Opening

Devoted Care Services LLC opened at 371 Mobil Ave., suite 5, in Camarillo. The business provides quality and devoted caregivers, to support aging loved ones to live independent, meaningful lives in their homes. … At the old location of Ventura NOW, The Blue Agave Restaurant & Tequilas opens featuring authentic Mexican cuisine that guarantees all food is made with the freshest ingredients. Margaritas are prepared with homemade sweet and sour; go in and check it out located at 185 E. Santa Clara in Downtown Ventura.

And the award goes to …

The recipients of Camarillo’s 2018 Top 10 Community Awards are Carolyn Alexander for Educator of the Year, Sylvia Fulton for Senior of the Year, Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger (Ventura County Sheriff’s Office) for Public Servant of the Year, Jann Huling for Woman of the Year, Mallorie Mehrali for Youth of the Year, Christopher Meissner for Man of the Year, Dr. Richard Rush for Stan Daily Lifetime Achievement Award, David Schlangen for Volunteer of the Year, GeoLinks, Skyler Ditchfield for Entrepreneur of the Year, E.J. Harrison and Sons for Philanthropist of the Year, Ventura County Community Foundation for Service Organization of the Year, and Z-Power for Business of the Year. The winners will be honored at the 51st Annual Top 10 Community Awards Banquet and Ceremony on March 23 at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. … The Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Journey to Leadership Awards. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 and the awards will be presented at the Journey to Leadership Luncheon on April 19. For more information, contact Michael Paule 818-355-2570 or email info@vcleadership.org or visit www.vcleadership.org

Moving up

Caryn Bosson

Michael Tiemeyer joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley board of governors. Tiemeyer is a financial services executive consultant, and previously served as risk management executive for California Coast Credit Union. He has served several other nonprofits, including United Way and American Red Cross. … Clare Briglio has been named by the Economic Development Collaborative, Ventura County (EDC-VC) as its dedicated fire relief staff person. Briglio will coordinate fire relief efforts being delivered by EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center. … Sharyn Ochoa was promoted to president and chairperson of the board of Federal Defense Industries (FDI), a leader in military logistics based on Moorpark. Ochoa is a co-founder of FDI, who acquired a majority ownership and registered the company as a certified woman-owned small business. … Caryn Bosson was selected as executive director of Ojai nonprofit, C.R.E.W. Bosson has held numerous leadership roles, including executive director of the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation and interim executive director at Tree People. … Julie Mino was appointed president of the Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mino has spent 18 years working in the hospitality industry and nonprofit sector. She most recently served as operations manager for The Ojai Foundation, and has also worked as conference services manager for the Bacara Resort & Spa, special events officer for the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, and senior executive conference manager at The Fess Parker Double Tree Resort. … Aaron Steed joined the board of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Steed is the CEO of Meathead Movers and co-founder of Move to End DV Foundation, which he has gifted to NCADV. … Robert D. Zitsman was named executive director for University Village, the Thousand Oaks continuing care retirement community. Zitsman will oversee the staff, operations and the financial management of University Village to sustain the community’s longterm economic health and viability. … Jessica Morrison is the new executive director of Resource Conservation Partners (RCP). Morrison has substantial experience in the industry; she aims to grow stakeholder participation and build community engagement through local restoration projects. Sean Anderson, Ph.D.; Damian Bourguet; Erik Eiser; Eileen Guettler; and Todd Kaufman are the RCP board members. … Following a nationwide search that resulted in nearly 200 applicants, Mike Pettit was appointed assistant county executive officer. Pettit has worked for the county since 1993, starting as a project manager and now currently serves as the county chief information officer and director of the county’s information technology services department. He will assume his duties on March 26. … Jeff Pratt was selected as president of the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC). Pratt, who trained as a structural engineer, is the director of the Ventura County Public Works Agency, and will serve as CEAC’s official representative and spokesperson.

Moving on

Matt Carroll will retire from the county in March after 28 years of service; he will remain with the county on an interim basis to manage the county’s recovery efforts after the Thomas Fire. Carroll began his career with the county in 1989, and in 1998 he became the director of information technology services. He has served as the assistant county executive officer since 2007.

