Alumni Updates

New Executive Director at HSVC

VCLA sends out a hearty congratuations to Eric Knight (Cohort XXIV) on his new postion as Executive Director for the Humane Society of Ventura County. The HSVC welcomed Eric and hosted it’s 90th birthday on Saturday, June 11th.

Guiding Our College Students

Thank you VCLA alumni Claudia Wilroy (Cohort XXIV) for assisting and supporting over 140 students, from 20 nations, in VCCCD’s rapidly growing International Student Program (ISP) at Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges. Read more about Claudia’s work here

Moving Ventura County

Congratulations to VCLA Alumna Claire Grasty (Cohort XIX), on her recent promotion to public director at Ventura County Transportation Commission. We love seeing our alumni continue to change our community for the better. Read more about Claire’s promotion at here.

Record Speed for Longshoreman

Arthur Valenzuela Jr (VCLA Cohort XXII) was recently promoted to a Class B Longshoreman after 6 years of working on call day & night as a Casual Longshoreman. The average for such a promotion at the Port of Hueneme has traditionally been more than 10 years, but Arthur’s work ethic and personal sacrifice combined with…

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Jeff Chism

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Jeff Chism (VCLA Cohort XXVI) on his new position as Chief of Staff for Global Supply Chain at Amgen. After retiring in October of 2021 as Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County, Jeff and his family decided to stay in Ventura County and put down roots. Congratulations Jeff, and thank…

Congratulations to VCLA alum Susan Santangelo

Congratulations to VCLA alum (Cohort XXVII) Susan Santangelo, who not only serves as vice-mayor for the City of Camarillo Government, but recently started a new position with Wellpath, working in the Ventura County jails with deputies and custody staff, helping care for those in custody. Best wishes and thank you for your good work, Susan.