Cohort Reflections

Information Overload

​Misty Perez Council member, City of Port Hueneme The first session of VCLA’s cohort XXVIII was a day full of “information overload”; from learning about fellow cohort members, to group sessions and starting our first group assignment.  The drum circle was a nice mental break but still, at the end of a great day, I…

Jeopardy, VCLA Style

​Dr. Lorelle Dawes Director of Expanded Learning, Ventura Unified School District The first day when Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) Cohort 28 met as a group at the National Search Dog Foundation training site was a hit! We learned about each other-our experiences, our fears, our hopes-and we planned to make this an epic year…

A Great Start to Cohort XXVIII

​Justin Doering Director, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association It was a great first day of Ventura County Leadership Academy.  My favorite takeaway from the first session was being able to hear the background and expertise of those amongst our own cohort. There are so many leaders from such a wide array of professions. I truly…

Housing, Oh Housing…

​Dan Hulst Preserve Director, Ventura Land Trust Housing, oh housing. Why art thou so challenging? On a particularly warm Friday in March, VCLA Cohort 27 gathered for our 7th session. Focusing on Public Health and Social Services, the day began at the Ventura County Human Service Agency where we heard from distinguished leaders in the…
Bev.Dransfeldt

Step Up & Run

​Bev Dransfeldt Elected Director, Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks Board Ventura County Leadership Academy has been such a moving, wonderful program filled with so much eye-opening information, inspirational speakers and a legendary cohort. I counted down the months until the Sacramento trip and had everything ready to go early on. Pattie Braga, our fearless leader,…
DAnna Michelle

Don’t Let Your Title Define Who You Are

​Michelle D’Anna Community Relations Officer, City of Camarillo “Don’t let your title define who you are.” Let that sink in for a minute. At first, this statement struck me as an odd way to begin a conversation with a room full of professionals who are embarking on a leadership journey. Are we not a diverse cohort…