Dr. Janis Shinkawa of Ohana Pet Hospital named to 2022–23 National Board of
Directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners Shinkawa joins the National board to grow her efforts to support women business owners nationwide.
Ventura County, CA — The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) installed Dr. Janis Shinkawa Co–founder and Medical Director of Ohana Pet Hospital and member of the NAWBO Ventura County chapter to the 2022–2023 National Board of Directors.
The NAWBO National Board is a group of women from across America who support NAWBO’s mission to empower women entrepreneurs, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. To help women reach spheres of power and grow their businesses, the organization continues to survey its
membership to provide a clear understanding of the economic landscape for women business owners to Congress.
“There has never been a more critical time for women business owners to lift up, show up, and speak up on behalf of women business owners across the country,” said Karen Bennetts, NAWBO National Board Chair. “I am proud to lead this amazing organization, and we will be successful with Dr. Shinkawa as part of the NAWBO Board of Directors.”
NAWBO Ventura County President Seana–Marie Sesma added, “To have a Ventura County business leader sitting on the National Board will allow us as a community to be seen and heard in a much more significant way, including having our voices heard as we take a stand for what is right and supportive for all women.”
Dr. Janis Shinkawa, “Dr. Jan” to her friends and our community, co–founded Ohana Pet Hospital in December 2012 with three other female veterinarians as a full–service veterinary hospital that specializes in compassionate care and the highest quality medical, surgical, dental and wellness health care for small animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and select reptiles. The practice, now in its 10th year, has grown to include two clinics, Ventura and Santa Paula and 13 veterinarians, 12 of which are women. Dr. Jan along with Dr. Jill Muraoka Lim started a new Veterinary Assistant
program with Oxnard’s Charter College in 2014 and in the Spring of 2021, helped to launch a Veterinary Technology Program at Ventura College, which is a career path to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).
“We are a sisterhood of women leaders, and no one is alone when you are a member of NAWBO,” said Dr. Janis Shinkawa, NAWBO National Board Member. “I am ready to serve as a leader of this strong network of women, and I look forward to helping guide the direction for NAWBO’s diverse membership.”
The 2022–2023 NAWBO Board of Directors includes Karen Bennetts — Chair; Cristina Morales Heaney — Past Chair; Lisa Coppola — Chair–Elect, Jacqueline Hayes — Treasurer, Thresette Briggs — Secretary, Lesa Seibert, Megan Patton, Janis Shinkawa, and Ellen R. Linares — Chair of the Presidents Assembly Steering Committee. The National Association of Women Business Owners Board of Directors was installed on June 6, 2022, before starting their Advocacy Days on June 7 and 8, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
NAWBO Ventura County – Established in 1996, NAWBO Ventura County (NAWBO VC) has been furthering the aspirations of our growing community of women business owners throughout the county for 26 years. The chapter serves women business owners from the west end of the county, including Ventura, Oxnard, Ojai, to the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. In addition to monthly meetings featuring instructive speakers and dynamic panelists, the chapter hosts its annual BRAVA celebration honoring the County Woman Business Owner of the Year among others. NAWBO VC also takes an active role in
supporting favorable business legislation through a state–wide public policy forum. Membership is open to women solopreneurs, small to mid–size business owners, partners, corporate owners, and female nonprofit founders and executives, as well as those companies that support women–owned businesses.
Learn more: www.nawbovc.org.