Cohort Reflections

Meditation Mount

Sheila Norman Community Education Administrator – Ventura County Fire Department The driving force behind me applying to Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) was to get out of my comfort zone…

Freska International Immersion

Dr. Jesus Vaca Superintendent – Somis Unified School District It was a pleasure joining Jesus “Chuy” Loza, CEO of FRESKA Produce International located in Oxnard, CA for my recent VCLA…

Immersion in the Law

Waheed Akberzie Clinical Project Manager – SetPoint Medical I know nothing about the law and didn’t study to become a lawyer. So why was I in the Ventura County District…

First-Aid for Mental Illness

Michelle Rogers Community Outreach and Education Manager – Camarillo Health Care District Last fall, a friend I had known since I moved to Ventura County in 2016 was displaying signs…

Community Engagement in Public Safety

Marleen Canniff Human Services Agency, Communications Manager – County of Ventura I have no doubt that Cohort XXVIII’s recent session visiting the Todd Road Jail facility and the City of…

Daring Fearlessly

Deanna Weik Human Services Agency, HR Director – County of Ventura “High stakes. Political powerbrokers. Government insiders. Public affairs. There were multiple prominent and substantive speakers at our Sacramento session,…