Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Meet our Members

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Alexa Gonzalez, age 10

(partnered with Dayana Flores)

“The Club has a lot of activities for kids to have fun and to think about their futures.”


Alexa’s friend, Dayana, encouraged her to join the Club. Alexa says she likes the Club’s “awesome” programs like SeaPerch, a partnership between the Club and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division. (This innovative program stimulates students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.) In SeaPerch, she and Dayana constructed “The Blue Whale,” a robotic submarine that motored underwater with the aid of two propellers. Alexa, whose favorite subject is math, enjoyed the process of building and testing her submarine.


Alexa says when she grows up, she wants to be a mechanical engineer or an architect.

Corporate Champion Spotlight – Alexander Buick GMC Cadillac

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Corporate Champion Spotlight – Alexander Buick GMC Cadillac

For a third year in a row, Alexander Buick-GMC-Cadillac will be the presenting sponsor of the Club’s Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction & Gala. They have been a supporting Corporate Champion since 20XX, giving hundreds of youth the opportunity to take part in our programs.

They have donated $XXX,XXX to the Club.


Almost on a daily basis, our customers comment on our

affiliation with the Club, either in our service drive, our body shop or on

the showroom floor.

Keep up the great work you do, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard

and Port Hueneme, all of us at Alexander Buick GMC Cadillac say


– Robert and Angie Alexander

Alexander Buick GMC Cadillac


Club’s Leadership Team Grow

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Club’s Leadership Team Grows

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Greg Siuta                                                                 Veronica Quintana


Gregory (Greg) Siuta and Veronica Quintana have joined our board of directors. Greg, a strategic business development professional and Boys & Girls Club alum, brings a blend of business and military experience to the BGCOP board. Veronica specializes in providing accounting services to companies in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing, restaurant, and professional service industries, as well as government contractors.


“Both Greg and Veronica have proven track records for identifying and solving challenging problems,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “Their experience will provide dynamic support to our board and fresh ideas on new ways we can continue to improve the lives of our youth in our community.”


As a business development strategist, Greg pursues new business opportunities for Booz Allen Hamilton in Camarillo within the market areas of military aviation, electronic warfare, F-35 program management and serves as an adjunct instructor for them. He previously supported the firm’s dynamic Integrated Product Teams (IPT) with EW, Cyber, Operations and Training endeavors.  Greg holds a doctor of business administration in strategic management from California Miramar University and an MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School.


He has attended post-graduate studies in aviation engineering at the Georgia Technology Research Institute and national strategic studies at the Naval War College. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from East Carolina University.


Prior to his position at Booz Allen Hamilton, Greg served more than 11 ½ years as a U.S. Naval officer, primarily flying the EA-6B “Prowler.” A Boys & Girls Club alumnus, Greg currently volunteers as an AYSO soccer coach and serves as director for the Mugu Chapter of the Association of Old Crows.


Veronica has been with CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. for the last 19 years, where she is in charge of bookkeeping and tax clients for the Oxnard office, with overall responsibility for tax and accounting services to commercial entities.


She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, concentrating on accounting, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Veronica is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.


Active in the community, she has spent time as treasurer of Oxnard Union High School District Foundation, chairperson of La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth & Family Center, and treasurer of Ocean View Toastmasters. She has been honored by the Pacific Coast Business Times’ Who’s Who in Professional Services twice and the Latino Business Awards.


BGCOP Brings Home two National Awards!

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BGCOP Brings Home two National Awards!

Our Club recently received national recognition in the form of two National Merit Awards for Program Excellence from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s 109th National Conference in Chicago. We were the only Club at the event to receive multiple awards, and BGCOP was named as one of the top three programs nationally.


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(From left to right) Dr. Damon Williams, BGCA;      

Poses with BGCOP’s Mariana Cazares, Erin Antrim, Richard Duarte and Omar Zapata


The Club received the National Merit Award for Education and Career Development for its youth empowerment program (YEP).


“We are extremely honored to have our programs recognized by the prestigious Merit Awards for Program Excellence,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP CEO. “This is especially meaningful for our Club because with the addition of these two Merit Awards for Program Excellence, BGCOP has now received awards for every one of the programs we offer.”

national awards bgcop award-2National Merit Award for Sports, Fitness and Recreation    

(From left to right) Dr. Damon Williams, BGCA; stands with BGCOP’s Tom Barber,

Erin Antrim, Richard Duarte and Omar Zapata


The Club also received the National Merit Award for Sports, Fitness and Recreation for its sailing program.


Merit Awards for Program Excellence are sponsored by MetLife Foundation and presented annually for outstanding programs developed and implemented to lead youth to great futures at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Award recipients are selected from hundreds of entries submitted in the five core program areas for programs that demonstrate imagination, are fun and are linked to observable youth development outcome. Each honoree also receives a $2,500 award.


Staff and Board Members Honored at Annual Event

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Steve Kinney (center) proudly shows his award for board member of the year, with immediate past chair of the board of directors Richard Duarte and BGCOP CEO Erin Antrim.


More than 20 staff and board members were honored at the Club’s 61st annual installation and staff appreciation dinner at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse on July 9.


