December 9, 2019

The first thing that struck me about Wendy Kleppe–VCC’s new executive director–is how she disarms people with her kindness and genuine interest.  She began in her new role on December 2nd, and she has spent her first few days  talking at length to staff, residents and community members.

“I am a sponge right now, just taking things in and learning about this community. Already I know that VCC has a remarkable staff, and that the island is full of people who care deeply about this place.”

Wendy comes to us from CRISTA Senior Living where she was the senior director of sales, marketing and brand development. She is a seasoned communicator and people leader, skills that will serve us all well here.

Expect to see Wendy out and about in the community, and please come by to say hello anytime. Her email address is, and her direct line is 206-567-6140. And to learn more about Wendy, you can read this press release.

In other news, a big huge THANK YOU  to Bettie Edwards and Chris Beck, along with their wonderful group of servers who—for the 10th year in a row—made Thanksgiving a magical occasion for residents and their families. And a shout out to Ace Hardware who always goes above and beyond to lend a hand, this time with tables for the event, as well as to Bernard and his fabulous kitchen staff for an outstanding meal!

Please keep an eye out for VCC’s annual giving appeal in the mail. We depend on you, our donors, to keep the VCC Promise of not turning anyone who lives here away due to inability to pay.

If you would like to donate online, learn more here.

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.