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Class of 2013 Honorees


n behalf of the Ventura County Star, its with great honor we bring you Ventura Countys newest program, the inaugural 25 Over 50 Awards. With so many established 40 under 40 awards programs, we knew our countys younger leaders were well represented. Our goal was to turn that model upside down and recognize an amazing class of individuals over the age of 50 that have truly served Ventura County. Through their talent, vision and impact, they have contributed to make our community what it is today. We hope you enjoy reading about each of our 25 Over 50 honorees and please join us in congratulating our Class of 2013.

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David Bayer Karyl Lynn Burns Pat Coulter John Crombach Andrew Corliss June Love Glasmeier Hannah Grossman MD, CMO Irish John Gore Scott Harris Kathy Hartley Marney Weaver Janss Jess Herrera

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Jill Lederer Marisa Michell Montgomery Larry Jones Patty Paumier Suz Montgomery Jody J. Sasaki Paul E. Rockenstein Chuck Rogers Judy Stahl John Zaruka Steven G. Yapp Betty Whitney

Margie Cochrane Regional Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer Ventura County Star

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Photos by David Yamamoto with Troy Harvey credited for the photo of Pat Coulter. Troy and Davids ages, combined, are over 50.

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David Bayer
Retired Fireghter, City of Ventura Fire Department
After retiring with 32 years serving the Ventura City Fire Department, David Bayer felt the best way he could give back to the community was to volunteer. David has contributed many volunteer hours in the community, supporting FOOD Share, Community Memorial Hospital, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura County Community Foundation, American Red Cross Ventura County, Ventura County Library and KCLU. Additionally, David was inspired to create 911MAPP, an idea with a simple goal: to enable individuals to organize their medical history. Founded after his retirement in 2005, 911MAPP is critical to the successful treatment of patients in emergency situations, allowing emergency medical personnel to quickly assess, treat, stabilize, and transport patients. Davids ultimate goal is to do more than take up space. By volunteering David has the opportunity to motivate others to do the same.

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ography of the Fish that Changed the World Mark Kurlansky. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? Shoals Island Grill at the Cliff House Inn on the Ocean at Mussel Shoals. What was the first concert you attended? Strawberry Alarm Clock. What group did you hang out with in high school? I grew up a few blocks from Van Nuys Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley where weekly cruise nights took place hanging out with the car guys was automatic. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? The only thing that I remember about the school playground is
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What book is sitting on your nightstand? Cod: A Bi-

eating ants with Jon Lambert. What does Ventura County need? More people taking responsibility. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Ive got a question? If
you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Id like to go back to the turn-of-the-century and meet my grandparents. What is your favorite invention? Search engines! It is so easy to find information; you dont even need to know how to spell. What is your greatest fear? Taking up space. Which living person do you admire most? My family and friends, collectively.

extravagance? Red Porsche it seemed like a good idea at the time. What is your secret talent? Getting people moving in the same direction. Where would you most like to live? Considering that before I started working

In spite of what Aristotle said, I believe the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. What is your greatest

for the fire department I was not familiar with Ventura, I feel fortunate to be an accidental resident. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? Learning new things. What is your most treasured possession? My health, everything else can be replaced. What do you most value in your friends? Their diversity. Who is your real-life hero? My parents. What is your motto? I dont have time to make mistakes others have made.

Youve read the 25 questions - and all the answers of the top 25 Over 50 in Ventura County. Heres your opportunity to answer those questions too. Mail us your answers or submit them online. If youre over 50 and live in Ventura County, your submission will be considered an official nomination for the Class of 2014. We cant wait to see what youve got.

ARE YOU 25 OVER 50 MATERIAL?

Your name as you would like it to appear in The Star: _________________________ Contact email and phone: ________________________ What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? _____________________________________________________________________________ Where and when were you happiest? _____________________________________________________________________________________ What book is sitting on your nightstand? __________________________________________________________________________________ Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? ________________________________________________________________ What was the first concert you attended?__________________________________________________________________________________ What is your all-time favorite movie? _____________________________________________________________________________________ What group did you hang out with in high school? _________________________________________________________________________ What is your favorite part of your day? ____________________________________________________________________________________ What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? ________________________________________________________________ What does Ventura County need? ________________________________________________________________________________________ Which word or phrase do you most overuse?_______________________________________________________________________________ What was your most embarrassing/worst job?______________________________________________________________________________ If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? ______________________________________________________________ What is your favorite invention? _________________________________________________________________________________________ What is your greatest fear?______________________________________________________________________________________________ Which living person do you admire most? _________________________________________________________________________________ What is your favorite location in Ventura County? ___________________________________________________________________________ What are you most proud of accomplishing? _______________________________________________________________________________ What is your biggest pet peeve? _________________________________________________________________________________________ What is your greatest extravagance?______________________________________________________________________________________ What is your secret talent?______________________________________________________________________________________________ If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?_______________________________________________________________ Where would you most like to live?_______________________________________________________________________________________ Who or what is the greatest love of your life? _______________________________________________________________________________ What is your greatest regret? ____________________________________________________________________________________________ What is your most treasured possession? __________________________________________________________________________________ What do you most value in your friends? __________________________________________________________________________________ Who is your real-life hero? ______________________________________________________________________________________________ What is your motto? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ What can you tell us about you, in 150 words or less? ________________________________________________________________________
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Mail your nomination to: Ventura County Star, P.O. Box 6006, Camarillo, CA 93011, Attn: 25 Over 50 or www.vcstar.com/25over50
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Karyl Lynn Burns has created an atmosphere where exploration and experimentation are encouraged at the Rubicon Theatre Company. Now in its 16th season, the Rubicon is the regions rst professional, non-prot theatre company. She entertains, educates, and enriches the lives of residents and visitors serving more than 350,000 attendees and 40,000 students. On a day-to-day basis, Karyl Lynn directs a dedicated staff, board, volunteer core, patrons, and artists. She is also responsible for selecting and producing a season of classic and contemporary shows. Karyl Lynns accolades and achievements demonstrate her extraordinary talent, vision, leadership, and community involvement. Her many awards include the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Review, Ventura Chamber of Commerces Poinsettia Award for NonProt Organization of the Year, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence. She has served on the boards of Access Theatre and The Dream Foundation.

Karyl Lynn Burns


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Theres no place Id rather be than in a rehearsal room or at the theatre during a performance. What book is sitting on your nightstand? A Dickens anthology. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? The view from the cross and future home of the botanical garden. What was the first concert you attended? Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. What is your all-time favorite movie? Out of Africa. What is your favorite part of your day? The wee hours of the night. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Jump rope, hopscotch. What does Ventura County need? Bold, visionary thinking. Which word or phrase do you most 6 overuse? Cross the Rubicon. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? I would tesser well.

