Providence Milwaukie Foundation adds new board members

October 30, 2013
Providence Milwaukie Foundation has added two members with a wide range of experience to the board for three-year terms:

Shirley Benson Bernard began her professional career in Salem when she and her husband Ray Benson started an automotive repair business and auto parts store. After Ray died in 1976, Shirley continued the business with their son and has remains active with the Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business. In 1992, Shirley married Joe Bernard and moved to Wilsonville. Joe was a long-time Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation member who died in 2012, and Shirley is pleased to be continuing the Bernard family involvement on the foundation. She is a court appointed special advocate, or CASA, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

Virginia "Ginnie" Schneider moved to Oregon in 2011 from San Pedro, Calif. where she and her deceased husband George, had been benefactors of Torrance Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, Calif., now Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center. Ginnie was instrumental in raising the initial funds for the construction of the hospital, active in the auxiliary, took special care of the gift shop, served as eucharistic minister, and was a charter member of Mary Potter and Company (a social service and fundraising group), as well as co-establishing the George W. and Virginia Schneider Institute for Nursing. Still active in the George and Virginia Schneider Foundation, which supports scholarships and other Catholic charities throughout the United States, Ginnie received the Cardinal's Award in 2009 from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the 2011 Mary Potter Humanitarian Award for her "works, deeds, example and being."