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2018 - 2019 Ventura College Foundation Gratitude Report

2018 - 2019 Ventura College Foundation Gratitude Report

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GRATITUDE REPORT
A PUBLICATION OF THE VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION


TABLE OF
CONTENTS

4 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - DAVID KEEBLER
5 SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS
6
MESSAGE FROM THE VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION BOARD CHAIR - ROB VAN NIEUWBURG
8 YOUR DREAMS, OUR MISSION

10 PROMISE SPOTLIGHT - SAMUEL PONCE
12 FROM LOW-INCOME HOUSING TO A DOUBLE MAJOR
14
16 SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT - SAFIA REAZI
18 “THE FINANCIAL STRUGGLE OF PURSUING EDUCATION IS A REALITY FOR SO MANY, INCLUDING MYSELF”
20
22 TEXTBOOK SUPPORT - CLAUDIA PARISO
DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD TO MEDICAL ASSISTANT GOALS

MARKETPLACE PROFILE - ESMERALDA JUAREZ
MARKETPLACE MANAGER AND ALUMNA: DRIVING THE FOUNDATION ECONOMY AND STUDENT SUCCESS

EMPLOYEE PROFILE - EAST CAMPUS
SANTA PAULA EMPLOYEES HELP STUDENTS FULFILL DREAMS

ATHLETICS PROFILE - ED AND SUE STILE
MENTORED TO MENTOR

PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP - AURELIO MANZANAREZ
“THE TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE WAS WHEN I SAW MY DAUGHTER FOR THE FIRST TIME”

VCF LEGACY GIVING PROFILE - CARL BOGGS
WORDS OF LOVE FOR VC

ABOUT VCF

23 VCF 2017/18 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

24 BY THE NUMBERS - VENTURA COLLEGE

25 VCF FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

26 DONOR HONOR ROLL

3


A MESSAGE FROM VENTURA COLLEGE PRESIDENT

DAVID
KEEBLER

Each year Ventura College, in partnership with the An important part of helping student success is
Ventura College Foundation, changes thousands removing barriers they face, and one of the most
of lives forever. We serve as a gateway for those cited barriers is financial. Thanks to our generous
wanting to achieve a rewarding life by providing community and the Ventura College Foundation, we
the opportunity to attain the education and skills are able to help more than 7,000 students per year
needed to support oneself and a family. with needed financial support so they can afford
higher education.
We are committed to our students’ success and
completion of their educational goals. Through In the last academic year, nearly 1,000 incoming
academic programs, financial assistance and a first-year students received Promise grants. Over the
variety of other support programs, we serve past decade, over $3 million was awarded to some
students who are working to achieve an associate 12,000 students. This year, the Foundation awarded
degree, transfer to a four-year institution, or more than $600,000 in scholarships to 258 students
complete a certificate program or training. to pay for their second year at Ventura College or
their first year at their transfer university. In addition,
this year nearly 6,000 students were served by the
Foundation’s textbook reserve and semester
lending collection.

By giving financial support to students, they don’t
have to choose between paying for school or paying
rent. Providing this support allows students to
commit their best effort toward completion. And
students who complete programs are more likely
to get well-paying jobs and contribute to their
local economy.

On the following pages, you’ll meet some of the
students and supporters who have been touched by
Ventura College and the Foundation. I believe you’ll
agree that our Foundation’s programs are a great
investment and an important factor in ensuring equity
for all people who are looking to better their future.

Sincerely,

David Keebler

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A MESSAGE FROM VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION BOARD CHAIR

ROB VAN
NIEUWBURG

With pride, the Ventura College Foundation presents We hope you’ll enjoy the stories of outcomes
this Gratitude Report as a way to inform and inspire and inspiration on the following pages, and as
the community about the people behind the work you read, please know that you have our gratitude
of the Foundation—work that could not be achieved for your support.
without your support. Thank you,

Your partnership with the Ventura College Rob van Nieuwburg
Foundation changes lives. Your investment makes
students’ dreams come true, changes families
and creates promising futures that ripple across
generations. On behalf of the board of directors and
the thousands of students who have benefited from
the Foundation’s programs, we thank you!