Co-Founder (with husband James ONeil) and Producing Artistic Director, Rubicon Theatre Company

My favorite book as a child was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline LEngle. We almost called the theatre Tesseract. Which living person do you admire most? My husband. What is your favorite location in Ventura County? The stage at the Rubicon. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Im most proud of our community giving birth to new plays and musicals that have a life beyond and that will be a part of the canon for future generations. What is your biggest pet peeve? Naysayers. What is your greatest extravagance? Going back to sleep positively luxurious. If

you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would like to be more incisive. Where would you most like to live? Here! Who or what is the greatest love of your life? Jim ONeil. Jim ONeil. Jim ONeil. And Jim ONeil. What is your most treasured possession? Family. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty. Who is your real-life hero? My heroes are Claire Bowman, Christina Burck, Janet Goldenson, Sandra Laby, Barbara Meister, Rosa Lee Measures, Loretta Merewether, Micheline Sakharoff, Midge Stork, Helen Yunker, my sisters and my mom. What is your motto? Have faith. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Pat Coulter told a group of civic leaders that he is failing retirement, and its hard to disagree. A retired Major in the US Marine Corps, Pat serves as a deacon, assisting in a variety of capacities at Holy Cross Catholic Church everything from mass and baptisms to marriages and funerals. Pat also serves as a chaplain for both the county sheriff and re departments, and is frequently called to ll-in at Naval Base Ventura County. Pat actively supports the Combat Correspondents Association, First Marine Division, and Knights of Columbus. Famous for his booming announcers voice, he also provides emcee services for nearly 75 local and national events, including the US Air Force Birthday Ball, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and the Simi Valley Police Foundation. Pat also serves on the local Congressional Academy Selection Board, where he assists in the nominations of our top students to our national military academies.

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Major US Marine Corps (retired) Permanent Deacon, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Moorpark Chaplain, Ventura County Sheriffs Office Chaplain, Ventura County Fire Department

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newspaper. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? As a youth, he loved to go square dancing. What does Ventura County need? More people willing to step up and volunteer. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Ah yeah. What was your worst job? He worked as a ranch hand at the Aqua Barn in Seattle where his primary job was mucking horse stalls. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 10, 1775 the birthplace of the US Marine Corps. What is your favorite invention? The fudgesicle. Which living person do you admire most? Pope Francis. What is your favorite location in Ventura County? Ojai Valley Inn. What are you most
proud of accomplishing? My family. What is your biggest pet peeve? People that dont use the gifts given them by God. What is your greatest extravagance? Bicycles. What is your secret talent? Magic and card tricks. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Better handwriting. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? His wife, Jerie L. Coulter. What is your greatest regret? Not doing even more for the people around him. What is your most treasured possession? His dog, Hugger. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty. Who is your real-life hero? Pope Francis. What is your motto? Semper Fidelis. -Pat Coulters family contributed to these answers. 7

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Pat is an avid bicyclist. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle, camping, swimming with the grandchildren. What book is sitting on your nightstand? The Panther (John Corey) Nelson DeMille. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? The Cactus Patch for Sunday breakfast. What was the first concert you attended? Rumor has it he went to a Doors concert when they were a new band in 1966, but no one will ever confirm that. What is your all-time favorite movie? The Great Santini. What group did you hang out with in high school? The greasers. What is your favorite part of your day? Its the morning before 6 a.m. when he goes down to read the

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John Crombach has served the residents of Ventura County for more than 35 years. As a career Oxnard police officer rising to the rank of Chief of Police, Johns philosophy and passion for communityoriented policing in local law enforcement has brought an open-minded team approach to keeping our communities safe. For the past three years John has served as second in command of the Ventura County Sheriffs Office overseeing 700 employees while responsible for Patrol Services and Support Services. In addition, John serves on several nonprot boards including National Council on Crime and Delinquency, City Impact, Boys and Girls Clubs, Ventura County Sheriffs Foundation and is a strong supporter of the American Cancer Society and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Assistant Sheriff, Ventura County Sheriffs Office

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secret talent? Then it wouldnt be a secret anyone, would it? Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My wife and kids. Through good times and bad, friends come and go, but the love of the family is always there. What is your greatest regret? I didnt work harder on the field and have a successful NFL career. What is your most treasured possession? My Dads Marine Corp saber. What do you most value in your friends? Those who accept me for who I am and dont bring an agenda. Who is your real-life hero? My Dad, Gunnery Sergeant Charles B. Crombach, USMC. If not for him, I would not be who I am today. What is your motto? Treat others the way you want to be treated.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Cooking and golf. Im better in the kitchen than I am on the golf course. Where and when were you happiest? During simpler times as a young police officer working the night shift. What was the first concert you attended? Three Dog Night 1970 at the San Diego Sports Arena. What is your all-time favorite movie? National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. What group did you hang out with in high school? It was an eclectic group of athletes and brainiacs. What does Ventura County need? Sports and entertainment venues. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Awesome and amazing. What was your worst 8

women in our armed forces who put their lives on the line for the USA and our freedom. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Raising three outstanding, successful children. What is your biggest pet peeve? People who say awesome and amazing too much. What is your greatest extravagance? Travel and good food. What is your

job? Cleaning the enlisted mens club at the base after a busy Friday and Saturday night. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Ancient Egypt to see how they built the pyramids. What is your greatest fear? Im not fond of heights or spiders. Which living person do you admire most? I truly admire the young men and

Known as the voice of Ventura County, Andrew Corliss is a veteran in every sense of the word. As a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Andy served during World War II, playing a role in some of the most pivotal and dangerous battles on the European front. Following his studies in telecommunications at USC in the 1950s, Andy is a true veteran in the radio industry serving 70+ years as a DJ, program director, sales representative, and radio personality. To sum it up, Andy is a legacy; he is a living historian and pillar of the radio industry and the Ventura County community. In addition to his career achievements, accolades, and having interviewed multiple presidents, Andy is co-founder and former president of the Rotary Club of Ventura East, and is also a member of the Pacic Pioneer Broadcasters, Radio Advertising Bureau, and California Broadcasters Association.

Radio Ambassador / Sales Representative, Cumulus Radio

Andrew Andy Corliss


military leaves, I found a way to get from Germany to Paris. It was a fabulous place to spend the week, but the one thing I remember was the huge tray of French pastries they would serve every day. I still talk those pastries to this day. What are you reading right now? I like to read my flight magazines; Air Force and Aviation Week as well as Time, National Geographic, Vanity Fair and the VC Star. What was the first concert you attended? I went with my two cousins to see the opera Aida. What is your all-time favorite movie? Casablanca. What does Ventura County need? Back in the day, Ronald Banks and I would always say Ventura needs something to catch the attention of the folks from Los Angeles driving on their way up north to Santa Barbara and beyond. Which word or phrase do you
Where and when were you happiest? During one of my most overuse? A businessman once told me I was the most persistent salesman he had ever met. I guess it would be fitting that I would always leave my sales calls with Ill be back. What was your worst job? In my first radio job in 1947, I did everything from running the vacuum to on air personality. What is your greatest fear? I guess dying. But Im not really worried about that. What are you most proud of accomplishing? In 1946, when I got out of the military, the medical discharge officer looked at my record and said, What youve been through you can take 10 years off your life. Im 92 years old and still waiting for those 10 years to catch up. What is your biggest pet peeve? Not having my voicemail work. What is your greatest extravagance? My WWI and WWII model planes hanging from the ceiling in my flight room. When I was younger, I spent every

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penny of my 75 cents per week allowance on planes. Where would you most like to live? Thats easy. Maui, Hawaii. We love it there. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My wife of 42 years, Connie and my baby Maltese dog, Suzy. What is your most treasured possession? I still have my typewriter from my first job at home. What do you most value in your friends? The truth, and theres not much of it. Who is your real-life hero? When I was discharged from the military in 1946, I stayed with a fellow officer from my squadron in California. I was trying to get into the movie business until I met Larry Thor, a famous CBS radio announcer. He told me I had a voice for radio and suggested I go to broadcasting school. The rest is history. What is your motto? Ive always said, Im going to die with my boots on.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center would like to congratulate

Dr. Hannah Grossman


for her well-deserved recognition as a 25 over 50 honoree.

