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Community Leaders Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a one-to-one youth mentoring organization, recently appointed two new officers to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are President Eric Mandell, VP, Senior Commercial Lender at CDC Small Business Finance, and Treasurer Jesus Garcia, AVP of Member Experience at CBC Federal Credit Union.

“The mission of BBSVC is to build and professionally support relationships that ignite the biggest possible future for the county’s youth. We are excited to welcome our new officers who will help us accomplish our goal of serving 1,500 youth across Ventura County” says the agency’s CEO, Lynne West.

A strong believer in community service, Eric Mandell of Thousand Oaks served as President of the American Heart Association, Board member of the American Cancer Society and the Conejo Valley Little League, and as a member of the BBSVC board since 2017. Jesus Garcia of Camarillo serves on the BBSVC board because of his commitment to mentorship. He understands the power of positive role models and credits career mentors for his greatest advancements.

Holiday Fantasy Fundraiser

The Westlake Women’s Club presents “Holiday Fantasy,” Friday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, in Westlake Village. The Fall Holiday Fantasy event kicks off the holiday season with a festive luncheon and entertainment.

Since 1968, the Westlake Women’s Club has supported area nonprofits, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Hugh O’Brian Foundation, Manna, Mountain Restoration Trust, Many Mansions, Pets For Vets and many more. The WWC Scholarship Program offers college scholarships for every high school in the Conejo Valley, including continuation schools, every year.

“Our members work tirelessly to raise funds to support community-oriented projects,” says President Jacqueline Harris. Event proceeds will support the Club’s efforts to sponsor civic-minded projects throughout the year.

Professionals Promote Financial Balance

“Regaining Life Financial Balance in the Aftermath of Divorce, Separation and/or Becoming Widowed” is open to the public and hosted by Mainstreet Mortgage’s John W. Mallett, “America’s Mortgage Coach” Broker, Owner and Author; Manchester Financial’s Jennifer Caruso, financial advisor, and Laura Navarro, CFP, CDFA, Senior Financial Planner; and Zonder Family Law Group’s Lisa Zonder, divorce lawyer and mediator. The event takes place November 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at North Ranch Community Center, 1400 North Ranch in Westlake Village. Food and special desserts will be served and an array of vendors will be selling holiday gifts. RSVP: Gina Anne Costigan at 805.433.5842.