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Women of

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Horse Zoned Palatial Hidden Meadows Estate with lighted North/South regulation tennis court 12432 San Sebastian | Santa Rosa Valley

Palatial Tennis Court Estate in Gated Estate Neighborhood Mediterranean romance mingled with Californian magic in this incomparable estate situated in exclusive gated Hidden Meadows Estates. Stunning home with regulation tennis court, HORSE zoned and ample space for an arena and barn. Grand wrought iron doors, polished timber floors, dramatic exposed beams, stonework fireplace and travertine tiles. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with a variety of professional grade stainless steel appliances, custom Wolf range and pot filler. Coffee connoisseurs will adore the built-in Meile espresso machine, while wine lovers will cherish the large built-in wine refrigerator. Open-concept formal living room with fireplace, spacious family room with wet-bar and fireplace, plus an upstairs bonus room that could be used as a teenagers’ retreat, a home gym or a fifth bedroom depending on your needs. The master suite is set apart from the children’s wing, with floor to ceiling windows, beautifully crafted wood beamed rafters, and lovely stacked stone fireplace. Down the beautifully lit domed ceiling hall you will find three additional guest rooms, as well as an expansive bonus room with its own fireplace. A downstairs home office with built-in custom cabinetry, expanded laundry room. The resort styled rear yard is an entertainment paradise that features a swimming pool, spa and built-in state of the art outdoor kitchen area offering an outdoor Fire magic stainless steel barbecue. Hidden Meadows Estates offers residents a close by community equestrian center and playground.

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www.12432SanSebastian.com | Reduced to only $1,949,000 The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


Breathtaking estate in Santa Rosa Valley

12416 Presilla Santa Rosa Valley Exquisite wrought iron doors lead you into one of the most breathtaking estates in Santa Rosa Valley with elevated sweeping panoramic views from an uppermost ridge. Highest quality of finishes combine to bring an extraordinary lifestyle into focus. Custom details are everywhere including exotic wall treatments, custom crown moldings, venetian plaster, soaring ceilings, and wood flooring. The open floor plan offers an elegant design, ideal for formal entertaining and comfortable family living Just off the gourmet chef’s kitchen is a set of doors that open out onto a dining and lounging terrace with cross-canyon views. On the main-level, the master suite is luxurious and spacious. The main floor features Formal dining room, family room, large office and secondary bedroom. Downstairs there are spacious guest quarters, laundry room and wine cellar. Incredible summer patio that has been well appointed with fireplace, serving area, and bar. In addition, there is a separate covered summer kitchen with barbecue. And out back, the home boasts a large infinity edged swimming pool with seating area and fire-pit that sits just beyond the lounging area and outdoor dining area. Generous amenities include an avocado orchard, over 5 acres. Three car garage. Additional parking .

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


Timeless in it’s Contemporary Beauty

10457 Summer View Santa Rosa Valley

Located in the gated Rancho Rosita Estates, this rare and private stunning one-story custom-built estate home is located near the end of a cul de sac. Custom glass front entry doors welcome you into large entry providing natural light creating an ambiance that can’t be rivaled by artificial light sources . Gourmet island kitchen includes marble flooring, plentiful granite counter space, built-in SubZero refrigerator/freezer, Wolf double convection oven, Miele dishwasher, and Wolf electric range. Formal living room with fireplace, hardwood flooring, volume ceilings with glass windows. Large master suite has volume ceiling, huge closets and shoe organizers. Luxurious master bath has Roman tub, an incredible shower with dual showerheads. Professionally landscaped grounds with koi pond, water features, and smaller turtle pond. Walkways lead you through enchanting bamboo forest. Custom-built motorized patio cover. Fully fenced yard with fruit tree orchard. Many varieties of large trees providing privacy and shade. Extra deep 3-car garage with roll-up door and high ceilings for ample storage area. Premium, high-volume, EWS water purification system.

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


Palatial Mediterranean Villa in Santa Rosa Valley

2151 Brittany Park Santa Rosa Valley

Palatial Mediterranean Villa. Located in sought after Camelot development in Santa Rosa Valley, this 2 story estate captures sunlit views across lush lawns on an acre lot with an exquisite courtyard entrance. This home exudes classic architectural elegance from the grand foyer to the superb resort pool setting. The Gourmet island chef’s kitchen features gleaming granite counter-tops, gourmet island and stainless steel appliances including large commercial Wolf range and double ovens. 5 Bedrooms + 6 Baths. The master bedroom suite is located on the west wing of the residence complete with granite counters, luxury bath, and fireplace. In addition to the master bedroom suite, upstairs there are 3 spacious secondary bedrooms & large media room/play room. Off the huge family room there is an additional large guest bedroom complete with full bathroom downstairs. Exterior features include dazzling palm encircled resort style swimming pool highlighted by a swim slide, waterfall replenished koi pond, lush landscaping and sports court. For entertaining there is an incredible outdoor kitchen complete with barbecue center with granite counter top.

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


An Epicurean’s dream kitchen!

2441 Glenside Lane Santa Rosa Valley

Exquisitely positioned in pastoral Santa Rosa Valley, rests this tranquil equestrian zoned European Estate. This home features gardens, and waterfall and a 350 yard trail rising above the valley offering spectacular views and seating areas looking towards the northern flank of Wildwood Park view points. The tree lined upper acre provides an open canvas to create gardens or gently grade for horse facilities. Grand-scale interiors, a soaring 2-story foyer and exquisite finishes. Formal dining room and living room off the main entry each have a fireplace and views of the backyard. A renovated chef’s kitchen with pecan cabinetry satisfies the most discerning epicurean, while the adjacent family & breakfast rooms are perfect for casual get togethers. Accessed from kitchen there is an attached private covered patio as an additional private area for entertaining or dining, day or evening. Master bedroom has a fireplace, door to an outside deck and captures lovely summer breezes through the room. The lower level features secondary bedrooms on the main floor.Approximate 700 sq. ft. day use room adjacent to Master bedroom. 4 car garage. Covered RV or boat parking on pad behind garage.Award winning SRTMS school.