Your support of the Promise Program, scholarships
and textbooks has given students the means for an
education that lead to a career, employment and a
rewarding life. Please take pride in the fact that
our Promise Program, now in its eleventh year, is
one of the first in the nation and the impact has
been tremendous.

Promise recipients are 70 percent more likely to earn
an associate’s degree or certificate. Latino Promise
recipients are twice as likely to earn an associate’s
degree, and African American Promise recipients are
3.5 times more likely to earn an associate’s degree.

VENTURA COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION Mr. Dan Kumpf, Dean of Sciences
Ms. Debbie Newcomb, Dean of Career Education I
Mr. David Keebler, President Dr. Lynn Wright, Dean of Student Learning: English, Mathematics,
Dr. Kim Hoffmans, Vice President Academic Affairs/Student Learning
Dr. Damien A. Peña, Vice President, Student Affairs & Learning Resources; Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Catherine Bojorquez, Vice President, Business Services Mr. David Bransky, Asst. Dean of Library, Learning Resources &
Mr. Phillip Briggs, Dean of Equity & Institutional Effectiveness
Ms. Felicia Dueñas, Dean of Career Ed II (Technology Programs) Communication; Evening Administrator
Dr. Tim Harrison, Dean of Athletics, Health, Kinesiology, Vacant, Asst. Dean of Student Success & Support
Mr. Jay Moore, Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations
Performing Arts, Off-Campus Programs
Dr. Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston, Dean of Visual Arts, Behavioral

and Social Science, Modern Languages and Distance Education

5


PROMISE
SPOTLIGHT

SAMUEL PONCE

FROM LOW-INCOME HOUSING TO A DOUBLE MAJOR

Samuel Ponce grew up in low-income housing, Since coming to Ventura College, he has immersed
in an environment where higher education was himself in the resources and opportunities available,
unobtainable. As a result, he didn’t see much of a including the First Year Experience Program and
future for himself. Extended Opportunity Programs and Services
(EOPS), which help low-income and educationally-
“I didn’t care much about my education because I disadvantaged students pursue higher education and
didn’t think I’d ever go to college,” Samuel says. But, helps high school graduates transition into their first
as often happens, the influence of a solitary teacher year of community college.
made all the difference. In his case, his social science
teacher at Santa Paula High School got him interested “These programs gave me the structure and
in the field of psychology, which inspired Samuel to motivation to be successful in my first year of
get a college education. college,” he says.

His parents were supportive of his decision, though Samuel has also become involved in extracurricular
their limited finances meant they could do little more programs on campus, as well as within the larger
than encourage him. Thanks to the Promise Program, Ventura County community. Currently, he is the
his enrollment fees were covered. Ventura College senator of Internal Affairs for the
2017/2018 academic year, a First Year Experience
“To me, the Promise was a second chance for me to Peer Leader, and a student ambassador with the
start over, work hard and be successful,” Samuel said. VC Foundation, Student Connect Center and the
Outreach Department.

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He is also the vice president of the Ventura TO ME, THE
College Psychology Club where he serves as PROMISE WAS A
an activist on topics in mental health, and is
a proud leader/sub-coordinator for the Club’s SECOND
Clothesline Project, which brings awareness of CHANCE
domestic violence and sexual assault.
FOR ME TO
“Through these involvements I’ve been able to START OVER,
clearly see where I’d like to take my education
and what I’d like to do with my life,” he says. WORK
HARD
Samuel is now pursuing a double major in
Psychology and Photojournalism. Ultimately, AND BE
he wants to work with the federal government SUCCESSFUL
providing psychological services and to be a
“voice for the voiceless.”

“I specifically want to focus on homeless
veterans, the LGBTQ community and
environmental justice,” Samuel says,
adding that, as a Latino, he particularly
wants to represent members of the
Hispanic community.

“Without the VC Promise and the Southern
California Edison Green Jobs Initiative
Scholarship (which he recently received), I
wouldn’t be here right now,” he says. “I would
be working a job, unhappy knowing that this
was it for me.”

Finally, he says, “I want to set an example for
others that anything is possible.”

