At a recent Catalina Island Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, Carol Reynolds, board chair, announced her intention to resign as a member of the Board.
Reynolds leaves CIMC’s Board after twelve years of volunteer service as both a member and chair of the CIMC Foundation and as a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Reynolds said, “During those twelve years, I have had an opportunity to work with some amazing people.”
Reynolds recounts that she was initially recruited to join the Foundation Board because it was known that she wanted to make sure the Catalina Island community had a viable Medical Center that would be able to care for her as she aged, to ensure care for the island community, and for its visitors. Trudy Saldana, a member of the Board of Trustees, commented, “Carol’s passion in support of CIMC and its continuing mission was very evident to all those with whom she came into contact.”
During her tenure on the Foundation Board, she oversaw all fundraising efforts and participated in the strategic planning for the new medical center and the feasibility study that was completed that began the planning process in earnest.
Reynolds’ efforts also helped CIMC’s signature fundraiser, “An Evening With Oscar,” grow from being held at the Catalina Island Yacht Club to being held in the Avalon Casino Ballroom. Upon completion of her term on the Foundation Board, she transitioned to the Board of Trustees. She was instrumental in the negotiations with Randy Herrel and the Catalina Island Company by which the Island Company donated land for the building of the new medical center. She worked tirelessly with Shannon Hill, then Foundation Chair, to ensure a ballot measure supporting the construction of the new medical center was passed by an overwhelming majority of the Island’s voters. In June 2021, Ms. Reynolds received the Wayne and Susie Griffin Community Service Award from Love Catalina-Catalina Island Tourism for her extraordinary contributions and service in Avalon. Reynolds states, “My time supporting both Boards has given me tremendous pleasure. I am thankful for my time of service, for the wonderful people with whom I have had the honor to work and collaborate, and for the volunteers and donors who have made contributions of their time and resources. I will always cherish my time at CIMC.”
Saldana added, “Carol will be very missed on the Board. Her dedication and efforts were unparalleled, and her contributions will be felt for decades to come.”