Rick Cantaniero is a Future Leaders of America Alumni (1985), an educator, writer and filmmaker. Mr. Castaniero is the former Executive Director of the Center for Racial Education at UC Berkeley. He earned a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, an Educational Specialist degree from California Lutheran University and a Masters in Fine Arts from UCLA in Filmmaking.
Former Mayor and Councilmember for the city of Ventura 1990-1999 Jack Tingstrom will be three weeks shy of his 79th birthday when he steps out onto the dance floor for CAREGIVERS at this year's Oxnard Salsa Festival.
Mike Barber is another contestant who founded the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon as a children’s Christmas fundraiser. It's mission is to provide all who participants with a fun, healthy and safe running event while supporting and showcasing the local communities.
Lissa Coffey is a lifestyle & relationship often sought-after guest expert who has appears frequently on television on such shows as The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Fox News Network and contributes to many national publications with her insightful and compassionate approach to modern-day issues.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer for Conejo Awards, located in Thousand Oaks, a position Tammie Helmuth has held since she and her husband purchased the business in 2005, which recently became the first business to be certified as a Thousand Oaks Green Business.
Community leaders danced for the greater good during the ‘2013 Dancing with our Community Stars Dance Contest and Charity Fundraiser’ during the 20th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival.
Society805 does an online interview of Nash Rightmer, a young Ventura artists currently living and working at the WAV [Working Artists Ventura] complex at Thompson and Ventura Avenue in Ventura.
Vanessa Rivers, founder/designer for Happy Endingz® Eco Swimwear, grew up on an eco-ranch in Central California and attended college at UC Santa Barbara where she fell in love with surfing. The line's green concept was born out of Vanessa's passion for protecting the environment and her bikini's signature "butterfly cut" bottoms with minimal back coverage are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands. Despite having a celebrity lineage including father,singer Johnny Rivers, grandma, actress Debbie Reynolds, and aunt, Carrie Fisher, (aka Princess Leia), she has managed to stay grounded and dedicated to her goal of helping green become mainstream. Vanessa also spends her time teaching surf lessons when she is not busy designing swimwear.