March 2016   
Nan Drake, Shana Epstein Recognized as "Top Women"
in Business

Nan Drake
Congratulations to Nan Drake, Director of Governmental Affair & Public Relations  for Harrison Industries, and Shana Epstein, General Manager of Ventura Water, for being included this year in the Pacific Coast Business Times' listing of "Top Women in Business." The list of this year's top women in the Tri Counties was published in the paper's issue for March 25-31.
Shana Epstein
Whisenhunt Communications nominated both women for this annual honor. We can't say enough good things about these successful and hard-working women who are 110 percent dedicated not only to their jobs but their industries and the thousands of customers they serve in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. We also appreciate the Pacific Coast Business Times and its editor, Henry Dubroff, for honoring Drake and Epstein and the many other deserving businesswomen each year.
An evening awards reception for the honorees will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Deckers Outdoor Rotunda in Goleta.
To see the full list of honorees selected by the paper for this year's class of Top Women, click here.
Congratulations to
The Cheesecake Factory

Congratulations to The Cheesecake Factory for being named one of the best 100 companies to work for, 2016, by Fortune Magazine. The Cheesecake Factory was the only restaurant company to make this year's list. 

Whisenhunt Communications graphic designer Cindy Daly works with the company's graphic designer and Slice team, which includes WC copy editor Julie Price, to produce the employee magazine.
Urgent Care on Main
Opens in Ventura

A new urgent care center, Urgent Care on Main, is now open at 2660 East Main Street, Suite 100, in Ventura.
Urgent Care on Main's experienced physicians and physician assistants provide weekend and evening care for many common illnesses and injuries including strains and sprains, burns, lacerations, bites and stings, ear infections, colds and the flu.
Benefits of visiting Urgent Care on Main include:
  • Fast and affordable care
  • No appointments needed, walk-ins welcome.
  • Patients of all ages welcome, from seniors to babies and children
  • Less expensive than the emergency room
  • Shorter wait times than the emergency room
  • Open 7 days a week, including weekday evenings and holidays 
Urgent Care on Main will accept most insurance plans. Call Urgent Care on Main at (805) 667-8750 or visit

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Celebrates Ventura's 150th
The Ventura County St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 12 was a huge success. This year's theme was, "Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura History," commemorating the city's incorporation on April 2, 1866.
The organizing committee lined up an impressive group of Grand Marshals for the parade: descendants of some of Ventura's historic families. They included Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, a Chumash elder representing the native people of the area; members of the E.J. Harrison family, descendants of Lt. Juan Moraga, a member of the DeAnza party which founded the San Buenaventura Mission in 1782; descendants of Don Raymundo Olivas, who built Ventura County's only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era between 1847-49; descendants of the Smith-Hobson and Petit families (William Dewey Hobson is called "The Father of Ventura County" for his efforts to form the county in 1873); and descendants of E.P. Foster, who donated funds in 1921 for a building that originally housed both the public library and Ventura City Hall; and the Ventura County Fairgrounds
This year's parade drew over 75 entries, including floats sponsored by civic groups, nonprofits and local businesses and restaurants; marching bands; car clubs; horses; clowns and the Biggest Green Pig in the World. There also were high school pep bands, youth groups and fun-loving adult groups also parading down Main Street.
Whisenhunt Communications helps publicize the parade each year through press releases to the local media and also maintains the parade's website. To see more on this year's and past parades, visit

Register Now for FREE
Water Wise Gardening Classes 

Sign-up now for FREE Saturday morning Water Wise classes through November in Ventura. All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Sign up here
  • April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils ~ Healthy soil and compost help to retain water and suppress weeds, and can even act as a carbon sink. There are more than a billion living critters in just one teaspoon of living, healthy soil. This class will be held at Cornucopia Gardens on Telegraph Road between Johnson Drive and Ramelli Avenue. 
  • June 4: Designing & Maintaining Your Water Wise Garden ~ Are you overwhelmed with the idea of designing a water wise garden? Learn how to incorporate principles of design such as unity, line, form, texture, color, scale and balance. Join Cari Vega, a local landscape designer, for this class at the city's Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road. 
  • Sept 24: Water Wise Watering ~ Terrified of your timer?Dumbfounded with drip? Come learn from the experts from Ewing, Toro and Aquaflo to find out how to water efficiently. This class will be held at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Oct 22: Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design ~ Ocean Friendly Gardens conserve water and habitat, increase permeability to slow water down, and retain water for reuse. Integrating greywater and rainwater harvesting can maximize your water supply on-site. Class location TBD. 
  • Nov 19: California Natives, Mediterranean, Drought Tolerant? Right Plant: Right Place ~ There are only five places on Earth that host the biodiversity of Mediterranean climates, and Ventura is one of those locations. Learn about which plants thrive here and how to choose the right plant for the right place. The class location is TBD.
Hathaway Law Firm in Ventura Welcomes New Attorney

