Jim Duran was born and raised in Ventura and has a passion for this city. Jim currently serves as the Lead Pastor of The River Community Church in Ventura, a ministry his team began in 2004. Jim has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Channel Islands Bible College & Seminary.
In 2014, The Ventura Family YMCA presented Jim The Golden Triangle Award, one of its most prestige’s honors. In 2010, The California Assisted Living Association selected Jim as “Executive Director of the Year”. He was honored with the 2010 “Hometown Hero” award for the city of Ventura, and in 2009, Jim was selected as Ventura’s Citizen of the year by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
Jim and Pam have been married for over 25 years and have six children, a daughter-in-law and a brand new grandchild. Jim’s passion is to serve the community and to be a blessing to his neighbors.
OLGA HAMRA | Assistant On-Site Manager, Case Manager
Olga Hamra is the Assistant On-Site Manager and Case Manager for the City Center. Her passion to see her residents succeed is fueled by her own Recovery journey; this is a true asset when helping any client overcome the invisible hurdles of substance abuse. Olga began her Clean & Sober life on September 8, 2005 and has turned her focus toward service ever since. She graduated from Oxnard College in 2013 as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor, and worked in many treatment facilities, including Project Understanding in 2012 and City Center, beginning in 2013.
A Havana native, Olga emigrated from Cuba in 1969 and graduated from Huntington Park High in 1974. She gave birth to her wonderful son (Joshua) in 1985 and is now Nana to his two beautiful children (Megan & Jack). Olga attends The River Community Church and enjoys exercising, relaxing at the beach and spending time with Joshua’s family.
DIANA WIGHTMAN | MA, MFT
Diana Wightman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in anxiety treatment and family reunification. For more than eight years she has worked with Ventura-area families transitioning out of homelessness, through Tender Life Maternity Home, Project Understanding’s Transitional Living Facility, the City Center and RAIN Transitional Living Center. She is currently the Assistant Clinical Director for Family, Hope and Recovery, Inc., which provides counseling services to the families at RAIN. In her private practice her primary focus is on children dealing with trauma and behavior issues. Diana leads classes and workshops on anxiety and personality disorders at the Camarillo Health Care District. Prior to earning her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Diana received a BA in Journalism from Syracuse University and spent more than a decade as a television anchor and medical news reporter. She’s been active with the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and has enjoyed many years of community service through Rotary International.
We both grew up in Ventura and went to school in Ventura since elementary school. That was when Two Trees was still Five Trees! We were married on July 4th, 1975 and have three sons, Morgan, Matthew, and Mason. We also have three wonderful grandchildren.
We love the Lord and are looking forward to serving Him and doing Kingdom Work here at the City Center. Please pray with us for this ministry!
Mariane Dibblee is the Full Charge Bookkeeper for the City Center since June of 2014. She has been a freelance Bookkeeper for 20 years to businesses and individuals in Ventura. She hails from Virginia and as a Navy “brat” was born in Fontainebleau, France. Mariane was gifted with a voice and a love for music. She majored in Music Performance/Theatre Arts at Greensboro College in North Carolina followed by a lifetime of singing in church choirs, community chorales, and performing in numerous community theatre productions. After raising her children, Mariane went back to school and earned a Certificate of Accounting at Ventura College and a PHR (Professional Human Resources) from Channel Islands University.
Mariane is married to Steve, a commercial photographer, and they have two grown children: Matthew is active duty in the US Navy and is currently stationed in Naples, Italy; Sara is married and gave birth to her first child last Christmas day.
Working at the City Center is a real blessing to Mariane. She serves the Lord through her passion for accounting and finance. When she is not doing books somewhere, she and Steve enjoy taking their Motorhome out on the open road…. And you can bet that she’s singing to the radio!