Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme Announces New Board Members

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 3, 2011

Two community leaders have joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme board of directors. The new board members are Laurie Eberst, chief executive office of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Kathleen Sheehan, Port Hueneme Police Chief.

“Laurie and Kathleen are strong leaders and wonderful role models for the girls in our Clubs and community. These women share a passion for helping and are dedicated to helping youth and families,” said Richard Elzinga, chief volunteer officer and president of the board of directors, BGCOP.

As chief executive officer of St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Eberst’s philosophy recognizes the importance of visibility in the community and active participation on various boards that meet the needs of citizens. After receiving an undergraduate degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands, Eberst relocated to Gilbert, Ariz., where she served on the Arizona Board Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Health and Hospital Association, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

Sheehan is the first female to hold the position of chief officer at the Port Hueneme police department. As a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheehan worked in some of the toughest tactical and political arenas. She then spent three years in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and two years as police chief in Bishop, Calif. Sheehan previously took part in WATTSTAR Cinema and Education Center, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities in the communities of Watts and Willowbrook for economic development and cultural experiences. She also contributed to the World Children’s Transplant Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement of pediatric transplantation around the world.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit


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