2022 40-Under-40

Congratulations to both Dhruv Pandya (cohort XXVI) from J.D. Power and Caitlin Barringer (cohort XXV) with Food Share of Ventura County for being named as a “40-Under-40” for 2022 by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

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Moorpark Man of the Year

Congratulations to Chris Barrett (VCLA Cohort XXII), for being named 2022 Man of the Year at the Moorpark Community Awards. Chris is the Chief Operating Officer at Insurance Brokers West, Inc. and serves as a Planning Comissioner for the City of Moorpark.  Chris is also an active Moorpark Rotary member.

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Moving Up in Transportation

Congratulations to VCLA alumni (cohort XXI) Cynthia Duque on her recent promotion to Director of Planning & Marketing with Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD). Since joining GCTD in 2011 as the Communications and Marketing Manager, she has led the agency’s communication efforts through a variety of projects, including the rebranding of the organization in 2015,…

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An Impactful Donation

It started at VCLA’s recent session in Sacramento… Michael Shankin (Cohort XXVII), Executive Director for kidSTREAM and Jeremey Shumaker (Cohort XXVI) with American Medical Response (AMR) were able to discuss the possibility of an ambulance donation to Ventura County’s new children’s museum. Earlier this week, a donation was made to kidSTREAM to be used in…

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…

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Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Jeff Chism

VCLA Alum 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…

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Congratulations to VCLA alum Susan Santangelo

VCLA Alum Sue 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.

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