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Sansum Clinic knows the value of investing in employee education and development. Through the generous support of donors, the McNamara Fund for Professional Enrichment and Education, and the Nursing Scholarship Program help to support both clinical and non-clinical employees with educational endeavors enabling them to reach their career goals.

Eight recipients were awarded with grants and scholarships toward development in their respective fields and careers. These programs continue to make a direct impact on our community, offering the assistance deserving staff needs in order to afford higher education and in developing our next generation of leaders. 

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Alysha Izoco, Health Educator, Lead, Dr. Weight Management (joined Sansum Clinic in 2015)

Alysha Izoco“I have always had a huge interest in health and wellness, which is ultimately, led me to my current position with Sansum Clinic as a Health Educator. During my time as a Health Educator and Lead Health Educator, I have provided patients with behavioral counseling and some nutrition education, with foundational training and I have become proficient in coaching patients and I have seen the role that successful coaching plays in our patients’ overall experience.”

Dale Klahn, Analyst, EHR, Wave Team (joined Sansum Clinic in 2015)

Dale Klahn“I have worked in Healthcare IT for over 20 years both as a full time employee and as a consultant and I have been a full time employee of Sansum Clinic as an IT EHR analyst since September 2015. Although I have had years of experience implementing applications and integration projects at various organizations over my career, I have always thought that formal training in project management methodology would be a great benefit to me and my employer. I appreciate the opportunity that the McNamara Fund provides as a way to help accomplish that goal.”

Debi Ames, RN Specialist, Supervisor, Pesetas Urgent Care (joined Sansum Clinic in 1997)

Debi Ames“Sansum Clinic’s goal is to open a procedure center where patients from all over the Clinic will be able to come for care. This will include patients currently receiving Chemotherapy, Radiation and/or Biotherapy. I will be supervising this department and working with nurses who will care for patients in the procedure center. Taking this course will help me to understand what the patient is going through and how to anticipate patient needs.”

Heather Donovan, Medical Services Coordinator, Pueblo Pulmonary (joined Sansum Clinic in 2015)

Heather Donovan“I want to help my patients more. I want to work with them personally, help my co workers to room patients and take vitals as well as be able to work one-on-one with the patient so they know that I am here to help them and know that I have the skills to help them.”

Jamie Romero, Medical Coding Manager, Corporate Coding Department (joined Sansum in 2015)

Jamie Romero“Having the Risk Adjustment and Inpatient Coder certifications will allow me to grow personally in knowledge and provide me with the ability to train staff within the department and the providers in the Clinic. The education and training of these certifications will bring Sansum Clinic up to insurance payer guidelines.”

Jen McGahey, Registered Nurse Manager, Lompoc Admin Patient Care Services (joined Sansum Clinic in 2000)

Jenn McGahey“I have spent most of my nursing career at Sansum Clinic and have been afforded opportunities that I don’t think I would have gained elsewhere, because of that I have grown professionally and have broadened my skills base. I’ve chosen to enter a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration program to continue to enhance the skills that I have developed as a manager in healthcare. This program has already proven to be beneficial in terms of knowledge I have gained. I feel with this education I can offer more to my position or any position that I may be in at Sansum Clinic in the future.”

Monica Sanchez, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Solvang Country Clinic Family Practice (joined Sansum Clinic in 2002)

Monica Sanchez“I started working at Sansum Clinic in the Medical Records department 15 years ago. Throughout the years, Sansum Clinic has given me the opportunity and flexibility to go to school and continue my education. As I begin my 10th year as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, I am thankful for all the opportunities, knowledge and confidence I have gained over the years. The McNamara grant will provide me the financial assistance needed to complete the final course for entrance into the Registered Nursing program.”

Abigail Galler, Registered Nurse, Triage Lead, Pueblo OB/GYN (joined Sansum Clinic in 2015)

Abigail Galler“I have had the opportunity to grow not only as a nurse, but also as a person over the past three years at Sansum Clinic. When it comes to talking about healthcare and educating patients, my confidence booms knowing that I can provide the care and support that they need. I am passionate about empowering this vulnerable population. I wish to improve my teaching skills to become the best patient educator I can be.”

If you would like information about making a gift to the endowment for the McNamara Fund for Professional Enrichment and Education, please contact Dru A. Hartley, Director of Philanthropy at or (805) 681-7726. 



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