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About Wings

"Feminine, creative energy has the power to heal and facilitate a world that is hungry for human kindness, compassion and positive messaging."
— Patricia Varga

Donations to The Women with Wings Foundation

Every donation, regardless of size, helps us to deliver our Create to Heal program to cancer and pain management centers, their patients and families. Please make a one-time donation or join our sustainer program by making an ongoing monthly donation through Pay Pal. To donate, click on the bird below. 

Every $35 donation gifts the Create to Heal book and mindfulness app to one patient in need. 

Every $75 donation gifts two books, the app plus a series of art cards that are also used to inspire the healing process.
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Privacy Policy

Women with Wings Foundation Website & Mobile App Privacy Policy

Last modified: April 27, 2016

1. Introduction Women with Wings Foundation (the "Foundation" or "We") respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes:

a. The types of information we may collect or that you may provide when you purchase, download, install, register with, access or use the Foundation's Mobile App (the "App") or Website (the "Website”); collectively, the "Products."

b. Our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information.

c. This policy applies to information we collect on the Website, through the App, in e-mail, text and other electronic communications sent through the listed Products, and via any other method.

d. This policy DOES NOT apply to information that you provide or is collected by any third party. These third parties have their own privacy policies, which we encourage you to read before providing information on or through them.

e. Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, do not download, register with or use the Products. By downloading, registering with or using the Products, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time. Your continued use of the Products after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.

f. Our Products are for use by persons who live in the United States. We do not warrant that the Products are appropriate or authorized for use in any other country. If you live outside of the United States, you are responsible for determining whether our privacy policy and the Products comply with the laws that apply to you. If our privacy policy and the Products do not comply with the laws that apply to you, you must not access or use the Products.

2. Children under the Age of 13 The Products are not intended for children under 13 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

3. Information We Collect and How We Collect It We collect information from and about users of our Products: a. Directly from you when you provide it to us. b. Automatically when you use the Products.

4. Information You Provide to Us

When you download, register with or use the Products, we may ask you to provide information by which you may be personally identified, such as name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and professional credentials ("personal information").This information includes:

a. Information that you provide by filling in forms on the Products. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the Products and subscribing to the newsletter. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the Products.

b. Records and copies of your correspondence (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers), if you contact us.

c. Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.

d. Your search queries, interactions, or other activity on the Products.

e. Interactions with support content and emails sent by the Foundation.

5. User Contributions

You may provide information to be published or displayed ("Posted") on public areas of the App and Website (collectively, "User Contributions"). Your User Contributions are Posted and transmitted to others at your own risk. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and that we cannot control the actions of third parties with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

6. Automatic Information Collection And Tracking When you download, access and use the Products, they may use technology to automatically collect:

a. Usage Details. When you access and use the Products, we may automatically collect certain details of your access to and use of the Products, including traffic data, location data, logs and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on or through the Products. b. Device Information. We may collect information about your browser, mobile device, and internet connection, including the device's unique device identifier, IP address, operating system, browser type, mobile network information and the device's telephone number. c. Stored Information and Files. The Products also may access metadata and other information associated with other files stored on your device or computer. This may include, for example, photographs, audio and video clips, personal contacts and address book information. d. Location Information. The App may collect real-time non-identifiable information about the location of devices using the application through third party analytics providers. If you do not want us to collect this information do not download this application on your device. If accessing the Website you may opt out at any time using the Google Analytics opt out located here.

7. Information Collection And Tracking Technologies. The technologies we use for automatic information collection may include:

a. Cookies (or mobile cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on your smartphone. It may be possible to refuse to accept mobile cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your smartphone. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the App. b. Web Beacons. Pages of the Website, the App, and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Foundation, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an e-mail and for other related statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain content and verifying system and server integrity).

