Board Of Directors

Melissa Baffa

Melissa Baffa

Development Officer – Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
President – VCLA Board of Directors
Science Communication Fellow – Ocean Exploration Trust
Instructor – California State University, Channel Islands, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Vice-Chair – Ventura County Women’s Economic Roundtable
Steering Committee member – Nonprofit Leadership Council

Patti Braga

Pattie Braga

Senior Community Development Officer – Ventura County Credit Union
Director – VCLA Board of Directors
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors – Ventura Family YMCA
Director – Ventura Chamber of Commerce
Volunteer “big sister” – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County
Leader – Teacher of the Month program, Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation

Jennifer Caldwell

Director of Marketing & Events – FOOD Share of Ventura County
Director – VCLA Board of Directors
Chair – Ventura Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group
Director – Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
Chair – Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group
Co-Chair – Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Committee

Melissa Baffa

Thomas S. Cohen

Attorney – Cohen Begun & Deck, LLP
Vice-President – VCLA Board of Directors
Director – Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Immediate Past Chair – Alliance for the Arts
Board of Directors Past Chair – Rebuilding Together Ventura County
Immediate Past Chair – United Way Ventura County

Brad "Brick" Conners

President and CEO – Pharos Leadership
CEO – Roadrunner
Captain – U.S. Navy (retired) 
Director – VCLA Board of Directors
Past board member of Casa Pacifica, Red Cross, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce

Melissa Baffa

Sharon Cromartie

Vice President of Administration – Kids & Families Together Treasurer – VCLA Board of Directors Steering Committee Member – Nonprofit Leadership Council Volunteer – Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement Volunteer – National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Melissa Baffa

Steven E. Elson, Ph.D.

CEO – Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
Director – VCLA Board of Directors
Past President, Director – California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
Past President, Director – California Alliance of Child & Family Services
Treasurer – California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth

Priscilla Partridge

Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia

Founder/director – VCLA Board of Directors
Olympic Torch Bearer for Ventura County, 1996
University of Southern California, Helen of Troy
President – AIM: Partridge Garcia Group, Inc.
Clinical psychologist, author, international speaker & workshop leader, educator, previous TV & radio host
Woman of the Year for both Conejo & Camarillo Chambers of Commerce

Rudy Gonzales

Government Relations Manager-Southern California Edison
Secretary/Past President-VCLA Board of Directors
Director-Ventura County Economic Development Association
Director-Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation
Past board member – Moorpark Chamber, Oxnard Chamber, Calabasas Chamber, El Concilio Family Services, Moorpark College Foundation

Herb Gooch

Professor Emeritus – California Lutheran University
Instructor – California Lutheran University
Instructor – California State University, Channel Islands, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
President-Elect – Thousand Oaks Rotary
Board Member – Community Leaders Association
Past President – Lutheran Colleges Washington Semester Consortium

Tiffany Morse

Tiffany Morse

Executive Director – Career Education Ventura County Office of Education
Director – VCLA Board of Directors
District 3 Representative – Ventura County Women’s Economic Roundtable
Past President – Moorpark Education Foundation

Pattie Mullins

CEO – Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties
Director – VCLA Board of Directors

Rigoberto Vargas

Public Health Director – Ventura County Health Care Agency, County of Ventura
Public Health Division Manager – Ventura County Public Health Department, County of Ventura
Director – VCLA Board of Directors

VCLA Advisory Council

Patty Brown – Owner, Dottie’s Sweet Delights
Sue Chadwick – Retired, SBBT/Union Bank
Marc Charney – Law Office of Marc Charney
George Corbin – Adjunct Instructor, California Lutheran University
Don Facciano – Retired; Docent, Reagan Library
Dr. Pedro Garcia – USC, Professor, Clinical Education
Everette Garmon – Retired Senior Financial Analyst, City of Ventura
Jill Haney – Montecito Bank & Trust
Jacqui Irwin – Assemblymember, 44th District
Dr. Chris Kimball – President, California Lutheran University
Flo Lamanno – Co-Founder, VCLA
Kathy Long – Former Supervisor, 3rd District, Co-Founder, VCLA
Margaret de la M – Educator Co-founder, VCLA
Michael Powers – CEO, County of Ventura
Kathy Rafaelli – Retired, United Way Ventura County
Jane Rozanski – Commissioner, CA Commission on Aging
Charles Sandlin – COO, Roadrunner Shuttle
Suzanne Scar – Owner, Central Coast Imaging Solutions
Mike Silacci – External Affairs, AT&T
Bart Stern – Ventura Investment Company
Ernie Villegas – Villegas Public Affairs
Connie Young – Pacific Western Bank