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June Love Glasmeier


Assembly Member, California Senior Legislature
Theres no stopping June Glasmeier. Now in her mid-80s, June works tirelessly contributing her talent, commitment, and dedication to the Conejo Valley. June serves on the advisory boards of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, Community Conscience, Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, Conejo Valley Historical Society, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She is the founder of Senior Congress, an annual event that brings together vendors and speakers to provide services and advice to the community. Among other organizations, June has served as a member of the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging, CLU Community Leaders Association, and the Oak Leaf Music Festival. Currently in her fth term as a California Senior Legislature Assembly Member, June is a watchdog for senior concerns recently authoring the proposal that created Bill AB477, which, in part, would make it mandatory for notaries public to report elder abuse. AB477 is now on the Governors desk for signature.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Spending time with my family, watching sporting events and movies, cooking, and attending my Pilates class. Where and when were you happiest? When my children were at home. What book is sitting on your nightstand? Bible. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? Ronald Reagan Library. What is your all-time favorite movie? Dr. Zhivago. What group did you hang out with in high school? The right one! :) What is your favorite part of your day? Cocktail hour. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Play softball. What does Ventura County need? More people to become involved, step-up as

volunteers and leaders in their community. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? What can I do to help? If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? I would go back to the 1960s when my children were small and at home. What is your favorite invention? Television. Which living person do you admire most? My pastor. What is your favorite location in Ventura County? The beach to watch the gorgeous Ventura County sunsets. What is your biggest pet peeve? When individuals use foul and inappropriate language in public. What is your greatest extravagance? In the past, my husband and I enjoyed our country club membership where we loved to golf and socialize with

our friends. What is your secret talent? Please keep it a secret that I have a flair for art. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be taller and have better vision. Where would you most like to live? Anywhere that I could be in close proximity of my family. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My children and grandchildren. What is your greatest regret? My inability to positively influence certain members of my family. What is your most treasured possession? My children. What do you most value in your friends? Their intellect, sense of humor, and honesty. Who is your real-life hero? My son. What is your motto? It is only temporary.

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Hannah Grossman
MD, CMO
Chief Medical Officer, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center
How can we make the process better and improve quality for our patients? Dr. Hannah Grossman answers her personal motto daily by going above and beyond and exceeding even her patients expectations. In addition to partnering with her husband, Dr. Robert Grossman, in their Newbury Park obstetrics and gynecology practice, Hannah is the rst female chief medical officer in Los Robles Hospitals 41-year history. In her role, she is instrumental in the promotion of efficient patient care and serves as the key interface between the medical and administrative staffs. A mother of four, Hannah and her family support Temple Adat Elohims capital campaign for sanctuary construction, Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, Hospice of the Conejo, and Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank. Hannah also served as the Chair of the Board of Governors at the former Westlake Hospital and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Los Robles Hospital.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Reading, writing, walking the dogs, baking, and watching football on TV. Go Saints! Who Dat! Where and when were you happiest? When my four children were born, I was ecstatic. What book is sitting on your nightstand? The Swiss Myth my son sent it to me as a present with a lovely note. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? Ronald Reagan Library. What is your all-time favorite movie? Its a Wonderful Life. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Play tetherball. What does Ventura County need? A much better integrated health support system to help individuals with 12

chronic illness so that they can stay in their safe homes and away from the hospital. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Do you have a suggestion? What was your worst job? Babysitting out-of-control hellions. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? I would like to meet Ben Franklin and study his intellectual curiosity. What is your favorite invention? My most and least favorite is the phone. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Mothering four children, anyone can be a doctor, but being a mom is quite a task. What is your biggest pet peeve? People who whine and refuse to help with a solution. What is your secret talent? I was a lifeguard for

years in college. Swimming is a quiet time out for me. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be more patient. Where would you most like to live? Right here in the Conejo Valley. I have been to many

places in the world and have always been happy to come home. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My family. What is your greatest regret? That my parents didnt live to know my children. What is your most treasured possession? My family and my rescue dogs. What do you most value in your friends? Their hearts. What is your motto? How can we make the process better and improve quality for our patients?

Irish John Gore

Immediate Past Trustee, Kiwanis International, Region 10

Irish John Gore doesnt give up. This three-time cancer survivor is an accomplished speaker, auctioneer and consummate fundraiser. As a 32-year member of Kiwanis, Irish John has made a commitment to serve the children of the world. A former Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, his impact on the Conejo Valley is lasting and evident. He is a lifetime board member of Hospice of the Conejo, while also serving on the board of Community Conscience. Irish John is an avid supporter of several other local organizations, including the Wellness Community, Hospice of the Conejo, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Conejo Valley Days, Community Conscience/Under One Roof, and Conejo Valley Historical Society. He is a previous recipient of both the American Hero Award from Hospice of the Conejo and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for outstanding public service.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Traveling, soccer, cycling, gardening, taking care of wee dog, and watching old movies. Where and when were you happiest? At home relaxing with wife, Sue, and wee dog, Louise. What book is sitting on your nightstand? 1000 Years of Annoying the French Stephen Clarke. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? Ronald Reagan Library. What was the first concert you attended? The Beatles, 1963, Las Vegas Convention Center. What is your all-time favorite movie? The Quiet Man. What group did you hang out with in high school? Soccer lads! What is your favorite part of your day? Early, early morning and

western days in the old west in Colorado with folk like Wyatt Earp. What is your favorite invention? The bicycle. What is your greatest fear? Being on the top of high buildings. Which living person do you admire most? My brother, Jimmy Gore. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Being sworn in as a U.S. citizen,

sunup. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Play rounders with a soccer ball. What does Ventura County need? More good activities for our youth. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Wee lass! What was your worst job? Working graveyard shifts at the Daily Breeze in Torrance. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Back to

August 1977. What is your biggest pet peeve? The word like! What is your secret talent? Telling clean Irish true stories. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Would have liked to have been taller. Where would you most like to live? Very happy right here for the past 40 years in the Conejo. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? Wife, Susie, and my dog, Louise. What is your greatest regret? Not immigrating to America much earlier in life. What is your most treasured possession? My good life here in Ventura County. What do you most value in your friends? Humor and love of life. Who is your real-life hero? Clint Eastwood.

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As the founder and president of Mustang Marketing, Scott focuses on two responsibilities: developing and nurturing client relationships by focusing on the best possible ROI, and encouraging his staff to do the same. Mustang contributes to the success of several community organizations, including the Ventura County Sheriffs Foundation, the Conejo Schools Foundation and FOOD Share. Scotts investment in the community extends beyond his companys work, as he brings this same level of support to a variety of organizations through nancial contributions and hands-on involvement. He is a founder of Pepperdine Universitys Career Action Program, in addition serving on the following Boards of Directors: Pepperdine University Seaver Board of Visitors, the Ventura County Sheriffs Foundation and the Ventura County Community College District Citizens Advisory Board. Scott is currently bringing his own brand of planning and living success through a series of speeches to graduating college students.

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Middle East: Cultures and Conflicts (Roskin & Goyle), No Less than Victory (Shaara), The Warriors Path (LAmour), The History of Beer Pong (Singer), and The Prince (Machiavelli). What group did you hang out with in high school? Intellectual jocks. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Dodgeball. What does Ventura County need? The best thing that could happen to Ventura County would be for the east and west halves of the county to come together. They really do operate independently, to the detriment of both. The Camarillo grade seems to be not only a physical barrier,
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but an emotional one, as well. Bridging that feeling would be a benefit to all members of our community. However, if that doesnt happen, how about a minor league baseball team? Which word or phrase do you most overuse? I have a meeting at __ oclock. What is your greatest fear? While I am not a huge fan of the dentist or colonoscopies, and I certainly have a healthy fear of dying in a fiery crash (automobile or plane), in the end, my greatest fear is disappointing my family. If I can avoid that, nothing else really matters or scares me. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To never waste another minute complaining, whining or

gossiping. It strikes me as odd, and as a weakness, that knowing these things are a complete waste of time, and even counter-productive, I still slip into them on occasion. What is your greatest regret? That I didnt join the military after graduating high school. It was 1975, post-Vietnam, and the military was purposefully shrinking. I still should have served. To this day, I cannot meet a veteran or active-duty soldier without being terribly grateful and a little bit embarrassed. Who is your real-life hero? My real-life hero is my real-life wife, Randi. What is your motto? There is only one success to be able to spend your life in your own way.

