Director of Community Relations and Staff

Director of Community Relations:

Vita Monteleone

I have lived and worked in the Chelan Valley since 1985. Both of my children were born and raised here and are still a vital part of this community.

I have a dual degree in Business and Marketing specializing in Public Relations from Wenatchee Valley College. Working as an Emergency Medical Technician for over 15 years at Lake Chelan Community Hospital is one of my greatest accomplishments, along with my involvement in one of the hospitals’ original Guilds (The Alpha Guild) for over 20 years. During my time with the guild, we accomplished many goals in acquiring equipment for the EMS department and its staff.

Working with the Lake Chelan Health & Wellness foundation is the perfect next step for me to put my skill and experience to good use, and I look forward to serving the community in this way.

Remembering Emmit Aston and Virginia Murphy

Emmit Aston joined the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation over 25 years ago. He was truly a dedicated, passionate and foundational figure both in the community and on the board. Very few people have committed more time, energy, or money to the support of our hospital. Arguably the only thing Emmit was as committed to besides his family and the hospital was the University of Washington Husky’s! Emmit was a constant.

A quiet, but pivotal individual in our community and on our board. He did all things with a thoughtfulness and a gentle and funny way. He always had a joke at the ready and sparkle in his eye. Even though Emmit faced a number of health challenges, he never let them get the better of him or his spirit. He loved his family, his community, his Husky’s and this hospital.

He will be truly missed, but we know two things for sure: he will be present on the day we dedicate our new hospital and he will be forever wearing his purple and gold!

Virginia Murphy joined the Foundation in 1993 and served us faithfully for almost 30 years. Among the many tasks she did was managing the Scholarship and Continuing Education funding processes. Every student applicant and hospital caregiver and staff heard from Virginia.

She proudly considered this important work a great responsibility. She was organized and reliable. Virginia also had a sweet tooth and it was not unusual to spot at least one cookie or piece of cake in her office.

She had an easy smile and a friendly word for everyone – and everyone in the hospital knew Virginia. We will miss her