Cohort Reflections

Ventura County Leadership Academy Announces Cohort XXIII

August 9, 2017

Michael L. Paule
Ventura County Leadership Academy
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd. Suite E
Camarillo, CA 93012
(818) 355-2570

The Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA), founded in 1994, delivers on its mission of “connecting people and issues to strengthen our county” by developing, educating and inspiring a diverse group of leaders who aspire to enhance the quality of life in Ventura County. The curriculum of year-long Academy is delivered through nine full-day interactive sessions and exposes the cohort members to critical issues in the region and current leaders in their fields of expertise. One of the sessions takes place in Sacramento where the cohort is given a detailed overview of the legislative process and then given the opportunity to meet with government officials. Other session topics include education, public safety, health care, economic development, arts and culture, agriculture, and housing. Cohort members also complete an immersion activity, such as a police ride along or shadowing an elected official or volunteering at a non-profit organization.

VCLA also infuses personal leadership development throughout the curriculum with the goal of ensuring that our graduates recognize that leadership is a relational process and that leading at any level within any organization is a choice one must intentionally make.

Here are the members of this year’s cohort:
Aaron Amanda, Investment Associate, Ventura Investment Company
Liege O. Ayub, Volunteer, Nonprofit Public Benefit Foundation
William J. Ayub, Assistant Sheriff, County of Ventura
Tamalani (Tami) Barnett, Founder/Executive Director, Raising Hope
Michael A. Blumenberg, Program Manager, Northrop Brumman Corporation
Jennifer Caldwell, Events Manager, Foodshare, Inc.
Anthony Cappuccino, Insurance Agency Owner, Cappuccino Insurance Agency
Rodrigo A Cardenas, Industry Liaison, Ventura County Office of Education
Tara Carruth, Program Management Analyst, County of Ventura
Kimberly Coley, Executive Director, American Red Cross, Pacific Coast & Ventura County Chapters
Marika Collins, Special Projects & Public Policy Officer, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
Greg A. Cooper, Director of Community Outreach, Humane Society of VC
David Deutsch, Executive Director, NAMI Ventura County
Seleta I. Dobrosky, Supervising Public Health Nurse, Ventura County Public Health
Amanda L. Fagan, Community Planning Liaison Officer, US Navy – Naval Base Ventura County
Wendy Gerber, Life Coach, Golden Heart Ranch
Alicia Gomez, Program Manager, The Arc of Ventura County
Eva Gomez, Director of Annual Giving and Special Gifts, CSU Channel Islands
Rosa E. Gonzalez, Assistant Chief Deputy Cerk of the Board & CEO Community Liaison, County of Ventura
Carlos O. Lopez, Vice President, General Construction Clean Up, Inc.
Christina Madaras, Director, Community Development, Premier America Credit Union
Leslie E. Miranda, Military Support Therapist, Vista Del Mar Hospital
Joe Morelli, Fire Marshall, Ventura City Fire Department
James R. Norris, Fire Information Technology Manager, Ventura County Fire Department
Irene V. Ornelas, Industry Liaison, Ventura County Office of Education
Banks Pecht, Executive Coach, Attorney, Founder, Banks Coaching
Patricia Quiroz, District Representative, CA State Senate
Edmond R. Sahakian, Vice President, Business and Home Lending, VCCU
Jessica Silva, VP & Branch Manager, Multinational Banking & Financial Services Company, Rabobank, N.A.
Sukran “Suki” Sir, Marketing & Fund Development Manager, Turning Point Foundation
Nerissa Stacey, Communications Strategist, Mustang Marketing
Mary Victoria, Center Manager, VP, Citizen’s Business Bank
Leslie J. Webster, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, State of CA, Department of Rehabilitation
Debbie Williams, Human Resources Director, Gold Coast Transit
Charles J. Woodruff, Sergeant, Oxnard Police Dept.

For more information about how to get involved with the Ventura County Leadership Academy please contact: Michael L. Paule via phone: (818) 355-2570 or email: