Meet Our Staff

Joe Cahill

Executive Director

(805) 232-3113 ext. 0

Dr. Cahill is a botanist with over 20 years of professional experience in a combination of botanic gardens, conservation non-profits and NGOs, compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the horticulture industry. He has contributed in a leadership capacity to the Ventura Botanical Gardens since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California Riverside and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan and is an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University.

Aaron Campbell

Director of Development

(805) 232-3113, ext. 4

Aaron began his career in non-profits as a grassroots organizer for environmental and human rights causes. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA, studying history and urban planning. After living in Los Angeles for 20 years, he jumped at the opportunity to relocate to Ventura County and work at the Gardens. With previous experience at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens and the Theodore Payne Foundation, VBG was a perfect fit. Please feel free to reach out to Aaron to share your experience with or interest in the gardens; he looks forward to your partnership to help us realize our vision and mission.

Nancy Cole

Membership Ambassador

Nancy is a native Californian and has lived in Ventura for almost thirty years. She graduated from UCSB with a major in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropologie and worked as a Conference Planning Manager at the Four Seasons Biltmore. Now that her daughter is grown and living in Spain, she enjoys traveling, hiking, beach walking, playing pickleball, and cruising around on her bike. Nancy is excited to be part of the team at the Ventura Botanical Gardens and looks forward to growing the membership, getting to know the members, and enhancing the member experience with creative and enriching programs and events. 

Cassondra Cunningham

Welcome Center Manager

(858) 774-2128

Casondra is passionate about plants and connecting people with the outdoors. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Biology and Art from UC Santa Barbara, she worked in the outdoor industry as an educator and kayak guide on the Channel Islands. As the Welcome Center Manager, her first priority is to provide a friendly place for visitors and volunteers to engage with the Garden. She curates our gift shop finding beautiful gardens souvenirs and plant-related gifts for our visitors. If you are interested in volunteering in the Welcome Center. please reach out to her.

Chris Yates

Garden Assistant

Originally from Ojai California, Chris worked at several local and organic farms before joining the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Chris assists with maintenance, horticulture, landscaping, and collections with a focus on portions of the Chilean garden, the Welcome Center plantings, and restoration areas for California native plant communities in the Gardens. Chris is currently a student at Ventura College studying biology with an interest in botany. He has been actively pursuing more ways to learn and grow within his educational career, and he looks forward to serving the community with the experience he has gathered.

Marshall Stymer

Garden Assistant

Originally from Oregon, Marshall graduated from Oregon Sate in 2017 with a degree in agricultural science. After graduating, Marshall interned with the plant health care department at Ganna Walska Lotusland in Montecito. He was later brought on as full time staff in charge of caring for their Aloe garden. Marshall joined our team as an horticulturalist and can be found planting in the California native garden.

2021 Board of Directors

Date Updated 01.20.21

Derrick Wilson, President
Isabel Callaway, Vice President
Terry N. Sommer, Treasurer
Sandy Ross, Recording Secretary
Joe Cahill, Executive Director
Barbara Brown
Kevin Clerici
Mary Kay Doubek
Nicole Horn
Tracy Long
Lane Lopez
Kathy McGee
Melody O’Leary-Namikas
Laurence Nicklin
Sabrena Rodriguez
Phil White

Jayme Dwyer
Linda Kaye Fisher
Doug Halter
Jordan Laby
Larry Matheney
Jonell McLain
Barbara Meister
Michael Merewether
Martha Picciotti
Midge Stork
Edward Summers
John Taft

Charter Members

Bernard Acquistapace, Laurie H. Adams, Roger J. Adams, Jane Advani, Genevieve Ahlich, Richard K. Akuna, Allan Allman, Jeffrey B. Altman, Lorraine V. Altman, Marta Alvarez, Susan E. Alvarez, David Anderson, Susan Lee Anderson, Neal Andrews, Betty Ann Anear, Joseph Anthony, Diane Antolik-Atchley, Linda Antolik-Kelly, Vivian Aragon, David and Joan Araujo, Dee Arellano, Kristina Ariniello, Patrick Ariniello, Shirley Armstrong, Ann Arragg, Barbara Asbell, Brooke Ashworth, Everard Ashworth

