United Way of the Wine Country has been dedicated to improving lives locally for 50 years. Everyone deserves a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. To create lasting change, United Way focuses on solving the underlying causes of common problems related to education, income and health. We are committed to achieving lasting solutions - not just quick fixes - for our entire community.
Judy Coffey, RN, has been the Senior Vice President and Area Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma service area since 2004. She is the Chief Executive for hospital and health plan operations in Sonoma and Marin counties, with over 300,000 members. Judy is chair elect for the Northern and Central California Hospital Council Board of Directors and served as the chair of the North Bay Hospital Council for two years; is a board member with the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board, United Way of the Wine Country, and Empire College; and is a member of the Sonoma County Health Action Council and Sonoma County Health Alliance. She is also Treasurer for the American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate Board, Chairman of the AHA Operations and Finance Committee, and a member of the AHA Hospital Accreditation Business Management Committee. Judy is a registered nurse, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management, and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Judy is retiring from Kaiser in the first quarter of 2019, but you shouldn't expect her to slow down for long. She and her husband Harry plan to take a two week vacation for the first time ever and will likely spend time in Mexico. Upon their return, she will continue her focus on rebuilding their home lost in the 2017 wildfires.
“Affected both personally and professionally by the 2017 Tubbs wildfire, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone touched by such tragedy. While crises like these test a community’s soul, the North Bay has proven itself to be strong, strategic, generous, and resilient. As a member of the Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, I am honored to work with a diverse group of regional leaders to help rebuild, restore and heal the fire affected communities we all love and call home.”
When rebuilding their home, Judy says they plan to rebuild on the same property but plan a smaller and different structure than the one before. They will likely be the first on their block to rebuild, and she hopes their new construction will encourage others in their community to do the same. With Coffey Park and other neighborhoods blossoming, she believes the same will happen in her own Fountaingrove. Ever the optimist, Judy sees the renewal of the neighborhood as an opportunity to meet new neighbors who will almost certainly become new friends.
Judy plans to continue her extensive involvement in the community after retirement since she believes so strongly in the "power of community". As our 2018/2019 Women United Chair, Judy will continue to further the impact of this community of impactful women. After 40 years here, she considers this to be her community even though she still loves her native Chicago and visits there frequently. She looks forward to spending more time with her eight grandchildren and enjoying their various sporting events. Judy also has plans involving Harry and two pairs of dance shoes. They love to dance, and even though Harry doesn't know it yet, she wants to enroll them in dance classes to refine their skills further. As if that's not enough to keep anyone more than busy, Judy would like to pick up her paint brushes again and create beautiful oil paintings.
Congratulations to Judy on her upcoming retirement, house rebuilding, and potential Dancing with the Sonoma Stars appearance! We sincerely appreciate Judy and Harry for their outstanding commitment and belief in the power of community to make this a better place for us all.