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Evangel Christian Fellowship Motivates at Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference

Panelists Cynthia Azari, Ed.D; Suzanne Fussell, M.D.; Michelle Liotta, Business Owner; and Stephanie Kelley with Rev. Dr. Emma Waits (standing). (Photo Credit: Olga Rene Camper)

Panelists Cynthia Azari, Ed.D; Suzanne Fussell, M.D.; Michelle Liotta, Business Owner; and Stephanie Kelley with Rev. Dr. Emma Waits (standing). (Photo Credit: Olga Rene Camper)

By Olga Rene Camper

Oxnard, CA — On Saturday, March 4, Evangel Christian Fellowship held an Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference. The purpose of the conference was to motivate and encourage women to take charge of their future, to motivate women to have a vision and exercise their faith to have a better life.

Keynote speakers were The Honorable Michele Marie Castillo, the first Latina to be appointed to the bench in Ventura County by Governor Jerry Brown this year, and Deputy District Attorney Mary Tatum who served for nearly nine years in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. Tatum now serves in Monterey, CA. She was among the first African-Americans to serve in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

Mary Tatum, a graduate of Santa Clara High School, California Lutheran University and Ventura School of Law shared how her father had a third grade education and her mother had a high school education. Together they built a very successful business while raising twelve children. She pointed out that she is dedicated to helping the community.

“My mother had me at the age of 16 and by 18 she had two more children but she went on to earn her Associate of Science and I have always been fascinated with helping others,” stated Judge Castillo who is heavily involved in the local community.

In addition to the keynote speakers, a panel of successful women from the community shared their stories of challenges and triumphs, and answered questions from the guests.

Sitting on the panel were Dr. Cynthia E. Azari, president, Oxnard College; Suzanne Fussell, MD; Stephanie Renee Kelley, maternal health care professional; and Michelle Liotta, business owner, Shells Petals Florist.

As a continued part of Evangel’s community outreach, 36 women from Teen Challenge attended the conference. A monetary donation to Teen Challenge was made to help further their vision of seeing women’s lives restored.

“We believe that our dreams, passions, potential and visions for our lives are as identifiable as our fingerprints and DNA. They set us apart and make up who we are. When we stop dreaming and stop being passionate about what makes us who we are, then we are lost. When someone tells us that our dreams do not matter, we are lost. We as individuals end up becoming disoriented with life and let others define who we are. Our dreams act as blueprints to what we can become,” expressed Pastor Emma Waits, Evangel Christian Fellowship.

“We knew that we had hit a vein with the theme of the conference when everyone from the keynote speakers to our four panelists had accepted our speaking request within 24 hours. The event was well attended and consisted of a good cross representation of our community.”

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