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ast year, our May issue featured several leading women in our Conejo Valley community. It was so well-received by our readers that we decided to see if we could do an even better job this year. I believe we did. I hope you all agree. Many, many thanks to our wonderful Editor Tracy Marcynzsyn. She pulled it all together, interviewed some fantastic women and, to use one of my co-publisher’s favorite analogies, she “knocked it over the fence.” He loves baseball!

These are challenging times for women. If we do not pay attention, we will see all of our progress during the past 100 years (yes, way back beginning with the Suffragettes) diminished. It’s time to stand tall, and the women we feature in this issue do exactly that, in business, the arts, education, nonprofits and other endeavors. They are leaders who are forging their identities through their accomplishments. Before Ben and I started Conejo Valley Lifestyle, I had never dreamed of starting my own business. Frankly I was not any sort of career leader. My focus had been on my family and for a time, my Temple. The past two years have changed all that. What is really interesting is that my daughter beat me to the punch as an entrepreneur. While raising a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, she started a thriving wedding planning and events business, which often results in 18-hour days. Ben recently challenged his daughter, a university professor with 11- and 13-year-old girls, to stop complaining about politics on Facebook and run for office in Pennsylvania. If she does, her opponents better watch out. Tia is her name, and years ago, her brothers nicknamed her T-Rex, so you can imagine the rest. As you can tell, our family is proud of our women, and here in the Conejo Valley, we have an incredibly strong sisterhood of leaders. Onward and upward ladies!

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ARTICLE PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT YEAGER

A Performance of Biblical Proportions: NOAH’S ARK APPEARS IN THE CONEJO VALLEY

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n Saturday, May 20, Pacific Festival Ballet will present an encore performance of “Noahʼs Ark,” a multimedia presentation featur-

ing ballet, contemporary dance, aerial work, video and special effects performed by guest artists and select students from California Dance Theatre, the companyʼs training school. Another bravado is the original 90-minute score recorded in Russia with a 60-piece orchestra. The second collaboration between Pacific Festival Balletʼs Artistic Director Kim Maselli and composer Eric Allaman, “Noahʼs Ark” is a retelling of the well-known biblical story. This theatrical ballet trans-

“We have created a beautiful balance in ‘Noahʼs Ark’,’” noted Eric Allaman, Pacific Festival Ballet’s resident composer. “The music had to reflect the magnitude of the story, from the gathering of animals, to the devastation of the Flood and on to the promise of a new beginning. There is a rich tapestry of emotion woven into the score.”

ports the audience on a melodic voyage as this timeless saga is brought to life through dance.

Pacific Festival Ballet’s out-of-the-box thinking is a signature

“Our production is of epic proportions,” observed Maselli, “rich in

of the company, but the dazzle element for which they have

drama, colorful characters, hope and a storyline that allows me to frame

become known is also there. “One of our dancers who is also

Noah's personal journey against the most compelling of backdrops.”

an aerialist will be performing the role of the Dove on silks sus-

Such an undertaking went beyond the bounds of mere ballet, Maselli

pended 20 feet in the air,” reminiscent of something one might

observed, “which is why I felt inspired to take a multimedia approach

see in Cirque du Soleil, Maselli noted. “It is breathtaking the way

to telling Noahʼs tale.” The flood and other scenes are film-projected

this conveys a sense of flight and freedom.”

behind the dancers on a 40-foot screen, delivering a powerful impact.

Pacific Festival Ballet presents “Noahʼs Ark” on Saturday, May 20

With a blank canvas but limited budgets, the company was chal-

at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

lenged to find creative ways to remain faithful to the storyʼs essential

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com, in person at the

message while conveying the scale of its undertaking. The innovative

Civic Arts Plaza box office or by phone at 800.745.3000. More infor-

use of hand puppets allowed one dancer for each animal represented

mation can obtained at the companyʼs website, PacFestBallet.org,

while suggesting the notion of two by two.

or by calling 805.906.2087.

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Healthy Lifestyle

Get F it for Life AT MY HEALTH STUDIO ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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n an unassuming 3,600-square-foot studio located across from the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, life-changing transformations and personal breakthroughs are familiar occurrences. During its nearly 10

years in business, My Health Studio has provided an alternative fitness environment where those who would rather not attend a big-box gym have successfully made great strides to achieve healthy, fit bodies. “Encouragement” and “lots of fun” are essential ingredients in My Health Studio’s winning formula, of a healthy, slim body has been a lifelong endeavor for me,” explains Esta, who grew up with obese

MY HEALTH STUDIO SERVICES

parents and struggled to lose weight throughout her life.

• Group Classes

developed by founder Esta McIntyre, no stranger to exercise and weight loss struggles. “The pursuit

“I continually found myself in a large gym, disliking every minute,” recalls Esta, who explored med-

& Private Training

ication and plastic surgery in her quest to lose weight. After a fateful meeting with a former trainer to

• Muscle & Trampoline Classes

the stars changed her life, the longtime marketing research executive was motivated to achieve her

• Zumba® & “Just Move 4 Life®”

goals and inspired to “pay it forward” by helping others overcome their fitness obstacles.

