Marian Watts Society

Marian Watts was the founder of the Visiting Nurse Association of Santa Barbara, and an innovative leader in healthcare at the turn of the 20th century. She was one of the first to begin an organization that brought healthcare to the patient, regardless of their ability to pay.

The innovation of Visiting Nurse Associations began in the 1880s in New York, where free nursing care was provided to those who could otherwise not afford it. After graduating from the first nursing class at Johns Hopkins University, Marian Watts continued the new trend of bringing care directly to the patient in need and began one of the first VNAs of America in Santa Barbara in 1908. With a small coalition of other women from Santa Barbara and Montecito, VNA of Santa Barbara began going to the home of patients who either physically could not make it to a hospital, or simply could not afford the care they needed. In 1910 Marian purchased the organization’s first building on Haley Street, which still stands today, and even featured a “loan closet” with nursing supplies for caregivers and patients. Marian Watts began the necessary and compassionate care that Santa Barbara needed, and it has been sustained by VNA Health with continuous support from the community.

Marian Watts Society

Members of the Marian Watts Society


Ann C. Carneros
Barbara Bennett
Schlinger Chrisman Foundation
Cynthia Hall
The Hanrath Family
Herbert & Elaine Kendall Charitable Foundation
Janet & Steven Lew
John C. Mithun Foundation
One Heart Club
VNA Health Employee Giving Program
Deanne Violich
Robert Zukin


Vasanti Ferrando & Joel Fithian
Allen Gersho
Gerd & Peter Jordano
William H. Kearns Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. J. Roger Morrison
Mary Orr
Pajadoro Family Foundation
The Raintree Foundation
Santa Barbara Foundation
Kate Schepanovich
The Whimsie Fund
Katina Zaninovich


Virginia & Timothy Bliss
Sue & John Burk
Jan Everote
Mary Caryn & Christian Felipe
Robert Hassler
Elaine Keenan
Mimi Maurecher
Val & Bob Montgomery
Joyce Ryan
Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center ACE
David & Carolyn Spainhour
Shirley Tucker
Vos Family Foundation


Patricia Acton
Roxana & Fred Anson
B & B Foundation
Vicki Baldwin
The Barbakows
Michael Baumann
Susan & Don Bennett Family Fund
Dr. Lawrence Bines
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Birch
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Bordofsky
Sally Anne Boughton
Roberta Bratz
Diana Brelsford
Kay Bruce
Pauline & Alan Bullock
Mary Caryn & Christian Felipe
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Casey
Julia Clark
Marcia Constance
Carolyn Cooper Griffith
Helen M. Couclelis
The Crary Foundation
Gwen Dawson
Kathryn & Michael Dean
Carol L. Diamond
Carol Donner
Keiko & Roger Dunham
Christine & Robert Emmons
Lauren & Nathaniel Erman
Noah Evans, Jr.
Monica & David Fishman
Wendy & Maurice Fleming
Connie Frank Foundation
Judy & Stan Gaede
Dr. John Gainor
Beth & Dodd Geiger
Ann Gilman
John Green, Sr. & John Green, Jr.
Margo Handelsman
Karen Handy
Mary Harvey
Vicki & Bob Hazard
Marla Mercer & Frederick Herzog
Priscilla Higgins
Shauna & Bob Hirsch
Phil Hons
Pamela & Paul Jepson
Brian Johnson
Leslie Kahan
Sarah & Fred Kass
Kenneth Kraus & Perry Gibson
Philip Kreter
Ruth Kyes
Alice Sykes & Joseph Lanza
David Larson
Ann Lorimer
Jane Manasse
Sally & John Mandle
Patty Marshall
Kathy & Jim McClure
Marjorie McKean
Leslie Meadowcroft-Schipper & Frank Schipper
Marilynn E. Meyr
Clare & Mat Moran
Samuel B. & Margaret C. Mosher Foundation
Donald Munro
Ron O. Nichols
Joanne & Peter M. P. Norris
Rachel Pace
Ann Padden-Rubin
Dr. Robert & Marcia Permut
Helen & Ben Phillips
Mary & Dan Reeves
Lorraine & Keith Reichel
Phyllis de Picciotto & Stanley Roden
Beata & Tim Rose
Annie Ross
Donna & Ernest Salomon
Angelo Salvucci
Suzanne & John Sanford
Lynn Sarko & Laurie Ashton
Diane & Douglas J. Scalapinio
Maryan S. Schall
Suzi Schomer
Steven Siry
Trudy Smith
Jean McKibben Smith
Benjamin Smith
Stevens & Associates Insurance
Shaida Stuffler
Marilynn L. Sullivan
Cynthia & Ted Thoreson
Amy & Art Tracewell
Turpin Family Charitable Foundation
Dale Van Mill
Diane & Tom Weisenburger
Lynn & Richard Wells
Anne White
Mona & William Wise
Gina & Alex Ziegler
Mr. & Mrs. Dick Zylstra

Please consider joining in Marian Watt’s legacy to continue innovation and ensure trusted and compassionate care for all.

Please note that Marian Watts Societies benefits have been updated to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

Access to Trust Circle benefits plus:
• VIP Concierge Hotline for access to VNA Health services

TRUST CIRCLE- $5,000 TO $9,999
Access to Compassion Circle benefits plus
• A private, virtual meeting with VNA Health President/ CEO (please call to set up a convenient time for you)

COMPASSION CIRCLE – $2,500 TO $4,999
Access to Care Circle benefits plus:
• Priority parking & entrance time for 2020 PHorum event at West Winds Drive-In Theatre

CARE CIRCLE – $1,000 TO $2,499
Donors enjoy the following benefits:
• Name listed in Annual Report/online
• Receive seasonal Heart to Heart magazine with latest updates on VNA Health and healthcare
• Priority invitation to VNA Health virtual events


“Thank you to Val & Bob Montgomery for hosting the 2018 Marian Watts Reception at their beautiful home with Montgomery Vineyard wine, and to Blue Blossoms for generously providing the floral arrangements. Click here for photos from the event.”

To learn how VNA Health’s programs may help you LIVE WELL or how you can support our mission, please contact Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Benard directly at 805-690-6222 or