Ambassador Members Spotlight
Patty Paumier - February 2023
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Patty Paumier - 19 Year Oxnard Ambassador, since February 2005
Hospitality comes naturally to Patty. Perhaps, this is why Patty continues to Chair the Oxnard Ambassadors Hospitality Committee. This, in addition to being the driving force behind the dollars we make in our Golf Classic raffle for years and years on end. Yet, Patty Paumier plays a significant role in Oxnard in more ways you can ever imagine. Especially, at her home away from home at St. John's Regional Medical Center where she continues to manage the gift shop, and spread goodwill as a longtime hospital for close to 50 years, as well as giving back to the Oxnard community as a volunteer. Thanks to her leadership, the gift shop has donated millions of dollars to support the purchase of lifesaving equipment at the hospital. Patty's contributions are immeasurable. She is loved and appreciated by all hospital staff and the community alike. If Patty sees a hungry person, she will buy them a meal. If she sees someone feeling blue, she hears them out. If someone is celebrating a win, she cheers them on. Patty has truly dedicated herself to serving others, which has helped promote a healing environment at St. John's and has had a remarkable impact in our community.

Patty is also a tireless volunteer and is involved with many community-fundraising projects. Patty also serves on Santa Clara High School's Consultative Board of Directors and their annual golf tournament. She also is a passionate volunteer for Santa Clara Catholic Church, where she servesi as an Eucharistic Minister, and has also served on their capital campaigns to raise funds for thei historic church in Oxnard. The Los Angeles Archdiocese has recognized her with several Cardinal's awards and she has received two prestigious awards from the Pope.

Patty also continues to serve on the West Ventura County Business Alliance (WVCBA) Board of Directors as a Lifetime Director. In 2023, Patty was recognized by WVCBA as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

Patty grew up in Steubenville, Ohio and has been happily married for 57 years to her husband Dr. David Paumier who she met while they were students at The Ohio State University. Anyone that knowsi Patty, knows that she's a fanatic Buckeye football fan and watches every football game while on the telephone with her sister Donna who still lives in Ohio.

Tom and Barbara Laubacher - 2017

Tom and Barbara Laubacher receive the Catherine McAuley Life Time Achievement Award for their outstanding volunteer service to the community at The Air Force One Pavilion at the historic, renowned Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

The Catherine McAuley Life Time Achievement Award: This award pays tribute to a member of the community who has made a lasting contribution to society over his/her/its lifetime through "works of mercy" and who has also made a significant contribution in furthering the good work of the Hospitals. Finally, it is a reflection of the values held by Catherine McAuley in her quest to bring kindness and caring to all who need help. In bestowing The Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award, the Foundation Board of Directors will consider the recipient's contributions and volunteerism, commitment to society, and espousal of the charisma and values of Catherine McAuley. Honorees: Dr. Henry and Emma Montes and Tom and Barbara Laubacher have made a lasting contribution to society through "works of mercy", sharing of their time, talents and resources and inspiring others to follow their example.

Marc Charney - 2017
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Oxnard Ambassador Marc Charney awarded "2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year"

Marc Charney is active in community business organizations. He has served as: a director and past president (1978) and is a lifetime director of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce; a director and former president (1993-1994) and is a lifetime director of the Ventura County Economic Development Association; a director and chair of the Oxnard Economic Development Corporation; a director and former chair (2000) of the University of California at Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project, Ventura County; and a director of the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting.

Mr. Charney has received recognition, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year for the Oxnard Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1978, Business Person of the Year for the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce in 1994, receiving the Ventura County Economic Development Association Carl Lowthorp Golden Eagle award for outstanding public service in 1994, 2004 and 2009, and being honored with the first Founder's Award for the Ventura County Leadership Academy in 2011. In November of 2011, Mr. Charney was awarded the prestigious Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award.

Mr. Charney is also active in charitable organizations. He is a former officer and director of the United Way of Ventura County, El Concillio de Condado de Ventura (1986-1993), the Ventura County Division of the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society, Central county Division. He served on the 2000-2001 Grants Committee for Destino 2000, on the Food Share of Ventura County Board, and he was a founding director and is currently on the advisory committee to the Ventura County Leadership Academy. He served as Secretary to the Ben Nordman Public Service Award Fund from its inception in 1986 through 2010. He is currently a Trustee of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation.

Marc does all of this while maintaining his law practice in the area of real property transactions, land use and development, public agency and environmental law.

Mr. Charney was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles. He resides in Oxnard with his wife Marcia. They have five children and eight grandchildren, scattered from Ventura County to Wisconsin and Alaska.