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2019 PUBLISHER

Ben Malkin | Ben.Malkin@LifestylePubs.com Robin Chesler | Robin.Chesler@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Tracy Marcynzsyn | Tracy.Marcynzsyn@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Celebrating Women

Alicia Doyle, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Kim Pagano, Kateri Wozny CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jean Celeste Lubin, Ben Malkin, Clint Weisman

THE WOMEN PROFILED IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE ARE TRULY REMARKABLE. In the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle, there are really more very special female professional, business, nonprofit leaders and “difference makers” than we could ever profile or acknowledge in a single issue. Our communities have the resources to excel and excel we do…. with great energy and generosity. What is also very exciting is the recent acceleration of opportunity for women in business, professions, the arts and politics. It may not all be perfect, but I prefer to celebrate what we have and what we have gained. What I would like to think about in this brief letter is most of the rest of us. Regular folks. Women raising families the right way. Giving their children love, understanding and a moral compass and very often holding down a job while we do it. Also, women on their own. Building independent lives and not needing someone else

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to “take care of them.” That doesn’t mean they don’t want a mate—they just don’t

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

need one to get by.

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

By 2020 there is a very good chance that a woman may once again be a

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

Presidential candidate. This is not a judgment on who we as women should vote

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

for, not at all. What she stands for and how you feel about that should be what determines your vote. What is really exciting is simply that it can happen at all. So, to all of my sisters, we all have so much to offer in small and big ways. The

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

world we all leave to our children and grandchildren can and will be a better place because of us.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2019

FEATURES 30 Leading Ladies Setting the Stage for Success

36 "Women Elevated!" BRAVO Awards Honor Accomplishments

44 Forward Ventures Local Nonprofit Grants Women’s Endeavors

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49 Royal Production “Camelot” Comes to the Conejo Valley

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

22 Inspired By 26 Trend Setter 44 Giving Back 49 Local Limelight 52 Lifestyle Calendar 58 Parting Thoughts


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Montecito Grants Nonprofits Awards Montecito Bank & Trust celebrated their 27th Annual Anniversary Grants Program by honoring 10 local nonprofit agencies. They were all chosen by MB&T associates. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN & CLINT WEISMAN

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CYCLISTS RIDE FOR THE RED Olympic cycling Gold Medal Winner and holder of 13 United States National Cycling Championship titles, Steve Hegg, hosts the fourth annual Operation: Ride for the Red on Saturday, May 18. Presented by the American Red Cross Ventura County, the “Routes through the Riches of Ventura County” event is geared to raise funds and

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LUNCH WITH WOMEN UNITED The third annual Women United Luncheon on Friday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks examines the Power of the Purse and features social psychologist and author Aida Hurtado. An integral part of United Way, Women United fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Their diverse global network of over 70,000 women are unified in their mission to tackle the most critical issues facing some 165 communities in six countries. All proceeds from the event benefit United Way programs. Presenting sponsors include Wells Fargo, California Lutheran University, Procter & Gamble, Union Bank and

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WITH THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE AFFECTING SO MANY THROUGHOUT THE NATION AND CLOSE TO HOME, LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER SERVED AS MODERATOR DURING THE 5TH ANNUAL HADASSAH DINE & DISCUSS EVENT ADDRESSING THE TOPIC: “IF NOT NOW, WHEN? A Conversation About Gun Violence in American Schools.” “As parents and grandparents, we all need to be hyper-vigilant and aware of the various signs that our children and/or our children’s friends may display when they are struggling at home or at school,” says Stacey Dorenfeld, of Agoura Hills, a member of the Dine & Discuss committee who serves as Advocacy Chair on the Board of Hadassah Southern California. “Also important is the unification of the community stakeholders working together—school administrators, mental health professionals, parents, law enforcement and neighbors,” says Dorenfeld, who also spoke at the event about her personal experience as the mother of a survivor of the tragic Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks. Some 165 people attended the February event, chaired by Oak Park resident Cheryl Stark and Jean Blumin from Woodland Hills and held at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino.

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“This is a topic that, because of the onslaught and increase of mass shootings in our country, our committee felt a human responsibility to address this difficult issue. In addition, a number of our members have been personally impacted by gun violence, and Hadassah as an organization, has been a supporter of common-sense gun legislation for decades,” emphasizes Blumin, who is personally the victim of an armed home invasion. “This important evening addressed the epidemic of gun violence in our nation’s schools by bringing together community leaders who are working to create a more secure campus environment,” Stark explains. The conversation was moderated by Feuer, who has made gun violence prevention one of his priorities during his tenure. He spoke about the Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety and shared some of the panel’s recommendations to improve the safety of students in schools. The panelists included Sergeant Joseph Camello, Los Angeles School Police; Dr. Marleen Wong, Director of Field Education at the USC School of Social Work, who is described as the “architect of school safety programs” by The Wall Street Journal; and Joshua Stepakoff, Gun Violence Survivor and Women Against Gun Violence Board Member. These individuals addressed several important topics, including access to mental health services, anti-bullying initiatives, general school safety measures, restorative justice programs, gun violence prevention, the impact of childhood trauma, general fears and concerns of parents and grandparents, and safe gun storage by parents. The ultimate goal of this event was to raise awareness and to inspire action, Blumin and Stark said. “In fact, we had two call-to-actions that evening where we gave our attendees the opportunity to send support letters to their legislators in Washington, DC in support of H.R. 8, which is the Bi-Partisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and H.R. 674, which is the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019.” Hadassah is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, associates and supporters across the country, Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on critical issues, such as medical care and research, the safety and security of women and children, civil rights and human rights, and the security of Israel. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization’s hospitals, the world‐renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. The Hadassah Medical Organization serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment.

For more information about Hadassah, visit Hadassah.org. To get involved in Hadassah locally, call 818.887.1912 or email northernhsc@hadassah.org.

