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New Members and Chair Appointed to Cottage Health Board of Directors

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SANTA BARBARA — Roberta L. Griffin, Dr. Robin Malone and Dr. Wesley Schooler have joined the volunteer board of directors of Cottage Health, a nonprofit leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region of California. Additionally, Steven C. Zola, who joined the board in 2017, was elected chairman.

Roberta Griffin | Credit: Courtesy

Roberta L. Griffin is vice president of asset management at Fespar Enterprises in Santa Barbara and was previously the company’s chief financial officer. Previously, she was at Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts, LLC, as Special Advisor to the President.

She earned a master’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado at Denver; and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ms. Griffin is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She also serves on the board of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (The Granada Theatre) as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Dr Robin Malone | Credit: Courtesy

Dr. Robin Malone is a board-certified emergency physician who practices at Cottage Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her medical degree from Georgetown University. She completed her residency at George Washington University.

In 2007, Dr. Malone practiced in the emergency department of Lompoc Valley Medical Center and Santa Ynez Cottage Hospital. She joined Cottage Health full-time in 2009.

Dr. Malone is a partner in the South Coast Emergency Medical Group and practices full-time at Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospitals, where she has served as Chair of Emergency Medicine since 2017. She is a member of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Wesley G. Schooler | Credit: Courtesy

Dr. Wesley G. Schooler is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery and is the Chief Plastic Surgeon at the Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center. Prior to joining the surgery center in 2012, Dr. Schooler served for five years as chief of plastic surgery at LAC-USC Medical Center and was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Southern California.

He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, followed by internship and residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill. Dr. Schooler completed his training at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and the Hand Center in San Antonio.

Steven C. Zola | Credit: Courtesy

Steven C. Zola, who has served on the Cottage Health Board since 2017, was elected chairman.

The other elected members of the council are:

Susan Christol-Deacon
Thomas J. Cusack
Dorothy Largay, Ph.D.

Richard S. Ponce, MD

Past President
Gregory F. Faulkner

Cottage Health Board Members serve without compensation to guide the non-profit Cottage Hospitals in the mission of providing superior health care and improving the health of our communities through a commitment to our values. foundations of excellence, integrity and compassion. .

About Cottage Health

Cottage Health, a non-profit organization, is the leader in providing advanced medical care in the Central Coast region. Specialties include Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Cardiac and Vascular Center, Orthopedic Center, and Rehabilitation Hospital. Cottage Health’s medical staff is made up of over 700 physicians, many with sub-specialties typically only found in academic medical centers. Last year, Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care to 21,000 people, treated 80,000 patients in their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2 100 newborns. Cottage Health also offers Cottage Urgent Care Centers in all three counties, as well as 24-hour access to providers through Cottage Virtual Care, an online service for common conditions.