Madhu and Saurabh Bajaj, Thomas Baker-Rabe, Matilda W. Bamrud, Denice Barr, James A. Barroca, Gary Barsley, Marilyn Batelaan, Bobbie Batten, BBM&D Strategic Branding, Deborah Beattie, Donna L. Beatty, Jerry Beatty, Bob Beckwith, Diane Beeler, Jazmin Beeler, Kaden Beeler, Kij Beeler, Michael Beeler, Miya Beeler, Mary Beeler*, Bonnie M. Behrens, Laurence Behrens, Charlotte Bell, Jacques Bellesiles, Yuriko Bellesiles, Donald Belless, Joy P. Berger, David Berglund, Laura Berson, Michelle Bills, Robin Birney, Elaine De Arana Blackstock, Margaret Blake, Savannah Blake, Je'Nell Blocher, Steven Bobzin, Diane Bolton, Shull "Buz" Bonsall, Jr., Barbara Born, Tom Bostrom, Nancy Bradford, Lynn Braitman, Grace Emery Brandt, Jeannie Bray, John Bray, Danielle L. Brinkman, Gail Brockett, Brian D. Brodersen, Elena Maria Brokaw, Marni Brook, Rebecca L. Brooks, Roxanne Brophy, Barbara Brown, Myrna Brown, Nancy Brown, Scott Brown, Warren Brown, Ruby Browning, Karen Bruns, Lisa Bruns-Schoen, Christina Bullock, Gloria Bunker, Stephen D. Bunting, Joanne L. Burch, Betty Burdick, Richard Burdick, John Burger, Larry E. Burgess, Terri Burgess, Buki Burke, Karyl Lynn Burns, Elli Busch, Susan A. Butler, Denise H. Buttrey

Christina Cade, Joseph Cahill, Sandra L. Cahill, Terrence J. Cahill, Ron Calkins, Faye Campbell, Joe Cardella, Christine Cardoso-Moore, Lawrence Cardozo, Joyce Carlson, Bonnie Carlton, Don Carlton, Paul Caron, Susan Carter, Sherry Cash, Virginia Celeste, Central Coast Landscape Products Inc., Central Highlands Regional Council, Harvey Champlin, Gary Channer, Patti Channer, Peter Chapa, Sylvia Cheatham, Betsy Chess, William D. Chilcutt, Theodora E. Christy, Lora Clarke, Philip Clarke, Cameron Clegg, Dennis Clegg, Harriet Clune, Bob Cole, Carol Cole, Richard Cole, Rick Cole, Cheryl M. Collart, Doris K. Collin, Helen Collins, Katherine Collins, Mark S. Collins, Brigitte Colzani, David Comden, Mary Comstock, Marsha Conroy, Freddie Contarino, Susan Cook, Ledlie Corse, Maria Magdalena Coulson, Jeff Cowan, Patricia Cowan, Dorene Cowart, Doris F. Cowart, Kevin Cox, Sally C. Crain, Constance P. Crawford, James D. Crawford, Briana Crikelair, Janet L. Crozier, Barbara Cummins, Judy Cunningham, Patrick Cunningham, Ida Ruth Curtis

Edward F. Damron, Jeffrey T. Damron, Jeffrey G. Dann, Georgiana Daskais, Darlene Davidson, Georgie J. Davies, Jeffrey S. Davies, Ivor Davis, K.O. Davis, Sally Ogle Davis, Sue Davis, Lynn De La Cruz, Bonnalynn Dean, DC, Gladys M. Degner, Ellyn S. Dembowski, Bill Deniston, Marjorie Deniston, Gail R. Denn, Frederick Denning, Denise M. Dewire, Jean Di Guilio, Ray Di Guilio, Dave Diermier, Kathleen Diermier, Dignity Care, Barbara D'Incau, Sandy Dinkler, Helen Dirkes, Merle R. DiVita, Pat Dolan, Peg Dolan, Rose Dolan, Caroline Doll, Steve Doll, Desiree Domingo-Foraste, MD, Cheryl Donaldson, Emmett E. Drake, Karen Draper, Robert Draper, Hannah Duckwitz, Kathryne Duckwitz, M. B. Shalala Dunbar, John Dunham, Michele Dunham, Jayme Dwyer, John Dwyer 

Eat, Plant & Be Merry Garden Club, Montalvo Avenue School, Diane Eberhardy, Linda Edison, John Edison, MD, Joan Egbert, Patricia Ehret, Sylvi Eide, Deborah Emmanuel, Randy Encinas, Linda D. England, Beatrice Epping, Carolyn S. Erbeck, John R. Erbeck, PhD, Connie Estes, Ken Estes, Barbara J. Evans, Frederick Evans, Stephanie Lynn Everett, Jon N. Everhart

Garold Faber, Ben A. Faber Ph.D., Cherie L. Fairweather, John C. Fairweather*, Margaret Falconer, Mrs. Larry Falza, Mark Fargo, Judith Farrell, Sheila M. Fattarelli, Ardelle Faue, Warren Faue, Gail Faulkner, Ron Feinstein, Joyce Fish, Linda Kay Fisher, Robert Fisher, Karen Flock, Martha Jo Ford, Marilyn T. Fordney, Jill Forman, Denise Fort, Elizabeth S. Foulke, Edie Fowkes, Peggy Frandsen, Wink Frandsen, Dan Frederickson, Christene Freiberg, Clyde M. Freiberg*, Richard French, Martha V. Frenzel-Smith, Janet Fukumoto

Lucia Nan Galgano, Mary S. Gallagher, Stephanie Garman, Donna Gernat, Jane Gibbons, Clarice Gibbs, Lynda L. Girtsman, Mortimer M. Glasgal, MD, Deborah Golden, Tom Golden, MD, Diane Goldenring, Peter Goldenring, Lillian F. Goldstein, Adam Good, Carson Good, Charles Good, Chase Good, Christina Good, Crystal Good, David Good, James Good, Lucas Petit Good, Alan Gordon, Diane Gordon, Gaylene Graham, Judith A. Graves, Caroline Greeby, Doug Green, Ellis L. Green, Green Thumb International, Nancy Gregg-Keller, Hans Grether, Phyllis Grey, Maxine Grimm, Amy Grossman, Zack Grossman, Woody Gulledge, Esq., Robert Guthrie

Linda Kay Hadlen, Peggy Haines, Randy Haines, Geraldine V. Hair, Lorraine Hall, Jim Hall II, Douglas A. Halter, Carol H. Hambleton, Alan Hammerand, Kathy Hammerand, Ruth Hammond, Cindy Hansen, Ronald G. Harrington, Esq., Albert G. Harris, Harvey M. Harris, Jessica Harris, Peggy Harris, David C. Harris, MD, Myron Harrison, Sharon Harrison, Kathy Hartley, Amber L. Harvey, Chuck Hashbarger, Cynthia Hashbarger, Janet Chase Hassler, Sharon Hawkins, Georganna Hawley, Brian S. Haworth, Barbara J. Hayes, Geraldine Hayes, Helen Haynes, Terry Hazen, Angie Hecht, John Hecht, Sharon Heintz, Kathrine Heinzman, Cheryl Heitmann, Joseph R. Henderson, Mary Alice Henderson, Heather Hendren, William Hendren, Mona Henniger, Irene Henry, Ron Hertel, Julie Hess, Bill Hicks, Barbara Hill, Cara Hill, Genevieve Hinkle, Husam Hishmeh, Dorothy Hitch, Jymmye R. Hitch-Banhart, Linda Hitt, Peter Hockenmaier, Susan A. Hockenmaier, La Vern Hoffman, Ross F. Hoffman, Sheila Callison Hoffman, Karen Holt, Steven Holt, Hanna Lore Hombordy, Daniel Hopps, Lydia Hopps, Rod Houck, Jon J. Huber, Teresa V. Huber, Nancy Maulhardt Huff, Carol Hughes, Heidi Huguley, Arthur W. Huguley III, Renata Hundley, Jan Hunter, Nancy R. Huntsinger, Esther Hutchinson

