Executive Team Bios

Lynne West
Chief Executive Officer

Lynne West has been the Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, for over 30 years. During that time she has watched thousands of children grow up being positively affected by having a mentor in their life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is the oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization in the country, serving over 900 kids and teens each year by providing quality mentoring programs to ensure they succeed in school, work, and life.

Ms. West is the past President of the California State Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies. She has served on the Governor’s Partnership on Mentoring and as a consultant for the US Department of Education providing workshops and technical training and assistance to other mentoring organizations.

Ms. West has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Long Island University and her professional background includes supervising a Crisis Center in Michigan, being on staff at the Detroit Institute of Technology, serving a private clinical practice with a specialty in co-custody issues for divorced parents, directing the Ventura County CASA program, an Independent Living Skills Program for foster youth, Supervised Visitation, and as an administrator of a group home for boys. She is the mother of two, grandmother of two, and a Big Sister to an emancipated foster youth.

Eric Mandell
Board President

Eric Mandell is a Senior Commercial Lender with CDC Small Business Finance, a lender providing capital to small businesses. Within this role, Eric is able to draw upon his 25 years of commercial banking and finance experience to help clients with their strategic business objectives to help them expand and gain market share.

Eric has lived and worked in Ventura County since 2000. During this time, Eric has developed strong relationships with the business community and successfully extended greater than $650 million in financing to help Ventura and Los Angeles county companies.

Eric has several published articles in the Ventura County Star and San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The articles address the challenges businesses face when looking to obtain credit, and business innovative approach when working with their clients.

Eric is a strong believer in giving back to the community and has served as past President of the American Heart Association, Board member of the American Cancer Society, a recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the American Cancer Society, and a long time board member of the Conejo Valley Little League.

Alex Olsen
Board Vice President

Full bio coming soon

Jesus Garcia

Biography coming soon! Welcome to the Board Jesus!

Marya McFadden

Marya McFadden is a family law attorney and mediator with a private practice in Newbury Park, McFadden Family Law & Mediation.  She helps families resolve legal matters such as divorce, child custody, and child and spousal support. Marya earned her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked as a professor of business communication at California State University, Northridge, for ten years.

A resident of Ventura County for most of her life, Marya serves on the board of BBSVC because of her commitment to giving back to the community that she loves and her belief that providing children with positive role models is one of the most important ways to do that.  She also serves as the chairperson and champagne sponsor for BBSVC’s annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly fundraiser.

Prior to her involvement with BBSVC, Marya served as the coordinator for the Santa Barbara chapter of the National Organization for Women and on the state board of directors for the organization. She also volunteered as a youth soccer coach and team parent.  She is the proud parent of two sons.