History and Mission
For decades, Women Lawyers of Ventura County has served as one of Ventura County's premier professional organizations for lawyers and business partners interested in advancing the interests of women and girls at the local, state, and national level. We focus on education, community-building, advocacy, and policy change. From our monthly lunch meetings to gatherings with judges and elected officials, our mentorship program with Girls Inc. to our annual scholarship dinner, our activities all have that goal in mind.
We invite you to join us in our mission. Membership is open to women and men at all stages of practice, and we welcome partnerships with members of the business community.
Our Board of Directors
Sasha L. Collins
Sasha L. Collins is an associate attorney with Staker Law in Camarillo. Her practice focuses primarily on Probate, Trust Administration, and Estate Planning matters. She obtained her J.D. from the Ventura College of Law, where she was named class valedictorian and graduated with a certificate of concentration in Estate Planning. She also coaches the Thousand Oaks High School Mock Trial team.
Vice President/President-Elect/ co-Programs Chair
Jaclyn Smith is an Assistant County Counsel with the County of Ventura where she represents various county agencies and departments in litigation and as general counsel.
Katherine Becker is a partner in the law firm of Schuck, Becker & Dehesa, where she practices estate planning, probate, and business law. She enjoys working with clients in planning their estate plans, gift and tax planning, business succession planning, incorporating their businesses, and keeping up with their contracts, leases, and corporate minutes. She also devotes substantial time to estate administration, conservatorships, and special needs trusts. She is passionate about helping people through these sometimes daunting processes.
Cari Ann Potts
Cari Ann Potts practices at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP, where she has been an associate since 2011. In her practice, she represents homeowners associations and public entities in both litigation and transactional matters. She also litigates construction defect, business, real estate, probate and insurance disputes, provides insurance coverage determinations, and has experience in appellate law.
Jacquelyn Ruffin is a partner at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of education law, real estate matters and business transactions. She serves as assistant general counsel to a local school district and has worked with other public entities, such as joint powers agencies and healthcare districts. She advises public entity clients in matters related to the Brown Act, Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act and other laws pertaining to conflicts of interest, and works with private clients, including nonprofit and for profit businesses, in various transactional matters.
Lauren Clark Rad
Lauren Clark Rad is an associate at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP, where her practice encompasses a wide range of business-oriented civil litigation. She also advises businesses and individuals on employment-related concerns such as wage and hour regulations, nondiscrimination compliance and wrongful termination. She serves on the board of the UCLA Alumni Association's Channel Islands Network and the CPA/Law Society.
immediate past president
Kymberley Peck is an associate at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP, where her practice focuses on trust litigation and probate, estate planning and family law. Using her experience in highly contested litigation, she expertly guides clients through the legal process, and brings strategic insight to cases involving crossover issues in these areas of the law. She also serves on the board of the Ventura County Library Foundation and is a member of the Santa Paula Rotary.
member at large
Vivian K. Christiansen
Vivian Christiansen practices at the Law Offices of Vivian K. Christiansen in Ventura. She focuses her services on the areas of California estate planning, trust administration, probate, conservatorship and guardianship matters, as she did as a paralegal since 1999. Vivian has two adult children and resides in Ventura with her husband Michael and cattle dog Rocko.