Volunteer Opportunity

description of volunteer requirements and opportunity for any program area of the community - includes volunteer contact person.

Dorothy (Dot) Scovil

Class facilitator
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To the co-facilitation of the VCSL Grief Group, Dot brings 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor. She founded and directed the first center for outpatient therapy at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Wall Street area of New York City from 1973 to 1987. She then returned to her native Ventura County where she established a successful private practice until her retirement in 2008.

Several painful losses of loved ones has led Dot to offer her empathic heart to others experiencing and needing to express their grief. Dot may be reached at (805) 302-9818 or dotspot43@aol.com.

Cheryl Ostrander

Bookstore Ministry Leader

Linda Drevenstedt

Hospitality Leader
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Linda is a speaker, consultant, and author. Her southern “Steel Magnolia” approach is honest and straightforward with a spoonful of sugar. For over 20 years, Linda’s Drevenstedt Consulting has helped small businesses to improve operations and coached business owners to grow their management leadership skills. linda@drevenstedt.com or 805.323.5041.

Mie Fallesen-Lacara

Paws & Effect Ministry Leader
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Mie first attended the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living sometime in 2006 and knew right away that she had found her spiritual home and community.

The first thing she noticed, as as she walked through the front door, was the portrait of Rev. Bonnie Rose and her dog, Stella. Mie just knew that she was done searching for a spiritual home.

Mie has always felt a very strong connection to the animal kingdom since she was a child. As she became more connected in our spiritual Center, her passion grew and she was encouraged to actually go out in the community to help and do rescue work. Mie has especially developed a strong need to work, help and rescue what we call power breeds.

Mie volunteers for a rescue group called "All for Love Animal Rescue" (AFLAR). There she helps evaluate, train, and handle the dogs but, most importantly, educate the public about the bully breeds. They rescue/pull them from the shelters and get them ready for their future forever loving homes. Mie also coordinates their foster program. One of AFLAR main focuses is on Pit Bulls.

Mie and her husband have two Boerboels (South African Mastiffs), a Husky/Chow mix and a Yorkie. They recently were the foster parents to their now Pittie mix, Braxton. They loved him so much that they ended up adopting him last year!

Mie feels fortunate to work from home as a Personal Fitness trainer and nutrition consultant.

(805) 815-7938

Sue Kabel, RScP

Paws & Effect Ministry Leader
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Sue attended her first service at VCSL in 2009 and knew right away that she had found her spiritual community, her spiritual family. Sue became a Practitioner at the Center in 2013. A part of Practitioner training is becoming aware of how your unique gifts and passions may be shared with the Center and congregation. Because of Sue's deep passion for animals, it became clear to her that she should start a pet ministry.

Sue and her husband, Dave, have 2 dogs; Ren and Norma. Ren is a 13-year-old rescued Chihuahua, and Norma is a 4-year-old Rottweiler. Norma is a certified "Love on a Leash" therapy dog. She enjoys going to local nursing homes to share her love and licks.

The pet ministry, Paws & Effect, will offer support to the congregation and their beloved pets.

(805) 218-2894

Dave Kabel

Paws & Effect Ministry Leader
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Dave has been a member of VCSL since 2009. Since his wife, Sue, became a Practitioner in 2013, they both have had a desire to contribute to their Center in a special way. And since they are both lovers of animals, what better way than to start a pet ministry!

The pet ministry, Paws & Effect, will be a fun way to support the Center and the congregation. Dave & Sue have a Rottweiler (Norma) and a Chihuahua (Ren). Norma is presently a “Love on a Leash” certified therapy dog that makes nursing home visits to bring love and licks to the patients.

Dave is also an avid cyclist and loves to ride both road and mountain bikes. He also have a motorcycle that he and Sue enjoy riding.

(805) 983-5580

Maria Bucaro

Directory Coordinator, Facilities Co-Leader
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Lucky Lynch

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Lucky's first engagement with Science of Mind was in the 1970's and 80's when she conducted strategic planning retreats for a number of congregations in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. In 2005, Lucky married a follower of Ernest Holmes, Ed Lynch, who began attending the Ventura Church when he moved to Oxnard. Lucky became a member in 2006 and currently serves as our Outreach Ministry leader. In her consulting business, Transformation Process Design, she works with clients as they address interpersonal conflicts, improve communication and cooperation, and create more respectful and inclusive organizations and institutions. She is also an associate with Kaleidoscope Institute for competent leadership in a diverse and changing society. She is past president of Stillpoint a program that trains spiritual directors and serves as treasurer of Just Communities Central Coast . She has a Masters in Religious Studies from Mt. St. Mary's, Los Angeles.

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