Board Members 2021-2022
Seleta Dobrosky is the Children’s Medical Services Administrator for Ventura County Public Health. She oversees California Children’s Services, CHDP, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and the Health Homes Ventura County Program. She received both her Bachelor’s in Nursing and her Master’s in Nursing Administration from University of Phoenix. Seleta has been in Public Health since 2004, providing services to some of Ventura County’s most vulnerable populations. She has a passion for families at risk for abuse, neglect and trauma and has spent most of her nursing career working with these families. As a graduate of the Ventura County Leadership Academy, she has formed relationships and networks across the county, bringing awareness to the needs of families in our community and finding ways to make Ventura County thrive. In her spare time, Seleta loves to run and do obstacle course races, often with her husband and son. She is active in her church’s Kid’s Ministry and volunteers with the US Navy Sea Cadet Program.
Jesus Merino has been in the Multimedia and Language Industry for over 20 years.Being fluent in English and Spanish and having interacted with ethnicities and social levels, he understands the importance of communication, not only through video or translations, but also though LOCALIZATION, which is the process of adapting a message to a specific demographic. Now with Merino Productions, Jesus has created videos for Ventura County Districts such as the Watershed Protection District, Non-Profit organizations such as The Partnership for Safe Families and Communities and independent businesses, assisting them with relaying their message to specific target demographic and/or non-English speaking markets alike.
Sonia Kroth is Community Relations Manager for the County of Ventura’s Human Services Agency where she collaborates to strengthen partner relationships, increase access to resources and co-create community well-being. She received her BA degree from Oberlin College and her Masters in Public Administration at California State University-Northridge. Sonia is bilingual and bicultural and brings extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including oversight of a nationally-recognized mentoring program, and cross-sector work in Mexico in sustainable agriculture and indigenous culture. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, learning alongside her young son and being active in her local community.
ALBERT DE LA ROCHA
Albert de la Rocha currently serves as the Director of Operations for National University, a private non-profit university based out of San Diego California. Albert is a leader, educator, advocate, and change agent for our community. He uses education and his platform as a tool to impact students, organizations, and to create the synergy needed to build partnerships that have a collective impact in our community. He has over 15 years of non-profit leadership experience and specializes in education and program development. He is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, University of San Diego, and National University.
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Chris Ridge is the Director of Comprehensive Health and Prevention for the Ventura County Office of Education. He has served in public education for 25 years as a teacher, a principal and most recently as Director of Pupil Services for Oxnard School District. During his career, he has worked to increase access to education for California students who live in conditions of poverty, abuse and neglect. That work has also included a significant focus around the supports and conditions necessary for students to learn well, such as access to health care services and social services. He is also a champion of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which serves to establish a safe, secure and positive school climate for all students. Chris has been an active partner in the work of child abuse prevention by working closely with the Ventura County Human Services Agency and other County agencies during the last five years.