• Fitness Drumming

“I went back to school in pursuit of an accredited fitness certification,” says Esta, who attended the esteemed National Academy of Sports Medicine to further her education. Today, Esta combines her busi-

• FitMetrix Heart Rate Monitoring

ness success and insights gleaned from her journey to achieve a healthy body with her NASM training

• Fitness on Demand

and multiple credentials to help others get healthy.

• HydroMassage • CPR & First Aid

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“I always dreamed about building a fitness community where all are welcomed—a place where no one cares what you’re wearing and everyone is encouraged to achieve their personal best fitness formula,” says Esta. She takes pleasure in the fact that My Health Studio has become a home to those who are extremely fit, as well as those overcoming injuries and obesity. Esta notes that people find the Studio in a variety of ways, including word-of-mouth, online, referrals from therapists and print advertising. Esta works with each client to design a personalized course of action that includes an effective and fun motivational team approach to success. My Health Studio’s 100+ members and clients enjoy HydroMassage, personal training sessions and group fitness classes, including dancing, heart rate monitoring, muscle work and “just the right amount of laughter and fun” to burn calories, tone muscles and “lift everyone up,” says Esta, who sets a supportive, safe tone in the studio, where people can relax and feel like part of a family. Scott McIntyre, cofounder of MHS and Esta’s husband of 42 years, is an EMT, first aid and CPR instructor, who teaches classes on disaster preparedness at the Studio. “I could not have built this without Scott. He is my voice of reason and keeps us all safe,” says Esta. “I love what I do. I get to do something that makes a difference for people, and I am so grateful I overcame my own fears,” she adds, encouraging others to push through their obstacles. “Don’t give up. If you quit, your fate is sealed.” Esta’s recipe for success involves a holistic approach to health that addresses lifestyle issues beyond diet and exercise to include stress reduction, energy enhancement and various life-enhancing treatments. “We teach you how to make small changes and achieve long-lasting results. We want you to live a life of accomplishment through balance,” says Esta. Recently, MHS expanded to include the My Health Studio Lifestyle Enrichment Network, providing clients the ultimate in health and wellness, aesthetic treatments and safety training all under one roof. Taking a team approach to health, the Lifestyle Enrichment Network houses practitioners who are among the best in their fields and collaborate to offer customized services to enhance clients’ health and well-being. From a dietitian/nutritionist, marriage and family therapists and estheticians to an aesthetic nurse practitioner, massage therapist, eyelash extension and sunless spray tan artists, and even a financial

Christine Wilson, M.S., CCC-A

Raye Ann Clayton, Au.D.

planner, My Health Studio’s Lifestyle Enrichment Network shares one philosophy: “Our clients come first!” With reasonably priced memberships (from $38/month for unlimited group dance/fitness classes), My Health Studio is dedicated to helping clients live their best lives. “We can help guide you to your goals,” invites Esta. “Come take a free class today!” Visit My Health Studio at 31139 Via Colinas #303, in Westlake Village or online at MyHealthStudio.com. Call 818.889.3737 for a class schedule and additional information. May 2017 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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LEADING LADIES:

Trailblazers Follow their Dreams ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

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ESTHER C. BLEUEL MA, MFT, MDR, TOUGH TALK COACH

GREATER CONEJO VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

A Chamber Ambassador since 2012, Esther Bleuel currently serves

as a team captain on the executive committee, sharing her extensive business knowledge and inspiring the group. The founder of Tough Talk Coach, Esther provides executive coaching and training to empower employees to resolve conflict successfully, to have difficult conversations with ease and confidence, and to deal with challenging people effectively. “I am passionate about helping people become their best selves,

to use and share their gifts, to be free and independent, and to live lives of purpose, meaning and joy,” says Esther, whose desire to lead others to their own gifts began in childhood.

“I wanted to be a teacher who would inspire people to become

their best selves. To help people discover, use and share their unique gifts and not to waste their talent or potential,” she adds. “Hard work” and a “love of learning” helped Esther succeed in her

career—first as a sales and marketing executive—and later, when she decided to pursue more meaningful work in psychotherapy, teaching/training, writing and problem-solving.

“Getting a good education and having diverse work experiences gave me a deep and broad per-

“IT IS CRITICAL TO KNOW YOURSELF AND BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR

VALUES AND PRIORITIES. AUTONOMY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

ARE IMPORTANT, AS IS THE ABILITY TO DEAL WITH REALITY.

spective on life and people,” reflects Esther, who plans to write a book about achieving self-respect and fearlessly

BE OPEN TO SHARING WITH AND LEARNING FROM OTHERS.

handling any situation.

CREATE A LIFE THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF, THAT’S MEANINGFUL

able to make a meaning-

AND FULFILLING AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY.”

ful difference in the lives

“Being of service and

of others,” drive Esther to

maintain her focus and commitment to her passion of helping others gain clarity about their priorities and achieve their goals. While continuing to learn and deepen her skills and wisdom, Esther enjoys spending time with friends and family, travel adventures and live theater. 24

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DANIELLE CONNER

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER CONEJO VALLEY YOUTH OF THE YEAR

As the winner of the 14 and up Boys & Girls Clubs

Youth of the Year award, ninth grader Danielle Conner adds another notch to her list of accolades—she was also named Youth of the Year as a sixth grader!