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Many people dont realize the difference they can make even on a small level. Driven by this simple concept, Kathy Hartley encourages people to do whatever they can to help, and shes the perfect role model for seless service. As founder of InnCourage, Kathy created a retreat for women undergoing cancer treatment who would not ordinarily be able to afford a weekend of transformational services. The InnCourage program is now in its sixth year at her Ojai bed-and-breakfast, and includes group talks, yoga, meals, make-up, hair, exercise, counseling, and spiritual and health discussions. Kathy is currently working with the founder of Reins of H.O.P.E to expand the program with InnPower, a retreat for female veterans experiencing PTSD or are victims of military sexual assault. Kathy also serves on the boards of the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce, Ojai Visitors Bureau, Interface Children and Family Services, and the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival.

Proprietor Lavender Inn, Ojai Owner/Co-General Manager of Watermark on Main Restaurant & W2O Rooftop Lounge, Ventura

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What book is sitting on your nightstand? The Hit

David Baldacci, Your Best Just Got Better Jason Womack, Whered You Go, Bernadette Maria Maria Semple, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman Nora Ephron, Freuds Mistress Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? Pierpont Beach in Ventura the view toward the pier looks like France. What is your all-time favorite movie? National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. What is your favorite part of your day? Sundown. The sunset is an exquisite, original canvas every evening. I always slow down and watch in awe. What was

ing jacks, marbles, foursquare, tetherball, and the rings. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Colonial America in Philadelphia prior to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Id like to see the personal and passionate political lives of the signers. What is your favorite invention? The camera. It captures my memories and also allows me to create life and art as I see it through the lens. What is your greatest extravagance? Dessert, especially chocolate. What is your secret talent? That I can still sign (language) pretty fluently. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I try not to do it all, to not cram

your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Play-

everything into one day. I end up being late and out of balance. What is your most treasured possession? My family photos, my wedding ring, and my dads watch, both of which I wear daily. Who is your real-life hero? My hero has always been my dad, Robert, who recently passed away. He was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He taught me everything from math to keeping the inner child alive. He had a corny sense of humor and always made holidays special. My hero since I was young was Rosa Parks. She stood up for what she believed in, against all odds. Being a black person in the South and a woman, she was a catalyst who altered history and that is powerful!

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Marney Weaver Janss has devoted her life to the sustainability of New West Symphony (NWS), working tirelessly to support the organization in a variety of capacities. She champions the NWS League major fundraiser, Pleasure of Your Company, planning parties, events, day trips, and lectures, in addition to Trips & Tours for members and the public. Marney also helped to develop new initiatives for NWS, including the Discovery Artists program. In addition to her efforts on behalf of NWS, Marney founded and coordinated the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival for 13 years; organizing the festival devoted to intensive chamber music and orchestral training program for advanced music students. Today, she continues to support the festival by doing everything necessary to ensure the program is both enjoyable and successful. Her previous involvements include the Ventura Music Festival, Meadows PTA, District Advisory Council of the Conejo Valley Unied School District, PTA Reections Contest, and Viewpoint School Service Association.

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Santa Monica Mountains. What group did you hang out with in high school? The school newspaper editors who were my three best friends (two of us did news, one features, and one sports). What is your favorite part of your day? Early morning. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Jungle gym. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Um. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Back a hundred years to Tibet with Alexandra David-Neel. What is your favorite invention? String instruments. What is your greatest fear? Overpopulation and all the disastrous effects that it is having on our environment. What is your favorite location in Ventura County? The Mishe Mokwa Trail in January when the ceanothus is blooming and the lady bugs are converging. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Encouraging classical musical skills and music appreciation in children through the New West Symphony Symphonic Adventures and Discovery Artists programs, and creating the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival. What is your biggest pet peeve? Traffic congestion. What is your greatest extravagance? Art. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be less shy. Where would you most like to live? Robinson Bar Ranch in Stanley, Idaho. What is your most treasured possession? A Chinese painting called The Farewell. What is your motto? Failure is not an option.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love to hike the Santa Monica Mountains as often as possible, read fiction and non-fiction including the old Merck Manual, study Tibetan art, garden, and travel mainly to Asia. Where and when were you happiest? Hiking and camping in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho, 19581984, watching my oldest son play high school football in the 1990s, and listening to my second son play his cello as a soloist with the New West Symphony several times in the last ten years, most recently 2011, and as cellist with Camerata Pacifica about the same time. What book is sitting on your nightstand? Haj Leon Uris. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? The

Jess Herrera was introduced to hard work, ships and the waterfront early on in life. As a 10-term executive officer and eight-term chairman of the Southern California Jurisdiction Committee for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Jess is a leading advocate for local dockworkers; as a multi-term harbor commissioner, he sets policy for the commercial Port of Hueneme. Jess actively supports the Port Hueneme and Oxnard Chambers of Commerce, American Association of Port Authorities, California Special Districts Association, the World Trade Association, and the U.S. Navy League. He can be credited with supporting projects such as the Port Intermodal Corridor, the 44-plus acre expansion of the port, and the construction of new facilities, seawall and promenade all part of a combined effort to attract new business and support major port customers. Despite his tremendous career accolades, hes most proud of his work to organize an event that processed more than 2,000 candidates for citizenship.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Visiting my grandchildren, biking, watching sports, and traveling. What book is sitting on your nightstand? Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy Peter S. Canellos. What was the first concert you attended? Tom Jones. Enough said. What is your all-time favorite movie? Cyrano de Bergerac. What group did you hang out with in high school? No groups really, just a few close friends. What is your favorite part of your day? First and foremost waking up! Also warm afternoons when the glow of the day is just right. What does Ventura County need? More recognition for the great place that it is. A minor league baseball team wouldnt

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hurt. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? I dont use it often, but I cringe when I catch myself saying wow. What was your worst job? Handling slimy cow hides in the hot hold of a cargo ship. What is your favorite invention? The computer: the world in your hands. What is your greatest fear? Wasting time. What is your favorite location in Ventura County? Heritage Square in the heart of Oxnard during summer concerts. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Having the trust of the people who elected me and being chairman of U.S. Citizenship Day, an event that processed over 2,000 eligible candidates for U.S. citizenship at no cost to them. What is your biggest

working men and woman who go to work every day to support their families. What is your motto? Always do the right thing.

pet peeve? Breaking with proven traditions or practices just for the sake of change. What is your greatest extravagance? Learning to take time for myself. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Eliminate procrastination. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My wife and family. What is your greatest regret? Always focusing on whats next and not being in the moment. What do you most value in your friends? Their acceptance, loyalty, and generous spirits. Who is your real-life hero? Heroes, actually hard-