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SETTING THE STAGE FOR SUCCESS

ARTICLE KATERI WOZNY

COMMUNITY LEADERS GRACE US WITH THEIR PRESENCE, PERSEVERANCE AND ABILITY TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS WHILE MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. Here, we celebrate a handful of incredible local women who inspire with their service, accomplishments and commitment to succeed.

Dr. Erika Beck, Camarillo PRESIDENT, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS 

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Run your own race. It’s yours. Great leadership begins with assembling a team that is singularly committed to facilitating a shared vision of the future and is firmly rooted in shared values. Great  leaders  empower those around them to realize their best and highest purpose and they ground their daily work in a vision that is larger than themselves.    MENTORS: My mother and grandmother. CSUCI & LEADERSHIP: I believe in the power of higher education to transform lives for the better. Throughout my career, I have seen firsthand that universities enhance human potential and in so

CONTRIBUTIONS: I am proud of all that Cal State Channel Islands

doing make our world stronger and more resilient. I cannot imagine

has achieved in recent years, including being ranked 23rd in the nation

a more fulfilling career than one that helps to foster a more inclu-

for improving the social and economic mobility of our students, grad-

sive and equitable future for us all.

uating record numbers of students each spring and becoming the

As a leader, I strive every day to ground the details of our work in its

fastest growing campus in the California State University system.

greater purpose. Every financial aid package we process, every word

REWARDS: My greatest reward can be seen on the faces of our

of encouragement we offer and every learning experience we facilitate

students when they walk across that commencement stage to a

fosters human potential. That is our North Star—the opportunity, the

life full of promise and possibility.

commitment and the responsibility to transform lives for the better. I believe leadership works best when it is shared. Leaders emerge from every corner of our campus community. I am profoundly hon-

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: My proudest accomplishments lie in the leaders we graduate every year and the difference they will make in our community for years to come.

ored to have the opportunity to serve as President of Cal State

HOBBIES: My favorite past time is playing basketball with my

Channel Islands where I am surrounded by thousands of leaders

two sons, who are still young enough that I can beat them (but

who facilitate human potential every day.

not for long!).

ON BEING NAMED SENATE DISTRICT 19 WOMAN OF THE

FUTURE: Keep your eye on Cal State Channel Islands. We are

YEAR: I am deeply honored to receive this recognition, which is a

fast becoming recognized as a national leader in providing equita-

reflection of the tremendous work our entire university is doing to

ble, affordable and transformative education that enables social and

transform the lives of our students and our community.

economic mobility for the students we are so proud to serve.

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Dr. Cynthia Flores, Camarillo ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY – CHANNEL ISLANDS

CSUCI & LEADERSHIP: Tomorrow’s problems demand responsible individuals to solve them and likely those who understand mathematics. The only way we can ensure our society’s success is by acting as a community to support the upcoming generation. I feel a strong sense of responsibility toward holding a high bar on students’ mathematics preparation while also providing the necessary supports to meet that expectation. ON BEING CHOSEN AS AN EMERGING SCHOLAR:  Being one of 15 selected out of nearly 1,000 applicants in academia  is a national recognition and something I had hoped to achieve because it will give me at a stronger voice in advocating for girls, women and those historically underrepresented groups in mathematics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and academia. CONTRIBUTIONS:  I’ve organized and/or participated in several outreach activities for students that demonstrates what it means for a mathematician to be a part of the community, which include organizing a 55 elementary school student afterschool math club, organizing a special African-American Girls Expanding Mathematics Day at Cal State Channel Islands, and attending countless school events to showcase fun math problem-solving. It is so rewarding knowing that they are the next generation of students that I’m waiting to teach. REWARDS: My students’ awards are rewarding for me and hearing about their successes. ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  I have been a researcher at the NSFfunded Park City Mathematics Institute on harmonic analysis and at the Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics on math and material science. A related accomplishment is a $2 million NSF award, which I’m a Co-Principle Investigator. The NSF program is part of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate WORDS TO LIVE BY: You are my other me. If I do harm to you, I

and our program is the California Hispanic Serving Institution Alliance,

do harm to myself. If I love and respect you, I love and respect myself.

which will design and test a model to prepare the next generation

A great leader is a visionary and an influencer that can bring peo-

of professors for federally designated Hispanic Serving Institutions.

ple together, communicates the vision and works alongside them to

Also, I’ve co-authored with CSUCI Assistant Professor Dr. Selenne

make the vision a reality.

Bañuelos on a forthcoming paper on hiring practices at the profes-

MENTORS: My leadership mentors hold me to a high bar.  As a student, I had an excellent mentor, Dr. Maria Helena Noronha, from California State University – Northridge, who has been Principle

sor-level for the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. HOBBIES: I love hanging out with my entire family and friends. My favorite activity is beach camping and cooking.

Investigator on several National Science Foundation grants to support

FUTURE: My immediate career goals include achieving tenure at

students with scholarships to study mathematics. Now as a professor,

CSUCI. I will continue to advocate for high-impact teaching practices

I see my peers and administrators as my leadership mentors.

that elevate student achievement while closing any equity gaps. CONTINUED >

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LEADING LADIES

(CON TI N U ED)

WORDS TO LIVE BY: To whom much is given, much is expected. Great leaders live each day by example and inspire those around them!

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AT CALIFORNIA DANCE THEATRE

MENTOR: My mother, who was a community leader herself. She is a dancer and poured the love of ballet into me, my sister and many of her students. She encouraged us to follow our dreams, cultivate our talents and share our passion for the arts. BALLET & LEADERSHIP: Ballet naturally instills dedication, focus, discipline and respect. These attributes have become a part of my everyday life and hopefully they overflow onto people around me. CONTRIBUTIONS: Bringing an awareness and appreciation for the performing arts to the Conejo Valley has been so important to me. Co-founding and cultivating Pacific Festival Ballet and California Dance Theatre, the training school to the company, with Joyce Hurley and Lori Sorensen has allowed us to share the beauty of classical ballet with thousands of community residents over the past three decades. Being a part of the Civic Arts Plaza since the theatre opened its doors in 1994 has been a huge privilege. Our nonprofit ballet company has brought world-class professionals to the Conejo Valley and in turn we have had the opportunity to train and launch talented local dancers into full careers of their own. REWARDS: One of my greatest rewards is seeing former students achieving their dreams. Classical ballet has a heritage and an unspoken legacy. To see the art form preserved and passed on to the next generation is a beautiful thing. ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

My dance career has

had a broad brush stroke across the performing arts canvas. I have danced with six ballet companies in the U.S., including the American Ballet Theatre II and Los Angeles Ballet. While ballet has always been my first love, I had the good fortune of dancing for four years on the hit TV series “FAME,� which allowed me to expand my career into the Hollywood arena. Teaching and choreographing have always been a passion of mine as well as passing on the ballet knowledge that was instilled in me to the next dance generation. HOBBIES: Since I spend so many hours in the dance studio, I love being outdoors in nature, whether it's swimming, hiking or walking. FUTURE: To continue to train dancers, inspire audiences in our community and possibly spend a little more time outdoors!

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AND PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET


Kara Nelson

Lauren Brener

the lives of people around them. At every meeting, our members hear about programs that they probably didn’t even know existed and many times, they decide

Lauren Brener, Agoura Hills & Kara Nelson, Newbury Park

to offer additional financial support or volunteer with

CO-DIRECTORS AND CO-FOUNDER (KARA) OF

provide reading glasses to children in need, provide

100 WOMEN WHO CARE CONEJO VALLEY

guidance and counseling to local schools on the

these groups on their own. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As of January, we have donated $70,000 to 11 local nonprofit organizations. Our donations have helped pay medical expenses for a local victim of a traumatic spinal cord injury,

issue of bullying prevention, support families facing pediatric cancer and Alzheimer’s, and provide enrichWORDS TO LIVE BY: You don’t have the power to change the world all by yourself, but you can make a difference in someone’s day.

ment programs to foster children. REWARDS: The biggest reward is seeing the pure

We think that to be a great leader you need to make the needs, growth and

joy and thankfulness of each and every recipient of

development of others your priority. Putting yourself second and not being afraid

our donation. We love knowing that because of our

to do some heavy lifting yourself is the best way to inspire others to do the same.

very simple concept, we are able to make things a

MENTORS: Our leadership mentors are all of the individuals who have started local nonprofit organizations, along with those who volunteer and dedicate their time to making a difference here in the Conejo Valley.

little easier, even if just for a little while. HOBBIES: We love to spend time with our family and friends, try new local restaurants and travel!

THE NONPROFIT SECTOR & LEADERSHIP: When we have the oppor-

FUTURE: We are proud to say we grew this group

tunity to spend time and speak with the incredible individuals who run the

organically. We started small with 28 women by invit-

various nonprofit organizations that are presented at our meetings, it inspires

ing our friends and families. Our members continually

us to continue to go out and encourage women around us to do what they can

help us spread the word, along with our ever-growing

to make a difference.

social media presence. Now that we’ve hit 100 Women

CONTRIBUTIONS: In addition to providing financial support through 100

Who Care, our goal is to continue to build the group

Women Who Care Conejo Valley, we think the greatest contribution we make

and grow it to the next hundred. We look forward to

to the community is sharing information about the local nonprofit organiza-

the day that we present a $20,000 donation to a local

tions. There are so many small, local groups trying to make a difference in

nonprofit organization.

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LEADING LADIES

(CON TI N U ED)

Wendy Meuser Wynands, Thousand Oaks VICE PRESIDENT/SENIOR COMMERCIAL BANKING OFFICER AT MONTECITO BANK & TRUST

best that I could be. Among those are my first manager out of college; Phyllis Saferite, as well as Jim Huggins and Candace Cornelius all during my tenure with Xerox Corporation. During my banking career the people who have personally invested in me are George Leis, President of Montecito Bank & Trust, and Brian Donovan, Regional Senior Vice President for Ventura County, also with Montecito Bank & Trust. BANKING & LEADERSHIP: The overall approach and attitude of being a trusted advisor to the clients you serve is the foundation of my client relationships. To have a can-do attitude and the willingness to listen and provide solutions that are specifically tailored to the client’s needs is an invaluable asset. CONTRIBUTIONS: The greatest contribution to the community is to get involved. I have personally volunteered for numerous organizations over the years, including fundraising for the American Red Cross, Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University, Centennial Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and as a wish grantor for the Starlight Foundation. I served as a board member for the Women’s Economic Ventures from 2016 to 2017.  I am excited in my role with Montecito Bank & Trust to encourage nonprofits to apply for our Community Dividends program, which awards $1 million to hundreds of 501(c)(3) designated organizations that serve low and moderate-income individuals and families in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.  REWARDS: The greatest reward is to help your clients achieve their financial goals, whether by providing financing for a commercial project, providing a personal banking relationship or being a strategic partner. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I have received numerous awards and accolades for overachievement of sales goals over the years at both my tenure with Xerox Corporation and my tenWORDS TO LIVE BY: Grace, gratitude and thankfulness.

ure in the banking industry as a commercial lender. Over the

I believe that the best attributes of a great leader are those

years I have been fortunate to participate in certifications

that inspire, motivate and encourage his/her team members to take responsibility for their respective roles and clearly commu-

HOBBIES: Spend time with family and friends, outdoor

nicates expectations and their vision for their team and the goals

activities, including hiking and paddle-boarding, short

of the organization. A great leader creates an environment that

weekend trips and enjoying good wine!

encourages creativity, has honesty and integrity when dealing with their people and expects the same from them.

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and training sponsored by my employers.

FUTURE: To continue to build my brand and reputation of being the best commercial lender who provides a level of

MENTORS: I have been very fortunate during my career to

service that surpasses expectations. I want to provide con-

have had some amazing mentors that have taken the time to

tinued value to Montecito Bank & Trust by sharing the bank’s

invest in me personally and provide me with the tools to be the

commitment to the communities we serve.

