St. Francis Foundation Elects Kathleen Baushke as New Board President

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St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara is proud to welcome Kathleen Baushke as its new Board President. As Executive Director of Transition House for 15 years, Baushke brings a deep understanding of the landscape of solutions for local homelessness. Transition House provides emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing for homeless families with children. Prior to joining Transition House, Baushke spent ten years operating a design and marketing agency specializing in non-profit organizations.

Baushke received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In addition to serving as board president for St. Francis Foundation, Baushke currently serves on the Second Story Associates board and the Storyteller Children’s Center Advisory Board. She also serves on the grant selection committee for the Hutton-Parker Foundation.

St. Francis Foundation board officers elected in May include Baushke as Board President; Dana VanderMey, Vice President; Nora Taugher, Treasurer; Dr. Eric Trautwein, Secretary; and Sue Adams, Nominating Chair.

About St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara

The St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara promotes and supports health and healing in the Santa Barbara South Coast community, with particular attention to those most in need. The Foundation is the primary funder of the Parish Nursing Community Outreach Program, operated by Cottage Health. St. Francis Foundation also supports nursing scholarships through Santa Barbara City College and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and provides grants for local services including healthcare, senior services and end of life care. For more information, visit


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