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Dr. Henry L. Hank Lacayo,


State President, Congress of California Seniors
Dr. Lacayo counts among his proudest accomplishments helping to establish a four-year university. California State University Channel Islands now boasts more than 5,000 students. Instrumental in keeping many area non-prots viable, Dr. Lacayo is a member of several boards of directors, including the Ventura County Community Foundation, Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund, CSUCI Foundation, CSUCI Presidents Circle, H.L.Hank Lacayo Institute For Workforce & Community Studies, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation, La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth & Family Center, El Concilio Family Services and United Way. As the state president of the Congress of California Seniors, Hank volunteers in directing activities for a state-wide, non-prot coalition of senior centers and residential facilities, womens clubs, tenant and home owner associations, faith-based organizations, community service groups, trade union retirees, retired federal/ state/local government and public school employee organizations, and other senior advocacy groups.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Lake, river, and deep-sea fishing. Try to catch up with family visits and surf the Internet for interesting political and historic information. Where and when were you happiest? Participating at CSUCI Hank Lacayo Institutes internship recruitment and placements with some very bright and promising students. Usually when able to be of help to an organization or individual in need of assistance. Helping distribute student scholarships at the Ventura County Community Foundation and the Destino: Hispanic Legacy Fund Grants to non-profits serving those in need. What is your all-time favorite movie? Gone With the Wind. What group did you hang out with in high

school? Didnt have time to hang out, worked after school track team during the season. What is your favorite part of your day? Watching the sun rise. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Running around the oval track. What does Ventura County need? Better cross-

you could travel through time, when and where would you go? To Spain during El Cids time. What is your favorite invention? Duct tape and WD-40. Which living person do you admire most? My wife, Leah. What are you most proud

county transportation and friendlier relationships beween all the cities in the county. We have much to gain if we really worked at that. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? We have met the enemy and the enemy is us! If

of accomplishing? Helping establish a four-year university in our county and assisting some non-profits to stay alive to continue serving needy clients. What is your greatest extravagance? Paying the price for a great meal. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Take some time out to smell the roses around the world with family and friends. What is your greatest regret? Not learning how to play a musical instrument. What is your most treasured possession? My fathers gold Bulova watch a high school graduation gift. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, open and frank dialog. What is your motto? Forward ... damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!

Jill Lederer
President/CEO, Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Jill Lederer counts her greatest achievement as building and operating a business that employed thousands of people over 25 years. However, many would say her greatest accomplishment has been the last ve years at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. For the rst time in their 75-year history, the Chamber received the 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and an unprecedented fth straight Presidents Circle Award. Through her passion, condence and calm, she commands one of the largest chambers of commerce in the western U.S. three cities, a diverse and talented board of directors, 1,100 members, 30+ Chairmans Club members, Ambassadors, community partners, and a full-time staff of eight. Jill serves on the Board of Regents for California Lutheran University, the Board of Trustees of Los Robles Hospital, and on the Board of Directors for United Way and Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. Jill is a 24-year member of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks.

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Where and when were you happiest? Right here; right now. What book is sitting on your nightstand? Science Lessons: What the Business of Biotech Taught Me About Management Gordon Binder; The Cuckoos Calling Robert Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? Los Robles Trail East. What was the first concert you attended? Phoebe Snow in Central Park. What does Ventura County need? 100% hotel & office occupancy. Just think about that! Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Yes. What is your favorite invention? The car has worked out well for me. Which living person do you admire most? There are many, but

Ive always admired the retired mens basketball coach from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dean Smith. Early in his career, before he was a legend, he broke the racial barrier in the mens basketball program at UNC by recruiting and enrolling Charles Scott. In doing so, he faced a lot of criticism which left him undeterred. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Building and operating a successful business and employing thousands of people over 25 years, many of whom went on to move up in my company and go on to own their own businesses. What is your biggest pet peeve? People who add drama. What is your greatest extravagance? Christmas ornaments; just come by

the Chamber in a month and youll see! If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be so much smarter. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My husband. What is your greatest regret? Regrets. Ive had a few, but then again, too few to mention. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty. Who is your real-life hero? My dad. He grew up during the Depression, went to law school on the GI bill, and supported his family by practicing a very challenging area of the law. He gave it his best every single day and gave us every advantage. He passed away on April 23. He left a family who loved and respected him and miss him a lot. What is your motto? Lean in.

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Marisa Michell Montgomery


After her regular working hours as a lactation specialist and nurse educator at the Ventura County Medical Center, Marisa Montgomery continues to assist patients by donating her knowledge and time to help parents understand the importance of breastfeeding all so they can avoid the frustration that accompanies a new screaming voice in the house. Her innovative instruction includes how to gain a comfortable position when breastfeeding, store breast milk, develop a pain-free bond, and the importance and benets of breast milk. In addition, Marisa also supports the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County, and Retrouvaille International. Her work has been recognized by Ventura County Board of Supervisors, the California State Legislature, and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Marisa Montgomery, Nurse Educator, BSN, CLC (left) with Dr. Michelle Yates and her baby Cole, whom Marisa assisted with lactation education.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Swimming, hiking, walking on the beach, traveling, playing board games, cooking, volunteering at church and interior decorating. Where and when were you happiest? Where? At the Autonoma University in Guadalajara, Mexico. When? I was able to stand in the graduation line of the nursing faculty as a valedictorian of my graduating class and receiving my Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing. What book is sitting on your nightstand? The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding La Leche League International. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? The Ventura Harbor for dining and the San BuenaVentura Mission for spiritual moments. What was 24

their babies both in public and in their work environments. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Good Job. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? To orphanages to help children in need I would go anytime. What is your favorite invention? The cell phone. What is your greatest fear? Driving in a heavy storm! Which living person do you admire most? My sisters

the first concert you attended? Neil Diamond. What is your all-time favorite movie? What About Bob? What group did you hang out with in high school? The swim team. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Playing volleyball. What does Ventura County need? More places for new mothers to nurse

and brothers for their successes and how they bond with their families. What is your favorite location in Ventura County? Ventura County Beaches. What are you most proud of accomplishing? The organization of the Motherhood First Foundation. What is your biggest pet peeve? It cannot be done! My answer to that is, It cannot be done, or you cannot do it? If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Learn to relax and take time off just because! What is your greatest regret? Not to have been able to spend more time with my mother. What do you most value in your friends? Honesty. Who is your reallife hero? My mother. What is your motto? I will take care of this.