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“ELEVATED!” WOMEN

BRAVO CELEBRATES THE FEARLESS PURSUIT OF SUCCESS ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

CELEBRATING ITS 20TH YEAR, BRAVO HONORS WOMEN IN BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP WHO ARE BREAKING BARRIERS, FORGING NEW GROUND AND PURSUING THEIR GOALS WITH FEARLESS FORTITUDE. This year’s event, “Women Elevated! Celebrating the Fearless Pursuit of Success,” showcases seven exemplary women with vision and perseverance who create a bright future for women business owners and leaders in our community. The women were honored at the National Association of Women Business Owners 20th Annual BRAVO Awards Luncheon last month.

CATHERINE

VON BURG

SIMPLIPHI POWER, OXNARD WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR

INSPIRATION: I’m inspired by the tremendous range of people who are working on so many fronts to combat climate change on a global scale. From very young students to university-level activists, to innovators and scientists, to legislators—not to mention our own personnel who are designing and manufacturing environmentally responsible energy storage solutions. There are so many unsung heroes around the world who

Under Catherine’s leadership, SimpliPhi has

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and equitable world for today and future generations. These people, through their own

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personal convictions and commitment, inspire me every day.

to power in some of the most remote, harsh environments and use-cases globally since 2010.

ADVICE: Listen to both your heart and your mind—it’s a powerful combination and often underestimated in decisions about education, careers and professional pursuits

In 2017, representing SimpliPhi, Catherine

in general. Creating the opportunity to pursue subject matter that intrinsically interests

participated in an exclusive entrepreneur pro-

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gram hosted by the U.S. Department of State

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global business leaders were carefully selected

who you are as a person infuses everything you do. Know your strengths and always be

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aware of areas you need to improve and where others can complement your efforts. I

the 17 Sustainable Development Goals estab-

have taken a very diverse path to where I am now. There is no way I could have pre-

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dicted I would have become the CEO of a clean energy company, but I have always been

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focused on wanting to make an impact on the world for the better. That has been my moral compass that has guided everything I have done, personally and professionally. R&R: Exercise, being physically active and reading.


MICHELLE

WILNER

VIRTIS, NEWBURY PARK INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Michelle is CEO and cofounder of VIRTIS, a full-service, woman-owned cybersecurity firm that is reshaping the dynamics of the cybersecurity landscape

with globally unique solutions and services. Dually headquartered Newbury Park, and Auckland, New Zealand, VIRTIS taps into some of the world’s most advanced technology. VIRTIS combines their game-changing shielding technology with their fully managed web application protection service which now has the ability to find and fix vulnerabilities in hours, even minutes, much faster than the current average time to remediate of 4-6 months. Proprietary solutions combined with boutique, white glove customer service enable VIRTIS to provide strategic roadmaps, leading-edge technology and support services to some of the most technically advanced organizations in the world.  In 2018, CIOReview recognized Michelle’s vision to modernize vulnerability management by naming VIRTIS among the Top 10 Most Promising Cybersecurity Solution Providers. Dedicated to making a difference in an industry with only 11% women, Michelle has championed diversity and inclusion for women and minorities. Knowing that women are incredibly underrepresented in technology, generally, and cybersecurity, especially, is what inspires Michelle to promote STEM careers and cybersecurity certification paths for young girls. Michelle was recently announced as a finalist for the Women in IT, 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year award. INSPIRATION: Being recognized as an innovator inspires me. Knowing that our VIRTIS Vi, the only fully managed Web application and API Protection (WAAP) Service on the market today, is protecting organizations, and more importantly, keeping people’s private data safe, faster and less expensive than anyone in the industry inspires me. Making a difference in cybersecurity, an industry that only has 11% women inspires me. ADVICE: Build or do something you are passionate about. Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Be FEARLESS! I am reminded everyday of inspiring words from my 17-year-old amazing daughter, Catelynn James: “Stay fierce, Mom!” R&R: Working out relaxes me and keeps me sane. I’m a thrill seeker, so roller coasters, escape rooms, parasailing and ziplining are some of the fun things I enjoy doing!

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BREANNE COCHRAN

THE VENT HUMAN

PERFORMANCE CENTER, VENTURA RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Breanne started coaching in Ventura in 2010, when she was given the opportunity to bring a different kind of training to a typical “globo-gym.” She quickly saw that members and management embraced her functional training and noticed a massive shift in the culture. By February 2017, with the help and support of many, Breanne opened The Vent: Human Performance Center. From elite and ex-athletes to 80-year-old seniors, children and teens, The Vent helps all ages realize their potential. Driven by core values of Education, Connection and Innovation, The Vent guides and shapes lives and the community. The focus isn’t simply to help people reach a fitness goal, teach a movement or even a skill, but also to be sophisticated and innovative to help clients understand the “why” behind their journey. The Vent is dedicated to helping its clients truly understand their bodies and minds, so they can continue to use them at maximum potential for years. “The entire team at The Vent: Human Performance Center will never cease to challenge and evolve our thinking; meet and raise the standards set by our predecessors and work enthusiastically and with integrity, to live up to and deliver on our core values for our clients and successors,” says Breanne. INSPIRATION: I am constantly inspired by watching my members achieve things they never thought possible. The looks on their faces when they reach a goal or are successful at a lift or movement that they thought they couldn't do—that face—it's literally the best! I am also constantly inspired by the amazing community that has formed at The Vent. These members really take care of each other— their actual love and care for one another is like a family.  ADVICE: Learn to trust your intuition and always surround yourself with the best in your field. Don't be afraid to reach out to the best of the best, no matter where they live or how busy you imagine them to be. R&R: I enjoy hanging out with my badass fellow lady entrepreneurs—they  understand when and how much to talk about business but also when to  just sit and enjoy each other’s company. I also have a passion for sand volleyball and hope to make a regular appearance on the sand courts soon!