“I feel extremely honored to be selected and will do

my best to represent the organization in a positive way,” says Danielle, a student at Westlake High School who attends the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Anderson Club at Los Cerritos Middle School.

In school, English is Danielle’s favorite subject,

because “I enjoy being creative,” she says. Danielle also participates

in

choir

and yoga and enjoys singing, traveling and

“BE THE BEST YOU.”

being with family.

“My family is very important to me and I enjoy spending

quality time with them,” says Danielle, who looks up to her brother as a mentor.

“He has always been a positive role model for me,” she

says. Family support and a strong resolve will undoubtedly help Danielle achieve her goals to excel in high school and attend a four-year university. “I do my best to be prepared and not lose determination.” CONTINUED >

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F N LEADING LADIES (CON TI N U ED)

NATALIE MUSSI

FERN PERUSSE-FILZEN

PRESIDENT & CEO, LOS ROBLES HOSPITAL

FPF COACHING

& MEDICAL CENTER

NAWBO VC MEMBER OF THE YEAR

GREATER CONEJO VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Business Change and Transition Coach Fern Perusse-Filzen spent

many years in a corporate environment before employing her organi-

In January 2014, Natalie Mussi made history with her appoint-

ment as the first female CEO of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in the organization’s 49 years of operation.

zational, creative and leadership skills to inspire and nurture others to learn, grow and prosper.

“Having had a unique experience of working with a company that

“This career path has been a perfect fit for me,” says Natalie, who

achieved a wonderful mix of developing people and holding to high

pursued a Masters in Health Care Administration after finishing her

production and quality standards, I wanted to work with other organi-

Bachelor of Science. “I thought I wanted to be a doctor,” she shares,

then, “In college, I learned that there was another side to healthcare and a degree for it.”

“MAKE SURE YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO DO. YOUR PASSION WILL HELP DRIVE YOUR SUCCESS. FIND GOOD MENTORS WHO CAN GUIDE AND SUPPORT YOU. ALWAYS

BE A STUDENT WILLING TO LEARN. TAKE THE PROJECTS/ DEPARTMENTS NO ONE WANTS. WORK HARD.”

As president and CEO of Los Robles Hospital & Medical

“THERE ARE MANY METHODS FOR ACHIEVING SUCCESS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, ANSWER THE QUESTION: ‘HOW/WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?’ THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM ‘WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?’ BEING

WHO I AM—IT’S GREAT TO HAVE A PLAN THAT CAN GROW WITH YOU

THAT OUTLINES BUSINESS PURPOSE, DEFINES CLIENTS, ADDRESSES CLIENT NEEDS/WANTS, SETS UP ACHIEVABLE GOALS, AND CONSIDERS PEOPLE AS INTEGRAL AS PROCESS. PROCESS + PEOPLE = PROSPER.”

zations to help them develop their own processes and leadership that would contribute to their success,” says Fern.

Center, Natalie oversees operations on the three campuses,

Today, she reflects on the rewards of striking out on her own and

including the main hospital, Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital

pursuing her passion. “I am most proud of having a legacy with so

and the East Campus.

many businesses and people I’ve worked with over the years. My last

“It challenges the business side of my brain with finance, opera-

company continues with the Vision of Leadership program I facilitated

tions and strategic planning, but it allows me to practice business

for 15 years, and I still hear from people I’ve mentored regarding the way

around people and in a way that allows me to still help people,

they approach life using the skills and tools presented to them.”

which is why I wanted to be a doctor to begin with,” Natalie says.

Fern ascribes her success to “focusing on my purpose, highlighting

Natalie attributes much of her professional success—including her

skills and experience that would benefit others, becoming a certified

leading role in the May 2016 opening of the county’s only Pediatric

coach and joining organizations that matched my philosophy and busi-

Intensive Care Unit at Los Robles and oversight of the only Level II

ness ethics, such as NAWBO.”

Trauma Center in East Ventura County with 600+ board-certified

With plans to continue assisting organizations with strategic plan-

physicians—to having great mentors “who always believed in me and

ning, efficient processes and employee growth, Fern likes working with

gave me opportunities to learn” and incredible coworkers.

individuals as well.

“In healthcare, it is all about people; when you have great people to work with, it makes a big difference.” Outside of work, Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband and three beautiful daughters. 26

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“I also love to mentor and will continue with opportunities to connect with emerging leaders.” World travel, reading and growing a vegetable garden top Fern's list of free-time activities.


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LIFTING LIMITS: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS 18TH ANNUAL BRAVO AWARD WINNERS

HONORING WOMEN WHO CREATE & INSPIRE VENTURA COUNTY ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

Creative. Talented. Humble. Powerful. These shining stars have shattered the glass ceiling, empowering others to shoot for the Moon!

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M MARTA ALVAREZ

FOUNDER/OWNER/ENGINEER, YCE, INC., CIVIL ENGINEER & LAND SURVEYOR

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

As a child, Marta dreamed of being a stewardess, but changed her

mind as a teenager, deciding to pursue engineering instead.