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A polling company recently asked 2,252 A merican adults: If WENDY you could DAGER live forever in good COLUMNIST health at a pa r t ic u l a r age, what age would you like to be? The average age selected was 50, which some would say is the new 30. This is a trendy phrase to which others of a more skeptical nature might respond, Yeah, right. I turned 50 this year, and Im on the fence about it being the best age at which to live forever. The downside is that I dont always like what I see in the mirror, and sometimes muscles hurt for no reason. Other than that, I guess being 50 is OK. But Im one of those for whom health problems havent yet become a huge issue. Which is why I wasnt going to have a colonoscopy. My doctor, whos generally conservative about running tests, insisted on it. I thought about the risks, the people I knew whod never done it and the hideous stories about the preparation. Luckily for me, my HMO doesnt rush into anything, so it was two months between my doctor ordering the colonoscopy and the gastroenterology department actually giving me a call to set up an appointment. After I reluctantly accepted their proposed date, I had another month in which to psych myself up for it. The only thing I can compare it to is jury duty. You have to go even though you know its going to be awful, but at least itll be over quickly. Unless something goes wrong and you have to come back for further prodding. My biggest concern about having the colonoscopy was the possibility of accidental perforation of the colon, which occurs during a very small percentage of procedures. The problem with small 26 percentages is that if it happens to you, then it becomes 100 percent. I wasnt too worried about the preparation, which nearly everyone whos had a colonoscopy likes to share stories of, replete with plenty of ick factor. Really, though, drinking that magical liquid is not that bad. Nor is what it does to you, if you look at it as just a few hours out of your life, where you can spend the time productively by analyzing which bathroom tiles need replacement and how much grout it will require. I went to the hospital the next morning, and was treated very well by medical staff, who kindly knocked me out for a great little sleep while the colonoscopy was painlessly performed. Which would be the end so to speak of the story had the doctor not told me that hed removed a precancerous polyp. My husband and I named it Patsy. As a precaution, Patsy the polyp went to the lab to be biopsied. I received a call from a technician about a week later, conrming what the doctor said: Patsy was, indeed, precancerous, and that I should return for another colonoscopy in three years. This is from the website of the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com/ h e a l t h /c o l o n - c a n c e r / D S 0 0 0 3 5 / DSECTION=causes): Colon cancer most often begins as clumps of precancerous cells (polyps) on the inside lining of the colon. Polyps can appear mushroom-shaped, or they can be at or recessed into the wall of the colon. Removing polyps before they become cancerous can prevent colon cancer. So now I know that being that wonderful forever age of 50 may have hidden drawbacks, no matter how good you feel. Its a little scary to think that if I had chosen not to have the procedure fearing perforation or citing those friends who never had a colonoscopy and were ne or knowing that the prep part is yucky, then Patsy may have evolved into cancer. No ifs, ands or you know about it.
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Retired history teacher, Academic Decathlon coach, and Director of Teaching American History program
In 2009, Larry Jones retired from teaching. He left with more state and national Academic Decathlon wins than any coach in the nation. Larrys secret talent was to nd underachieving students and help them reach their full potential. For 12 years, Larry spent four hours after school and ten hours on Saturdays, coaching the Moorpark High School Academic Decathlon team to four national victories. He even coached his son, Nathaniel, on one of these championship teams. He recounts his happiest times as being in the Oval Office and introducing his students to presidents. Today, Larry serves as director of Teaching American History, and he teaches local and global history and current issues in the Charles Green Memorial Community History Series a free, monthly series he founded and named after his father-in-law, who taught until the age of 92. Larry and his family actively support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Moorpark Food Pantry, and the Moorpark High Street Arts Center.

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Where and when were you happiest? The two happiest days of my life were when each of my sons were born. Yosemite, snorkeling in Hawaii, body surfing in Malibu, playing baseball when young, walking with my wife, watching my son, Alex, play concerts with his rock band, being with my son, Nathaniel, when he won the National Championship in Academic Decathlon, being in the Oval Office with presidents, and any day I got to spend in my classroom teaching students. What book is sitting on your nightstand? Three books: The Art of Fielding: A Novel Chad Harbach; Chronicles Bob Dylan; and The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris David McCullough. What is your all-time favorite movie? Threeway tie between The Godfather Part II, Gandhi, and

Cry Freedom. What does Ventura County need? Less traffic, more healthfood restaurants. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Cool! If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Philadelphia during the Constitutional Convention. What is your greatest fear? On a small scale: driving across high bridges. On a personal level: Alzheimers Disease. On a large scale: climate change. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Raising two sons who are now amazing adults (although my wife did most of the heavy lifting). Opening doors for students, including those who won State and National Championships through Academic Decathlon and got to meet presidents, governors, and senators. What is your biggest pet peeve? Rude people

at public events. Political leaders who put self interest above the public good. Apathetic people. What is your greatest extravagance? Travel. What is your secret talent? Finding underachieving or shy students and getting them to reach their potential and find success. If
you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be more patient. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My wife, Marilyn Green. What do you most value in your friends? Sense of humor, kindness, ability

to carry stimulating conversations, intellectual curiosity. Who is your real-life hero? People such as Nelson Mandela, Medgar Evers, Steve Biko, and Aung San Suu Kyi who sacrifice themselves to advance human rights and liberties.

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For more than 40 years, Patty has devoted her time, talents, and nancial resources to helping numerous charitable and civic organizations in our community excel. From a room mother in her sons schools to her long-standing involvement with Santa Clara Church, Pattys passion and skill for fundraising is commendable. She is on the board of the St. Johns Healthcare Foundation, a life member of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and Oxnard Ambassadors, and has served more than 10 years as a committee member on the Annual Los Angeles Archdiocese Cardinals Awards Dinner. Appointed as a member of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, Pattys continued service and commitment to many charitable and civic organizations in our community will positively impact generations to come. Patty has donated more than 45,000 volunteer hours to St. Johns Auxiliary and under her leadership the Auxiliary gift shop has donated in excess of $3 million to the hospital to provide much needed medical equipment.

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unit. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? It is what it is. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? I would like to travel to the future to meet my great grandchildren wherever that might be. What is your favorite invention? My iPad. What is your greatest fear? Traveling over bridges. My fear is that they might break in the middle. What is your biggest pet peeve? People that lie. What is your greatest extravagance? Having my hair done and getting pedicures. What is your secret talent? Im very organized much more than my office desk would lead you to believe. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would like to be a little taller how nice it would be to purchase slacks that dont need to be shortened! Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My husband, David he told me to say that! What is your most treasured possession? I have three: My wedding ring (handmade by my husband, David, 47 years ago), a silver necklace with three hearts given to me by one of my sons on the day he left for Iraq, and a glass paperweight made by my grandfather in 1915 at the first job he had when he came to America. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, honesty, and their good taste in friends. Who is your real-life hero? My mother, Kiki Cocumelli. What is your motto? Im not here to judge.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I am a doting wife, mother and grandmother, an avid reader and I love to cook favorite Italian family recipes. What was the first concert you attended? Chubby Checker. I even got to interview him for my high school newspaper. What is your all-time favorite movie? Pretty Woman. What group did you hang out with in high school? I hung with my fellow cheerleaders and the student council members. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Play jacks or marbles I was jacks champion! What does Ventura County need? More cooperation between the cities in the County to promote a more cohesive County

Suz Montgomery will be the rst to tell you that it is a privilege to teach. Gifted with the ability to make a difference, Suz is a passionate advocate for seniors to stay engaged in living. She encourages debate, teaches them revisionist history and food science, and even gives instruction on writing their obituaries. Off the clock, she makes visits to care homes and hospitals, runs errands for those who need her, and lobbies for senior issues in Sacramento. She recently created the Extended Learning Academy to increase senior access to education and enrichment classes, to make it relevant and fun. Her Knowledge Bowl a competition that pits high school students against her more seasoned students is packed every year. Suz is a longtime Parks and Recreation commissioner; Vice Chair of the Westside Community Council; Founder/Director of Prevention Alliance; and host of Schmooze with Suz, a longrunning cable interview show featuring contributions of other local leaders.

