Ventura County Community Foundation Names Five New Board Members

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Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) is proud to announce the addition of five new members to the board of directors. The new board members are Mike Powers, CEO for Ventura County, Sean Leonard, President & CEO of S.L. Leonard & Associates, Jim McGee, COO of Dyve Biosciences, Geoff Dean, recently retired Sheriff of Ventura County and Veronica Quintana, Senior Manager at CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

VCCF President and CEO Vanessa Bechtel said, “Ventura County Community Foundation is honored to welcome such an outstanding group of individuals to our Board of Directors. Each of these individuals has played influential roles in shaping today’s Ventura County and we look forward to having their help shaping the future of Ventura County Community Foundation. I am grateful for their service and investment to make Ventura County a special place to live and work.”

“The community has faced trying times these past two years between natural disasters and tragic human events,” said VCCF Board Chair Scott Hansen. “Through these challenges, VCCF has served as a conduit for harnessing the generosity of our community members while supporting those is need in the immediate aftermath and for the long recovery process. With the addition of these outstanding individuals to our board of directors, we can look forward and help build a more resilient, more dynamic, and more vibrant Ventura County.”

About VCCF’s New Boardmembers:

Veronica Quintana: Veronica Quintana is a CPA and Senior Manager at CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., and specializes in providing services to companies in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing, restaurant, and professional service industries, as well as government contractors. Veronica has been with CBIZ MHM, LLC for the last 23 years, where she has been the manager in charge of bookkeeping and tax clients for the Oxnard office, with overall responsibility for tax and accounting services to commercial entities. Veronica earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1995. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port of Hueneme, La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Family Centers, and is an active community volunteer.

Geoff Dean: Geoff Dean is the recently retired 19th Sheriff of Ventura County and a 41-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. As Sheriff, Geoff oversaw a department of 1200 people with a budget of $225 million. Geoff is a lifetime resident of California, born in Los Angeles and raised in Simi Valley. He has lived in Camarillo for the past 21 years. Geoff has been involved in various community activities including Camarillo Noon Time Rotary, American Red Cross Presidents Council, the Board of Directors for Casa Pacifica and the American Cancer Society’s Community Council to mention a few.

Jim McGee: Jim McGee serves as Chief Operating Officer at Dyve Biosciences. Before joining Dyve Biosciences, he served for almost eight years as the Chief Executive Officer for American Red Cross Central California Chapter. Prior to his tenure with Red Cross, Jim served as Staff Vice President for Anthem and has had a long track record in finance and program management. As a graduate of University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business, Jim McGee is a proud Board Member of the Ventura County Community Foundation, a Blood Donor and Volunteer with American Red Cross, and a Student Mentor at USC.

Sean Leonard: Sean Leonard is President & CEO of S.L. Leonard & Associates, Inc. which he founded in 2004. S.L. Leonard provides Owner’s Representation, Project and Construction management for nonprofits, public agencies, developers, businesses and investors. Some of Sean’s more notable projects are Disney Concert Hall, the Camarillo Library and over 3,000 units of affordable housing throughout Central and Southern California. He also teaches Construction Management at UCLA and has done so since 1987. Sean is a first generation immigrant born and raised in Hong Kong, and has lived in Ventura County for over 30 years. He serves on the Boards of A Community of Friends, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Vista Real Charter High School, and volunteers for numerous other nonprofit organizations. Sean has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from USC.

Mike Powers: Mike Powers has been the County Executive Officer for Ventura County since April 2011. He oversees a budget of more than $2.24 billion, and nearly 9,000 employees in 27 agencies and departments. Along with his strong leadership team, he is responsible for overseeing and supporting all major county functions and services including budget, finance, legislation, human resources, labor relations, economic development and information technology. Mike has a degree in Economics and Business from UCLA, and received his law degree from Loyola Law School. His commitment to the County extends beyond his job. He regularly participates in community activities, fundraisers and events. He has served on a number of non-profit boards and is currently serving on the boards of the Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals Ventura County Community Board; the ARC Foundation of Ventura County; and the Ventura County Leadership Academy Advisory Council.

About VCCF: Established in 1987, the Ventura County Community Foundation has focused on building philanthropy in our region by stewarding legacies through careful management of the charitable capital entrusted to us. We are committed to a long-term perspective for Ventura County. We honor donor intent by protecting endowments forever and we specialize in connecting philanthropic resources with community needs for the benefit of all. We invest in the future through scholarships, grant making, and collaborative partnerships.

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