“I loved math and science and figuring out how things worked,” says Marta,

who aspired to have her own company throughout college. “I worked at various companies and government agencies from junior high through college trying to really figure out what I liked best in engineering and where I wanted to go with it.” A true innovator, Marta believes taking calculated risks is necessary for

growth. She strives to keep learning and stay current with technology, “to always improve and move forward” and “not be afraid to try new things.”

In addition to NAWBO’s award, the Society

of Women Engineers named Marta “Engineer

of the Year” in 2016, an honor that has bol-

stered her community outreach efforts.

“I want to continue to give back to the com-

munities we serve by being a role model for this great profession and continue to award scholarships to engineering and agri-business students,” she shares, noting YCE’s recent scholarships to two “very deserving young ladies.”

Angela’s plans to expand her business

with quality clients and “not necessarily by increasing the quantity of projects” allow her to continue “providing the best service that I can to my clients, giving back to my community and to my profession, being ethical in all that I do,” and maybe even a little time for traveling the world. “I guess part of me still wants to be a stewardess!”

“HAVE A VERY CLEAR IDEA OF WHAT AND HOW YOU

WANT YOUR BUSINESS TO BE, MAKE 200% SURE THAT IT

IS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT,

AND THEN BE DETERMINED/ BE STUBBORN, CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT, BUT DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!” CONTINUED >

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T J LIFTING LIMITS (CON TI N U ED)

TOBI JO GREENE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE GIRLS EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP EDUCATION ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

Tobi Jo Greene discovered her passion for helping teens learn “to value

and respect themselves and have healthy experiences that shape them into adults” after serving in the Rape Crisis field.

“Paired with my time as an educator in sex education, I learned that this is

something I deeply care about,” says Tobi Jo, who began by establishing a small program in Oak View. Driven

by

determination

and a deep belief in the value of her work, Tobi Jo developed her workshop, and “… because teens are hungry for

this information, the program grew.” Today, thanks to school,

administrator and community

support, Tobi Jo reaps the rewards of her program.

“Watching girls learn to value

themselves,

leave

unhealthy

relationships, leave workshops with the belief they are worthy

and capable of creating the life they want for themselves” fuels

her to grow the program, with plans to license her curriculum for use by educators nationwide. When she’s not empowering teens, Tobi Jo is likely participating in her favorite pastime: “Mountain biking, mountain biking and mountain biking.”

“LEARN

STRONG

COMMUNICATION

SKILLS, LEARN TO VALUE YOURSELF

AND SPEAK ASSERTIVELY. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO STAND YOUR GROUND AND ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT. WOMEN

OFTEN PUT THE NEEDS OF OTHERS

BEFORE THEIR OWN, AND WHILE THAT IS

A BEAUTIFUL QUALITY, IT OFTEN HOLDS US BACK OUT OF FEAR WE MAY HURT SOMEONE’S FEELINGS OR OUTSHINE ANOTHER PERSON OR PARTNER.”

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JILL HANEY MONTECITO BANK & TRUST CORPORATE LEADER/PARTNER OF THE YEAR

What started as a “temporary” position has become a decades-long

career for Montecito Bank & Trust’s Jill Haney. “I saw an ad in the paper for a receptionist position at a bank and

applied for it.” The job had been filled, but Jill was offered an open teller position. “I took the job, thinking it would be temporary, and 38 years later, I am still in the same industry!” As vice president/branch manager of MB&T, Jill takes pride in her job, helping

clients and volunteering in the community. Her family is also a source of happiness. “Personally, I am most proud of my son and grandchildren. They are my biggest,

and I think best, accomplishments,” says Jill, who points to her parents’ example. “ They showed me that you need to work

hard and do what you believe to be right.” Jill plans to retire in 10 years and spend more time with family and friends. “ They are what is most important to me in my life.”

“WORK HARD. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT. LEARN FROM THE PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE.”

CONTINUED >

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T K LIFTING LIMITS (CON TI N U ED)

TRACIE KARASIK PRESIDENT, TLKMULTIMEDIA

YOUNG WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Scouted by UCLA as a competitive basketball player at age 10, Tracie

Karasik is no stranger to breaking through barriers in male-dominated fields.

“As a woman working in the primarily male-dominated fields of film,

photography and technology, I’ve found that being a woman has contributed

greatly towards my success by pushing through barriers and possessing a cer-

tain sensibility and intuitive approach that my clients appreciate,” says Tracie, founder of local multimedia company, TLKmultimedia.

"I was always interested in film and photography as a teenager,” says Tracie, who found

her passion for technology while earning a bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Television Arts and Multimedia Production from Cal State University, Northridge.

In college, “my parents purchased their first Apple computer, and my world was forever

changed.” Despite working in the film industry, “deep down, I had a drive for entrepreneurship, so I started TLKmultimedia at 24.”

Her parents’ lessons “to pursue and cultivate my passions, to embrace my talents,

to work hard and to work smart, to strive for greatness, to be a leader, to have

courage and grit in times of struggle, to have a positive attitude no matter what life throws my way, and to go out into the world to make a difference in the lives of oth-

ers” coupled with her desire and strong resolve to “go boldly towards the direction of our goals and dreams” inspire Tracie.  