In the name of charity

The Amgen Foundation has awarded Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) a $10,000 grant to support the Girl Scout STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Program. This grant will help serve 325 low-income predominantly Latina girls ages 5-18 in Ventura County. The goal of the program is to empower girls to expand their STEM skills, as they enjoy hands-on activities and experiments, explore STEM careers and expand their ability to care for the environment. … The Brave Like Lilly event of St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised more than $2,700 for lifesaving childhood cancer research. Fifteen volunteers participated in the head-shaving event which aims to raise funds and awareness. It was hosted by Orchard Community Church in Ventura. … Community Action of Ventura County received a $7,500 grant from Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation. The funds will be used to train staff and volunteers working in the Homeless Transition Center, to purchase a defibrillator and bus passes to enable homeless clients to access adequate and appropriate health services. … The Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation announced 12 grants totaling $485,000. The grants will provide support in the areas of youth development, senior services, basic needs, the arts, veteran services, dental care, mental health, philanthropic services and scholarships. … Ventura County Community Foundation has satisfied all required corrective actions upon California Attorney General’s (AG) investigation. The Foundation has over $1.65 million in unrestricted cash available for operations, which is more than one full year of operating expenses. This is a 122 percent increase over last year. In addition, VCCF has also set aside approximately $230,000 in unrestricted building reserves and maintains an additional $289,000 for capital expenditures in case of any emergency.  This equates to over $2 million in unrestricted assets for VCCF. Contributions to VCCF for calendar year 2017 increased by 214 percent over prior year, resulting in $4,601,000 in charitable capital.  Grantmaking to the community increased by 32 percent to $4,751,000 for calendar year 2017. The VCCF Nonprofit Center is 100 percent fully leased.

Education

Beginning in June, Cal Lutheran University (CLU) will offer its first doctorate outside Ventura County when it launches the Educational Leadership Program in Santa Maria. The Ed.D. program will prepare experienced educators and administrators for advanced leadership roles in K-12 schools and districts, and it will be possible for students to complete the hybrid program in three years while working full time. Classes will be offered both on campus and online.

Health

Debra Lawry, R.N. recently earned the DAISY Award from Community Memorial Health System (CMHS), where she works. The award recognizes nurses, worldwide, who demonstrate clinical expertise, provide skillful, compassionate care, and go above and beyond for patients and loved ones. Lawry was honored for her role as a cancer patient nurse navigator at the CMHS Cancer Resource Center where her care, commitment and skills are exemplary. … Eleven CMHS’s Centers for Family Health were awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term relationships between providers and patients. The recognition is valid for three years.

Thomas Fire

FOOD Share Ventura County received $11,000 from Westerlay Orchids, all the proceeds from the Carpinteria nursery’s retail orchid sales from Dec. 21 to 23. The funds have helped FOOD Share’s continued effort to feed those displaced by the Thomas Fire. … The United Way Thomas Fire Fund received over $2,300 from Karyn 805’s new album Entangled Hearts release and fire fundraiser at VinTura Wine Tasting Room. All tips and 50 percent of sales were donated to the Thomas Fire Fund. … The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) received $200,000 from Amgen Foundation. The donation is for VCCF’s Disaster Relief Fund, which aids the support of mid- and long-term relief and rebuilding efforts related to the Thomas Fire. Since the start of the Fire, VCCF has contributed more than $1 million to nonprofit organizations engaged in direct relief and support efforts. To donate to VCCF, visit www.vccf.org.

Events

Community members are invited to volunteer at the RCP habitat restoration and conservation project on Feb. 17 (9a.m.-noon) at the Ventura Wildlife Ponds. For more information, visit Ventura Wildlife Ponds registration. … The 35th Annual California Strawberry Festival is seeking corporate sponsors and exhibitors. Funds raised through sponsorships and corporate exhibitors will help the festival fund regional charitable organizations and go toward scholarships. For more information, visit www.castrawberryfestival.org.