7


SCHOLARSHIP
SPOTLIGHT

SAFIA REAZI

THE FINANCIAL STRUGGLE OF PURSUING EDUCATION
IS A REALITY FOR SO MANY, INCLUDING MYSELF

Safia Reazi had long wanted to join the engineering “The financial struggle of pursuing education is a
field but, upon graduation from high school, her reality for so many, including myself,” she says. “When
financial situation was tenuous. She was not sure I got the letter that I had received the scholarship,
she would be able to continue on to college without I was beyond ecstatic. Knowing that I didn’t have
taking some time off, and such a move could quite to worry about tuition or how I was going to buy
likely have derailed her plans completely. my books or other class materials was an immense
burden that had been removed and as a result
According to data from the National Center for allowed me to immediately focus on trying to excel in
Education Statistics, only six percent of students my classes.”
who took a year or more off after high school earned
a bachelor’s degree by the time they were 25 to 26 The scholarship proved to be just the jump-start she
years old. needed. Safia has completed three years at Ventura
College, in her words, relatively quickly and relatively
But Safia was determined. She applied for the stress-free.
Ventura College Promise Grant and it paid for her first
year in college. While in her first year, Safia applied to “The scholarship has renewed my drive to complete
the Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Program my higher education and pursue my degree in
– the first scholarship she applied for - to which she engineering,” she adds.
was selected for award.

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Being a woman in the science, THE SCHOLARSHIP
technology, engineering and HAS RENEWED MY
mathematics (STEM) field has its
challenges, Safia says. DRIVE

“Seeing the paucity of female TO COMPLETE
students in my classes made me MY HIGHER
realize that the path to be an EDUCATION AND
engineer, for women in particular,
is uniquely arduous,” she observes. PURSUE
“It can feel intimidating and MY
uncomfortable.” DEGREE

However, the Promise Grant and IN ENGINEERING
scholarship award offered her more
than merely monetary support; it
also provided her with a path to
emotional encouragement.

“When I attended the scholarship
luncheon, I met so many of
the generous donors who put
their faith into students like me,
and in that moment I realized that
complete strangers had believed in
my aspirations,” Safia says. “They
believed that I could attain my goals
and succeed, which has given me
the confidence to move forward and
accomplish my dreams.”

Safia aspired to a degree in engineering as
a means to better understand the world.

“Science and math excite me, but
truthfully these are secondary to the
opportunities that higher education will
provide to do good —this drives me,” Safia
says. “I am thrilled to see what the future
has in store for me.”

9


TEXTBOOK
SUPPORT

CLAUDIA PARISO

DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD TO MEDICAL ASSISTANT GOALS

Claudia Pariso was born and raised in Oildale, Calif., “I have always had a gift to comfort and soothe
a town of about 32,000 just north of Bakersfield. Her people with struggles,” she says. “I talked to a few
childhood was difficult: one of constant fear due to nurses I knew who suggested I become a Medical
various types of abuse, accompanied by a constant Assistant. I did some research and found Ventura
struggle with grades. College offered one of the best programs in the area.”

During her sophomore year of high school, her That’s when she made a decision that would change
parents and counselor agreed that she should drop her life.
the college preparatory courses in favor of a more
basic education. While many of her friends were planning their
retirement, at 59 years old she quit her job to go back
“My father said some people just aren’t college to school, but without any idea of how she would pay
material,” Claudia recalls. for it. Enter the Ventura College Foundation, which
gave her some much-needed budgetary relief.
Claudia became a switchboard operator for an
answering service, married, had a son, and later “Not a semester has gone by where I haven’t been
divorced. At 28, she was a single mother of a toddler able to pick up at least half of my required books
with a menial job. at the Foundation’s Lending Library,” she says. “The
Medical Assistant (M.A.) program alone would have
The years slipped past. In 2013, Adventist Hospitals cost me at least a thousand dollars if I had to buy
began building a new facility in Tehachapi. She saw each book needed.”
that as an opportunity to live and work near her son
and grandchildren, who had moved to Tehachapi She has completed her initial goal of becoming a
many years earlier. medical assistant, meeting the requirements for and
receiving an A.S. degree in Multi-Skilled Medical
Assisting. By then, though, the opening of the
hospital had been delayed-beyond 2017.

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I FOUND

VENTURA
COLLEGE

OFFERED ONE OF THE

BEST PROGRAMS

IN THE AREA

“Fortunately, I have wonderful advisors and I made
the decision to continue on with my education,”
she says. She was firmly committed to working
in a hospital setting, but decided a position as a
Patient Advocate would be more in line with her
strengths and her passions, which were born of
personal experience.