Just as “planning, goal setting and taking action” are vital to success, so is supporting

other women.

“We not only need to work towards advancing

our own careers, but to be encouraging of other women,” says Tracie. With plans to expand her company nationwide and, ultimately, globally through online education,” Tracie continues to forge ahead in her career, while striving for balance. “I strongly believe that if you build a healthier you, inside and out, you’ll be the best version of yourself—for you and for others.” 32

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“SUCCESS COMES TO THOSE

WHO OWN THEIR DESTINY BY TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN DEFINING THEIR FUTURE.”


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KATHY LONG VENTURA COUNTY SUPERVISOR, THIRD DISTRICT (RET) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Kathy Long’s 26 years of public service has yielded many rewards—from

strengthening opportunities for women and families, serving on the County Medical Oversight Board to bolster our health care system and reopening Santa Paula Hospital for the communities in the Santa Clara Valley—to working toward the expansion of the VC Medical Center and providing for the improvement of health, welfare and public safety for the residents of our county. Kathy’s decades of experience in elected offices began in Michigan, where she worked in

the Mayor’s Office before moving to

Los Angeles in 1981. Working in City Council until 1986, Kathy moved to Camarillo to start a small business, and then went to work for VC Supervisor Maggie Erickson Kildee in 1991.

“She retired in 1996, and I

ran and was elected to the seat

in 1997,” says Kathy, who says “engaging community in solutions and being a good listener” are essential to her success.

With almost three decades of ser-

vice under her belt, Kathy recently retired and enjoys spending time reading, golfing, gardening and traveling, as well as “swimming and enjoying my backyard and my hus-

band and cheering on my son as he finishes graduate school.”

“WOMEN INSTINCTS,

SHOULD BUILD

TRUST

THEIR

ON

THEIR

KNOWLEDGE BASE AND EXPERIENCE, AND NOT BE AFRAID TO TAKE SOME RISK. RELATIONSHIP BUILDING IS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT YOU WHEN YOU HIT BUMPS IN THE ROAD, AND TO MENTOR YOU. BUILD A CORE GROUP OF ‘GO TO’ FRIENDS/ASSOCIATES THAT YOU CAN CALL ON AND COUNT ON.” CONTINUED >

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S H LIFTING LIMITS (CON TI N U ED)

SHANTÉ MORGAN-DURISSEAU FOUNDER & OWNER, MORGAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNITY ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

“Faith, focus and good friends and mentors” fuel Shanté Morgan-

Durisseau’s success as an educator, communicator and advocate.

“My mother was my inspiration; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been

the vessel for most of my community service; and Jesus Christ has been my

strength,” says Shanté, describing her faith as a “guiding light for everything in my

life from raising my children to decisions in my career and my work in the community.”

A professor of communications and critical thinking at Cal State University, Channel

Islands, Shanté’s inclination to serve others began as a young child.

“I toggled between wanting to be a lawyer and a writer. I knew individuals who had

been treated unfairly by the justice system and there were laws in place that had not

been equitable to African-American people,” she explains. “It seemed to me the best way

to fight for justice and right wrongs was to become a lawyer.” In high school, journalism became a career option. “I loved to write short

stories and read biographies.… It seemed like the perfect fusion of my passions by using my writing to fight for justice.”

Today, Shanté finds working with college stu-

dents enables her to make a greater impact. “As

a professor, I’m able to see the ‘lightbulb’ come

on in my students’ eyes as they are exposed to new concepts and theories about race, culture and gender. I help them become critical thinkers, and I think, better global citizens.”

As a parent, Shanté takes great pride in her children (20 and 14) “growing up to be good people who I envision as givers and not takers from the world.” With plans to earn a doctorate and continue her work in intercultural communications and race, gender and communications, Shanté cherishes her free time, when she can luxuriously “just snuggle in a blanket on my couch and watch comedies.” 34

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“APPROACH EVEN

LIFE

LOOKING

NEGATIVE

POSITIVELY, AT

EXPERIENCES

THE AS

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, AND

DON’T LET YOUR FEARS LEAVE YOU WITH REGRETS. IF YOU DON’T TRY, YOU’VE FAILED BEFORE YOU EVEN GET STARTED.”


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HEIDI WHITCOMB CEO, VENTURA RENTAL PARTY CENTER INC. WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR

Her love of “celebrating life's great events” sparked Heidi Whitcomb to

establish a special events division in her parents’ rental company. Thanks to her parents’ guidance and support and resources from the

American Rental Association and the National Association of Catering Executives, Heidi’s business venture experienced “huge” success early on. An even bigger achievement to Heidi is her family. “I am most proud of my success

as a wife and mother. My husband, Mike, and I have been happily married for 34 years and our biggest accomplishment is three beautiful children, who are now kind, gracious and thriving adults.”

And while she’s optimistic that

her business will continue to thrive, Heidi hopes to spend more time

“serving in philanthropic ways and ‘smelling the roses.’”

