A mother of five, Aimee Mensinger was always an active volunteer in her children’s schools. “I love teaching, and when I thought about what I wanted to do when I went back to work, I contemplated working in schools,” Aimee explained. “But when I got here to Ventura, Calif. I realized that I could marry my love of education with the mission of Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. I’ve also always been interested in helping others with their finances. I wanted to find a job where I could do a whole bunch of different things and working here is never dull.”
Aimee first heard about the Society from her husband when he completed the command financial specialist class. She was interested in learning more about financial education. Aimee started volunteering at NMCRS Ventura in spring 2017 as a client services assistant. She became chair of volunteers that summer and was recently hired as director in April 2018.
Naval Base Ventura County is made up of three operating facilities—Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, and San Nicolas Island. Point Mugu is about 30 minutes from Port Hueneme, and San Nicolas Island is 60 miles southwest of Point Mugu. The NMCRS thrift shop is located on NAS Port Hueneme, so clients are often introduced to the Society as thrift shop customers. “Our clients are typically younger and primarily Sailors,” Aimee explained. “However, we do see a fair number of reservists on active duty.”
Aimee’s husband started out in the naval reserves as well, serving in a reserve unit for 11 years and transitioning to active duty in 1996. The family has been stationed in Washington State, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Tennessee before moving to California.
Having only recently begun volunteering in the office, Aimee didn’t expect to become an NMCRS director so quickly. “Working with [former director] Megan Stiles and watching her made me want to take advantage of the opportunity to become director when Megan and her husband were transferred to another duty station.”
Among her goals as director is to increase the number of volunteers for her office, including recruiting and training more caseworkers. Aimee also hopes to continue the strong and supportive relationship her office enjoys with base leadership, which will be particularly important after the change of command this month. “We’ll keep inviting everyone to our events and spreading the word,” Aimee said.
Congratulations Aimee, and welcome aboard!
By Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso