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Katrina Holmes: “Always remember to be kind and to be true to yourself.”

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“We are truly blessed in so many ways that it is essential that we give back for
those blessings.”

Katrina Holmes expressed the core tenets of her life in these few words. A native of Stockton, California, she learned early in life about the gift of giving to her community. Her mother, Balbina Ascencio, was a nurse, and her father, Gerald, worked for the National Guard for more than 25 years and is a 14 gallon blood donor. These essential role models and the education she received at St. Mary’s High School provided the foundation for her career of service to others. 

Following high school, Katrina earned a bachelor of science in nursing at University of Phoenix. Early in her career, she worked as an RN in the Dameron Hospital operating room. From there, she moved to the position of administrator for the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Stockton, where she developed a team whose mission is to care for each patient as if they were family.

Leader in Healthcare
In her current role with Sutter Health as regional director for Central Valley Surgery Centers, she is responsible for three surgery centers and one hospital, in an area that stretches from Elk Grove to Modesto. “Sutter Health is an integrated health care system composed of amazing providers and staff who truly put the patient first,” she noted. “At the Surgery Center we keep our patient at the center of everything we do. The Surgery Center is staffed with an amazing staff who focus on giving our patients safe and excellent service.  Our team works together and it has been gratifying to mentor many of the team that have moved on to be exceptional leaders.”

She was mentored by Hellen Crane, whom she considers a role model. It was Hellen who brought her in to serve on the board for the Mary Graham Shelter Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for foster youth in San Joaquin County. “It was truly an honor to be part of such a dedicated group of individuals working to provide opportunities for our youth through mentorship as well as fundraising to allow the program to succeed and our youth to thrive,” she reiterated.

Supporting Others
Three of Katrina’s four children attended St. Mary’s High School, and she and her husband saw an opportunity to support the school by funding a new sport on campus. “Our son loved lacrosse, an up-and-coming sport at the time, but there wasn’t a team on campus,” she related. “By collaborating with the administration, we were able to start the first high school lacrosse team in San Joaquin County. Lincoln High school started a program the next year and the rivalry continued.” Today, lacrosse remains a program at St. Mary’s due to the dedication of parents to see the sport succeed.

The Women’s Shelter of San Joaquin has always been important to Katrina. For over the last fifteen years, she has partnered with Chef Buddy Odell to provide Thanksgiving dinners to the Women’s and Children’s Shelters. Sutter Gould Stockton Surgery Center and the Sutter Gould Medical foundation have joined annually with her to provide the food from which Chef Buddy creates an amazing dinner for the women and children who spend Thanksgiving at the shelters. “Each year after the dinner, the women in the shelter talk about how blessed they felt that someone was thinking about them and their children,” she affirmed.

In May 2016, the Sutter Gould community lost a physician leader, Dr. Christopher Hudlin, to glioblastoma. He was a friend to many, a skilled surgeon and clinician who is remembered by patients and colleagues as a deeply caring, generous man with a passion for helping others. In memory of Dr. Hudlin, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation’s former chief of surgery, the organization has created the Dr. Christopher Hudlin Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. Two of Dr. Hudlin’s passions were philanthropy and providing disadvantaged youth with opportunities to pursue careers in the medical field. “This endowment inspires the spirit of generosity and supports the ongoing education and training of the next generation of healthcare providers and the Health Careers Academy for our future healthcare leaders,” Katrina, a friend and colleague of Dr. Hudlin, noted. “The scholarships granted through this endowed fund encourage students in health care fields to return to our community and practice medicine in the future.”  

All the Strength
Katrina’s husband, John Glick, is amazingly supportive of her in her career. He is in land surveying and engineering for Quartaroli and Associates in Manteca, California, and his primary focus is shepherding projects through the entitlement process countywide. “I am truly blessed to have a partner who always wants the best for me and supports our journey. He is such a blessing to me. The song Wind Beneath My Wings reflects my and John’s marriage, as he has always been there to lift me up.”

They have four children. Evan works in New York and does analytics for the OpenTable website. Kristen is a quality engineer; Alex runs a vineyard management company in Sonoma and Katlyn is in her last year of law school at UC Davis. “We could not be any prouder of these four,” she smiled. “They are kind to others and have been involved with community service efforts. They are amazing adults who inspire and wow us every day.

Work-Life Balance
“We own and operate an organic blueberry farm in the Delta and also own and manage a wetland habitat that was created over 22 years ago,” she smiled. “It is an amazing place because we took farmland and returned it to a wetland habitat which will be protected into perpetuity.” She and John also enjoy traveling and recently started riding bikes. They are looking forward to the wedding next year of Katlyn to Kyle Nelms. “We’re very excited about the wedding; he’s an amazing man!”

Katrina is inspired when she watches a team come together and she wants to provide excellence each and every day they come to work. “I don’t think of myself as a philanthropic leader. I think of myself as someone who wants to help, to let people know they are not alone and they can achieve their goals.

“I think of a story that was told to me by my dad regarding the pebble thrown into the water,” she related. “The impact of that pebble on the water makes a difference. No matter how small or large, the pebble leaves a mark on the shore,” she mused. “I hope that my family and I leave a mark on others throughout my life.”

Katrina advises other women to be courageous in career and life, give back and to mentor others the way she has been mentored. “You will be given opportunities in your life. Never think you are not good enough or that there is someone else more qualified. Take a deep breath and say, ‘Yes, I can learn that,’ and then don’t just learn it, go and conquer it. 

“Always remember to be kind during your travels and be true to yourself.”

Support these charities with your donations: Hudlin Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, sutterhealth.org; Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, marygrahamfoundation.org; Saint Mary’s High School, saintmaryshighschool.org; Women’s Center Youth & Family Services, womenscenteryfs.org.