Meet Our Service League Board
The volunteers who make up the Washington Hospital Service League are professionals, students, homemakers, and retirees - people just like you who want to make a contribution to their community.
Volunteers provide a willing pair of hands, an extra smile and a special touch that helps make a positive impact in the care that is delivered at Washington Hospital. Each member of the Service League Board of Directors has a unique story. Learn more about these special individuals and why they volunteer their time.
Jeannie Yee, President
Jeannie has a long history with Washington Hospital. This is how Jeannie describes her connection to Washington Hospital and her involvement in the Washington Hospital Service League. In her own words:
“Washington Hospital is my hospital. I first came through the doors as a wide-eyed nursing student in the 70’s, as a woman in labor twice in the 80’s, as a concerned visitor in the 90’s and finally as a happy volunteer in 2003! I led Birthing Center tours for three years, photographed newborns nearly every Thursday for the past nine years, have cuddled Special Care Nursery babies for the past seven years, have enjoyed our guests on the W.O.W. mobile health clinic for the past nine years and have served on our Service League board as 1st and 2nd Vice President and Parliamentarian. All of this has been done with a great sense of gratitude to God for the privilege of serving our community in this way. As President, I look forward to helping the volunteers to keep in stride with the needs of the hospital as we grow amidst the challenges in health care today. After all, it is my hospital!”
Gail Tomita, First Vice President
After retiring Gail wanted to fill her time with something that was both helpful and meaningful. She has found both as a volunteer at Washington Hospital. Since joining the Washington Hospital Service League in 2004, Gail says she has met many wonderful people. Gail feels that being a part of the Service League Board has broadened her horizons. She’s had the opportunity to attend several conferences, participate in East Bay Council meetings and visit other hospitals. As first vice president, she intends to make sure that such services as scholarships, birth certificates, Magic Hankies & Puppets and stickers for the ER continue to function smoothly. Gail says this year will definitely be a challenge as she will also serve as secretary for the East Bay Council and chair the scholarship committee at Washington Hospital. In her spare time, Gail babysits her four grandsons.
Debbie Jackson, Second Vice President
Nearly ten years ago Debbie decided to give back to her community by volunteering at Washington Hospital. She started with newborn photography but soon discovered that wasn't the right fit for her. She switched to volunteering with the New Parent Birthing Tours, an activity that allowed her to volunteer while continuing to work. After retiring from a nonprofit organization that educates children on empowering themselves to be safe, strong and free, Debbie decided it was time to become more involved in volunteering. She continued leading birthing center tours as well as volunteering for special projects during the year. In addition to building new friendships, Debbie learned a great deal more about all of the contributions the Service League makes to Washington Hospital. As a new member of the board, Debbie will focus on developing the membership for the future of the Service League. Debbie and her husband enjoy spending time together along with their children and grandchildren. During her spare time you will see her out in the garden, entertaining family and friends, up at the family’s lake home enjoying the country setting or perhaps enjoying a San Francisco Giants baseball game.
Shirlee Crockett, Treasurer
As a volunteer Candy Striper in high school, Shirlee Crockett thought she might pursue a nursing career, specializing in emergency care or surgery. While life took her in a different direction, Shirlee never lost her interest in volunteering or her love for the hospital environment. While raising three children, Shirlee worked in education, first as a physical education teacher and, for the past five years, as a bookkeeper. Once all her children graduated from college, Shirlee wanted to devote time to giving back to the community. Washington Hospital was her first choice, and she’s been a member of the Service League for more than four years, volunteering in the Emergency Department. Elected in February 2012 to serve a two-year term as Service League Treasurer, Shirlee combines her love of serving in a hospital environment with her bookkeeping knowledge. When she’s not at work or volunteering at the Hospital, Shirlee loves to golf, shop, travel and go camping with her family. She also volunteers at PGA and LPGA golf tournaments.
Dian Zarzycki, Secretary
In 2002, Dian took her daughter to a volunteer information session at Washington Hospital. Dian was intrigued to learn one of the volunteer positions available was with the Community Health Resource Library. Two of her favorite things to do are helping others and reading books, so she decided to become a member of the Washington Hospital Service League and volunteer in the library. She has continued to volunteer at Washington Hospital because it has given her the opportunity to become friends with many wonderful people and provide a service to the community. This is her fourth time on the Service League Board of Directors. She has previously served on the nominating committee and the scholarship committee, as well as assisting with On-lok and the $5 Jewelry sales. Dian was raised in Cupertino and has lived in Fremont for the past 26 years. She taught junior high mathematics and raised four children, and now has two delightful grandsons. When she is not volunteering, Dian loves to spend time with her grandsons, read, garden, teach Sunday school, participate in a choir, listen to classical music, go on nature walks and work out at the gym.
Sharon Stagg, Parliamentarian
Retired from a career in commercial construction project management, Sharon Stagg wanted to give back to the community while staying active and meeting new people. She had experienced first-hand the power of volunteers while working with a local non-profit organization devoted to assisting high technology companies in the Bay Area. Sharon appreciated how the volunteers supported the organization’s mission. For the past four years, Sharon has been supporting the mission of Washington Hospital through her volunteer work with the Service League. She has met many wonderful people, and enjoys helping patients and trying to make each of their days a little brighter. As a member of the Board, Sharon hopes to improve communications between the Board and Service League members, and also increase the number of active adult volunteers to improve staffing levels. When she’s not volunteering at the Hospital, Sharon likes to garden and work out at the gym. She also enjoys genealogy, and watching falcons nest at San Jose City Hall.