Donna Ingram, Maryanne Irving, Ann D. Ives, Jon R. Ives

Linda Lasater Jacobs, David Jaffe, Robin Jester, Karen L. Johnson, Tania Johnson, Gail Johnston, William Thomas Johnston, Bruna Jones, Robert I. Jones, Jordan, Gilbert & Bain Landscape Architects, Jennifer Jorgensen, Terri A. Judkins, Patricia Jump

Tony Kack, Joanne Kaplan, Monroe Kaplan, Joe Kapp, Rebecca Kapustay, Joshua Kaufman, Mary Kay Kaufman, Elise O. Kearney, William J. Kearney, Fred Kelley, Betty Louise Kelly, Jacqueline Kelly, Michael J. Kelly, Rose Keppler, Ajay Keshap, Jack M. Kiesel, John Kilburn, Donna King, Jeff King, Arthur D. Kinney, Jr., Stephen J. Kipp, David H. Klinger, Patricia Knott, Brian Koch, Eunice M. Koch, Lynn R. Kong, Thomas Q. Kong, Bernard Krakower, Sondra Krakower, Teresa Kravitz, Laura Kriese, Echo Kukuchek

Susan Labadie, Jordan Laby, Sandra Laby, David Lacey, Marie Lakin, Linda Lamb, Cynthia Lamp, Gregory Lamp, Susan Lang, Dennis LaRochelle, Jo Ann LaRochelle, Melissa LaRochelle, Rachael LaRochelle, Karen Latourell, Lisa Jo Lauterbach, Byron J. Lawler, Rene Lawler, Jane Lax, Geyla LeClair, Catherine Lee, Fredda L. Leiter, Leslie Levitt, Paul Levitt, MD, Phyllis Lewandoski, Glee L. Lewis, Carol Lindberg, Usha Linderman, Pamela Lindsay, Susan L. Liserani, Barbara Litton, William Lockard, Dan Long, Eloise M. Long, Tracy Long, June Lovell, F. Warren Lovell, MD, Friday G. Lubina, John A. Lubina, PhD, Beth Lucas, David Ludwig, Daniel Ray Lund, Ginger Lynch, Bob Lynn, Kathleen Lynn, Sherry Lyons

Justice Beeler Maciel, Sylvia Mack, June Mancuso, Lauren Manzano, Kristen Marozzi, Carol Marques-Olson, Barbara Marsh, Rose Adelle Marsh, David Martin, James Martin, Jaysha Beeler Martin, Kylie Martin, Sara Beeler Martin, Blake Mashburn, Robert Mason, Freda Massaro, John R. Masterson, Patricia M. Masterson, Larry Matheney, Lindy Matheney, Janice Mazurek, Robert T. Mazurek, MD, Kimberly McAtee, Doug McAvoy, Nancy McAvoy, Anna McBreen, Terry McBreen, Thomas McBreen MD, Beverly McCaslin, Colby McCaslin, Cory McCaslin, Julie McCaslin, Patrick McCaslin, Randy McCaslin, Shelley McCloskey, Steven McCloskey, James B. McConica, Rosena McConica, Marlene McElroy, Toby McGee, Mark McGonigle, Roz McGrath, J. McGuire, Jonell Richardson McLain, Harriet McNamara, Rosa Lee Measures, Barbara Meister, Floyd Melson, Dena M. Mercer, Michael Merewether, Laura Dodge Meyer, Jean Barbee Midgley, Mike Cole Farms, Lynn B. Mikelatos, Donna Miller, Inga Miller, Jill Miller, Richard Miller, Roger Milligan, Donald F. Mills, Christine Miner, Linda Mirabelli, Mike Mirabelli, Lacy Moes, Dianne Molnar, Don Molony, James L. Monahan, J.K. Mondol, Suzanne Montgomery, Mike Montoya, Sedona Rose Moore, Marsha Moreland, Cindi Morris, Jan Morris, Maggie Morrison, Dale Muegenburg, Jolene Mullins, Kimble "Skip" Mullins

Karen M. Nale, Russell S. Nale, Melody C. Namikas, Tom Nelson, Virgil K. Nelson, Vivian Nelson, Scott Nething, Debra Newman, Roger Nguyen, Leslie Nichols, Laurence Nicklin, Stuart Nielsen, Gina Nierbergall, Ralph Noll, Steve Noll, Parker Owen Nordahl, Gerald Nordskog, Jean Norman, Dorothy Novatt, Jaimie Nunez, Paul Nunez, Samuel Ryan Nunez, Nancy L. Nustad, Roger D. Nustad

Linda Lemieux Ochoa, Romualdo Ochoa, Tony R. Ochoa, Ken Oelschlager, Sharon J. Oelschlager, MaryJane O'Hagan, Janice Okuma, Joan C. Oliva, Michele Olsen, Allen A. Olson, Jim O'Neil, Kerry O'Reilly, Stephanie Orr, Mark Ortiz, Louise Oseguera, Suzanne Outzen, David A. Owen

Barbara J. Palmer, Joe Panushka, Archie Park-Sherbo, Dale Parry DDS, James H. Passanisi, Adrianne Patnaud, Chris Patnaud, Stan Patscheck, Valerie Patscheck, Edward Paul, Nancy Paul, John Pavelko, Wendy Pazen, Ellen E. Pearson, Larry Pearson, Roxanne Pearson, Frank Pecarich, Pam Pecarich, Kathleen Pendergest, Katherine Pessin, Irene Peters, Stella Vie Peters, Lynne K. Peterson, Marion Phalan, Martha Picciotti, Jill Pierse, Vincent Pierse, Gene E. Pitman, Susan Pollack, Lori Poole, Bert Potter, Marilyn Potter, Lisa Potter Borin, Samuel Povar, Gayle L. Powell, John R. Powell, James H. Prewett, Peggy Purnell

Sue Rains, Elizabeth M. Ralston, Hugh J. Ralston, David Ramsey, Rancho Canada Larga, Phillip Ranger, Tammy Ranger, Martha Raysor, Carol Reeves, Patrick Reeves, Chris Reinhart, Suzy Reinhart, Bob Reinig, Pam Reinig, Resource Conservation Partners Inc., Jerry E. Revard, Sally B. Richards, Barbara C. Riffero, Deborah Roberts, Wyndra Roche, Donald Rodrigues, June Roesler, Sandra Romero, A. Karen Romney, Jim Roth, Stefanie Roth, Peggy Rothschild, Jacqueline Rothwell-Evans, Betsy R. Rubottom, Marie Ann Ruelas, Peggy Ruesink MFT, Bill Rutan

Richard Sanders, Wendy Sauter, Pamela Savitch, Mary I. Schaeffer, Karen Schilbrack, Cynthia M. Schlageter, Darrell Schmitt, Debora Schreiber, Jane Schrock, David M. Schuepbach, Barbara Schulman, Julianne Schulze, Miriam Schwab, Henry Schwab*, Lynne Scott, Sherry Scott, Laney Scully, Karen Sedlacek, Jack Kenneth Shaffer, Kathleen Shaffer, Michael F. Shanahan, Mark B. Shappee, Debra Sharp, , Judy Shaw, Tom Shaw, Mel Sheeler, Carolyn Shimabuku, Maurice Shimabuku, Anne Simmons, Shirley Simms, Steve Simms, Reta Singer, , Doug Singletary, , Nena Singletary, Brian Smith, Peggy Smith, Russell Smith, Eleanor Songer, Ron Songer, Matthew T. South, Nancy F. South, Frank Souza, Tom Spaeth, Michael Spasiano, William "Bill" J. Spellman, DDS, Martha A. Spriggs, Suzanne Squires, Cindy Stankiewicz, Walt Stankiewicz, John C. Stauffer, Ed Steever, Katherine Steever, David M. Stegman, MD, Muriel Steiger, Wendy Steiger, Kathryn Stephenson, Jan Stevens, Richard Stewart, Rick Stewart, Aimée Stork, Dave Stork, Hannah Stork, Joseph Stork, Midge Stork, Riley Stork, Sherea Stork, Susan Stork, Todd Stork, H.R. "Bill" Stork*, Helen Stork*, Pauline Stork*, Michelle Strauss, Tony Strauss, Eric Suliga, Laura Dolan Suliga, Edward W. Summers, Brent Susman, Kathy Susman, Elizabeth Sussman, Gabriel Swan, Thomas Swan, Elaine M. Sweet, Judith Swope

Gail Taback, Tobey R. Tabor, John Taft, Norbert Tan, Donald Taylor, James M. Taylor, Kristin Taylor, Rose M. Taylor, Zoe Taylor, Alan R. Templeman, Jeanne C. Templeman, Sam Terra*, Gregory M. Thayer, Shirley M. Thayer, Dorothy Thomassin, Katherine Lee Thomassin, Steven Thomassin, Stacey Tipton, Robert Tovias, Judy Triem, John S. Tsakonas MD

Susan Van Abel, Bert Van Auker, John Van Auker, Carol Van Bogelen, Tina Van Coops, Michael Velthoen, Patricia Velthoen, Ventura Air Conditioning Co., Ventura County Astronomical Society, Ventura County Rose Society, Ventura Hillsides Conservancy, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau Inc., Judith Vielbig, Rick Vitelle, Sheila Vitelle

Madeleine A. Waddell, MA, MFT, J. Giles Waines, Bill Wakelee, Marcia J. Wakelee, Edith Wald, John B. Walker, Kathy Walker, Richard A. Walker, Andrea Wall, Carol Wall, Jon Wall, Michelle Wall, Jeanne Wallis, Deanna Walsh, Hon. Henry J. Walsh, Greg L. Ward, Judith Ward, Robert Warnagieris, Betty Warner, Katherine Warner, Richard L. Warner, Rosalind Warner MD, Doug Wasson, Jane Donlon Waters, Patty Waters, Charlie Watling, Guy M. Webb, Mary S. Webb, Mrs. Glenn Martin Webb, Lt. Col. Glenn Martin Webb*, Jean Weidenfeller, Christy Weir, Lynn Weitzel, Norman Weitzel, Betty Weldon, Katie Weldon, Rod Weldon, Eric Werbalowsky, Lisa West, Holly White, Jocelyn D. White, Judith White, Sidney L. White, Troy A. White, Mary A. Lambing White*, Marilyn S. White-Redmond, Barbara Whiting, Karen Whiting, Carmel M. Whitman, John G. Whitman, Richard Wibbelman, Wildscape Restoration Inc., Rolla J. Wilhite, David Wilk, Carolyn Willard, Susie Williams, "Winkie" Wilson, Emery Grace Wilson, Ed Wimpee, Jacob Wimpee, Myrna Winer, John O. Wingate, Wade Wisegarver, Barbara R. Wolf, Cmdr. Ronald M. Wong, Donald Wood, Douglas Wood, Jessica Wood, Jacqueline Bowland Worden, Jim Worden, Carley Bisher Worth, Christiaan Wynhamer

W. David Young, Helen M. Yunker, Stella Zambrzuski-Ortiz, Patricia Zenone, Kay Zetlmaier, Stephanie Zierhut, Ronald J. Zolkover, Norma Zuber

*memorial membership