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About St. Mary Medical Center Foundation

St. Mary Medical Center Foundation helps connect donors with areas of opportunity.

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Transforming our community — together

For generations, St. Mary Medical Center Foundation in California has been dedicated to the philanthropic support of St. Mary Medical Center, serving through the development of charitable contributions — and through engagement with our beloved high desert community.

Philanthropy begins with passion.

The Foundation helps donors like you discover what inspires you most. Then, we pair your interests with an area of opportunity at St. Mary Medical Center — so that all our neighbors can be blessed with exceptional care.

"Since St. Mary Medical Center Foundation was founded 30 years ago, our community has continued to make St. Mary Medical Center their philanthropic priority. It is inspiring to see our donors give generously to continue to advance the level of care St. Mary can offer to the High Desert community."

— John Kozyra, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Foundation Leadership

Your Gifts in Action

Helping raise donations to lift our community

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raised to purchase 42 new cardiac monitors

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in nursing scholarship fund raised in 2019

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raised for COVID-19 relief 

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raised to purchase Panda Warmer technology for NICU

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Board of Directors at St. Mary Medical Center Foundation

Our common vision: A commitment to every member of our community through the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation. After all, it’s more than a privilege. It’s a calling.

Connecting Donors and needs for Generations

St. Mary Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our neighbors, including those in the High Desert who are poor or vulnerable.

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Together, we can provide care that transforms lives, now and for years to come.

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John Kozyra

Chief Philanthropy Officer

John Kozyra is the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working on a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Providence.

Prior to joining St. Mary, John worked at CSS Fundraising — the oldest, largest national firm in the strategic fundraising sector, where he led major gift initiatives for many organizations including Dignity Health, Providence Trinity Care Hospice, and The Salvation Army. He was also previously a Director for Changing Our World, where he led efforts for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to raise more than $100 million to establish an endowment in support of the future of Catholic education in the Archdiocese.

John is active in several volunteer and professional organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Wrightwood Village Foundation, and the West End YMCA. He was recently published in a nonprofit leadership book that became a #1 bestseller on Amazon’s nonprofit list, titled 101 Biggest Mistakes Nonprofits Make and How You Can Avoid Them.

Mark Yates

Mark Yates

Chair

Mark Yates earned his degree in business finance from California State University Fullerton. As COO of the Wealth Strategies Group, he currently manages their Apple Valley branch. He’s also a Certified Financial Planner and registered representative of Securities America, Inc.

As men’s head varsity golf coach at Victor Valley College, helping students strive for athletic and academic excellence is a passion of Mark’s. He takes great pride in recruiting and developing young golfers from the High Desert and surrounding areas.

Mark joined the St. Mary Foundation board in 2015 and also serves on the Trusted Advisor council. He lives in Apple Valley with his wife and two children

What motivates your desire to give back?

I’m passionate about helping our community continue to grow and thrive. I realize that St. Mary plays an important role in the health and wellness of our community.

Why are you supporting the medical center? 

Both of our children were born at St. Mary so we have a special connection to the hospital.

Why did you agree to join the foundation board?

I joined so that I could support the important work they were doing to serve our community.

Contact Us

Phone: 760-946-8841

Address: 18300 Hwy 18, Apple Valley, CA 92307

Email: StMaryFoundation@providence.org

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