Gretchen Morris-Coffey

Gretchen Morris Coffey, a three-year community member of the Health Trust’s Grants Review Committee, joined the Health Trust board of directors in July 2014. While she and her husband, Richard, reside in Santa Cruz, Ms. Morris Coffey has always thought of the Pajaro Valley as a place that evokes the feeling of ‘home’ since she spent the bulk of her career working here. Prior to her retirement in 1999, Ms. Morris Coffey enjoyed a 25-year career in increasingly responsible positions supporting and managing the Food Services and other departments at Watsonville Community Hospital.

Ms. Morris Coffey received her AAS degree in Food Services Administration at the State University of New York. In 1974, she was hired as a Food Services Supervisor at the hospital. She rose in the ranks to Assistant Director of Food and Nutrition Services and ultimately, Director of Hospitality Services. In her role as director, she was responsible for overall management of the Food & Nutrition Services, Housekeeping and Linen departments, which included budgeting, strategic planning, hiring, firing, policies & procedures and complying with quality standards und the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).

Even before the Health Trust was formed in 1998, Ms. Morris Coffey was a generous donor and active volunteer in local nonprofit leadership and fundraising efforts. She has served on the board of the Watsonville YWCA and has been very active in supporting the Health Trust’s annual giving campaign and the Evening of Wine and Roses fundraiser for many years.

Ms. Morris Coffey’s role on the Grants Review Committee provided her with an overview of the Health Trust’s goals for bringing families into the health care/dental systems, reducing the causes/incidents of diabetes and promoting health care careers. This rewarding experience motivated her to participate further by joining the board of directors. Her knowledge of food and nutrition issues combined with her substantial administrative experience make her a valuable addition to the board.