Ventura County Leadership Academy names new board leaders

Mike Paule is the new president and a 30 year resident of Ventura County.  He owns a video production and marketing consulting firm and is an elected director of Triunfo Sanitation District.  Mr. Paule also serves as president of Ventura County Special Districts Association and as trustee on the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation.

Melissa Baffa will serve as the vice president.  Mrs. Baffa works as the Development Officer at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  She also serves on the board of directors of the Ventura County Women’s Political Council.

Sharon Cromartie will serve as the Treasurer.  Ms. Cromartie is the VP of Administration at Kids and Families Together, a not-for profit organization serving foster, adoptive, kinship and birth families. She is also a member of the Downtown Ventura Rotary Club and volunteers with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.

James Mason will serve as the Secretary.  Mr. Mason has over eighteen years of service in as a public administrator.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura.

The Ventura County Leadership Academy began as an initiative of the United Way of Ventura County, designed to develop leaders through a curriculum of fifteen full day focus sessions over nine months exploring critical issues and industries in the region.  Ventura County Leadership Academy is in its twenty second year, with over five hundred graduates of the program.

Ventura County Leadership missions to provide unique opportunities learn about Ventura County and to enrich ones leadership capabilities that will ultimately enhance his/her participation in the community.

For more information Ventura County Leadership Academy please contact: Pattie Braga 797-3985 or email [email protected].




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