Ventura Social Services Task Force, Inc.
* The Ventura Social Services Task Force, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to end homelessness in the City of Ventura.
* The Ventura Social Services Task Force, Inc. was established in 2014 to fill a gap in Ventura County’s ten year strategy to end homelessness. It is based on a “Housing First” initiative supported by the United States Interagency Council of Homelessness.
* The Ventura Social Services Task Force, Inc. organization supports and extends the ongoing work of the VSSTF Committee which has been working to end homelessness since 1994.
Ventura City Councilman Neal Andrews is a nationally recognized expert in strategic planning, management issues, and organizational improvement. He has been a hospital administrator, a senior state health care official, a university professor, and a successful investor and business entrepreneur.
Roland Barrio, Retail Sales Development Officer and V. P. at Rabobank, brings expertise in business development and customer relations. He chairs the Public Relations Committee of the Kiwanis Club of Ventura.
Sue Brinkmeyer is a former grant writer, grant director and community college professor. She serves on the County’s Continuum of Care overseeing HUD funds to end homelessness, and immediate past chair of the Ventura Social Services Task Force. She served as President of the Board.
Will Finster is store manager at Lowe’s, Ventura. He brings a strong connection to the community and knowledge of issues related to homelessness. He was instrumental in bringing Lowe’s staff to rebuild a room at City Center for families transitioning out of homelessness.
Jill Forman is an RN and emergency room nurse at Ventura County Medical Center. She is a long-serving member of the committee that oversees the Ventura Homeless Prevention Fund and has been a community activist working to end homelessness for more than ten years.
Thomas Hutchinson is a partner with the law firm of Norman Dowler LLP, who has also had a successful career in business, encompassing sales, marketing, finance, management and manufacturing. He is past-president of the Rotary Club of Ventura.
John Sanders Jones
John Sanders Jones is past chair of the Ventura Social Services Task Force. He has been a community activist working to end homelessness for over fifteen years.
Sharon Lanning is a Johnson & Johnson retiree with experience in sales and market development.
Amy Luoma is a Consultant for the County of Ventura, Human Services Agency. She served for two years as the Housing Specialist with Homeless 2 Home. She also brings experience as Family Outreach Specialist at Ventura's Lincoln School, where she developed a program to support homeless parents and children. Amy is a member of the Ventura County Continuum of Care Board and Vice President of the Ventura Social Services Task Force, Inc. Board.
Debora has been a member of VSSTF for over 10 years and served as secretary for several years. She has been active with the Homeless Prevention Fund since its inception and volunteered weekly at One Stop for 8 years. She is an RN, preferring to specialize in psychiatric care.
David Schmutte is Tax Manager with Soares, Sandall, Bernacchi & Petrovich, CPA’s. He has served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Turning Point Foundation, president of the Channel Counties Chapter California Certified Public Accountants Society, and president of the Ventura Kiwanis club. He is Treasurer of the Board.