Cal Remington

Cal Remington serves as the Foundation President. He has served as Chief Probation Officer for L0s Angeles, San Mateo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. He has over 45 years of experience serving in law enforcement. He has served as a teacher and consultant for the National Institute of Corrections, Ventura Community College, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Federal Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention. His publications include New Designs for Youth Development, Restitution is Working and A Guidebook for Juvenile Justice Practitioners.


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Jennifer Duston

Jennifer serves as the Secretary of the Board. She is the Principal at ATLAS Elementary School (Academy of Technology & Leadership at Saticoy) in Ventura. She serves on various state boards for educational organizations, speaks around the country on current educational trends, and is a member of the local chapter of the National Charity League Juniors. Jennifer resides in Ventura with her husband and two daughters.

Debbie Golden

Debbie Golden

Debbie manages the Events Committee for the Foundation. A strong supporter of the Buena Football team, Deb helped raise the funds for the current football stadium and is also a member of the Ventura Optimist Club. She resides in Ventura with her husband and is very involved in her grandchildren’s lives.

Gale Hartman

Gale Hartman

Gale is the Vice President and Treasurer of the Foundation. Gale began volunteering for VPD at the Montalvo Storefront in 1996, and soon after was asked to be on the Executive Board of PAL. Gale is active in the community and currently resides in Ventura.


Mark Varela

Mark began his career in community service in 1988 as a Deputy Probation Officer for the Ventura County Probation Agency. He rose through the agency’s ranks to his current assignment as Director/Chief Probation Officer. Mark resides with his family in Ventura.

Debbie Simpson

Debbie Simpson

Co-owner of AAA Propane Services, Inc, Debbie is an active member of many non-profit organizations including Casa Pacifica in which she served as President. She resides in Ventura with her husband, daughter and son.

Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

David Wilson serves as the Membership Chair of the Foundation. He served as a Ventura Police Officer for 26 years. He retired from his position as Assistant Police Chief in 2016.

David has worked a wide-range of assignments including patrol, field-training officer, administration, harbor officer, special enforcement team (Gangs) and detectives. He has served as a supervisor in Patrol, 9-1-1 Command Center, SWAT and Professional Standards. In 2015, David was appointed to the State of California 9-1-1 Advisory Board by California's Governor.

David is currently a Public Safety Specialist with Motorola Solutions coordinating Intelligence Led Public Safety solutions in the Western United States.

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Sarah Abrams

Sarah is the Office Manager and Marketing Director for American Pacific Mortgage, located in Ventura. She serves on the board for both Rotary of Downtown Ventura and the Camarillo YMCA, is active with the Ventura Chamber and the Young Professionals Group.  She resides in Silver Strand Beach, with her husband and two daughters.


Nydia Ramirez

Nydia is a local Ventura County Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. She is involved in charity events here in our city either volunteering or organizing fundraising events. She lives in Ventura with her family where they enjoy local eateries, the beach and all the fun things to do in town.



Ventura Police Department Staff Support

Ashley Bautista


Ashley serves as the Board Liaison between the Ventura Police Community Foundation Board of Directors and the Ventura Police Department.  She manages the public affairs of the police department in her capacity of Civic Engagement Specialist. She acts as the social media manager for the police and foundation - always encouraging the community to get connected on Nextdoor, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! She's a Ventura resident and active in the community with her four sons. She's passionate about engaging the community with public safety efforts and supporting the work of Ventura Police Officers.

Sam Arroyo

Sam Arroyo

Sam is currently a Commander with the Ventura Police Department overseeing the Investigations Division. Sam previously served as the President of the Ventura Police Activities League and served 6 years on the Ventura Police Officers' Association Board of Directors. He resides in Ventura with his wife and two children.