“I actually love to work and help

people celebrate life events, so the

‘smelling the roses’ part is proving to be a bit difficult,” but “We are

expecting our first grandchild in the fall, so I am sure this will slow me down a little.”

When she does find time to relax,

Heidi loves traveling, hiking, gardening and spending time with friends, family and her sweet Lab, Libbey.

“FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND HAVE A LOT OF TENACITY. PUSH YOUR LIMITS AND GET UNCOMFORTABLE.

YOU’LL FEEL STRONGER THE NEXT

TIME. LISTEN TO YOUR GUT AND FOLLOW IT. MAKE SURE TO PREPARE FOR A RAINY DAY AND ALWAYS STAY HUMBLE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH SUCCESS YOU HAVE.” May 2017 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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CREATING COMMUNITY Cultivating the Arts

N K KIM MASELLI ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET/CALIFORNIA DANCE THEATRE

Growing up in a theatrical family in Vermont, Kim Maselli devel-

oped a love for the arts at a young age.

“My father loved to sing and my mother was a professional dancer.

One of my first childhood memories is sitting in the corner of my mom’s dance studio watching the ‘big girls’ dance,” Kim recalls, whose passion for the stage fueled her desire to dance.

Since age 14, Kim’s passion, dedication and perseverance have

helped her realize her dreams. “The fulfillment of expressing myself

onstage or telling a story through dance gave me deep satisfaction

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and joy,” says Kim, who credits her mentors and teachers for encouraging her while helping refine her talents and abilities.

With a strong work ethic and a firm belief in God, Kim developed

into a teacher and choreographer, cofounding California Dance Theatre and Pacific Festival Ballet. “I have a firm belief that God

directs our lives and He opened some pretty amazing doors for me,” says Kim, noting how rewarding it is to instill a love for creativity and dance in the next generation.

“The art of classical ballet is handed down through generations

and I feel privileged to be a part of this lineage,” she says. Having trained thousands of dancers in the Conejo Valley over the past 30 years, Kim and her strong professional faculty have made a lasting impact on the community. Continuing her commitment to excellence in the arts, Kim plans to keep educating and inspiring students and sharing her love of ballet. “Our residency at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza allows

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ANGELA ROSALES

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Following her passion panned out per-

host of people that support me,” adds

fectly for Angela Rosales, who resourcefully

Angela, naming husband, Michael, as

When Barbara Hinton has an

adapted her skills and talents to forge a path

“No. 1 on that list.” The nonprofit Women

idea, she applies her determination

down the yellow brick road, leading to the

Economic Ventures also helped her

and focus to turn it into a reality, like

creation of what’s now a community main-

create a business plan, connect to key

when she decided the city of Ventura

stay, the Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery.

members in the business community

needed an art festival.

When life served her lemons and she and

and hone her business skills.

“I didn’t give up,” says Barbara,

her husband’s careers in the building industry

“Through WEV, I have gained a sister-

founder and director of the Ventura

dipped during the recession, Angela decided

hood in the business community,” says

Art & Street Painting Festival. Hinton’s

to explore other options, beginning in her

Angela. She is also grateful for her two part-

festival idea has become a popular

hometown of Ventura.

time employees (one is her mom!) who

community event recently featured in

help keep the store running smoothly and

Westways Magazine and even helps

profitably and her customers.

feed hungry people.

“Uncertain that we would even keep our jobs, we founded a website/blog about Ventura, simply because we enjoyed living

“I feel a great sense of responsibility by hav-

“The festival enables us to raise

here. Not really knowing where this would

ing a store named ‘Very Ventura.’ I want to do

funds for FOOD Share, Inc.,” says

lead, I put my writing skills to use and my

it right, so I’m grateful for the customers who

Hinton, who’s working on creating

husband designed the site,” explains Angela,

have awarded me their trust and business.”

future events. In her free time, Hinton

who has a BA in English from Cal State University, Northridge.

Proud to help local artists reach a wider

enjoys spending time with her hus-

market, Angela hopes to hire a full-time

band and cats and planning a visit to New Zealand.

Discovering an abundance of artistic tal-

manager. For fun, Angela enjoys stayca-

ent in the area, Angela decided to showcase

tioning along the beach where she can

it, renting a small space to store products

recharge her batteries and gain a creative

for online sales.

perspective on her business.

“It became apparent that the store filled a

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AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881 ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE | PHOTOGRAPHY ONE SPARK ACADEMY

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n celebration of Women’s History Month, five young ladies portrayed

of the global population, after all. There are too many women being

five women who have earned a reputation for leading their lives

wrongfully oppressed.”

with conviction—including a marine biologist, politician, author, ballet dancer and shark expert. The portrayals were part of this year’s Women in History

Thirteen-year-old Jasmine Chang portrayed Misty Copeland, who was born in 1982 and became the first African American principal dancer for a major ballet company.

