BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jen Duston
Jennifer Duston serves as the President of the Board. She works as an Education Consultant with Franklin Covey and the Leader In Me program.

She serves on various state boards for educational organizations, speaks around the country on current educational trends, and is a member of the local chapter of the National Charity League Juniors.

Jennifer resides in Ventura with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Simpson

 

Debbie Simpson Debbie serves as the Foundation Vice President and has been a long time board member.

Co-owner of AAA Propane Services, Inc, Debbie is an active member of many non-profit organizations including Casa Pacifica in which she served as President.

She resides in Ventura with her husband, daughter and son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annette Baietti serves as the board's Treasurer. As the current Controller of West Coast Berry Farms, she brings 10+ years of nonprofit and for-profit accounting experience.

Annette has been a volunteer at the Museums of Ventura County and most recently joined the Ventura chapter of the California Women for Agriculture.

She lives at the beach in downtown Ventura with her husband, daughter and son and takes full advantage of all the wonderful things that Ventura has to offer.

 

 

 

Debbie Golden

 

 

Debbie Golden manages the Events Committee for the Foundation. A strong supporter of the Buena Football team, Deb helped raise the funds for the current football stadium and is also a member of the Ventura Optimist Club.

She resides in Ventura with her husband and is very involved in her grandchildren’s lives.

 

 

 

 
Sal Flores serves as the Youth Programs Committee lead.

He owns Ideal Upholstery and has dedicated his life to giving back to local youth especially at-risk youth on the Westside of Ventura. He mentors local youth at the Westpark Fitness Center. Sal knows first hand what it’s like to be a troubled teen. He turned his life around and has spent his adult life making a difference in our community.

He is passionate about working with community members on the Youth Committee to raise funds for youth programs and events.

 

 

 
Cal Remington serves as a long time board member and is the Foundations most recent Past President.

He has served as Chief Probation Officer for Los Angeles, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. He has over 45 years of experience serving in law enforcement. He has served as a teacher and consultant for the National Institute of Corrections, Ventura Community College, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Federal Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention. His publications include New Designs for Youth Development, Restitution is Working and A Guidebook for Juvenile Justice Practitioners.

Cal lives in Ventura with his wife.
 

 

 

Sarah Abrams is the Office Manager and Marketing Director for American Pacific Mortgage, located in Ventura. She serves on the Events Committee.

She serves on the board for the Camarillo YMCA and is active with the Ventura Chamber..  

She resides in Oxnard, with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

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Jermain Jackson has previously been a part of a planning committee with C.A.U.S.E., helping to create awareness of the need for fair and balanced districts in Ventura. Jermaine completed his English undergraduate degree at Norfolk State University and continued on to complete his Masters of Education at Old Dominion University. 

Jermaine lives with his wife, Andre Malia, son Trey (University of Oregon), and daughter Jia (Foothill High School) in mid-town Ventura.  As an Eagle Scout, Jermaine loves the outdoor lifestyle Ventura has to offer and is passionate about preserving it. 

 

 
Emily Graves is a Community Outreach Specialist with the City of Ventura currently serving the Ventura Police Department and the Ventura Fire Department. Prior to joining the team full-time, she served as the Community Outreach Intern at the Ventura Police Department managing the public affairs of the agency and organizing initiatives that promote community safety and wellness. She was awarded Crime Fighter of the Month for July 2020 from the Ventura Police Department.

Born and raised in Ventura, California, she is thrilled to serve the community she cares about the most. In her free time, she enjoys opting outside for backpacking, camping, beach activities, and general adventuring.

 

 

Sam Arroyo

 

Sam Arroyo is currently a Commander with the Ventura Police Department overseeing the Investigations Division. Sam previously served as the President of the Ventura Police Activities League and served 6 years on the Ventura Police Officers' Association Board of Directors.

Sam resides in Ventura with his wife and two children.