Brian Whittaker has been a business owner in Ventura County for over 20 years with his wife Lili. He was raised in Ventura through the seventh grade, and after serving eleven years in the Marine Corps, he returned to Ventura to start a career in sales and marketing. In 1992 he married Lili who was raised and lived in Camarillo. Together they opened BK Enterprises, Print and Graphic Services, later incorporating as Whittaker and Associates, Inc. a full service Marketing Company.
Mr. Whittaker has served on several boards, including Board Chairman, Ventura Missionary School, President, Cops and Jocks Association and is currently serving as Chairman of the Kensington Foundation. Brian and Lili have two sons together, Kensington and Zachary and three children from a previous marriage, Andrea, Brian II and Sean, who have provided 4 beautiful grandchildren and counting.
Brian loves his work and brings his abounding energy, positive attitude and leadership skills to every endeavor. According to Brian and Lili, their volunteer work for the Kensington Foundation is not “work”at all, it is the fulfillment of a responsibility to give back to a community that has given so much.
Lili is a longtime resident and business owner in Ventura County, who moved to Camarillo in 1972 from Hong Kong. She currently lives in Ventura with Brian, her husband of 25 years, and their 18 year old son, Zachary. Zachary is currently a freshmen at El Camino High School.
Lili and Brian founded The Kensington Foundation, after the tragic death of their seven year old son, Kensington in 2005. The tragedy left their other son, Zachary, in a pediatric rehabilitation facility in Orange County. This life changing incident is the fuel and passion that led Lili to realize the need for The Kensington Foundation’s mission to build a Children’s Rehabilitation in Ventura County.
As a parent, Lili would like to see all children of Ventura County receive the care they need, if ever in a medical trauma, close to home. As an individual, Lili would like to give back to the community that she calls home and help other families who face medical traumas that her family faced.
Robert “Bob” Bethel is a dedicated single father of two adult children. He has resided in San Diego County since 1980 after having been raised in the Midwest, and graduating from high school in Springfield Illinois. After high school, Bob joined the Marine Corps, where at his first duty station at MCRD, San Diego he met Brian Whittaker. Having served 2 enlistments the USMC he began his insurance career which continues to this day. Bob has been a founding member of this board, and shares Brian and Lili’s passion for this mission.
The Reverend Hammond is currently the Vicar of St. Stephens Anglican Church, Fillmore, a small mission in the Diocese of the West, The Anglican Church in America. Ordained in 2000, he was previously the Rector of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Hollister, Ca. In addition he grows Valencia oranges on the family ranch south of Fillmore. The Reverend Hammond worked as a teacher and administrator in the California public school system, for thirty-three years, serving in Lindsay, Ca., Bakersfield, Ca., and Hollister, CA. In addition to being a new member of the Board of Directors for the Kensington Foundation, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association, and is a member of the Standing Committee for the Diocese of the West, and is a member of the Fillmore Rotary Club. Since moving to Fillmore in 2006, he has been involved as a coach for the Fillmore Youth Basketball Program, coached several years with the Fillmore Little League, and has been serving as an Assistant Golf Coach for both the Fillmore High School Boys and Girls golf teams.
The Reverend Hammond, married to Lisa Hammond, has five children, ranging in age from thirty-four years old to 15 years old, and two grandchildren. He received a Bachelors degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Arts from Pepperdine. He also studied at California State University, Bakersfield, as well as The College of Marin.
As a Parent, Educator, Priest, and Community Member, I believe that providing critical services to the people of Ventura County is so very important. I am pleased to be part of the Kennsington Foundation and look forward to working with our community in bringing an acute pediatric rehabilitation center to Ventura County.