If you have questions about the strategic direction of First 5 Ventura, please email Petra Puls.
If you have questions about First 5 Placed-Based Initiatives, Evaluation and Data Systems, please email Sam McCoy.
If you have questions about Neighborhoods for Learning, Parent and Child Together classes, or Parent Engagement, please email Heather Guerrero.
If you have questions about Help Me Grow Ventura County, ASQ Online ® in Ventura County, or ACEs Aware Ventura County, please email Sharon Elmensdorp.
If you have questions about the Help Me Grow Ventura County telephone help line or parent navigation services, please email Grace Montejano.
If you have questions about preschool, QRIS, 2-1-1, or Oral Health, please email Nani Oesterle.
If you have questions about Parent Engagement or Storytime, please email Jimena Hernandez.
If you have questions about First 5’s communications, outreach, or advocacy efforts, please email Tyla Adams.
If you have questions about Finance or Administration, please email Jennifer Johnson.
If you have questions about Human Resources, Policy and Advocacy, or Communications, please email Lauren Arzu.
If you have questions about contracts, amendments, or Persimmony reporting, please email John Anderson.
If you have questions about accounts payable or receivable, please email Teresa Gutierrez.
If you have questions about Commission Meetings, enrolling your child in services, requesting community outreach materials, or general inquiries, please email Fahim S. Farag.
A nine-member volunteer commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors governs First 5 Ventura County. Commissioners bring knowledge in health, human services, government, and education and are united by a desire to make Ventura County the best it can be for young children and families.
Standing committees in Administration and Finance, Program and best practices committees in health, early learning, and family strengthening bring Commission and community members together to support the decision-making process.
President/CEO, Economic Development Collaborative
Senior Program Director, Catalyst Kids
Ventura County Supervisor, District 1
Health Officer/Medical Director, Ventura County Public Health
Superintendent, Ventura County Office of Education
Superintendent, Hueneme Elementary School District
Director, Ventura County Health Care Agency
The First 5 Ventura County Commission meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday of the month from 1–3 p.m. These meetings are open to the public and the agendas are posted in advance. View our most recent agenda.
You will also find schedules, agendas, meeting materials, and minutes from previous meetings here: