Meet Our Staff
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, first as a volunteer, then board member and now, our Executive Director. 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.
Dr. Long is an anthropologist and certified Project Management Professional. Her PhD in Human Systems was awarded by Fielding Graduate University. She joined our Board of Directors, where she has served as Secretary, Vice-president and President, in 2011.
In 2021, she joined VBG staff as Special Projects Manager. She currently oversees all information technology, human resources, and revenue generation activities for the gardens, as well as conducting her own research projects in the field of human organization.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
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. Relocating to Ventura County and working in the Gardens has been a dream come true. In his time off he enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, and perfecting his pizza and brisket recipes.
Chris, a full-time assistant, graduated from Ventura’s Holy Cross and received his associate degree in environmental horticulture from Cal State Channel Islands. He has worked as a landscaper in retail, wholesale, and privately. Among the challenges of working at the Gardens, Chris mentions planting on the hills and the limited amount of water available. Chris enjoys working with his colleagues and compliments Joe Cahill on being a patient boss. Chris loves coming to work and we are happy to have him as part of our team.
WELCOME CENTER MANAGER
Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Plant Science from Cal Poly in Pomona, Thomas uses his extensive knowledge of plants, soils and water to help our Gardens thrive. He's always happy to stop and talk to visitors, especially when they need an answer about plant care and identification, or directions to the most beautiful flower or the best place for a photo op. Thomas currently lives in Port Hueneme.
WELCOME CENTER MANAGER
Cristina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Minor in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently a Graduate Student at California Lutheran University, studying for her master's in counseling for K-12 Schools.
She enjoys running, cycling, and exploring movie genres. Once she joined VBG as the Welcome Center Manager, her goal was to get to know the visitors and volunteers that keep the Welcome Center moving. She hopes that she will make it an inclusive and welcoming place for all.
Gabino received his Associates degree in Environmental Science at Ventura College, then transferred to Sacramento State for a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. He's worked for nonprofits including SAMO Fund & Mountain Restoration Trust gaining skills in horticulture and GIS mapping.
As a Garden Assistant, he works with operation and maintenance of equipment and irrigation systems and assists with GIS mapping including donor plants, benches, staircases and irrigation. He also works with our lead horticulturalist, supervises volunteers and assists with special projects. He keeps the gardens healthy and well maintained for everyone to enjoy and says, "it’s a privilege to be here. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions when you see me in the Gardens. I'm here to help."
Kevin grew up in Seattle and has always loved the outdoors. He studied Animal Behavior at Carroll University in Wisconsin before transferring to Oregon State. Upon moving to California full time, Kevin started working in landscape design, creating gardens for private houses in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, while volunteering at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network.
Kevin, who is currently finishing his degree in Horticulture at Oregon State University (E-Campus), joined our team in 2021. He enjoys the opportunity to work outdoors and leave a positive, lasting impact on the gardens for the public to appreciate.
Abigail joined the team after returning from New Zealand where she worked for a traveling science education program called Te Kura o te Kauri. She's held various positions on farms and gardens throughout the states (and beyond!) working from field hand and in outreach. Now, she is part of the development team, helping to keep our administration running smoothly.
Feel free to reach out with questions on how to become a member or stop and ask her questions, if you see her on the paths.
Jocelyn discovered botanical gardens during the pandemic in 2022 as a safe space for reflection and inspiration. In 2021, she worked at the LA Arboretum, gaining valuable experience. She spent most of her life in San Gabriel Valley then made the move to Ventura County 2022. She worked with us as an intern and is now an assistant in the development department. She finds joy in lending a helping hand behind-the-scenes and being part of a friendly community that shares a passion for nature. In her free time, she practices yoga, soaks up the sun at the beach, and spends her evenings combing through books at Barnes and Noble.
Ellen earned her BS in soils from the University of Maryland after a stint in the US Army as a linguist. She came to California, working as a soil scientist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), then became an Environmental Services Intern with CA Parks and Recreation in the Channel Coast District. She recently returned to school for Environmental Horticulture at Santa Barbara City College where she learned of our Internship program. Upon completion of the internship, she was offered a full time position removing invasive vegetation and re-planting natives. She enjoys mulching, watering and maintaining our irrigation system in our Coastal Sage Scrub area.
2023 Board of Directors
Derrick Wilson, President
Isabel Callaway, Vice President
Dianne Clapp, Treasurer
Adrienne Burks, Recording Secretary
Joe Cahill, Executive Director
Mary Kay Doubek
Linda Kaye Fisher
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
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