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New advocates appointed to hospital foundation board


The Providence Milwaukie Foundation recently added two members with a wide range of experience to its board for three-year terms.

Shirley Benson Bernard of Wilsonville began her professional career in Salem when she and her husband, Ray Benson, started an automotive repair business and auto parts store. After he died in 1976, she continued the business with their son and remains active with the Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Joe Bernard, a former Milwaukie mayor whom she married in 1992, was a longtime Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation member who died in 2012, and she is pleased to be continuing the Bernard family involvement on the foundation. She is a court appointed special advocate, or CASA, representing the interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

Virginia “Ginnie” Schneider moved to Oregon in 2011 from San Pedro, Calif., where she and her late husband, George, had been benefactors of Torrance Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, Calif., now Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center. She was instrumental in raising the initial funds for the construction of the hospital, took special care of the gift shop, served as eucharistic minister, and was a charter member of Mary Potter and Company (a social service and fundraising group).

Still active in the George and Virginia Schneider Foundation, which supports scholarships and other Catholic charities throughout the United States, she received the Cardinal’s Award in 2009 from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the 2011 Mary Potter Humanitarian Award for her “works, deeds, example and being.”