Cohort Reflections


By C.J. Keavney

To Camp Arnaz with the September air still crisp and mild,
Went the band of 29 known as VCLA’s Deuces Wild.
Just like the 21 before them, Cohort 22 was eager
To learn the wisdom to help each become a leader.

From Business, Government, Agriculture and Healthcare
Accomplished leaders came with valuable knowledge to share.
Education, human services and culture add quality to life.
Still, living in Ventura County’s paradise has its price.

“Always Interesting!” “Fantastic Journey!” “Great Networking Access!”
Are just a few comments attesting to Deuces Wild’s success.
To Ventura County Leadership Academy, may you live long
And keep cultivating leaders who are wise and strong.

– C.J. Keavney
April 2017

About the Author

A proud graduate of VCLA’s Cohort XXII, C.J. Keavney’s professional experience includes newspaper reporting and editing, corporate communications, public relations, healthcare marketing and biotechnology. She currently works as freelance writer and researcher. In addition to VCLA, C.J.’s affiliations include the City of Thousand Oaks Business Roundtable, AAUW – Thousand Oaks Branch, SOAR, Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library, The Greater Contribution and Wells Bring Hope. She also serves as an elected delegate on the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee and president of the Democratic Women’s Council of the Conejo Valley.

A Georgia native who moved to Ventura County in 1991, C.J. is the widow of the Late Patrick Keavney. She has a daughter, Michelle King, who resides in Atlanta.