8. Third-party Information Collection When you use the Products, certain third parties may use automatic information collection technologies to collect information about you, your computer, or your device. These third parties may include:

a. Social networks such as Facebook. Please see Facebook's Privacy Policy at to learn more about how Facebook gathers and uses your information. b. Analytics companies such as Google Analytics. Please visit Google's Privacy page at for information about how Google uses data when you use its partners' sites or apps. c. Your mobile device manufacturer and mobile service provider. d. These third parties may use tracking technologies to collect information about you when you use the Products. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites, apps and other online services websites. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content. We do not control these third parties' tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

9. What are Analytics and how do we use them?

Users of our Products use different operating systems and mobile devices. To make your visits as easy as possible with the technology you use, we use Analytics Tools such as Google Analytics that automatically keep track of information like the operating system (e.g., MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android) you use, your IP address, domain name of your Internet service provider, apps used before and after the App, resources used, and pages viewed and activities on our Products. We also track the total number of users of our Products in an aggregate form to allow us to update and improve them. The information we collect automatically typically does not include personal information (as defined above), but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties.

10. How We Use Your Information

We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information, to: a. Provide you with the Products and their contents, and any other information, newsletter, products or services that you request from us. b. Give you notices about your account, including expiration and renewal notices. c. Carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection. d. Notify you when Product updates are available, and of changes to any products or services we offer or provide though it. e. Fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it. The usage information we collect helps us to improve our Products and to deliver a better and more personalized experience by enabling us to: a. Estimate our audience size and usage patterns. b. Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize your interactions with our Products according to your individual interests. c. Speed up your searches. d. Recognize you when you return to the Products. e. Add new features to increase the utility and usability of the product to deliver more value to you, the end user.

11. Disclosure of Your Information

a. We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual or device, without restriction. b. In addition, we retain the right to disclose personal information that we collect or you provide to the following parties. c. To our subsidiaries and affiliates. d. To contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business or improve the Foundation's Products. e. To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Foundation's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by the Foundation about our Product users is among the assets transferred. f. To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. For example, if you give us an e-mail address to use the "invite colleague" feature of our Website, we will transmit the contents of that e-mail and your e-mail address to the recipients. g. For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information. h. With your consent. i. To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request. j. To enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, and for billing and collection. k. If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Foundation, our clients, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

12. Your Choices about Our Collection, Use and Disclosure of Your Information

We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. This section describes mechanisms we provide for you to control certain uses and disclosures of your information. Tracking Technologies. On your computer, you can set your browser or device to refuse all or some cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you disable or refuse cookies or block the use of other tracking technologies, some parts of the Products may then be inaccessible or not function properly. If you get a new computer or device, install a new browser, or erase or otherwise alter your computer or device's cookie file or privacy settings, your privacy preferences may not be saved. Location Information. You can choose whether or not to allow the App to collect and use real-time information about your device's location through the device's privacy settings. If you block the use of location information, some parts of the App may then be inaccessible or not function properly. Do Not Track. Without an industry or legal standard for recognizing and responding to Do Not Track signals sent by users' browsers, and without a universal method for turning off tracking at the device level, we do not respond to Do Not Track signals at this time. To learn more about Do Not Track and how to set tracking options on different mobile devices and browsers, please visit If you block the use of trackers on your device, app, or browser, the Products may be inaccessible or not function properly. We do not control third parties' collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI") on the NAI's website at

13. Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Information

a. You can review and change your personal information by logging into the Products and visiting your account profile page. b. You may also send us an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect. c. If you delete your User Contributions from the Products, copies of your User Contributions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Product users.

14. Your California Privacy Rights California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits users of our Products who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

15. Data Security

a. We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers behind firewalls. Any payment transactions are processed on a PCI-compliant third party application. b. The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Products, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the Products like message boards. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the Products. c. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet and mobile platforms is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted through the Products. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures we provide.

16. Changes to Our Privacy Policy

a. We may update our privacy policy from time to time. If we make material changes to how we treat our users' personal information, we will post the new privacy policy on this page. b. The date the privacy policy was last revised is identified at the top of the page. You are responsible for periodically visiting this privacy policy to check for any changes.

17. Contact Information

a. To ask questions or comment about this privacy policy and our privacy practices, contact us at: b. via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Board

Patricia Varga   |   Founder and CEO

Patricia's career in sales, marketing and content development includes working with some of the finest publishing companies: The Economist Group, Hearst, Hachette, Time, Inc., Conde Nast, Rodale, Times-Mirror and Mariah Media, publishers of Outside Magazine.

Her love for the creative process, years of education and experience led her to "scribble and doodle" her way to discovering a teaching method that allows people to "get out of their heads and into their hearts," where the healing process begins.  Her work is now being taught in over 800 domestic violence shelters around the world, through A Window between Worlds ( and her signature Create to Heal (TM) program is being used in hospitals and cancer centers in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and East Coast.

Patricia is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard's Publishing Program, now being taught at Columbia School of Journalism. She continued her love for the creative process and visual communication through Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. 

Patricia Varga

Mauro W. Zappaterra, MD, PhD   |   Chief Medical Officer

Mauro W. Zappaterra, MD, PhD graduated from Harvard Medical School and specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a particular focus on optimizing human performance through regenerative medicine, nutrition, mind-body exercises, mind-training, and biofield therapies.

He completed his PhD at Harvard, studying neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in adults. He has published numerous scientific and medical articles and his work on the CSF was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron journal. He has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in regards to teaching medical students about living with life threatening diseases and in Psychology Today on an article titled “Joy: The Art of Loving Life."

He combines his training in rehabilitation medicine, evidence-based research, nutrition, and various complementary and alternative medicine modalities such as polarity therapy, reiki and biodynamic craniosacral therapy to work holistically with individuals to optimize their potential and improve their quality of life.

Mauro W. Zappaterra, MD, PhD

Colleen Coleman   |   Treasurer

Colleen Coleman is a communications specialist with over 20 years of experience in community and public relations, marketing, and business development for environmental, architecture, civic and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Her strengths lie in successful development of new markets, business planning, fundraising, and strategies for beneficial collaboration. Throughout her career, she has supported organizations that have pioneered the concepts and practice of sustainability. She is often called upon to increase an organization's visibility and develop partnerships between like-minded organizations. Colleen is also the Board Treasurer for Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, and a Board Member of Columbia Riverkeeper. Colleen lives and works in Hood River, Oregon.

Colleen Coleman

Carolyn Cooper   |   VP, Medical Liaison

Carolyn Cooper is a RN, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of experience in a variety of settings. Carolyn started her career at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic caring for patients with Head and Neck cancers. She moved to California to work at UCSD Pediatric Intensive Care unit as a staff nurse, administrative nurse and clinical nurse specialist where she developed numerous programs including a Pediatric Oncology Nurse Certification program. She received her Masters degree as a Family Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family and Pediatric Nurse practitioner from the University of San Diego and worked in (General Pediatrics) private practice for 10 years. Relocating to the Bay Area brought her again to a tertiary care center at Stanford Children's hospital as a PNP in Hematology Oncology.

As a stage 3 breast cancer survivor, undergoing surgery, chemo and radiation therapy, Carolyn has developed a passion for a holistic approach to patient care. Carolyn meditates daily and is pursuing a Healing Touch Certification.

Carolyn Cooper

Trina Marie Smith   |   Director of Development

Trina Marie Smith started her career as a pre-school teacher then studied Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. Through her work with a teen parenthood prevention program, she found a perfect marriage between her interests in adolescent development and social justice for communities of color. This program developed into a non-profit and in 1995 became TEEN FUTURES, a youth empowerment organization committed to interrupting the cycles of disadvantage. Trina served as Executive Director since its inception and continues in an advisory role.

Trina brings a wealth of non-profit experience to Wings, along with excellent leadership and organizational skills. She is currently the executive director for The Foundation for Living Beauty,, a non-profit based in Pasadena, CA that is dedicated to uplifting the lives of cancer survivors and women living with cancer.

Trina Marie Smith

Chaplain Mary D. Farah   |   Secretary

Chaplain Mary Farah was born in Beirut, Lebanon and as a child, experienced some of the best and worst in humanity. At age 12, her home was bombed, but her family escaped harm and found refuge. During the Lebanese War, Mary’s innate compassion and caregiving skills emerged.

Chaplain Mary began her education in Beirut, but finished here in the States, receiving her MA in Religious Studies and Certified Family Education at Andrews University, and her Clinical Pastoral Education at Stanford Medical Center. Part of her education and “ministry” at Stanford included a residency in Spiritual Care Services, attending to bone marrow transplant and cancer patients.

Mary has extensive experience working as Chaplain for Adventist Health System at Florida Hospital and Adventist Health West, directing Spiritual Care, Community and Volunteer Services at Adventist Health Hospice of Southern California.

Chaplain Mary D. Farah