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What's Happening at Devereux California … February 2018

Devereux California Holds Founder’s Day Celebration 


On February 2, Devereux California’s Adult Day Program hosted a Founder’s Day celebration to honor the legacy of our organization’s founder – Miss Helena T. Devereux.  

The event began with staff and individuals paying tribute to Miss Devereux’s contribution to the field of behavioral health and sharing memories about the past. As Devereux California was the second of 13 centers to open in 1945 – with the help of former Devereux Trustee Max Factor – several of our individuals knew and worked with Miss Devereux. 

The program culminated with a candle lighting ceremony and songs performed by our individuals, highlighting our center’s values and recognizing Miss Devereux’s pioneering spirit.


A Great Way to Give Back: Volunteer! 

Serving on a committee is a fun way to support Devereux California that has many rewards.  

If you are interested in volunteering on one of the committees of our Board of Advisors – such as the fundraising committee or the advocacy committee – please contact Manager of External Affairs Wendy Cooper at  


Welcome to New Staff Members

Katie Hughes, MSW: Clinical Case Manager for Weisman Center for the Elderly

Katie has been named clinical case manager for Weisman Center for the Elderly – a home for adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences who also have medically fragile conditions. She takes on this role as Sherry Davis prepares to transfer to our Human Resources team. Previously, Katie held the positions of case manager for seniors with behavioral health differences and medical social worker serving individuals with significant medical issues. Katie holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in the health of older adults.  


katie hughes

We also welcome Pema Yangchen Nymeyer, LPN, to our nursing staff for our Weisman Center for the Elderly.  


Recognizing Employees Following Recent Natural Disasters 

Devereux California recognized several team members for going above and beyond during the recent natural disasters in our community. Although none of our individuals were directly impacted by the fires and mudslides in Santa Barbara County, many of our staff went the extra mile to ensure that all shifts were covered.  

We extend our deepest gratitude to the following individuals who made sure their first priority was caring for our individuals.  

Mark Villa and Casa Feliz homes

  • Khang Giang
  • Andrea Hill
  • Aquiel Hayden 

Somerset home

  • Carlos Flores
  • Denise Omana 

Adult Day program

  • Michele LaGrange 

The Weisman Center for the Elderly

  • Olivia Garcia
  • Anthony Gonzalez
  • Chance Lompa
  • Lisa O’Niahll 

Supported Living Services

  • Eduardo Fabian
  • Andrew Salazar
  • Luis Quintero 


  • Akosua Arthur
  • Sherry Davis
  • Jennifer Farley
  • Amy West  

Save the Date!  

Mark your calendars: This year’s “Devereux Day” event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.  

This special day celebrates our individuals, and their friends and family, and will feature a lunch, entertainment and games on the Devereux California lawn. If you or your business would like to donate to this event, please contact Manager of External Affairs Wendy Cooper at 


How You Can Help … 

Devereux California currently serves more than 90 individuals in our residential facilities, and their own homes, throughout the Santa Barbara community – and that number continues to grow. Thank you to our Devereux families, individuals, staff, Advisory Board members, donors and all those who make it possible to continue the mission of our founder – Helena Devereux.    

Adult Day Program – Wish List  
Our Adult Day Program is in need of recreational equipment, computers, iPads and other learning tools to meet the program’s objectives for behavioral and vocational skill-building. If you are interested in donating to our wish list, please contact program director Julie Badella at, or call (805) 879-0306. 

To support Devereux California, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (805) 879-0307.   

The Greenhouse at the Goleta Farmers Market 
If you plan to visit the Goleta Farmers Market, make sure to stop by the Devereux California booth, where participants in our Adult Day Program will sell Succulent plants and herbs grown in our very own Devereux Greenhouse. 

The Devereux Greenhouse is also open for sales on Friday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., as part of our Adult Day Program. 



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