2020 Board of Directors
Vincent Stewart, Chairperson and Private Sector Representative for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Vincent Stewart is CAVC’s Vice President. He has a long record of service in the community with emphasis on helping disadvantaged populations. Since 2010, Vincent has been a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Oxnard. He currently serves on the Oxnard Police Chief’s Advisory Board; St. Paul Baptist Church Board of Trustees and Deacon Board, Waterproofing Kids board; and is active in the NAACP, BAPAC, and the MLK Jr. Committee of Ventura Co. Vincent worked as a Police Officer for the Ventura County Community College District from 1990 to 2001. He was the Reserve Commander for the Oxnard Police Department from 1986 to 2001. He worked as a System Security Engineer for Lockheed Martin from 1982 to 2001.
Magda Weydt, Vice Chairperson, Private Sector Representative - Magda Weydt, MS, RD, Chef Owner/Operator, Fresh & Fabulous Café. Magda began her career as a Dietitian focusing on menu development and food safety. She started Fresh & Fabulous Café in 2006 and has continued to grow the business for over 11 years. Magda serves on the Oxnard Salsa Committee and is a board member of the Downtown Oxnard Merchants Association. She has been a member of the Marketing Committee for the Oxnard Downtown Improvement District for eight years. Her business employs workers from the Goodwill ESE program to help them get back into the work force and also mentors interns enrolled in the culinary program at Pacifica High School. Recently she has volunteered her time and skills at the World Central Kitchen Thomas Fire Response kitchen in Ventura serving countless meals to the evacuees and first responders of the Thomas Fire. Magda is also a wife and a mother of two young boys.
Anson Mar, Secretary/Treasurer, Private Sector - Anson Mar has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry that includes new business, commercial, industrial, and commercial real estate lending. As the owner of several small businesses, he is a passionate advocate for the business owner and is committed to helping our business members succeed. He is known for his high energy, flexibility with diverse audiences, upbeat style, good sense of humor and intuition. Anson and his wife have lived in Camarillo since 2004 and have three children.
Dr. Ramon Flores; Public Sector, District #5 - Dr. Ramon Flores came to the United States as a non-English speaker at the age of five. Both his mother and father were factory workers. Dr. Flores is one of five children, and was the first member of his family to graduate from college. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree from CSUN in 1989, Dr. Flores entered the aerospace industry as a mechanical engineer for the Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International. In 1991, Dr. Flores left private industry for a civil service position with Naval Civil Engineering Lab In 2000, Dr. Flores transferred to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, where he served as Training Team Lead for the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System. In 2006, Dr. Flores transferred to the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering where he is dual-hatted as the Director of Knowledge Management and the Director of Information Technology.
In November, 2008 Dr. Flores was elected as a trustee to the Ventura County Board of Education. Dr. Flores has served as both Vice President once and President of the board three times. Dr. Flores has served as Vice President, President-Elect, and President of the California County Boards of Education (CCBE). CCBE is a state-wide organization which advocates for county boards of education.
Dr. Betsy Connolly, D.V.M., Public Sector, District #2 — A veterinarian by training, she currently teaches in the Equine Science Department at Pierce College and in the Biology Department at Moorpark College. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University and her Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of Denver. After graduation, she worked for a short time in research followed by 18 years in private equine practice. She has been involved in the Conejo Valley schools and served in leadership roles in the PTA, District Band Boosters and is currently serving on the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education. She is the parent of two CVSD graduates.
Joe Asebedo, Low Income Sector Representative for Veterans for Peace. - Joe Asebedo became a board member in 2011 and is the Private Sector representative of Veterans for Peace. He is a proud member of the Yaqui Nation, served in the Marine Corps (1958-1962) and is currently President of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 112, Ventura County. He is also a member of Native American Veterans Association (N.A.V.A) and Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V. #24).
As an active advocate for Veterans issues, he raises public awareness on the true costs of war, homelessness among veterans, peace and social justice within the community for deported veterans. He also spends time with the Ventura County Veterans Employment Council (V.C.V.E.C.) networking with other N.G.O’s helping vets find jobs. For leisure he spends time working out and swimming at the gym.
Kate O'Brien, Public Sector, District #4 - Kathleen “Kate” O’Brien was appointed to the CAVC board by Supervisor Peter Foy for Ventura County’s District 4. Kate grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology. She moved to Simi Valley in 1997. She was first elected to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors in 2000. She has been active in Rotary, the Simi Chamber of Commerce, the Simi Valley Education Foundation, the National Association of Women in Construction and the Society for Women Engineers. Supervisor Foy said of his nomination of Kate, “I greatly appreciate the interest Ms. O’Brien has shown in serving the County. I know that she will be an excellent addition to Community Action.”
Kate Mills, Low Income Sector Representative - A critical care registered nurse by training, Kate has served both the public and private health care industry in the areas of medical case management and health care program administration,
administering the Emergency Medical Service System for the Ventura County Health Care Agency, VCMC’s departments of Utilization Review, Social Services, and Discharge Planning and established their department of preadmission. 2006 thru 2017, Kate was program administration of the Ventura County Health Care for the Homeless Program and, in 2008, planned, organized and managed the multilocationed Ventura County One Stop Program, recognized as a best practice program by the federal Health and Human Services Administration. A former Ventura County Fire Chaplain, Kate currently serves on the board of Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, is a member of the Ventura Social Service
Task Force and Home for All, and currently volunteers at E.P.Foster Library as a liaison to community resources. Kate is a lifelong resident of Ventura County and, together with her husband Ed, serve as Deacon Couple at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church.
James Boyd, Low-Income Sector Representative
Lorena P. Güereca, Low-Income Sector Representative - Lorena P. Guereca is a first generation college graduate. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from UC Irvine. While at UC Irvine, she promoted higher education through the Early Academic Outreach Program working primarily in low-income areas in Orange County. After graduation, Lorena joined the City of Oxnard’s Community Development Department as an intern concentrating on improving communication, outreach, and project completion in South Oxnard. She served on various City Committees brining to light community concerns and input for improved services. Lorena continued to advocate for community improvements when she joined downtown Oxnard’s Property-based Improvement District where she served as a liaison between the business community and the City of Oxnard. As Program Director, she oversaw implementation of the organization’s work plan and budget for downtown revitalization projects.
Most recently, Lorena serves as the Regional Community Liaison for Vista Real Charter High School, a public, non-profit charter school in Ventura County serving at risk youth working towards their high school diploma. She is committed to helping others be self-sufficient, productive, and contributing members of society. Both Lorena and her husband are big baseball fans. If they are not working, you can find them at a Dodger game.
Jayn Walter, Low-Income Sector Representative - Jayn Walter received a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. Prior to moving to California, Jayn worked for eight years as a College Counselor at YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school dedicated to helping low-income students in the Houston area enroll and graduate from a 4 year college or university. She and her husband moved to Ojai, California in 2016, where Jayn completed her graduate field study as an intern at HELP of Ojai. Jayn began working for HELP in June 2017 where she currently serves as a Case Manager at the Community Assistance Program. One of Jayn's proudest accomplishments during her time at HELP of Ojai was leading the organization's Thomas Fire relief program. Though a city-girl at heart, Jayn loves living in the beautiful town of Ojai with her husband and their two whippets.
OPEN POSITION, Private Sector Representative for Ventura County.