Meet Our Members

Acting as role models and mentors, League members connect with WEV clients to help their businesses thrive. Theses spotlights introduce you to some of these truly extraordinary individuals.

Spotlighting Melissa Sayer

“Helping to support women business owners is an important mission, particularly assisting those who may not otherwise have access to funding,” says Melissa Sayer explaining why she connects with WEV’s mission. “Giving women access to tools to become financially independent…

Spotlighting Sarah Turner

A second generation Ojai native, Sarah Turner has deep roots in both Ventura County and Santa Barbara. “I grew up in Ojai, graduated from UCSB and started working as a staff accountant at Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co., LLP here…

Spotlighting Kathy Wertheim

Kathy Wertheim has been affiliated with WEV for more than 10 years in various capacities. She has been a SET Grad, a Thrive client, a volunteer and now a member of the League of Extraordinary Women. “I love WEV! It’s…

Spotlighting Michele Newell

After only three years in Ventura County, Michele Newell has obviously made her mark on the community. In 2018, she was recently named one of the Pacific Coast Business Times Top 50 Women in Business. An Honoree in the Technology…

Spotlighting Nancy Crouse

Taking her dog for a walk motivates Nancy Crouse to get out of bed in the morning but it’s her curiosity, and the projects that feed that curiosity, that keeps her motivated. “Being involved with WEV as a board member…

Spotlighting Patrice Rosenthal

When we asked Patrice if she had any favorite quotes or words she lives by, she shared two. The first was, “Where’s the corkscrew?” (kidding but not kidding) and more seriously the second was, “Keep Going, It Matters”. She definitely…

Spotlighting Beth Sparkes

Our inaugural Spotlight, kicking off the League of Extraordinary Women’s Facebook group is Beth Sparkes, Vice President of Human Resources for the Towbes Group and a Founding Member of the League of Extraordinary Women. In the 80’s, Beth worked at…

Spotlighting Maria Ventura

As the Public Affairs Manager for SoCalGas in Ventura County; Maria Ventura uses her influential network and extensive experience working in the private and public sectors, philanthropy, media relations (English and Spanish) and government affairs to get people to work…

Spotlighting Andria Martinez Cohen

Working with small business owners is a familiar situation for Andria Martinez Cohen having grown up with an entrepreneurial mother. “My mom was a teacher but she started seasonal businesses so she could work a couple months out of the…

Spotlighting Naomi Dewey

In 1998, Naomi Dewey and her young family left the United Kingdom for a six-month stay in Santa Barbara where her husband was working. They ended up staying, and for the last 20 years Naomi not only raised her family, she…
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