About Us

Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential.

Our mission is to build and professionally support one-to-one relationships to ignite the biggest possible future for youth.

98%

graduate from high school on time & likely to enroll in college

89%

have higher self-esteem & Self confidence in themselves & abilities

83%

have a better attitude towards school & improved academic performance

75%

More Likely to Obtain a Bachelors Degree & a Masters Degree

Together,

WE IGNITE POTENTIAL

You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.

Hear it right from the Bigs and Littles, and read their stories.

Our Initiatives

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County delivers one-to-one mentoring to any and all youth & works to inspire everyone from various backgrounds. Our doors are open to employ, mentor & aid members of all demographics, diversty, race, religion, ages & anyone youth within at risk situations.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Lynne West, Chief Executive Officer

A Leader, mentor, mother and grandmother who got her start with Big Brothers Big Sisters in May 1987 as program manager for East County. In the following year she earned her leadership role as the new BBSVC CEO and has since served Ventura County as a mentor and big sister to students in the community.

These days she’s both the president & vice president of the BBBS California State associations as well as vice president to the United Way Council of Executives. She’s also a chairperson to the Ventura County Mentoring Collaborative & the NLC Program Committee. Lynne West is a woman who devoted more than thirty years promoting uplifting programs for this community.

Our Staff

Lynne West

Chief Executive Officer

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Amelia Aparicio

Program Site Manager

Monica Apodaca

Enrollment Specialist

Erika Aristizabal

Match Support Specialist

Cassie Barthelemy

Match Support Specialist

Brenda Bravo

Enrollment Specialist

Edgar Escobar

Match Support Specialist

Sandy Nguyen

Fund Development Associate

Susan Oranskyo

Bookkeeper

Mike Ramos

Match Support Specialist

Danica Selvaggio

Vice President of Programs

Rene’ Solem

Director of Development

Cindy Valdovinos

Program Site Manager

EXECUTIVE BOARD LEADERSHIP

Lynne West

Chief Executive Officer

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Eric Mandell

Board President | Senior Commercial Loan Officer, CDC Small Business Finance

Alexander Olsen

Board Vice President | Commercial Real Estate with Becker Group

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Marya McFadden, PhD, JD

Board Secretary | Attorney-At-Law & Certified Mediator, McFadden Family Law and Mediation

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Grant Blindbury, Jr

Partner, FMB Wealth Management

Richard M. Burke, Jr

Entrepreneur, Mentor, Activist | Success On Wheels, LLC

Adam Hammer

VP, Merril Lynch

Omead Jafroodi

President, American Horticultural Supply

Zahur Lalji

Founder & Co-Partner, Wheelhouse

 

Dana LaPierre

Manager, First Bank

Chip Marvin

Immediate Past Board President | Sr. Mgr. Amgen, EHSS

Dana Moldovan

President, Children Skills for Life

Natalie Mussi

CEO, Los Robles Hospital

Nathan Sobel

Realtor, Beverly & Company

Alexander Olsen

Board Vice President | Commercial Real Estate with Becker Group

Brian Ternan

CEO, HealthNet California

Eric Mandell

Board President | Senior Commercial Loan Officer, CDC Small Business Finance

 

IN MEMORIAM

Jacqueline (Jax) Rains-Turk

 

Robert Duarte

PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

A caring, committed group of generous community leaders who support one-to-one mentoring as a way to create positive outcomes for youth facing adversity.

President’s Council Members help BBSVC to continue to provide the professional support to guarantee that Bigs & Littles in Ventura County continue to be matched, grow, and succeed in life!

  • Chairman Steve Greenwood
  • Paula & Jeff Bass
  • Dale Gietzen
  • Tim Hagel
  • Heidi Hayes
  • Michael Kagan
  • Deborah Lyons
  • Janet Van Huisen
  • Jose Luis Morales
  • Jake Nonnemaker
  • Anna & Fletcher Pavin
  • Diane Sabol
  • Karen & Dr. Seth Stevens
  • Carol & Robert Summers

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Acorn
Newspaper

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Barry’s Tickets Services

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Best Buy

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California Pizza Kitchen

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Canteen of Coastal California

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California State University- Channel Islands

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CBC Federal Credit Union

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Chick Fil A

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California Lutheran University

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Coastal Embroidery

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Coffee Bean
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CUMULUS MEDIA

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Darden Restaurants

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DCH Audi

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DCH Lexus

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East Coast Bagels CO

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Flores Bros. Kenpo Karate Studio

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Gforce Printing
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Gold Coast Broadcasting LLC

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Golf ‘n Stuff Family Fun Park

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Harbor Freight Tools

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Helen’s Cycles

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Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks

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Human Services Agency

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Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Kiwanis International

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Knotts Berry Farm

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KVTA

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La Brea Bakery

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Line 6

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Lions Clubs International

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Lori Original Lemonade

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Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Lakers

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MB2 Raceway

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McFadden Family Law & Mediation

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Meadowlark Service League

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Merrill Lynch

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Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Ostertag
Cement, Inc.

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Paw Works

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PGA TOUR

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PODS Moving and Storage

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Presto Pasta

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Profiles in History

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Rancho St. Francis

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Rocket Fizz

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rotary international

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Savers

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Shasta

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Signarama

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Snapper Jack’s

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Sweet Arleens

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Target

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Underwood Family Farms

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Urbane Cafe

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Ventura County Credit Union

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Ventura County Star

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Ventura Raceway

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Wheel of Fun Rentals

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WinCo Foods

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Wood Ranch

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YMCA

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Yolanda’s Mexican Cafe

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CORPORATE PARTNERS

Amgen

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Audi of America

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Boston Private

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California Bank & Trust

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Cavalier Associates

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City National Bank

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cleure

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Coast General Insurance

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Cimino Family

Comerica Bank

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Dharma Smart Wallet

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Dispatch Track

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Dougherty Laser vision

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DSI Logistics

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Edison International

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Esco Corp

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Farber Hass Hurley LLP

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Farmers Insurance Group

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Fence Factory

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First Bank

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First Rate Financial Group

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FMB Wealth Management

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Montecito Bank & Trust

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Health Wise Homes Care Solutions

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INFAB

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100.7 KHAY California Country

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Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus

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Law Offices of Steven Greenwood

Living Water Foundation

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Neora International

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Oxnard Auto Center

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Pacific Western Bank

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Patient Sleep Supplies

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Paul Hastings

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PODS

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Rabobank

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Reiter

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RICOH

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Select Workforce Specialists

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Technicolor

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Paul Hastings

U.S. Bank

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Patient Sleep Supplies

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Paul Hastings

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