JIM DURAN | Executive Director
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.
DALE & PATTI DOWNS | On-Site Managers
At this time in their lives the Lord has graciously opened a new door of care-ministry within the framework of The City Center, in Ventura, CA. Dale and Patti feel blessed to be available, and experienced, in the area of giving pastoral care. It is their desire to walk along side the residents of The City Center and offer spiritual guidance and soul care, under Pastor Jim’s direction.
PAMELA EVANS | Case Manager
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.
RICK & CHERI CARNEY | Mentor Coordinators
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 | Bookkeeper
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!