I am a third-generation Venturan who takes pride in my community but also wants to assist in it. Since Tender Life Maternity Home was my team project with the Ventura County Leadership Academy, I have become aware of all the aspects of Project Understanding.
Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Advertising from Cal State University-Fullerton
Chairperson for Ventura/Loreto Sister Cities Cultural Exchange
Vicky Cummings is the daughter half of Vicky & Vicky, Berkshire Hathaway’s mother and daughter Realtor team. Vicky has been in real estate for 12 years, and has more than 20 years’ sales experience. She grew up in a family of Realtors and has been interested in homes and property transformation since she was a child. Vicky is extremely knowledgeable about the Ventura County area, which she also calls home. She is actively involved in her community, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Project Understanding, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to local families and individuals in need.
Vicky is passionate about helping people, is highly experienced and well-connected in her field, and has an eye for design and detail. She prides herself on being able to see a home’s true value and possibilities and to translate her vision to her clients.
Vicky keeps up on all of the latest developments in the real estate industry, and continually hones her knowledge and expertise by regularly participating in classes and training.
For the past 15 years Janet Harrington has successfully managed her husband Michael’s dental practices, located in Ventura and Carpinteria. She has overseen all aspects of his practices, including: scheduling, accounting, patient case management and marketing. Her primary concern has been to ensure patients are properly cared for, and to maintain proper staffing and morale.
Throughout her career Jan has managed to raise three children, volunteering all 18 years of their childhood. Janet has volunteered in their classrooms, held board positions in the PTA, Girl Scouts, baseball, and soccer, to name a few. Janet has been extremely active with Carpinteria Rotary, Rotaract and the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce over the past eight years. Just recently she became involved with Habitat for Humanity.
Janet and her husband are members of Bible Fellowship Church, where she has devoted most of her time and energy to missionaries serving abroad. She has also enjoyed hosting Bible studies and singing in the choir. In her spare time Janet paints surf art, and enjoys an array of sports-paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling, mountain biking and hiking. She is very grateful for her full and blessed life, and wants to serve the community that she has lived in for most of her life. She is excited to be a part of Project Understanding and wants to make an impact on the community that she loves.
Matt LaVere is a second-generation Venturan. After working in Washington, D.C., in the White House and on Capitol Hill as a legislative advisor, Mr. LaVere returned home to Ventura following his graduation from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Mr. LaVere specializes in business, real estate and labor/employment law. He also acts as outside general counsel for numerous companies throughout the Tri-county region.
Mr. LaVere has a long history with Project Understanding, having volunteered for Project throughout his childhood. He credits his parents for instilling in him a strong devotion to community service. Mr. LaVere is also a board member of the Downtown Ventura Rotary Club and the Ventura College Foundation. He resides with his wife Alicia and daughter Lucia in Ventura, and attends Ventura Missionary Church.
Lisa works for the Jill Oliveras – Allstate Insurance Agency and offers her knowledge of all aspects of insurance and her certification in financial planning to serve the needs of Project Understanding. Lisa has lived in the Santa Paula/Ventura area most of her life and is committed to the mission and vision of Project Understanding. She is very excited to take up Project’s issues in the community and firmly believes in the “hand-up, not a hand-out” approach to solving social problems. Lisa attends Calvary Chapel of Santa Paula.
Board of Directors El Shaddai Paths to Leadership, Africa
Mom of Brian Jr, Jessica and Amanda
Member of Trinity Lutheran Church-Ventura
“My passion in all of my roles in life is investing myself into helping people enrich their lives. My goal every day is to serve my Lord and Savior here on earth by serving others he puts in front of me and loving them as he loves me.”
Patricia was born and raised in Danville, Virginia. She entered the medical profession and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1969. The military brought her and her husband to California in 1970. Their two sons were born and raised in the area and she has been living in Ventura since 1978. Her ultimate goal was to become a nurse practitioner even before most people understood what that meant as a profession. In 1985 she graduated from the University of California at Davis as a Family Nurse Practitioner and continued to work in that capacity until her retirement from Primary Medical Group in July 2016.
Patricia is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Ventura where she serves on the church council, endowment board, missions committee and is chairperson of the Happy Ventures Preschool.
After retirement she said she wanted to get out into the community and find ways to serve and to get to know other people with the same interest. “I feel that Project Understanding found me at just the perfect moment in time.” She is very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that gives not only a hand out, but also a hand up to so many in need.