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Suz Montgomery
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Sleep little. As Warren Zevon penned, Ill sleep when Im dead too much to do. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? My dining room table The Algonquin Roundtable. On Saturday mornings I can be found holding court for over 10 years at Palermo's Coffee Shop with my band of buddies. What was the first concert you attended? Dragged, but now love Aida, as a child. What is your all-time favorite movie? The Intouchables and The Legend of 1900. What is your favorite part of your day? ALL day, every day in the classroom, and at home with my family. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Beat

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up the older bullies things havent changed, have they? What does Ventura County need? SENIOR resources and opportunities to learn. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? REALLY, I mean REALLY??????????????? If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Been alive at the time of great historical change, as one of my favorite students, Bitsy, who was born in 1899 and died at 107. What is your favorite invention? Light. What are you most proud of accomplishing? My ability to still make a difference and contribute to make changes happen determination and

intense fortitude to change the course. What is your biggest pet peeve? Lack of or inability to be compassionate. What is your greatest extravagance? Food. What is your secret talent? Singing. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I need more patience to deal with government list too long. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My precious family. What is your greatest regret? I will run out of time before I change history and the course of the world. What do you most value in your friends? Honesty, integrity, and loyalty. What is your motto? Give to the world, the best that you have, and the best will come back to you.
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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Playing ukulele, piano. Close up magic. Learning Spanish. What book is sitting on your nightstand? Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and Relentless Tim S. Grover. What was the first concert you attended? Prince Long Beach Sports Arena. What is your all-time favorite movie? Pride of the Yankees. What group did you hang out with in high school? No specific groups tried sneaking in with all. What is your favorite part of your day? Between 3 and 5 a.m. dreaming, reflecting, appreciating, and envisioning the blessings and possibilities. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Any and all sports. Most especially,

baseball. What does Ventura County need? Nothing its the greatest county in the U.S. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Making it happen phrase. Awesome word. What is your favorite invention? Dash covers, because I created it before it came out. I missed out on my millions! What is your greatest fear? Not being present when my family needs me. Which living person do you admire most? It would have to be which living persons plural. My wife, Mari. My mom, Shige. My three brothers and two sisters Randy, Ryan, Todd, Candice, and Crystal. My best friend, Jim Laurent. My guardian angel, Mike McGill. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Im not done yet. In progress bringing

out the best in others. Completing a 100-mile trail run at age 60. What is your biggest pet peeve? Disrespectfulness. What is your secret talent? Expert practical joker, at least I think I am. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? The ability to throw over 100 miles per hour, then Id be pitching for the Angels or Dodgers. Where would you most like to live? Exactly where I am now, Ventura County. Second choice Playa del Carmen, Mexico. What is your greatest regret? Not spending more time with my Dad. Who is your real-life hero? Big Jim Laurent a living example of a great person. What is your motto? Make it happen thru Constant And Never-ending Improvement.

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Paul E. Rockenstein
Retired Operations Manager
Paul Rockensteins volunteer involvement in the local community spans 35 years. In 1978, as a direct result of a family tragedy, Paul took a one-year sabbatical from corporate life to help implement Camarillo Hospice. He developed the plan, including public relations, facilities, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and securing a medical and administrative staff. After six years, he utilized this same dedication and focused on the Camarillo Health Care District, the Ventura County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, the Ventura County Special District Association, Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Paul raised funds to build the new emergency room at St. Johns Pleasant Valley Hospital and worked to ensure that core hospital services were maintained during construction. Hes currently on the hospitals Quality Assurance Committee. Paul also worked on the Park Master Planning Committee to develop programs for California State University Channel Islands, community use, and recreation.

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I try to keep some regimen going with the gym. In addition, some reading of world and local news as well as following the financial markets. I belong to a local church that offers many activities. My family participates in these. It strengthens our beliefs. Where and when were you happiest? The place was St. Timothys Catholic Church in West Los Angeles. The event was our marriage. Thus began a new and very real lifetime with four children and four grandchildren. Over four decades later, we still have each other. What was the first concert you attended? Dave Brubeck in Santa Monica. What is your all-time favorite movie? One recent movie that

I thought was outstanding is Les Miserables. In the past it was The Hunt for Red October. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? After completing a sentence, I will sometimes say You know. What is your favorite invention? The record player because of my love for jazz and Big Band music. Which living person do you admire most? Nelson Mandela. After everything else that happened to him in his adult life, he forgave his enemies. How remarkable. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Helping to establish Camarillo Hospice, Pleasant Valley Hospital Emergency Room, and Pleasant Valley Fields 55-acre sports park. What is your biggest pet peeve? People on their cell phones while

driving (this includes texting). What is your greatest extravagance? An SUV in our garage. What is your secret talent? The ability to sing on key. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My wife, children, grandchildren, and our Lord who makes it all happen. What is your greatest regret? Life goes all too quickly, and you get only one chance. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and love. They will stand with you when things are not going well. Who is your real-life hero? My wife. She has fought a debilitating disease for over 33 years, raised four children, volunteered mightily, and given back more than most of us could. What is your motto? Dont give up.

As Superintendent of the Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chuck Rogers has lead a team that has revolutionized renewable energy in Thousand Oaks and throughout the wastewater industry. Chucks efforts in forging agreements between necessary private agencies and public companies have helped to drastically reduce the overall carbon footprint of the Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant, while also generating renewable energy and substantial savings for the City of Thousand Oaks. Chuck is a member of numerous environmental organizations the Water Environment Federation, American Public Works Association, and the Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works. More importantly, Chuck is a public servant working tirelessly to provide the best possible services to the community while also enhancing sustainability, renewable energy generation, and resource management. Chuck is a sought out public speaker who has most recently been focusing on the nexus between energy and responsible scal management as being one of the paths to reviving our economy, enhancing our natural environment, and providing a bright future for our children.

Chuck Rogers

Superintendent, City of Thousand Oaks Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant

CLASS OF 2013

What group did you hang out with in high school? I didnt hang out with any group. People hung out with me. What was your worst job? I was fired for incompetence from a janitors job at a church in El Rio. The ministers wife was quite critical of me. I deserved it. I asked God for forgiveness. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? Id go back to the 19th and 20th century and club some evil guys Grand Theft Auto V style. Id then drop in on Jesus and have lunch with him, and ask lots of questions and tell him I would never abandon him. For fun, I would then go back further in time to visit King Tuts tomb and put a

poster of Vanilla Ice in with him and pay the local artists to write the words to Ice, Ice Baby in hieroglyphics. That will confuse academics for years and pay homage to an excellent, but underappreciated hip hop song. Hey, its my time machine. What is your biggest pet peeve? Overwrought state and federal politicians who claim to have solutions for climate change and other environmental challenges, but lack the intellectual firepower or curiosity to do anything more than embrace nonsensical ideas that they believe will make equally misinformed constituents happy. What is your greatest extravagance? I am a good tipper at restaurants. Both

my wife and daughter worked as waitresses. Its a karma thing. What is your secret talent? Most of the time I can tell when people are lying to me. What is your greatest regret? I wish I grew up in a home where my father was present. Mom was great, but she couldnt impart the wisdom a father is supposed to. I had to constantly figure out both the simplest and most difficult things about being a good man without that guidance. My decisions were often wrong or misguided. Bottom line is that with a father at home, I think I would have been a better father and husband and my life would have been easier. What is your motto? Fortune favors the bold. Virgil.
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As Chief Operations Officer for the American Red Cross in the Central Coast Region, Judy Stahl wears many hats. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she is a strategic planner, a coach, and a mentor leading a small staff and hundreds of volunteers to ensure that the Red Cross is able to meet the growing needs of the community. However, Judys most important role is quite simple she is a Red Cross Volunteer. Along with her husband, Judy coordinates the Service to Armed Forces, a team that supports thousands of service men and women each year. From loading delivery trucks in the early morning hours to organizing volunteers for all military homecomings and deployments, Judy is always there when called upon ready to greet and honor our American service members and recognize them for their immeasurable service.

