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McNamara Fund

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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. The following recipients were awarded grants and scholarships in 2022 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 high education, and by developing our next generation of leaders.

McNamara Fund Recipients

  • Jose Diaz Jr., Applications Analyst, EHR Revenue Cycle
  • Cherise Lastra, Clinical Research Supervisor
  • Jenna Martinelli, Radiologic Technologist, Ultrasound
  • Ian McLelland, Quality Management and Infection Control Manager
  • Ignacio (Iggy) Meza, Applications Manager, EHR Revenue Cycle
  • Ella (Shadi) Otadi, Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Megan Thomas, Supervisor, Patient Services
  • Itzia Villegas, Ortho Tech, Department Coordinator

Nursing Scholarship Recipients

  • Carmellita (Cammie) Calcagno, Registered Nurse Specialist
  • Jennifer Gonzalez, Endoscopy Technician II
  • Laura Laurenzano, Registered Nurse Specialist, Pre-Post
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Mathes, Registered Nurse, Manager
  • Maricela Hurtado Salinas, Registered Nurse Specialist

Dr James and Chris McNamara

Special thanks for Dr. James and Chris McNamara for establishing the McNamara Fund for Professional Enrichment and Education, and to the many donors who have chosen to support the McNamara Fund. Nursing Scholarships are made possible through the generous support of John C. Mithum Foundation and Mithum Family Foundation.

Congratulations to all our 2022 award recipients. We're so proud of you and greatly appreciate the investment you are making toward your career and the health and well-being of our patients and the community we serve.

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


Or download and complete our mail-in donation form >