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CHRISTINA SHAFFER THE LAW OFFICE OF CHRISTINA SHAFFER, THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

Christina has been practicing Family Law since 2004, receiving numerous awards, including the 2018 Ventura County Star Reader’s Choice for the Best East County Law Firm and the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award. Christina volunteers at the local Self-Help Center and Free Legal Clinic and provides the local judiciary with assistance as a Settlement Officer. With a Juris Doctorate from the University of La Verne College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Law and Society from the University of California Santa Barbara, Christina is skilled and experienced at representing cases, ranging from mediation to

Lastly, I am inspired to be like my Mom, who was the strongest com-

high-conflict litigation. She is a certified Collaborative Family Law

munity and family advocate that I have ever known.

Attorney and takes pride in her ability to provide free services for victims of domestic violence.

ADVICE: Research, education and perseverance are keys for any successful entrepreneur. Research your options and find a career

INSPIRATION: I am inspired by my family to be a good person;

where you can make a difference. If you find a career that you love

my children inspire me to be a positive role model, and I am inspired

and are passionate about, intern with someone in that field. Educate

to be someone that my family will always be proud of.

yourself so that you can become the master of your career. Most

I feel honored to be in a position that allows me to help people

importantly, do not give up. Every time something or someone puts

during difficult times by assisting with their legal needs. I am honored

a roadblock in your path to happiness, it is important to get back up

to be able to assist people with transitioning from difficult, and some-

and try again until you accomplish your goal.

times dangerous situations to living more peaceful lives. I am grateful

R&R: Reading a nice book while at the spa or spending the day at

that I am in a position to create positive changes for those in need.

the beach with my family.

ALISON KENIS

They come up with great party themes that translate well into cakes.

INSPIRATION: My customers are a great source of inspiration. When I get free reign of the design, like for a display cake, I love looking at other industries to see what is trendy. Home design and

SUGAR LAB BAKE SHOP, VENTURA

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band and I are newly married and would like to have children. I want to

simplistically elegant cakes over ones with more going on. As a business owner, my inspiration comes from my family. My huscreate a legacy for my children, should they choose to take it. I want to be Ventura's go-to bakery for delicious and beautiful cakes and treats. 

Alison is the owner and lead decorator for Sugar Lab Bake Shop.

ADVICE: I am so grateful for a great support system of my fam-

She has been baking and decorating with her mom and business

ily and friends. I know that is not always available to everyone, so

partner Kelly since she was 3 years old. Her love of cake decorating

I would suggest seeking out that support system. NAWBO and

began during college, where she obtained her degree in Biology.

WEV have been great sources of support and advice. I've also

Shortly after graduation, at age 22, Alison opened Sugar Lab Bake Shop. Seven years later, Alison’s passion has flourished into a suc-

connected with other bakery owners and wedding professionals to seek guidance and a moral boost when needed.

cessful business, allowing her to participate in community events and

R&R: I love going to Disneyland! My husband and I have passes

organizations. She is currently the president of the Ventura Chapter

and we try to get down there as often as we can. I try to schedule

of the National Association of Catering and Events. Recently married,

monthly massages to relax. I also go to my nieces' sporting events

Alison is a “fur” parent to two German Shepherds and two tabby cats.

as often as I can.

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A three-time breast cancer survivor, Lisa founded the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation (RoL) in Ventura. Born in Boston and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Lisa is a breast cancer navigator-mediator, educator, speaker, published author, artist and Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). At 44, Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer while attending Ventura College as a re-entry student. This experience served as a springboard to her starting VC’s first Breast Cancer Education & Advocacy Support Group in September 2002. Under Lisa’s leadership, in 2007, the support group evolved into the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation, an “all-volunteer” 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity whose mission is to provide breast cancer education, advocacy, emotional and social support to women, their families and organizations. By 2014, Lisa and founding board members opened RoL’s Breast Cancer Resource Center. Today, the community group provides support to her. And this year, she established a Create 4 Life Studio, providing survivors an area to make masterpieces while learning fun, relaxing ways to be themselves. Lisa has a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on English, Anthropology and Sociology, enhanced with a Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation from the University of California Santa Barbara, as well as a Certificate in Therapeutic Listening Care from the Adventures in Caring Foundation in Santa Barbara. INSPIRATION: People (both living and who have passed) who have adopted special skills to overcome their adversities in a positive way. The intricacies and imperfect perfections of nature whispering for me to take a closer look. All the miracles that surround me. Music. Inspirational speeches. ADVICE: Remind yourself that you are a masterpiece. Nobody is just like you. Come up with your own ideas that are not like anybody else's. Work toward turning your imagination and dreams into a reality. Observe those with leadership skills who know how to motivate themselves and others. Ask specific questions that will render detailed usable information. Create your “Top 5 List” of people you trust and that you can reach out to at a moment’s notice who will simply listen and then give honest feedback if asked. R&R: I relax using the art method of Zentangle and other forms of art. I enjoy writing about experiences and lessons learned, walking and taking nature shots. Sunday drives with my husband, Bob, and our loving adopted cockapoo Rocky; beach combing; watching biographical and inspirational films and “Date Night” with Bob.

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BRENDA

TERZIAN DOUG TERZIAN CONSTRUCTION, CAMARILLO NAWBO-VC MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Brenda LOVES NAWBO. She is often found attending both State and National Conferences, noting that she loves connecting with like-minded business women and supporting women-owned businesses. Her motto: “Women business owners empower me!” This June, the couple celebrates their 35th  wedding anniversary.  They live in Camarillo, where they raised their two daughters. They enjoy the outdoors, traveling, cooking and playing with their dog, Zeus. Brenda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from California

A Ventura County native, Brenda runs the office of her family’s construction business, which has built

State University Channel Islands in 2006, going on to earn her Juris Doctor from Ventura College of Law in 2011.

single-family custom homes for the past 35 years. In

INSPIRATION: The vast amount of knowledge and things that I have yet to

the past months, she and her husband, Doug, have

discover inspire me to keep learning. The women in NAWBO inspire me; they are

worked night and day to help homeowners rebuild

amazing and empowering women that give me energy and motivation, and I'm

after devastating fires.

always learning something new from them.  