CLASS OF 2013

Judy Stahl

Chief Operations Officer, American Red Cross

What group did you hang out with in high school? I was a techie in high school. I worked in the theater department as a stage manager, lighting technician, set designer, etc. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? I say really a lot these days. What is your favorite invention? Im a technology junkie. I dont know where wed be without the smartphone ... I love my Samsung Galaxy smartphone! Which living person do you admire most? I have tremendous admiration for our presidents, particularly George W. Bush who led our country during our most troubling time after 9/11. He has endured endless criticism for the choices that 34

he and his team made and although I may not agree with everything he did, I have tremendous admiration for his leadership and his willingness to put himself on the line to lead our country during a time when we really needed leadership! What are you most proud of accomplishing? Im most proud of my accomplishments at Harvard Business School. Not only did I get admitted to the MBA Program at HBS, but I also went on to have a very successful career as the schools Chief Information Officer. This time in my life was very special, as I felt I was contributing to the impact HBS has on the business world through its faculty and the

students that will be our future business leaders. What is your biggest pet peeve? Im a nut for keeping germs to yourself. I carry a small bottle of Purell with me and use it constantly. I hate when people dont cover their coughs! Who or what is the greatest love of your life? This is an easy one my husband. Who is your real-life hero? I recently saw a story about Nick Vujicic, a man born with no arms or legs. He has never considered himself disabled or different in any way from the rest of us. He is a true inspiration to us all. What is your motto? Do to others as you would have them do to you.

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Putting their entire life savings on the line, John Zaruka and his wife, Linda, and later his son Billy, and daughter Stacy, built a family business that fullled the communitys strong need for a social and business event center. This business now reaches beyond the county and state, with revenues approaching $40 million dollars per year in 2013. Not once did John stop investing in the community that supported him along the way. Through his success and vision, John has become an important community partner. For more than 27 years, he has served the underprivileged through his philanthropic spirit and, more simply, his time. Recipients of Johns extraordinary dedication include CAREGIVERS, Rotary Club of Ventura South, Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation Intensive Care Unit, Ventura Chamber of Commerce, FOOD Share, Boys & Girls Club of Ventura, Ventura Mens Golf Club, the Salvation Army, and the Ventura County Librarys Adult Literacy Program.

CLASS OF 2013

John Zaruka
morning, but favorite umm honestly, probably cocktail hour whenever it may be! What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Compete at anything. What does Ventura County need? More big businesses creating more jobs for younger workers. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? OOPs, dont think I can say it! Wash my mouth out! If you could travel through time, when and where would you go? The future in America. How will it change? What is your favorite invention? The television, of course! What is your biggest fear? Falling from heights. I get the heebie-jeebies. Which living person do you admire
most? Linda! What is your biggest regret? Regrets, I have a few... but none worth mentioning. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Building a very successful family business. What is your biggest pet peeve? Phony baloney BSers. What is your greatest extravagance? Nice accommodations on pleasure trips. What is your secret talent? Can sing a bit, probably best when I, alone, hear it. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be a bit more reserved. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and honesty. Who is your real-life hero? My Dad. What is your motto? Success breeds success.

Founder & CEO, Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Centers

Where and when were you happiest? I love it when a plan comes together! When home and business blend well and success results in both. What book is sitting on your nightstand? Kindle? A selection of Daniel Silvas first Gabriel Allon novels. Where is your favorite place in Ventura County to take visitors? Ronald Reagan Library. What was the first concert you attended? Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago) opened up for the great Sam & Dave $2! What is your all-time favorite movie? Animal House. (I know, sick!). What group did you hang out with in high school? Smart jocks. What is your favorite part of your day? At my best in the

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After 22 years in the corporate world, Steven Yapp took a risk and became a franchise owner of PODS Moving and Storage. Since making that move eight years ago, Steven, along with his business partner, Al Jonas, have utilized their unique vision and leadership skills to turn the unknown PODS brand into a household name. In addition to his obvious success as an entrepreneur, Steven has worked tirelessly to make giving back part of his business model. This focus on supporting the local community includes providing free services to more than 65 non-prot organizations in the area, including FOOD Share, Casa Pacica Centers for Children and Families, Turning Point Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club, Aspiranet and My Stuffed Bags. From supporting the arts to assisting local organizations by providing his services free of charge, Steve understands that his business is part of a community, and as a business owner truly feels that it is his responsibility to give back.

Steven G. Yapp
one is in bed. This is the time that I am able to reflect on my day, plan for tomorrow and spend time in my Bible. What was your favorite thing to do on the school playground? Monkey bars what else? What does Ventura County need? Lower taxes haha. What is your favorite invention? The plane it truly makes the world smaller. What is your greatest fear? My end of the year
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tax bill. Which living person do you admire most? My father. A man who is high-principled, worked hard, achieved success beyond his dreams, stayed focused on his family and cared for a wife who went through years of medical nightmares. He taught me how to live, work, and how to love your spouse. He has provided tons of wise counsel over the years. What are you most proud of accomplishing? After 22 years in the corporate world, I took a chance and started a business with my partner Al Jonas. These last eight years have been the most fulfilling as we made our way through the downturn, actually grew throughout it and are now in a position

that our business supports the lifestyles of 10 families in our area! What is your biggest pet peeve? Excuses. Excuses are for kids! If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Other than being 64, a body like The Rocks, blue eyes, and a head full of hair I would not change a thing! Where would you most like to live? Right where I am love it. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? God, followed by my hero and wife Margie. What is your most treasured possession? My family, my relationship with God, my integrity and my heart. Who is your real-life hero? My wife, Margie she is everything I am not, and more.

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Betty Whitney
I shattered my ankle six breaks, five surgeries it slowed me down. But, I always say I didnt break my brain or my heart. Which living person do you admire most? The person I most admired all my life is not a living person. She was my grandma who was the most loving, forgiving and saintly woman I never knew. She lost four of her five children during World War I and continued to be a great believer, great woman, and great friend to so many. Ive never known anyone to live up to her standards. What is your biggest pet peeve? Poor grammar even in the media. What is your secret talent? I write stories in my mind that I never commit

Founder and Director, Tutoring Center at Orchard Community Church

Some of Betty Whitneys students, from left: Brianna Gonzalez, Marcus Valenciam, Connor Graham, Daniel Guzman, Tyler Garner, Natalie Nunes, Michael Smith, Chase Pritchard, Michael Hanna, Natalie Hanna and Logan Hoyt.

After 40 years as a classroom teacher, Betty Whitney should have been tired very, very tired. However, it wasnt long into her short retirement stint that she began searching for some new, meaningful way to spend her time. A love for teaching coupled with an insatiable need to help others led Betty to found the Tutoring Center at Orchard Community Church. Operating under the auspices of Project Understanding, the Tutoring Center, which Betty also directs, tutors approximately 100 children, provides marriage and family counseling, speech and language therapy, and an English language class for non-English speakers. Daily she greets children and their families, makes referrals to specialists, oversees an all-volunteer tutoring staff, diagnoses learning difficulties, listens to parents, and actively recruits volunteers. Today, more than 1,000 students have been tutored through her program. Betty also serves as a church deacon, actively working to assist church members who are in need of emergency funds, meals, and transportation.

I read it: cereal boxes included. I read many genres. Right now it is Maeve Binchys Heart and Soul and the book of Esther in the Bible. What was the first concert you attended? Hallelujah Chorus. What does Ventura County need? I would dream of our kind of center to be available to every family in the county. Which word or phrase do you most overuse? I need more tutors are you available one hour, once a week, to help one child? What is your favorite invention? The microwave saves time in the kitchen. I am tired of cooking. What is your greatest fear? Of falling

What book is sitting on your nightstand? If it is in print

to paper. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be tall and slim (no chance of either). Where would you most like to live? Ventura, California. I believe this is paradise on Earth. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? My husband and my sons. What is your greatest regret? Not getting a doctorate. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, honesty, availability when needed, a good listening ear. Who is your real-life hero? My advisors and best friends: Wayne and Shari Kempton. What is your motto? If you think education is expensive, think of ignorance.
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