Team Livingston: Barbara Mendeas
As soon as Barbara Mendeas moved to Ventura she contacted Livingston to volunteer. After the loss of her beloved husband, Lanny, she had moved here to be closer to family. Lanny had spent his last few months at home on San Diego hospice. Consequently, Barbara was committed to provide service to a local hospice and Light Up program. Barbara is not unusual in this. Many Livingston hospice volunteers come to us after a personal experience. Since 2006, she has come into our offices three mornings a week.
Barbara spent more than 30 years as a financial administrator for UC San Diego and had oversight of grants for the mathematics department, including the State Budget. Barbara was the perfect person to track volunteer and other hospice services. She was willing to immerse herself into our computer programs and now assists others in navigating the system.
Barbara quickly became such an important team member of the Livingston Hospice program that in 2009 she received the Roy Carlson Volunteer Appreciation Award.
Through the years Barbara has become integral to Livingston’s annual Light Up A Life Celebration, a memorial event that remembers those we have loved and lost. In 2016 Barbara was recognized for her contributions to Light Up and was asked to be a co-chair of the event.
Maddy Hazard, Livingston’s Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator, says of Barbara, “Not only does Barbara fill an important volunteer role, but she does it knowing that behind each name there is a story, a life, and cherished memories. It is her caring and compassionate heart, along with dependability, and commitment that make Barbara so special. We are grateful that she chose to become a part of the Livingston family.”