Jose and Julie Moreno
Jose is the Executive Director of Casa De Vida. Jose was a heroin addict for about 35 years. He was introduced to drugs and gangs at age 14 and was incarcerated for the first time at 15. In 1997, Jose tuned his life over to Christ and the transformation has led him to receive a certificate in Addictive Disorders Studies at Oxnard College. Throughout the years he has successfully helped many individuals overcome their struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction. In March of 2005, Jose and his wife Julie founded Casa De Vida with the goal of helping individuals and their families overcome the problems of chemical dependence. They remain amazed and astonished at all that God has done and continues doing.
Julie is a 2nd. grade teacher with a Masters Degree in Education and has been teaching for 29 years. Julie is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor and serves as the Administrator for the program.
Board of Directors
William Berger is presently a Field Applications/Sales Engineer for Steven Engineering. The company represents a number of manufacturers who provide Electrical, Electronic, Pneumatic and Motion Control Products for manufacturing and automation applications. Mr. Berger has an AS in Electronic Technology, a BS in Computer Information Systems and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. William currently serves as Vice-Chair for Casa De Vida.
Pablo has been in Cable, Radio & Television to include sales and station management since 1977. Working in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, West Palm Beach and settling in Oxnard/Ventura, California. His experience covers Univision in LA, Chicago and NYC, NBC in NYC, local radio in Tucson, Arizona, Adelphia Cable in West Palm Beach and Jones Intercable in Oxnard, CA. Has been with Gold Coast Broadcasting in Ventura, California since January 1999.
In addition to key company sales activity, Pablo also serves as the Hispanic Market expert for the company to include both the English language dominant and Spanish language dominant sectors. Pablo is a motivational speaker, MC’s many So-Cal events and helps raise funds for Non-Profits as an auctioneer. Named City of Oxnard and Oxnard Downtown Management District Volunteer of the Year in March 2007. June of 2008 named “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and served as the Grand Marshall of the 2008 Downtown Oxnard Christmas Parade. In September of 2008, Pablo was named Ventura County Citizen of the Year by the Ventura County Reporter Annual “Best Of”. He continues to volunteer and help the local community through his direct work with the following organizations:
• Casa de Vida, President Emeritus, Board of Directors.
• Oxnard Downtowners, President, Board of Directors.
• Oxnard Salsa Festival, Festival Committee Chair.
• Oxnard Ambassadors
• Rubicon Theatre, Advisory Council.
• Womens Economic Ventures, Advisor and guest lecturer.
• Creative Donations, Board of Directors
Michelle Ming’s parents divorced when she was 12 years old. She went to live with her father and was often responsible for the care of her siblings. At 15, she began drinking. Soon she was married to a heroin addict, and it wasn’t long before she tried the drug herself and fell into addiction. What followed was years spent in and out of jail. As a result, she was forced to allow her mom and step-dad to raise her son.
In 2010, Michelle was facing an eight-year prison term, but she was mercifully given the option to enter a program instead. It was then that she ran into Jose Moreno of Casa De Vida Recovery Program. She asked him if he would accept her into this faith based ministry so that she could avoid prison. Michelle entered Casa De Vida (which means “House of Life”); they brought her to Ventura Missionary Church, and things have never the same since. Her dad had tried to get her to go to church over the years, and once in a while she would go, but this time Michelle says, “I was ready!”
Today Michelle’s life has come full circle. She lives with her dad, her son and her 8 and 12 year old grand kids. She didn’t get to raise her son, but through God’s goodness she is now helping to raise her grandchildren. She also has a successful business as a “handy woman.” Michelle says, “Before when I would get angry, I would turn to drugs. Now, when I get angry, I talk to God.” When we are ready, God has an amazing way of restoring us. Sometimes He even gives us back some of the things that we lost. Michelle overflows with the love of Jesus because of what He has done for her…and she is eager to share that love. She says, “When I think of how things are now, it takes my breath away!” Michelle, now serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Casa De Vida.