Journey to Leadership Past Honorees

Starting in July of 2002, Ventura County Leadership Academy has been celebrating those who are living our mission of connecting and strengthening our county. These leaders from the business, education, non-profit, and public sectors represent the best of Ventura County.

18th Annual - April 29, 2021

Alumnus of the Year
James Joyce III, Cohort XVII

Business of the Year
PODS Moving and Storage

Educational Leaders of the Year
Dianne McKay, Ventura County Community College District Board Member, Area 2

Non-Profit Leader of the Year
Monica White, President and CEO, Food Share of Ventura County

Public Sector Leader of the Year
County of Ventura COVID Response Team

17th Annual - August 25, 2020

Alumnus of the Year
Andrew Salinas, Cohort XIV

Business Leaader of the Year
Greg Van Ness, Tolman & Wiker

Educational Leaders of the Year
Oscar Cobian, Oxnard College

Public Sector Leader of the Year
Jacqui Irwin, CA Assemblymember, District 44

16th Annual - April 18, 2019

Alumna of the Year
Pattie Braga, Cohort XVII

Business of the Year
Montecito Bank & Trust

Educational Leaders of the Year
Dr Jaime Hannans & Dr. Jacob Jenkins, CSUCI

Non-Profit Leader of the Year
Vanessa Bechtel, Ventura County Community Foundation

Public Sector Leader of the Year
Jim Friedl, Conejo Recreation & Park District

Founder's Award
Rudy Gonzales

Ductus Exemplo Award
Sheriff (Ret.) Geoff Dean

15th Annual - April 19, 2018

Alumna of the Year
Emily Barany, Cohort XXI

Business of the Year
Mustang Marketing

Educational Leader of the Year
Dr. Roger Rice, Ventura County Office of Education

Non-Profit Leader of the Year
Dena Jenson, CLU Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Public Sector Leader of the Year
Ventura Fire Department, Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Founder's Award
Bart and Heidi Stern

14th Annual - April 20, 2017

Alumnus of the Year
Jim White, Class V

Business of the Year
Patagonia

Community Leader of the Year
Charles W. Cohen, Esq.

Founder's Award

VCLA members photo

13th Annual - October 17, 2016

Alumna of the Year
Dr. Genevieve Evans Taylor, Cohort XVI

Business of the Year
Ventura County Credit Union

Community Leader of the Year
Dr Steven Elson, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Founder's Award
Kathy Long, Former VC Board of Supervisor

Ductus Exemplo Award
Hank Lacayo, State President, Congress of California Seniors

2014-2015 20th Anniversary Celebratory Event

(No formal honorees)

members

Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia, VCLA Founder
Suzanne Chadwick, VCLA Advisory Committee

12th Annual - October 17, 2013

Alumnus of the Year
Scott Zeller, Cohort XVI

Business of the Year
The Port of Hueneme

Community Leader of the Year
Shanna Wasson Taylor, CEO, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties

Founder's Award
Michael Powers, CEO County of Ventura
Kay Runnion, Government Affairs Director, VC Coastal Assoc. of Realtors

11th Annual - October 11, 2012

Alumnus of the Year
Patty Brown, Cohort XIII
David Villanueva, Cohort X

Business of the Year
Farmers Insurance Group

Community Leader of the Year
Gus Sanchez, Republic Services

Founder's Award
Charles Sandlin, Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine

10th Annual - May 19, 2011

Alumnus of the Year
Norbert Tan, Cohort XIV

Business of the Year
Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin

Community Leader of the Year
Dr. Richard Rush, President, CSUCI

Founder's Award
Marc Charney, VCLA Co-Founder 7 Advisory Board member

Ductus Exemplo
Randy Churchill, Realtor

9th Annual - April 29, 2010

Alumnus of the Year
Norman Griffaw, Class XI

Business of the Year
Proctor and Gamble

Community Leader of the Year
Armando Lopez, Principal, Plaza Development Partners & Community Activist

Ductus Exemplo
Marianne Ratcliff, (Retired) Opinion page editor, Ventura County Star

8th Annual - June 18, 2009

Alumnus of the Year
Fred Robinson, Class VI

Business of the Year
Waste Management Ventura County

Community Leader of the Year
Cheryl Moore, Executive Director, Work Force Investment Board

7th Annual - June 6, 2008

Alumna of the Year
Alisha Washington, Class II

Emerging Leader of the Year
Alec Loorz, Environmental Activist

Business Leader of the Year
Henry Dubroff, Pacific Coast Business Times

Community Leader of the Year
Mary Schwabauer, VCCF Board President, Farmer, Philanthropist

Ductus Exemplo
Ginger Gherardi, Executive Director, VC Transportation Commission, Retired

6th Annual - June, 2007

Alumni of the Year
Norma Maidel, Class X
Sue Tatangelo, Class VI

Emerging Leader of the Year
Joyce Wilde, Mental Health Activist, Class II

Business of the Year
Ventura County Economic Development Association

Community Leader of the Year
Hank & Leah Lacayo, Community Philanthropists/Activists

5th Annual - June, 2006

Alumna of the Year
Connie Young, Class VI

Emerging Leader of the Year
Jessica Arciniega, Class IX

Business Leader of the Year
Wayne A. Davey

Community Leader of the Year
J. Handel Evans

4th Annual - June, 2005

Alumna of the Year
Dr. Eva Conrad, Class IV

Emerging Leader of the Year
Maria Cobian, Class VIII

Business of the Year
Wilshire Home Entertainment

Community Leader of the Year
Sheriff Bob Brooks

Public Service Organization
Soroptimist International

3rd Annual - June, 2004

Alumna of the Year
Kathy Raffaelli, Class IV

Emerging Leader of the Year
Rosalinda Figueroa, Class IX

Business of the Year
Ventura County Star

Community Leader of the Year
Kathy Long (Ret. Board of Supervisors)
Mike Montoya

Public Service Organization
146th Airlift Wing California Air National Guard

2nd Annual - June, 2003

Alumnus of the Year
David Keith, Class I

Emerging Leader of the Year
Maricela Morales, Class III

Business of the Year
Santa Barbara Bank & Trust

Community Leaders of the Year
Jack O'Connell
Kate McLean

Organizations of the Year
ARC Ventura County
California Lutheran University

1st Annual - July 2002

Special Founder’s Recognition Award
Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia

Distinguished Community Leaders
Suzanne Chadwick & Mike Silacci, Class III

Exemplary Business/Organization
Haas Automation, Inc.

Alumna of the Year
Cathy Brudnicki, Class V