F5VC Commissioners

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.

Barry Zimmerman, Chair

Director, Ventura County Health Care Agency

Matt LaVere, Vice-Chair

Ventura County Supervisor, District 1

Rachel Champagne

Senior Program Director, Catalyst Kids

JoHanna Jones

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Private Practice 

Robert Levin, MD

Health Officer/Medical Director, Ventura County Public Health

Barbara Marquez-O’Neill

Independent Consultant

Cesar Morales, PhD

Superintendent, Ventura County Office of Education

Bruce Stenslie

President/CEO, Economic Development Collaborative

Christine Walker, EdD

Superintendent, Hueneme Elementary School District

Commission Meetings

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.

You will also find schedules, agendas, meeting materials, and minutes from previous meetings here:

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