July 9, 2019

Here at VCC, where change seems to be the way we roll, the recent promotion of Krystal Willingham to director of care services is a new development we can all get behind. In her new role, Krystal will oversee nursing services for assisted living, as well as the new memory support unit.

Ask any of our residents about Krystal, and they’ll tell you she is a perennial light in their lives. In fact, Tom Johnson refers to her as the Northern Lights. It’s a fitting reference for somebody who has been involved at VCC for as long as she can remember. As a child, Krystal helped her father–former co-owner of Vashon Pharmacy, Dave Willingham–deliver prescriptions to residents. As a teenager, she volunteered here and then became a nursing assistant. After completing nursing school and working at Swedish Medical Center for five years, she returned to VCC as director of assisted living. “My heart is at VCC,” says Krystal. “It’s where I learned about the  treasures that people store as they grow older.” As we celebrate Krystal’s promotion, we are sorry to see Jeb Korzilius,director of clinical services, take on a new opportunity in Seattle. A man of integrity and tremendous compassion, Jeb will be sorely missed.

Another constant here is Goliath, our beloved therapy dog who ,for years, has visited residents twice a week. Goliath is running for a second term as Vashon’s Unofficial Mayor because his enduring love is one thing that hasn’t changed. Donations to Goliath’s campaign will go toward classes and activities to enrich the lives of the folks who live here. Our goal is $4000. So far we’ve raised $2700 thanks to some very generous supporters. Please donate online or at any local ballot box.

Keep an eye out for us this summer. We’ve got lots of adventures on the calendar, and Julian White Davis–college student and photographer extraordinaire–will be documenting them. Here’s a photo of Joy holding court at the Farmer’s Market last weekend. She is a true Vashon celebrity!

As always, I’m eager to hear from you. Please call or email anytime.

With gratitude for our residents and this community,


Anne Atwell is the community relations and development director at VCC. A Vashonite for 20 years, Anne is proud to say that her first non-profit volunteer board experience was on that of the Vashon Community Care Center way back in the late 90’s. She is so pleased to be coming full circle to work again for VCC and its wonderful residents.