Brenda is an active member of the Thousand Oaks

ADVICE: Keep learning and growing with your business; never assume you know

AAUW, the Ventura Toastmasters Club 24, the Camarillo

it all. Perseverance and consistency help create longevity, unfortunately, it doesn't

Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Women’s

happen overnight. After being in business 35 years, I can honestly say, we never

Economic Ventures Advisory Council as well as being a

stopped being consistent with our work and we never stop trying to improve.

member of WEV’s League of Extraordinary Women.

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Empowering Women in Business

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WEV quickly sprang into action, putting in place the capacity to

the economic empowerment of women—while its programs are tar-

make “Quick Response Loans” of up to $10,000, as well as secured

geted at women, men are also encouraged to participate,” explains

funding to hire additional staff.

Nicki Parr, the organization’s Business Resilience Specialist.

“We were then able to provide economically impacted small business

What makes WEV special is the quality of in-person service that is

owners with dedicated financial and business support; as well we help

given and the strength of its community, such as clients, volunteers,

them navigate the government-funded disaster loan applications,” Parr

donors or staff, Parr says, noting that “I love WEV” is a phrase “we

says. “Typically, there is very little assistance focused upon small busi-

are delighted to hear on a regular basis.”

nesses following a disaster—a fact that we are trying to help change.”

This was especially true in December 2017 when the Thomas

Thanks to a generous donation from Wells Fargo Bank, WEV

Fire blazed through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and was

gave out 60 grants to small businesses in Ventura and Santa

deemed the largest wildfire in modern state history. The timing was

Barbara counties on the anniversary of the Thomas Fire, including

particularly unfortunate around the holidays, which is typically the

Stacey Moss, owner of Moss Botanicals in Ojai, who thanked WEV

most profitable time for businesses.

for providing “a level of comfort and support in knowing I can move

“WEV recognized that many of its clients were struggling with

forward with marketing strategies to generate sales.”

cash flow and were in need of support,” recalls Parr, adding that this

Claudia Rucker, owner of Aqua Skin & Nail Care in Santa

became even more of an issue after the Montecito debris flow, in

Barbara, said receiving the business recovery grant “gave us the

which pouring rain following the Thomas Fire caused mud and boul-

valuable support, connections and funds that we needed so we

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into Montecito, moving at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

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Liz Fish, owner of TwoFish Digital in Ojai, said the WEV grant “has been nothing short of life-changing,” adding that the money

different agencies and organizations to advocate on behalf of—and provide support to—economically impacted business owners.”

will be used to upgrade equipment, obtain business consulting,

Ultimately, WEV views small business “as being synonymous

improve their marketing and plan for bringing on employees. “The

with community—by helping small business owners get stronger

money is helping us dream and plan for growth after coming out of

and more resilient, we can help communities become stronger and

a rocky year, something I didn’t think was possible.”

more resilient,” Parr emphasizes.

For Jessica Simon Baggarly, owner of Tinkle Belle Diaper Service

Furthermore, “we are also huge proponents of financial educa-

in Santa Barbara, “this grant has allowed me to invest in growth. This

tion and financial literacy, that individuals can feel more empow-

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ered and in control when they have a better grasp of their finances

sible step to take. We've brought on professional help to ensure that

and what constitutes good financial behavior,” she adds. “At the

our efforts are clear and effective. We now have a team working

same time, we want to encourage everyone to continue to sup-

together to achieve our goals! This kind of support can be so rare.”

port small businesses through their spending habits to ensure that

In related efforts, WEV is planning to award 30 more grants in

money is reinvested locally for the greater good of the community.”

June to businesses that were impacted by the Woolsey Fire, which ignited in November 2018 and burned 96,949 acres of land. “In addition to the financial support, WEV has provided a series of free trainings around business resilience to everyone that applied for the grants,” Parr says. Additionally, “WEV has provided several

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FOR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KIM MASELLI, AS ARE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FAIRIES, DRAGONS AND GIANTS. Pacific Festival Ballet premieres the legend of “Camelot” in a new and exciting production at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Saturday, May 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. This is not a creative first for the company. Hollywood composer Eric Allaman and Maselli have joined forces for over a decade. In 2007, the duo premiered “The Sea Princess,” and in 2010, “Noah’s Ark.” These innovative full-length productions push the boundaries of traditional ballet by featuring original music, aerial performers and mixed media scenery. “What excites me about our original work is to see the overwhelming response from the ballet novice and enthusiast alike,” says Maselli. “My goal is to inspire new ballet audiences by bringing this beautiful art form into the 21st century with a fresh twist.” The creative journey into Camelot has been a long road. Five years ago, Allaman and Maselli sat down to embark on their third 90-minute Photo Credit: Jean Celeste Lubin

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legend of Camelot was critical to creating a storyline suitable for stage and telling this familiar story without dialogue. Once the scenes and characters were structured, the next nine months were spent building themes, melodies and intentions for the score. “Kim and I spent quite a bit of time breaking down the scenes of the ballet and determining central characters and storylines,” explains Allaman. “Our ballets have a scored feel to them very much like a movie, so this creates an opportunity for the performers to story tell as well as dance.” Through patron support and community fundraising, Pacific Festival Ballet sent Allaman to Russia two times to record the score of “The Sea Princess” and “Noah’s Ark” with a 50-piece orchestra. During the summer of 2016, PFB sent Allaman out once again, this time to Macedonia to record the melodic score of “Camelot.” “Few regional ballet companies have the creative and financial resources to launch into original projects such as Photo Credit: Jean Celeste Lubin

these,” says Maselli. “I feel grateful for the opportunity to bring ‘Camelot’ to the stage as well as to our community.” JOINING FORCES Community support for Pacific Festival Ballet is felt both on and off stage. Talented individuals from all aspects of the theatrical world are combining their abilities in an effort to bring “Camelot” to life. With a cast of 80 dancers, over 100 costumes have been purchased or made by local professional seamstresses and volunteer moms. Every Saturday there is a bustle of activity at California Dance Theatre, the training school of Pacific Festival Ballet, where studios are filled with rehearsing dancers and the upstairs loft transforms into a creative workshop. Costumes are fitted and embellished, medieval capes tailored and trimmed, fairy wings attached and molded. Several enchanting elements of Camelot are the stallions belonging to the Knights of the Round Table as well as the mystical winged creatures that mingle with the citizens of the land. Elaborate headpieces have been designed and built by experienced and rising artists. “When these eight stallions gallop across the stage, I want the audience to gasp and feel as if they are transported to an

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English countryside,” says community designer Paige Loter.


