Superintendent leaving Retsil for Napa Valley

Don Veverka, superintendent and administrator at the Washington Veterans Home at Retsil since November 2011, was appointed by Gov. Gary Brown on March 5 as the new administrator of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, Calif., the Lake County News reported.

The Veterans Home, located in the Napa Valley, is the largest and oldest veterans home in the nation. Yountville is an incorporated town in Napa County, north of San Francisco.

“Don has decades of experience in long-term care and we are excited to have him join the Yountville team,” said Diane Vanderpot, undersecretary for Veterans Homes for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. “I am confident that Don will prove himself to be invaluable to the Yountville members and will continue the home’s 130 year legacy of quality care.”

Before coming to Retsil, Veverka was executive director at Oak Lane Retirement from 2008 to 2011, senior consultant and operations manager at Paradigm Senior Living from 2003 to 2006 and executive director at the Necanicum Village Retirement Community from 2002 to 2003.

He was administrator at the Peoples Retirement Community from 2000 to 2001, vice president of business development at Donald P. Maynes and Associates from 1998 to 2000 and a marketing representative for John Hancock from 1996 to 1998.

Veverka, 66, was administrator and consultant in private practice from 1992 to 1996,  owner and administrator at Care Centers West Inc. from 1982 to 1992, administrator at the Torrey Pines Convalescent Hospital from 1978 to 1981 and at the TLC Convalescent Hospital from 1977 to 1978.

He is a past president of Oregon Healthcare Association and has served the American Healthcare Association in various capacities.

He served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army from 1968-70 and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from National University.

According to the governor’s office, Veverka’s appointment does not require Senate confirmation and his salary is $140,040 per year.

Veverka’s wife, Jill, is a native of Olalla and graduated from South Kitsap High School. She retired from the Medford School District in Oregon, where she taught at the secondary level and  mentored first-year teachers in the district.


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