Project, presented by the Thousand Oaks chapter of the American

“She was oftentimes told that she could not become a dancer

Association of University Women. The presentations took place in

because of her body type, skin and age,” says Jasmine, who lives

March at the Grant Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks.

in Thousand Oaks. “However, she knew what her passion was and

“In the words of Shirley Chisholm, these young ladies represent the

accomplished her dreams anyway.”

female leadership of tomorrow: they are ‘un-bought’ and ‘un-bossed’,”

Haiden Corwin, an 11-year-old who lives in Newbury Park, por-

says Lori Peters, a member of the women’s history committee and the

trayed author J. K. Rowling, who was born in 1965 and is known for

Thousand Oaks chapter of AAUW.

her incredibly successful Harry Potter books.

The five young women presenters are students in Grades 6

But before Rowling became such a huge success, she suffered

through 9 at One Spark Academy, which was founded by Peters, of

from a broken marriage as a single mom to her baby daughter,

Newbury Park.

Jessica. Rowling struggled to make ends meet while writing and

The Women in History Project was started by Sandy Hindy, an

had to rely on welfare. She often wrote in cafes because they were

AAUW member who saw a need to prove that women's aspirations

heated, and Jessica would fall asleep more easily. Rowling also

shouldn’t be limited by gender. Her mission started when her daugh-

tried desperately to get her story noticed, but was rejected by a

ter said she wanted to be a nurse, because only men are doctors.

dozen book publishers.

With that, Sandy decided to research, write and then present several first-person monologues to students at her daughter's elementary school. One of the women she presented was Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first woman physician. “Our Thousand Oaks branch of AAUW built upon what Sandy

Haiden says she was inspired by the fact that Rowling went from poverty to one of the most influential people in England. “She inspires me to try harder in school, to never give up,” Haiden says. “Being part of Women in History has opened my eyes to so many amazing women that I had never known of before.”

started by writing and presenting more scripts in local schools, filling

The presentations join other AAUW efforts that take place year-

three volumes of the book of scripts called Profiles of Women Past &

round, such as Tech Trek, an overnight summer camp for girls in the

Present,” Peters says.

seventh grade that’s focused on science, technology, engineering and

Based on these scripts, 15-year-old Mhlani Polo Johnson portrayed Rachel Carson during the presentations in March.

mathematics. The AAUW also awards scholarships for young women at Moorpark College that are transitioning to four-year universities.

Carson was a marine biologist and environmentalist born in 1907,

While this year marks the 31st anniversary of the Women In History

and her most famous book, The Silent Spring, was published in 1962.

Project, there’s still a lot of work to be done, Peters said to the audi-

Two years later, Carson died of cancer at the age of 56. And in 1980,

ence during the March presentations.

she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter. Mhlani says that Carson represents the epitome of what she wants to do when she is old enough to start her career.

“The World Economic Forum predicts that, at the current rate, the global gender gap will not close until the year 2186,” Peters noted. “So, on this day, International Women’s Day, let us all in this room be feminists. Let us all in this room aspire for the day that there’s gender equity.”

“These experiences will help me to always remember that women truly do have power in this world, no matter how prevalent misogyny

For more information about the Thousand Oaks AAUW, visit

and sexism may be,” says Mhlani, of Thousand Oaks. “We are 52%

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The girls at a dress rehearsal at the TO Library.

Girls planning their presentation boards. L-R: Haiden Corwin (J.K. Rowling), Jasmine Chang (Misty Copeland), Mhlani Polo-Johnson (Rachel Carson), Guinevere Buchanan (Eugenie Clark), assistant educator Melanie Ware, and Fiona Morris (Shirley Chisholm). Jasmine Chang as Misty Copeland, presenting on March 8. 

With their gifts from the AAUW Women in History committee; Lori Peters (far right). 

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Dedicated to the group’s mission of serving the community, Wasserman has conducted performances at local events and has boosted music education by incorporating student vocalists in holiday concerts and establishing a student scholarship program. Additionally, under her direction, the Choral Society has performed internationally, including in Italy last year with composer Morten Lauridsen, whose works were featured. “We think of ourselves as cultural ambassadors of the lively Santa Barbara arts scene to the wider global community,” she says.

nowned Jubilee Singers, encouraged Wasserman to follow her dreams.

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She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Voice and

Worldwide Rolling Mozart Requiem on the first and again on the 10th

Conducting at California State University Northridge. She did

anniversary of 9/11. “The music was uplifting and healing, reaching

post-graduate work at the University of Southern California and par-

the soul in a way words cannot,” she recalls.

ticipated in master classes with several well-respected conductors, including Robert Shaw, Salamunovich and Wagner.

There have been many other highlights, but working with Beatles producer Sir George Martin in 2010 was a standout. “We premiered

While in graduate school, Wasserman taught at Los Angeles City

Sir George’s composition ‘Mission Chorales’  under his baton,” she

College and conducted church choirs, eventually becoming the first

says. “That was followed by ‘LoveLoveLove,’ William Soleau’s ballet

female conductor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles.

created for the State Street Ballet company set to a medley of Beatles

More recently, she has acted as a Master Class Conductor at the

songs we performed. What a thrill to work with Sir George!”

