Who We Are

 

In 2002, the California Economic Development Department (EDD) realized a need for local, grass roots organizations to help disseminate information crucial for businesses to comply with California employment and business law.

 

At the state level, the California Employers Advisory Council coordinates efforts with the EDD and serves as the umbrella organization for all of the local Employer Advisory Council chapters.

 

Each local chapter is sourced solely with volunteer effort, including professionals and business owners who donate their time and expertise to continue the flow of information necessary for businesses to operate in today’s complex employment climate.

 

The East Ventura County Employer’s Advisory Council was formed in 1989.  With the help of dedicated board members and attendees, East Ventura County EAC regularly puts on top-notch seminars designed to help everyone in business avoid problems with their employees.

 

While employers have easy access to more information than ever dreamed possible, our monthly speakers are able to translate the chaos and discern fact from fiction when it comes to employment and business issues.

Richard Folsom

CHAIR

 

Richard, a native of Ventura County, began his career in the hospitality industry switching to manufacturing 14 years ago. With 20 plus years accounting and human resource experience, Richard currently works at Semiconductor Equipment Corp. where he serves as Controller and CFO.

 

 (805) 529-2293 Ext. 14
RFolsom@semicorp.com
Moorpark

Meghan B. Clark

VICE-CHAIR

 

Meghan provides day-to-day advice to employers on every employment question possible, including handling terminations, development of employment policies and counseling employees.  She regularly presents trainings to her clients on best management practices and represents employers in litigation.  Meghan has handled over 40 appeals, including published decisions.  She has also obtained dismissals or favorable rulings for employers from the EEOC, DFEH, EDD, and DLSE.

 

(805) 322-4949
mclark@clarkeversonlaw.com
Westlake Village

Diane MacKinnon

SECRETARY

 

Diane’s recent experience includes Human Resources Director at Adams Wine Group. She is bilingual Spanish and English speaking professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources.  She attended California Lutheran University to complete her SPHR and is a member of Professional in Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

(805) 267-0309
dmackinnon@verizon.net
Adams Wine Group
Westlake Village

Sharon Martin

TREASURER

 

Profit Strategies, Inc. helps small businesses achieve their vision and profit potential by providing experts in the area of bookkeeping, human resources and benefit design and management.  We allow the business owner to tap into resources they would otherwise not afford and can create efficiencies that actually save them time and money.  Getting them back to what they do best.

 

(805) 379-1920
sharon@profitstrategy.com
Westlake Village

Brook J. Carroll

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

 

Mr. Carroll is an experienced employment law litigator who enjoys being in the courtroom and using his trial experience to help clients seek solutions to heated disputes. Brook has litigated in most federal and state courts in California, as well as arbitrating matters in front of all of the major arbitration providers. He also advises clients on best employment practices and how to avoid litigation.

 

(805) 322-4949
bcarroll@clarkeversonlaw.com
Westlake Village

 

Susanne J. Whims

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

 

Susanne re-joined the EAC Board in 2013. Her previous work experience include Funrise Toys, Strix Systems and Vertel Corporation. She is currently Human Resources Advisor at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

 

(818) 878-5021
susanne.whims@al-enterprise.com
Calabasas

 

Amanda Barrios

SOCIAL MEDIA CO-CHAIR

 

Amanda is the Human Resources Manager for Rapattoni Corporation, a real estate software company in Simi Valley. Amanda has been a board member of the East Ventura EAC since 2009.

 

(805) 520-9755
abarrios@rapattoni.com
Simi Valley

Tricia Friou

CO-CHAIR SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Tricia joined the EAC Board in 2013. Her EAC meeting attendance for over 20 years has contributed to her career as a Human Resources professional.  She currently works for the Area Housing Authority of Ventura County.

 

 (805) 480-9991 Ext. 840
humres@ahacv.org
Newbury Park

Scott Lambdin

MARKETING CHAIR

(805) 583-1833
lambdin@volt.com
Simi Valley

 

Gail Kasovac

HOSPITALITY CHAIR

 

Gail joined the EAC Board in 2005. She is a client services rep and corporate trainer for Barrington Staffing Services in Thousand Oaks.

 

(805) 494-1145
thousandoaks@barringtonstaffing.net
Thousand Oaks

 

Peter Rosales

EDD EAC COORDINATOR

 

Peter is the EDD Coordinator for the East Ventura County Employer Advisory Council. Some of his other assignments with EDD have been Business Unit lead, Experience Unlimited, Agricultural Recalls, and Targeted Recruitments, working with veterans, assisting employers, and committee chair for the annual Farmworker community resource Fair (Feria Campesina).

 

(805) 288-8231
peter.rosales@edd.ca.gov
Oxnard

Michele Sinopoli, CIC

MEMBER AT LARGE

 

At Hub International, I assist business owners with their insurance placements such as Workers Compensation, Property, Liability, Auto, Employment Practices Liability and Professional Liability. My clients include construction, manufacturing, service industries, professionals, apartment owners and commercial building owners.

 

(805) 879-9591
michele.sinopoli@hubinternational.com
Westlake Village

David Navarrete

EDD VETERAN’S WORKFORCE SPECIALIST

 

 

(818) 288-3753
david.navarrete@edd.ca.gov
Canoga Park

 

Adam K. Treiger

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR 

 

Adam K. Treiger is a founding partner of Stowell, Zeilenga, Ruth, Vaughn & Treiger LLP, a business law firm located in Westlake Village, California.

 

Mr. Treiger concentrates his practice on complex employment and business law counseling and litigation. Mr. Treiger’s employment law practice focuses on litigation prevention and day-to-day employment law counseling, as well as on representing employer clients in federal and state court, administrative or arbitration settings in wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, trade secrets and wrongful termination disputes. In addition, Mr. Treiger handles a wide variety of business transactions for his clients, including drafting and negotiating all types of agreements, forming legal entities, and handling mergers & acquisitions.

 

Mr. Treiger is a frequent speaker and blogger, has authored numerous articles and has appeared on radio shows including NPR’s Morning Edition. Mr. Treiger obtained his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, where he served as senior editor of the law review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif.  Mr. Treiger was admitted to the CA State Bar in 1994.

 

(805) 446-7612
atreiger@szrlaw.com
Westlake Village

 

 

 

Candy Thomas

MEMBER AT LARGE  

 

(805) 214-8420
candyt@Aladdinac.com
Newbury Park