Amber Holmes, BGCOP’s 2015 Youth of the Year, administered the service oath to 2015-2016 board, with executive positions held by: Board Chairman Nancy Mayerson, Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations; Immediate Past Chairman Richard Duarte, youth advocate; Vice Chairman Sean Leonard, S.L. Leonard & Associates; Treasurer Michael Orman, Ojai Community Bank; and Secretary Carmen Ramos-Soriano, City National Bank. Percy Trent, Commander Master Chief at NBVC, was announced as a liaison to the board.


Executive committee members include: Don Facciano, youth advocate; Michael Barber, Santa to the Sea Half Marathon; Robert L. Sills, youth advocate; Rigoberto Vargas, Ventura County Public Health; and Frank Wasson, CBC Federal Credit Union.


Board members installed were: Steve Buenger, Buenger Commercial Real Estate, Inc.; Dr. Catherine Chien, Oxnard Children’s Dental Group; Lisa Cortes, Saalex Solutions; Danielle Everson, Clark*Everson LLP; Steve Kinney, youth advocate; Kathleen Looman, Gene Haas Foundation; Dean Maulhardt, Quality Packaging & Supplies, Inc.; P. Robert Page, Wells Fargo Bank; Veronica Quintana, CBIZ MHM, LLC; Ronald Rowen, RJR & Associates; Theodore J. Schneider, Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P.; Gregory Siuta, Booz Allen Hamilton; Anthony Volante, youth advocate; and David Wellik, Citizens Business Bank.


Steve Kinney was honored as the Board Member of the Year and BGCOP staffers Monique Garcia, Kevin Reynolds and Mayra Rincon received Most Valuable Club Professional awards.


Other honors went to board members Carmen Ramos-Soriano, who received the From the Heart Award, and Dr. Catherine Chien, who received the Helping Hand Award. Frank Wasson was honored as the Rookie Board Member of the Year.


Additional peer-voted staff honors were presented to Chris Lejano, Stephanie Bybee, Roderick Rosario, John Kelly and Jennifer Corbin for embodying BGCOP’s core values of caring, excellence, communication, innovation and leadership.


Congresswoman Julia Brownley visits the Club

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Congresswoman Brownley toured the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse in June where she got an opportunity to see firsthand the positive impact the Club has on the community’s youth.

Let’s go “All In” for the Kids

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Let’s go “All In” for the Kids

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Join us for a night of Vegas-like fun with a variety of casino games at our Casino Night and Poker Tournament fundraiser! Win great prizes like a trip to Vegas, gift cards, gift baskets and more! The event will begin at 5 p.m., with games beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., Sept. 26 at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center at 1900 West Fifth Street, Oxnard.


General admission is $55, those wishing to participate in the poker tournament must pay an additional $30. A ticket includes food, a drink ticket and casino cash. BGCOP is offering a special deal BGCOP is offering a special deal: Get two tickets for $100 until Sept. 16. The event is open to all members of the community, however guests must be at least 21 years or older to attend.


“The Casino Night and Poker Tournament is a fun way for people to enjoy an evening out with friends while contributing to the kids at the Club and the greater community,” said Erin Antrim BGCOP chief executive officer.


To purchase tickets, please visit or call (805) 815-4959 x207. All proceeds directly benefit the 9,200+ youth served at BGCOP. Tickets are tax-deductible.


BGCOP is also accepting sponsorships for the casino night which include presenting, table, drink and funny money sponsorships.



Day for Kids

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Day for Kids

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Get ready for our 10th Annual Day for Kids – Sept . 19 at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard. The day celebrates children as the future of our society and encourages families to spend quality time together. More than 3,000 kids and their families are expected to attend.

The free event boasts a family-fun atmosphere, with games, prizes, face painting, jolly jumpers, a rock wall, a petting zoo, Gamez on Wheelz and pony rides, along with great food and more. Enjoy the live entertainment from the Voices of Hope Choir and the Reptile Family’s reptile show. There will also be information booths where families can get learn about services provided within the community, and BGCOP will be providing free new memberships.

“Day for Kids engages the community, local businesses and service agencies as they come together in one location to host booths and provide resources for our youth and their families,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “It’s so important to spend time with our kids. We appreciate everyone’s help in making this event successful as we encourage adults and youth to spend more time together and build a connection that will last a lifetime.”

Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for sponsoring this great event.


Summer Message- Erin Antrim, CEO

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This summer has been a blast at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. I have had the pleasure of interacting with over 300 kids a day at our Martin V. Smith site. My office is located in this club and every day I work to the sound of children laughing, playing and having FUN! I have watched the lines of children each day around 12:30 going from lunch out to the playground to run, jump and play sports…being active, what kids should be doing. I watch them interacting socially, learning how to be leaders and friends and building character. I see in them in the afternoon engaging in high quality programming, including daily STEAM activities. These are kids that might not have this opportunity if it was not for the Club. I watch the busses leaving on fieldtrips taking the kids to opportunities that they would not otherwise have, going to museums, sports games, the library and the beach! I have observed kids engaged in academic activities and reading each day as we fight to prevent summer learning loss. The kids are lucky to have a Boys and Girls Club to attend for 9 weeks in the summer. They have this opportunity for only $20 a year because of generous donors, partners, foundations and corporations.


Some facts about summer and the Club…

  • Did you know the average child loses almost three months of learning in the summer? Research shows access to quality summer programs with a strong academic component prevents this loss from occurring.
  • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
  • Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).
  • We served 23,615 lunches this summer to kids that might have gone hungry.