Daniela Iezza, PFB alumni and current Notre Dame Bio-Chem major, took on the task of creating dragon and gargoyle headpieces from her university dorm room. “Science and the arts have always been a huge part of my life,” comments Iezza. “It was exciting to design headpieces for ‘Camelot’ that were durable and beautiful yet lightweight enough for the dancers. By combining techniques from special effects, cirque and material science, I feel I have achieved this!” Set designer and community artist Michael Thompson built the set for “Noah’s Ark” and now brings his expertise to “Camelot.” “I first worked on ‘Noah’s Ark’ almost 10 years ago,” says Thompson. “‘Camelot’ is very different and so am I. I’ve grown as an artist and set designer. This time, I was able to create many more elements and really stretch my creativity,” says Michael, adding, “I also had help from a young art student of mine, Daniel (15), whose sister, Tatiana (13), will be performing in ‘Camelot.’ It is exciting

Photo Credit: Jean Celeste Lubin

to see family talent from two different art worlds merge together in this one unique opportunity.” With “Camelot” close to completion and this five-year creative journey coming to life, everyone’s goal is to get

Photo Credit: Jean Celeste Lubin

the word out. “This original masterpiece is a theatrical experience created by our community and for our community,” says veteran theatre producer and PFB performer Mark Reyes. “Everyone needs to come to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza to witness the birth of this new production and experience the wealth of talent in the Conejo Valley.”

“Our ballets have a scored feel to them very much like a movie, so this creates an opportunity for the performers to story tell as well as dance.”

For tickets, visit the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, or call Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Learn more at PacFestBallet.org.

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over 15,000 collectors and art buyers

games, entertainment galore, a beer

each year. Free admission and park-

garden and more! The Main Stage

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

ing (sponsored by Kilroy Realty Corp).

features family friendly entertainment.

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Cal Lutheran University

University organist Joseph Peeples showcases

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Conejo Creek Park North at

Honoring Leeza Gibbons, Bob Eubanks

Audience members are welcome to

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and Caregiver of the Year, Doug Yarrow,

bring a lunch and quietly enjoy the

This family friendly extravaganza fea-

this exciting fundraiser also features sci-

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18 4TH ANNUAL OPERATION: RIDE FOR THE RED American Red Cross regional headquarters, 836 Calle Plano, in Camarillo

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19 59TH ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST AND FOLK FESTIVAL Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hill

Event features a main stage with over 100 instrumental and singing contestants competing for cash and gift awards, many professional bands, a dance barn with square dancing, clogging and other dancing to live music, jam sessions (bring your instruments), a children's area, folk art and wares, great food and more. TopangaBanjoFiddle.org

21 BONNIE BOWDEN WORLD CLASS JAZZ Bogie's, Westlake Village

An evening of World Class Jazz by the renowned Bonnie Bowden, Kirk Smith, Charlie Ferguson, and Satoshi Kirisawa. $10. Bogie's.com  

27 MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE

Moorpark Veterans' Memorial, 608 Spring Road, Moorpark,

Men and women who have served, are serving and who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country will be honored. Refreshments provided. Presented by the American Legion Post 502, City of Moorpark, American Legion Auxilary, Boy Scouts, Forty & Eight and Kiwanis Club of Moorpark.

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PARTING THOUGHTS

journey to the brighter side of life ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

LADIES THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE IS NOT JUST A WALK OR A JOG, IT’S A JOURNEY. As women it seems we are all taking care of everyone else, at least the women in my tribe. How many of you actually take care of yourself? I know you brush your teeth, and maybe get your hair and nails done, but I’m talking about emotional care. Where do you place yourself on your list? Great question, right? There is so much talk about self-care and filling our own cup and really discovering your soul.

Real QueensFix Each Other's Crowns

I am practicing and constantly learning. I believe situations and other people teach us what we need to know

What do you do that you’re passionate about—relation-

about ourselves. Are you on a search also? When I wake

ships, work, hobbies, family, school? Please dig deep into

up, I truly am excited to wake up to another new day with

this one, as I truly believe we all have a purpose and a gift.

unlimited opportunities. When I get out of bed, what hap-

I really would be sad if you are missing out on sharing your

pens from that point on, is another thing, because we can

gifts or mostly enjoying them.

and I have had my day hijacked—has that ever happened to

Do you have other women you call your tribe, friends that

you? Life happens to us, and we can’t really control the day

hopefully you look up to? To me, those are the women in our

to day actions of our surroundings and others. What we can

lives that care and have your best interest at heart; we share

control is how we run and live our lives and how we deal

admiration and respect for each other. These are women from

with the consequences. Are you a reactor, or do you think

whom you can learn their golden nuggets, because they are

through and make conscious decisions?

sharing them with you, without feeling threatened. We should

I have learned that I sometimes forget to remember my

be picking up from others, as we all have gifts to share.

boundaries. I’m so fast to say “Yes, I will take care of it” or I

If you haven't already, please find your tribe—it can be many

feel obligated. I’m not talking about emergencies—that takes

outlets. I hope this has given you a new direction to live on the

a whole different set of rules. We just have to remember that

brighter side of life. When you get out of bed, choose to do what

we don’t always have to jump in and be a part of everything.

makes you truly happy. Love more, but mostly love yourself. This

We need to have an emotional compass or navigator that we

is your life, choose the path that puts you on the top of your list.

plan to have our best day with setting goals and intentions with some wiggle room. I do that because there are always

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