Oregon Bach Festival, Chorus Master for Opera Santa Barbara and has served on the faculties of CSUN and Westmont College. The maestra may be petite at 5’1”, but she wields a mighty baton

Wasserman is married to college sweetheart, Gary, and has two adult children. She is a Tae Kwan Do black belt, an avid Dodger fan and a golfer. But, she says, music is her life.

leading the Santa Barbara Choral Society, 100 voices strong, and the accompanying orchestra. “The focus of our repertoire is great masterworks, such as Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem,’ which we presented last month,” Wasserman says. “We perform works of contemporary composers, as well.” The group presents a minimum of four concerts a season at venues such as the Lobero and Granada Theatres and often partners with the Santa Barbara Symphony and other arts organizations. Under Wasserman’s leadership, the Choral Society has evolved

“I’M FORTUNATE TO DO WHAT I LOVE,” SHE SAYS, ACKNOWLEDGING HER PROFESSION IS MALE-DOMINATED. “MY ADVICE TO ANY WOMAN ENTERING THIS FIELD IS TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, WORK HARD AND DON’ T LET ANYONE ELSE DEFINE YOUR GOALS. BE PERSISTENT AND WHEN AN OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF, EMBRACE IT!”

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a goal of cushioning your nest egg from what otherwise could be a devastating blow from a significant market drop. The plan does not need to be elaborate, nor do you have to pay someone to do it. But if you are paying someone to manage your investments, make sure they have a plan! Here are some of the elements that go into a sound strategy: • NON-EMOTIONAL.

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complete the example above: if the price of XYZ stays below $35 for three consecutive daily closes, sell the entire position.

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MAY 11 - 14 61ST ANNUAL CONEJO VALLEY DAYS CONEJO CREEK PARK SOUTH Celebrate the area's western roots and community spirit at this fourday event featuring entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family, including carnival rides, games, live music, motocross freestyle exhibitions, kids’ arts and crafts, a children’s parade, outhouse races and hands-on exhibits. $10/adults, $5/kids. For festival hours, tickets and schedule, visit ConejoValleyDays.us or call 805.638.2007.

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Parting Thoughts

Be Your Own Hero ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

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n a world filled with so many expectations for women, I like to live in a world full of unexpected surprises, where we can all choose our lifestyles and our careers according to our dreams. For as long as I can remember, my mom always did her best to help out in my childhood classrooms, as well as offering to help anywhere else that she possibly could. As you all may know, I have four amazing children, and I guess you can say that I followed in the same footsteps as my mother when it comes to helping in any way that I can. Starting my own salon of 20 stylists, manicurists and makeup artists, while founding a construction company with my husband, I also found the time to help in all my children's classrooms, and in the school PTA, which altogether felt very rewarding. That chapter of my life included focusing on my kids and trying to make their school year positive and successful, at the same time as nurturing my marriage and building two businesses. Let's just say my family was very busy during those times, but it was a great time in our lives, where there was never a dull moment. Now that my kids are older, a lot of things have changed. Both of my daughters have their own families, and they have brought three beautiful grandsons into our lives. I have been so blessed

to have had the privilege of seeing both of my daughters become such wonderful mothers. Watching my children's natural progressions has effortlessly pushed me into the next chapter of my life. I am currently in the process of recreating my life. Since my adult children do not need my assistance as often as they did when they were younger, it has finally become my turn to concentrate on the next chapter of my life, and the goals that my husband and I have created. I think this next chapter is more relevant to women than to men. Don't get me wrong, men go through many changes as they reeval-

man A strong wo has knows she ough n strength e ey, for the journ of n a but a wom ows it strength kn rney is in the jou will where she ong. become str

uate their lives, for example, my husband is ready to slow down and travel the world. As a mother, I seem to always be multi-tasking and sometimes my needs end up last on my list. Does this sound familiar? Regardless of what stage you are in, how do you make time to find the life that you love? As women, we should celebrate that we are able to pick and choose our careers and lifestyles. As humans, we have so many daily responsibilities, so how do we balance it all while keeping our sanity? Personally, I am always creating new goals in order to better myself. By doing so, I am constantly growing and learning. This is why I love what I do as a hair therapist and radio show host, because I am always connecting with interesting people who have shared such inspiring real life stories. Connecting with others from different paths of life has helped me to better myself and reach new heights with my goals. I like to think that we are all just like a diamond with many facets. The light that you reflect back at the world changes depending on the people you are surrounding yourself with. We all need to make sure that we have friends who support us and make us shine, while returning the favor and making them shine even brighter. The hardest lesson I have faced in life thus far has been the act of self-love. I have learned that loving ourselves on our own terms is a lesson within itself. This is a lifelong practice that some of us have yet to implement into our lives. I hope that some of the things I have mentioned here will speak to you. Are you constantly moving forward in your life? I hope your answer is yes, because as life moves on as fast as it does, our only option is to look back and cherish all the memories we've created and how far we have come. What will be your next chapter in life, and how will you make the most of it? Kim Pagano is brought to you by the award-winning talk radio station AM 1590 KVTA, bringing you the Brighter Side of the 805, Saturdays from 6 to 8 a.m. Subscribe to her podcast: iTunes/The Kim Pagano Show. Kim is a hair therapist, a motivational speaker, a mother and so much more.

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