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“A society grows great when old men plant trees in shade they know they will never sit.”

- Greek Proverb

It is in this spirit of preparing for the next generation that Discovery Counseling Center is proud to announce the establishment of the Katie Combs Endowment Fund. Katie worked at Discovery Counseling Center for the last six weeks of her too short life, but in that little time, she, with her intelligence, her joy and her sense of humor, made a huge impact on all who knew her.  Not only was she bright and fun-loving, Katie was also caring and kind. She embraced Discovery Counseling Center’s mission of providing high quality, accessible and affordable mental wellness services to our community.

Discovery has been an integral part of the San Ramon Valley for almost 50 years and the need for mental health services has grown every year. Starting with one part-time therapist, Discovery now has 21 full and part-time licensed therapists in their Danville clinic and another 33 counseling interns in 36 schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  Up until now, Discovery has been able to match the growing need for services in large part because of the incredible contributions of the Friends of Discovery who brilliantly operate the local Thrift Station.  Their extraordinary efforts have been critical to fulfilling Discovery’s mission for the past five decades.

Now, as Discovery’s Board of Directors looks to the future, they believe it is prudent to develop another steady source of funding.  Many of Katie’s family members and friends contributed generously to a memorial fund established in her memory and it is those contributions that are the seed money for the Katie Combs Endowment Fund.  It is the intention of the Board of Directors to add to this endowment fund annually and to invest the income generated. With additional donations and careful management, Katie’s Fund will eventually generate sufficient income to continue Discovery’s mission of providing financial assistance to families in critical need of mental health services for the next 50 years.

As we plant our tree, we thank you for your support and invite you to join us in growing Katie’s Fund and providing fruit and shade for the next generation. 

You can donate directly to the fund by clicking below:


For more information on how to contribute to Katie’s Fund, please contact us at 925.837.0505.    

Thank you to all who contributed to Katie’s memorial fund that provided the initial critical funding to establish Katie’s legacy and to those who have donated to the Endowment Fund.

Abby and Arnaud Bewley

Adam Calabrigo

Alan Miller

Alex Hicks

Alex Lawson

Alison Barker

Allen Mueller

Alyssa Calabrigo

Amy and Mike Dreyer

Andy Gu

Ann Marie Nugent

Anthony Leonard

Antonia Quanstrom

Barbara and Ted Budach

Barbara Jewell

Beatty Educational Consulting

Beverly Mills Codtello

Bill Christensen

Bill and Marianne Gagen

Bob Legg

Bob Littlefield

Braden Kolb

Bradley and Lisa Blackwell

Brendan Noonan

 Bridwell Family

 Broder Family

Bryant Archibald

Caitlin Cole

Calabrigo Family

Charles Bloch

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Strehlow

Christine Quick

Christine Wentker

Chuck and Barbara Bloch

Claire and JB Humphrey

Coleman Family

Colton Family

Dan and Lise Yoo

Dana Hicks

Danville Planning Commission

Danville Rotary Club Foundation

Danville Yoga & Wellness Center

David Chritton

David Crompton

Debbie Chamberlain

Debra LeClaire

Denise Jennison

Don Leone

Don Theile

Donald Combs

Donna and Tom

Donna Rae Kerger

Douglas Butler

The Early Family

Edmond Benisti

Edna Bingham

The Eiras Family

Eleanor Avers-Ludy

Elizabeth Brusca

Elizabeth Swan

Evelyn Walker

Ezzie Ruth Maryin

Friends of Discovery, in honor of Marge Early, Friends Founder

Gary Vilhauer

Gayle Israel

Gayle Van Fossen

Gina Veazey

Hauke Nahrstedt

Heather and Arturo Gonzalez

Jackie Fineberg

Jacqueline Gerry

Jacqueline NeJaime

James Crocker

James Doliber

Jared Higgins

Jean Price

Jeff Roberts

Jen Brodehl

Jim and Kathlyn Powers

Jim Cambier

Jim Wood

Jim Wright

Joan Palmtag

Joanne and Rick Spillane

JoAnne Mounce

Joe Kovar

Joe LeGrande

Joey Combs and Dina Longenecker

John Alabano

John and Debbie McGowan

John and Katie Vinnicombe

John Crovo

John Moore

Joni Hilton

Jordan Wallace

Joyce Feldman

Ju Dee Bell

Julie and Tom Lapcevic

Julie Hobson

Julie LaBarbera

Karen Stepper

Kari Mamizuka

Karlyn Hunt

Kathryn Bybee

Kathy and Ed Chiverton

Kathy and Karl Miller

Keith and Gayle Goodwin

Keith and Hallie Grossman

Kelly Harder

Kelvin Martin

Kenneth Sandy

Kerry Richard

Lance Hendry

Lauren Roth

Lea Fresquez

Leonard and Lori Palomino

Leslie Vilfort

Lisa Bobadilla

Lisa Cone

Llewellyn Martin

Lori and Jeff Stanton

Lynn and Steve Overcashier

Lynne Egan

Lynne Vuskovic

Maninder and Jasbir Hora

Margaret Combs

Marian Catedral-King

Marilyn Mills

Marilyn Vinnicombe

Mark and Pam G.

Mark Fernwood

Marta Bulaich

Mary Codiga

Mary Lee and Michael Broder

Mary and David Ramos

Matt Martin

Maura McCarthy

Max Mason

Megan Andreosky

Mel Green

Mercado & Associates, LLP

Michael and Rita Vinnicombe

Michael Caires

Michael Copeland

Michael McHugh

Michael Wied

Michelle Vella

Mike Bibilos

Mike Cory

Molly Napolitano

Nancy and Joe Sharpe

Nancy McNeil

Nancy, Tom, and Taylor Lehr

Newell Arnerich

Olinger Family

Pat Herrera

Pat Wilson

Patricia Curtin

Patterson Family

Patty Hoyt

Paul and Kim Kortschak

Peter Kaldveer

Polly Crabtree

Randi Johl

Raylee and Caitlin Glasser

Rhona Shulman

Robert and Sandra Storer

Robert Combs

Robert Gibbs

Robert Pavese

Robin Miles

Rodney Oehrlein

Ron Montgomery

Russ and Sheila Kaufman

Ryan Barker

Sandee and Ted Nelson

Sharon and Steve Alberts

Sharon Combs

Shelley Despotakis

Sherry Keely

Sidney Corrie

Sohail and Rafia Siddiqi

Stacy Copeland

Steve Combs

Steve Wilcox

Susan Anderson

Susan Chembri

Susan Rajabi

Tracey Newell

Tracy McFall

Tri-Valley Elected Women’s Lunch Group

Valerie Vicente

Vicki L. Hull

Victor Georgiou

Victor Raziano

Wade Vesey

William and Carol Dunkle

William Vinnicombe

Woody Combs