VNA Health was founded more than a century ago by an exceptional woman, Marian Watts, and a group of public-spirited and far-sighted women. Our community has been blessed to have remarkable women and compassionate caregivers who have shaped the legacy of our community’s character, health, and ability to live well.

In honor of these amazing women and mothers in our community, every year, VNA Health celebrates two mothers – one living and one in memory – at our distinguished Mother’s Day Luncheon to share our gratitude for their lives and contributions to our community.

This year, VNA Health was proud to honor KEIKO DUNHAM and remember MARCELLA RINEHART PARKER at our beloved 21st Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel on Friday, May 6, 2022. These women epitomize compassion, kindness, and generosity — traits of the remarkable women who founded VNA Health in Santa Barbara more than 113 years ago.

We thank our community for their support, which funds our charitable community programs to ensure that we continue to bring health and comfort to Santa Barbara families.  You may still join us online to watch a full video replay of the 2022 Luncheon; and celebrate these women with music, dance, and love.  Stay tuned for the video link.

For more information about supporting the community care programs of VNA Health or to sponsor a future Mother’s Day Luncheon, please contact Lailan McGrath at or at (805) 690-6218.


In the spirit of celebrating mothers and the caregivers of our lives, we invite you to honor your special loved ones in our Appreciation Garden with a tribute donation.

Your tribute gift makes a difference, THANK YOU!  To make your tribute, please click the button below or go online to


Exclusive Presenting Sponsor

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree


Christine & Reece Duca
The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation


Irma & Morrie Jurkowitz
Nora McNeely Hurley & Michael Hurley
Christopher J. Toomey


Ann & Ed Brady
Roberta & Stan Fishman
Val & Bob Montgomery


Sue & Ed Birch
Virginia & Timothy Bliss
Julianna & Tom Dain
Catherine & Brooks Firestone
Anna & David Grotenhuis
Jane & Norman Habermann
Shelley & Paul Schulte – Rudi Schulte Family Foundation
Herb & Bui Simon Foundation
Drs. Kathy & Christopher J. Thrash
Katina Zaninovich


Louise & David Borgatello
Judith & Mario Borgatello
Pamela Dillman Haskell & Christopher Haskell
Maryan Schall
Margaret Wilkinson & Bob Andrews


Frank Ching & Charley Kearns
Margo Cohen-Feinberg & Robert Feinberg
Heather & Alex Craigie
Jodi Fishman-Osti & Darren Osti
Julia & Brad Hall
Vangie Herrera & Al Anglin
Frances & Ken Jewesson
Lauren Katz
Karen Kistler
Kenneth Kraus & Perry Gibson
Barbara Kummer
Patty Marshall
Betsey & John Moller
Thomas Rollerson & Michael Erickson
Diane Meyer Simon
Trudy Smith
Anne Smith Towbes
Pamela Welch
Geof & Laura Wyatt




Karen Allen
Pamela Dillman Haskell
Kate Firestone
Jodi Fishman-Osti
Penny Gill
Jane Habermann
Patty Hateley
Victoria Hines
Maggie Mabuchi
Patty Marshall
Lailan McGrath
Val Montgomery
Judy Murphy
Ann Marie Powers
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
Pat Snyder
Jennie Strait
Marie Ann Strait
Kathy Chung Thrash, MD
Katina Zaninovich

History of Honorees


With love and appreciation for the following women as we continue to remember them each year.


2002 Honored Mother

Dorothy Bacheller

2002 Remembered Mother

Virginia Lee Burton

2003 Honored Mother

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

2003 Remembered Mother

Jane Crandell

2004 Honored Mother

Jane Thomas

2004 Remembered Mother

Patty Whalen

2005 Honored Mother

Anne Douglas

2005 Remembered Mother

Yetta Rubinstein

2006 Honored Mother

Anne Smith Towbes

2006 Remembered Couple

Edna & Harold Zimmer

2007 Honored Mother

Irma Jurkowitz

2007 Remembered Mother

Georgiana Porter

2008 Honored Mother

Peggy Borgatello

2008 Remembered Mother

Molly O’Daniel Danielson

2009 Honored Mother

Jorgia Bordofsky

2009 Remembered Mother

Anne MacDougall

2010 Honored Mother

Regina Venegas

2010 Remembered Mother

No Remembered Mother

2011 Honored Mother

Maryan Schall

2011 Remembered Mother

Connie Toomey

2012 Honored Mother

Susan Bridges

2012 Remembered Mother

Annie Schipper

2013 Honored Mother

Barbara Ireland

2013 Remembered Mother

Laverne Browning

2014 Honored Mother

Jill Levinson

2014 Remembered Mother

Barbara Ward Rollerson

2015 Honored Mother

Sally Hall

2015 Remembered Mother

Mercedes Eichholz

2016 Honored Mother

Kate Firestone

2016 Remembered Mother

Debby Davison

2017 Honored Mother

Jane Habermann

2017 Remembered Mother

Leni Fe Bland

2018 Honored Mother

Jelinda DeVorzon

2018 Remembered Mother

Sally Fordyce

2019 Honored Mother

Sharol Siemens

2019 Remembered Mother

Rebecca Riskin

2019 Remembered Mother

Marilyn Ramos Benitez

2019 Remembered Mother

Josie Gower

2019 Remembered Mother

Faviola Benitez Calderon

2019 Remembered Mother

Alice Mitchell

2020 Honored Mother

Sue Birch

2020 Remembered Mother

Adelle Chris Dyer

Watch Previous Mother's Day Luncheons