Heritage on the Marina is proud to be one of San Francisco’s premier retirement communities. It is a non-profit organization owned and operated by the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society, one of California’s first philanthropic organizations, established in 1853.

Our Mission

The mission of the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society is to be an innovative, charitable model for serving the needs of seniors, and to utilize its resources and expertise to serve the San Francisco community.


Heritage on the Marina is owned and operated by the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society, one of the City’s oldest charitable organizations.


Marked the organization’s formation “to render Protection and Assistance to strangers, to sick and dependent Women and Children”. For the first three years the Society focused on boarding women in benefactor’s homes, while also operating an employment agency to give women jobs and wages


Established their first dedicated care home on Franklin between Geary & Post. Image courtesy of Western Neighborhoods Project / OpenSFHistory.org


The government mandated foster care as the preferred choice for children, and the “Ark” closed down. The need to care for San Francisco’s elderly women was now more pressing than ever.


Heritage on the Marina’s current land site was donated by another generous benefactor. Julia Morgan, a famous architect best known for her work on Hearst Castle, was enlisted to design a home to provide convalescent care to San Francisco’s elderly women.


The building was completed. Sisters Edith and Lucy Allyne, direct descendants of San Francisco pioneers, donated half the funds to purchase apartments on an adjoining property to house members of the home’s staff.


The need for convalescent care declined. The Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society merged with the Crocker Old People’s Home, and they began offering Life Plan contracts. After the merger, Captain Barrett Hindes, President of the Board of Trustees, led the Board in determining the name for the newly-focused organization.

The San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society continues to be a vital force in responding to the needs of an ever-changing city.



Ken Donnelly was appointed CEO by the Board of Directors and started leading the organization in July 2012. He has 30 years of non-profit, executive level experience. Prior to joining to the organization, Donnelly served as Executive Vice President and CFO at Institute on Aging, CFO at Mount Zion Health Systems, Inc. and Director of Finance at Conard House, Inc. all located in San Francisco. He also served as Assistant Controller at Motion Picture and Television Fund located in Woodland Hills, California. Donnelly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Oregon. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Bethany Center Senior Housing, Inc. of San Francisco and Vice Chair of the COVIA Affordable Communities Board of Directors. He also serves on the LeadingAge California Finance Committee, and is a member of the Cornerstone Church of San Francisco.


Joe Conroy has been the Controller at Heritage on the Marina since April 2012. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer at Insurance Educational Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and providing educational training to professionals in the insurance industry. Prior to that, Conroy held various finance positions over a 20-year span in corporate and business segment areas at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. He has extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit business sectors. Conroy holds an MBA degree from the University of San Francisco.


Janet Howell has been the Director of Marketing and Admissions at Heritage on the Marina since September 2013. She was previously the Director of Marketing and Communications for approximately five years at Institute on Aging, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to older adults in the Bay Area. Howell’s experience also includes working as a System Technician for the State Bar of California and at Prudential Insurance in Marketing. She holds a degree in Marketing from San Francisco State University and is RCFE certified.


Hanh Ta has been the Nursing Home Administrator and Operations Director at Heritage on the Marina since January 2016. Ta brings over 15 years of experience in the field of healthcare as a nursing home administrator and Senior Compliance Consultant. As a licensed nursing home administrator since January 2001, she has achieved a successful track record of positive state surveys with Department of Public Health, JCAHO accreditation, and HUD inspections. Ta holds Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California and a Master of Science in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She recently earned a law degree giving her a broad background in which to promote compliance for healthcare operations, deliver compassionate care to our residents and collaborative leadership for our staff. Ta currently serves as board member for the Golden Gate Association of Health Facilities and is designated as Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board.

Board of Directors

David H. Hines, Chair
David Gruber, Vice-Chair
Connie B. Tiret, Treasurer
Leslie L. Van Houten, Secretary
Deborah M. Avakian
Paul N. Cesari
Lewis R. Gridley
Mary O. Hauser
Jane F. Hickerson
Margaret Jacobs
Jeanie S. Kayser-Jones
Patricia T. Otstott
Laura J. Pilz

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