The supervisor of nine Work and Family Life consultants at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is a retired chief petty officer and former manager of the Personal Financial Management program. He fully understands the impact his department’s services can have on NBVC Sailors and their families. His primary mission is to train and supervise his staff so they can provide unparalleled service to the customers. “If at the end of the day the client has been provided the necessary tools to make better life decisions, the FFSC mission will have been met,” he says.
As a financial educator for the Personal Financial Management (PFM) program, Savage focuses on providing the necessary information, resources and classes to put the dream of financial freedom within your reach. PFM can help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, high-interest loans and bad credit. There’s also information on buying a car that’s within your budget, and one-on-one or couples financial counseling is also available. Savage can be reached at 982-5037.
“The Family Employment Readiness Program, or FERP, focuses on empowering individuals with the tools to succeed in any job market,” says Bethke, who coordinates the program. “Whether it be nailing an interview, writing a killer résumé, discovering the key job search techniques, meeting individuals to form a network system or walking through the federal employment process, FERP offers it all. Come meet with us today to get started on putting your job search tool belt together.”
The relocation coordinator and deployment specialist for the FFSC is a Navy veteran and current military spouse. As such, she can provide her personal knowledge and experience to help you with any deployment or relocation needs you may have.
Deployment is a normal part of military life, but it can also be a stressful and confusing experience. Get support, information and resources before, during and after deployment and learn to thrive while your spouse is away.
The FFSC’s Relocation Assistance Program can provide information on PCS moves and entitlements in a Smooth Move class, tips about the base and local area in Welcome Aboard and an introduction to the military way of life in a Married to the Military class. Want to help someone else relocate more smoothly? Become a command sponsor for incoming sailors and their families.
Barton can be reached at 982-3726.
The FFSC’s Exceptional Family Member coordinator is a son of a Sailor and lifelong local from the Oxnard area. He has worked with the developmentally disabled community of Ventura County for the past five years as a direct support professional, fulfilling the basics of person-centered thinking and community-based therapy. With his background assisting those with special needs, Cajala provides much-needed guidance for Navy families who seek support for their exceptional family members in order to enhance their quality of life.
The ombudsman coordinator and disaster preparedness instructor is a Navy spouse of eight years who has gone through four moves to both the East and West Coasts as well as overseas. She was a command ombudsman for four years, including three for a forward deployed aircraft carrier.
“As the ombudsman coordinator, I provide training, resources, and guidance for both ombudsmen and their commands,” she said. “As the disaster preparedness instructor, I provide commands, service members and family members information on what the likely disasters are here in Ventura County and ways to help insure that families are prepared in the event of as disaster. The class follows the guidelines of the Ready Navy program, which includes being informed, having a plan and making an emergency preparation kit.
Kendrick can be reached at 982-5037.
Davy coordinates the Transition Assistance Management Program, and its main component, the TAP class, is currently being revamped to ensure that retiring and separating service members have the necessary preparation to re-enter the civilian employment and educational sectors.
“We believe that soon-to-be veterans have the skills and desire to succeed, and we want to enable them to have a smooth transition upon exiting the military,” Davy says. “Our program also includes providing information and referrals to local, national and online resources to help transitioning personnel get the answers they need on a variety of topics.”
Davy can be reached at 982-5325.
Coughlan is the Individual Augmentee (IA) coordinator.
“IA deployment brings about unique challenges for families, and we dedicate additional resources to family members of IAs,” Coughlan says.
As a military spouse who has experienced IA deployment, she understands the importance of having services, support and information about available resources based on your needs. IA Family Connection, a monthly support group, is just one of a variety of services we offer to provide support before, during, and after an IA assignment. Join in and get the support you need!
Coughlan can be reached at 982-6132.
Pollock coordinates the Life Skills program.
“The Life Skills program includes a variety of enrichment workshops designed for individuals and families to strengthen personal skills in communication, positive stress management, goal setting, constructive time management, Excel computer skills, and more,” she says. “The program focuses on achieving positive results for everyday life events.”
Lyle is the marketing and command liaison point of contact.
“The FFSC strives on a daily basis to reach more military members and families to provide our clients with the best possible service we can,” she says. “Command outreach is an ongoing process FFSC staff provides to NBVC tenant commands. Working on a wide variety of diverse special projects has provided significant assistance to our customers while giving true satisfaction to the FFSC Team. Please give us a call if we can assist in any way!”