Brett B. McMurdo has joined the Ventura law firm of Hathaway Perrett Webster Powers Chrisman & Gutierrez as an associate.
Brett practices in the areas of employment, education, bankruptcy, personal injury and business associations. He also assists in many of the Hathaway specialty areas. Brett has appeared in both state and federal courts from San Diego County to the San Francisco Bay area. Prior to joining Hathaway Law Firm, Brett was an associate at an insurance litigation firm where he specialized in breach of contract and bad faith actions. Brett also has substantial experience litigating municipal cases.
Brett received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of California, Davis, where he served as an editor of the UC Davis Law Review. He is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association and lives in Ventura with his wife, Missy.
Hathaway Law Firm practices corporate and business law; litigation; estate, trust, probate, tax and legacy planning; employment law; real estate and land use law; education law; franchise law; and admiralty and maritime law. Hathaway Law Firm is located at 5450 Telegraph Road, Suite 200, in Ventura. Call Brett or the firm at 805-644-7111, email or visit
CMHS to Hold Prediabetes/
Diabetes Management Seminar
on April 16

Community Memorial Health System
will hold a free prediabetes/diabetes seminar on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., followed by a series of workshops held during April and May for the public. The seminar, to be held in CMH's eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium, will provide information on a variety of topics at the following times:
  • 9 a.m. - What is Prediabetes/Diabetes?, presented by Debra Ouyang, M.D., who specializes in endocrinology
  • 9:30 a.m. - Complications/Prevention, presented by Loquintha Rex, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • 10 a.m. - Metabolic Syndrome, presented by David Lyons, M.D., who specializes in internal medicine
  • 10:30 a.m. - Expert panel, presented by Drs. Ouyang. Lyons and Rex with nurse practitioner Andrea Ricketts and registered dietitian Jennifer Girtsman
  • 11 a.m. - Blood sugar screenings and HGBA1c (optional) by CMHS medical residents. 
Follow-up, one-hour Wednesday evening prediabetes/diabetes workshops also will be held. They are: What is a Carbohydrate and Label Reading? on April 20; Exercise on April 27; Medications/Self-Management on May 4; and Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration on May 11.
The workshops will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium. A one-time $10 materials fee must be paid prior to the first workshop. The maximum class size is 24. For reservations and more information, email or call CMHS' HealthAware program at (805) 667-2818.
CMHS to Hold Free Seminar
April 21 on Living Wills 
Living wills will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St.
Jim Hornstein, M.D., chair of the Bioethics Committee for CMHS, will moderate the latest seminar in its 2016 "Ethics in Healthcare" series that is being held in recognition of National Healthcare Decision Day.
The seminar, entitled "Goodbye to 'Death Panels,' Hello Patient Care," will feature presentations on "How to Complete an Advance Directive," by Diana Jaquez, R.N., manager of CMHS Palliative Care, and a "Toast to Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment," by Teri Helton, R.N., president of the Ventura County POLST Coalition. Each attendee will receive an advance directive and POLST form. Presenters will review the forms and help attendees complete them. A notary will be available.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., attendees also can visit exhibitors presenting information about elder living, services and programs from local hospice and home healthcare agencies, CMHS Social Services and Palliative Care.Registration is free but reservations are required. To secure reservations visit or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.
Issue: 77
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Take A Stand at Work

There's a new office movement afoot to get more people off their seats and moving around more. Most of us are aware that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to chronic diseases, cancer or diabetes. Plus, sitting all day long constricts circulation, turns muscles "off," tightens connective tissue and slows metabolism.
Standing desks and treadmill desks are a great perk of any company, but what if you work from home or at a company that cannot invest in standup desks or treadmill desks? Here are ideas on how to make your own standing desk in the office or at home.
  • Turn Your Desk into a Standing Desk. This involves stacking something on your current desk to raise the level of your computer. Use a small side table, a sturdy box or an upside-down plastic storage container.
  • Turn Your Kitchen Counter into a Standing Desk.
  • Use a Folding Chair for your Standing Desk. For those who are taller, a folding chair placed on a table works great.
  • Turn a Shelf into a Standing Desk. An inexpensive way to make a standing desk in your home is to use a shelf that is attached to the wall with brackets. This custom desk will be exactly the height you need. It works best for a laptop and when you're not working, remove the laptop and line the shelf with plants and pictures. 
Research recommends accumulating at least two hours per day of standing and progressing to four hours. Light physical activity should be added to break up the static position. Walk to your lunch spot, do five jumping jacks, the latest dance move, a few squats, touch your toes or stretch your arms.
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Harrison Industries & Ventura Water
The Cheesecake Factory
Urgent Care on Main
Ventura County St. Patrick's Day Parade
Ventura Water
Hathaway Law Firm
Community Memorial Health System (CMHS)
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