Beatrice “Bea” Lutterbeck is a California native who has lived in Ventura County for over 50 years. When her MA in French from UCLA provided few job opportunities, she returned to school and graduated from Ventura Community College School of Nursing in 1981. She knew RNs would always be needed.
For most of her nursing career, Bea worked in both medical and radiation oncology clinics. She found oncology nursing incredibly rewarding, fulfilling, and inspiring. What she loved most were the close relationships she developed with patients and their families during the difficult weeks and months of cancer treatment and follow-up. Before retiring, Bea worked as a nurse case manager and patient advocate. She supported, guided, and coordinated care for patients, families, and caregivers as they navigated the complicated healthcare system. She was especially passionate about helping those uninsured, unhoused, financially challenged, underserved, and marginalized. With the goal of improving quality of life, Bea helped many obtain greater access to local medical and social services.
Since retiring in 2016, Bea has volunteered for local and national organizations whose missions align with her personal commitment to make a positive difference in the world. In her spare time, she enjoys watching French movies and TV, listening to audiobooks, knitting and crocheting, and spending time with friends and family. Bea speaks fluent French and is learning Spanish.