“My grandson was born with Down Syndrome,”
Claudia says. “His father and I have spent countless
hours finding our way through the maze of paperwork
and websites in an attempt to locate programs
available to him. Had it not been for my background
in Medical Assisting and tenacious spirit, he might
never have received the care he is receiving today.”

Patient Advocates help those in need find the care
they need. Claudia is determined to obtain such a
position, and gives much of the credit to the Ventura
College Foundation.

“The financial cost of continuing my education
seemed overwhelming,” Claudia says. “The
scholarships I received will allow me to complete my
studies without taking out a student loan.”

“I am truly grateful for the opportunities that have
been set in front of me,” she continues. “And with
the resources I have been given, I can reach up and
grab them.”

11


MARKETPLACE
PROFILE

ESMERALDA JUAREZ

MARKETPLACE MANAGER AND ALUMNA: DRIVING
THE FOUNDATION ECONOMY AND STUDENT SUCCESS

First in her family to attend college, Esmeralda of its core programs: scholarships, the VC Promise
Juarez as a student 16 years ago started working and the textbook lending support. In addition, the
part-time for the Ventura College Marketplace. Marketplace revenue allows for the Foundation staff
The Marketplace is a $1.5-million enterprise of the to be able to process donations on behalf of campus
Ventura College Foundation, and generates revenue programs as well. Many of the VC students who
to sustain Foundation operations and programs. Yet Esmeralda hires are recipients of Promise Program
for Esmeralda, Marketplace Manager, it helped support grants funded by the Marketplace.
her, and now her family, to achieve lifelong goals.
“Marketplace and the Foundation have had a
“Working for the Marketplace and being around the profound impact on my life. At the Foundation, we
Foundation’s staff was very encouraging,” Esmeralda say, ‘your dream is our mission,’ and we really take
said. After graduating VC, she continued working at that to heart,” she said. “I’ve grown so much since I’ve
the Marketplace and went on to earn her bachelor’s been here.” Indeed, while working there she became
degree from the University of La Verne. “The her family’s first college graduate, and in 2011 she
Foundation’s tuition reimbursement allowed me married her long-time boyfriend. In 2012, she and her
to get my bachelor’s degree.” husband had their first child, and now Esmeralda has
a second child who is a year old.
She also was promoted to supervisor in charge of
12 employees and 350 vendors. In the last eight Esmeralda still enjoys her Marketplace career, as it
years under Esmeralda’s leadership, the Ventura provides for her family, and also enables so many
College Foundation Marketplace has doubled the students to receive scholarships, grants and other
revenue it generates to support the Foundation, financial support to achieve their dreams of higher
helping to cover costs of staff and operations so that education, just as she achieved her dream.
100 percent of donor funds go directly in support

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A BOOMING
MARKETPLACE

A LOOK AT THE MARKETPLACE OVER THE YEARS

THE FOUNDATION’S Cost of a Vendor Space 1995 2017
Number of Vendors $10 $35-$50
TUITION Attendance 30 300+
REIMBURSEMENT Marketplace Employees 1000 3000
Revenue 6 12
ALLOWED ME TO GET MY $450,000 $1.5 million

BACHELOR’S COST OF A NUMBER OF ATTENDANCE MARKTETPLACE REVENUE
DEGREE VENDOR
VENDORS EMPLOYEES
SPACE

13


SANTA PAULA EMPLOYEES HELP
STUDENTS FULFILL DREAMS

Nestled in the Santa Clara River Valley is a haven for learning—Ventura College’s East Campus in Santa Paula.
There, Sabrina Canola-Sanchez, Maria de la Luz Flores, Maiya Rodriguez and Beatriz Zizumbo, among many
others, take the guiding principles of Ventura College to heart each day: students come first, and collaboration,
communication and mutual respect are integral to the campus environment.
This dynamic quartet represents 60 years of personal commitment and professional experience to serve a
student body that’s nearly 80 percent Latino and largely comprised of re-entry adult students and students
who are the first in their family to attend college. “It’s such a rewarding experience working with the students
and seeing their influence on their siblings and family as a role model and inspiration to others,” says Sabrina
Canola-Sanchez, who’s been the administrative assistant at the East campus since 2008.

A DYNAMIC TEAM COMMITTED TO

STUDENT SUCCESS: Pictured from left to right listed below.

• Maria de la Luz Flores, academic counselor, comes to East Campus from Oxnard College, and her
dedication to students is evident in the number of students who continue, persist and complete
their goals.

• Beatriz Zizumbo, academic counselor, began at Ventura College as an English as a second
language student and became an office assistant, obtained her master’s degree in counseling and
is now a full-time counselor.

• Sabrina Canola-Sanchez, is an administrative assistant and an ambassador to the Ventura
College Foundation “to help students connect to opportunities at the Foundation.”

• Maiya Rodriguez, student services assistant II, is a VC alumna and has worked at East Campus
for 26 years. She is the one-stop shop for students, assisting with admissions and the
matriculation process.

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“We’re a one-stop shop,” says Rodriguez. She This corps of employees at that site, including
mentions how the dedicated team provides Canola-Sanchez, Flores, Rodriguez, and Zizumbo,
personalized attention to about 1,000 students each recently partnered with the Foundation to create an
semester, helping them navigate class schedules, employee payroll deduction-funded scholarship for
financial aid and graduation requirements, among Ventura College students who are residents of the
other things. Santa Clara River Valley communities of Santa Paula,
Fillmore and Piru.
Ventura College Foundation Ambassador Canola-
Sanchez notes that she has seen first-hand the “This is a way we can share our passion for helping
impact of the Foundation’s programs on the lives even more students achieve their dreams of a college
of the students. “The Textbook Lending Library, education,” notes Flores.
scholarships and Promise Program are important
resources to assist students at both Ventura College With a goal to award $1000 in the first year, the
and the Ventura College East Campus.” Without first scholarship will be given spring 2018 to a
it, many of the area’s students wouldn’t be able Santa Paula, Fillmore or Piru resident with a 3.5
to go to college due to the expense, she says. The GPA or higher.
Foundation’s Textbook Lending Library, where
students can check out up to three textbooks for the “We’re excited for the scholarship and to see where
whole semester, is also critical to student success at it takes us,” explains Zizumbo. No doubt, even more
the campus, she says. exciting will be seeing how far the scholarships take
the students who receive them.

EAST CAMPUS SNAPSHOT

1974: VENTURA COLLEGE BEGAN OFFERING CLASSES IN
THE SANTA CLARA RIVER VALLEY FOR THE AREA’S
PREDOMINANTLY HISPANIC/LATINO POPULATION

800 STUDENTS Students enroll in off-campus

75+% classes from Santa Paula,

Fillmore or Piru

per semester enroll in Off-Campus programs 86% Students who are Hispanic/Latino.
at the Santa Paula Site Student Services and U.S. Department of Education
Library & Learning Resource Center. designates Ventura College a
Hispanic Serving Institution.

For over 30 years, the Ventura College satellite campus in Santa Paula has been an educational leader
providing a positive and accessible learning environment that is responsive to the needs of students, promotes
success, develops students to their full potential, creates lifelong learners and fosters positive human values
for successful living and membership in a global environment for the Santa Clara River Valley Communities
of Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru. This college ancillary is a model of how institutions of higher learning can
combine innovative programs, student support and instructional technologies to provide outstanding learning
opportunities and community services. Ventura College East Campus also serves as the center of operations
for Ventura College Off-Campus Programs, including Dual Enrollment.

15


ATHLETICS
PROFILE

ED AND SUE STILE

MENTORED TO MENTOR The retired Camarillo couple also donates to the VC
Athletic Department, earmarking the funds for the
For Ed and Sue Stile, supporting the students of golf team.
Ventura College is as rewarding as getting a hole in
one in golf. “It’s so nice to be part of young people’s Golf’s impact on Ed’s life goes beyond his time at
lives, helping young people be great adults,” said Ed, VC in the mid-1970s. It was while on the team that
an avid golfer who played on the Ventura College golf he made lifelong friends with whom he still plays
team as a student. “It makes all our lives that much golf, and where he was coached by Brian Marshall.
better. It makes all the difference, not only to the It was Coach Marshall who motivated Ed to get
community, but to their families as well.” an education.

“We love seeing good kids work hard and do well,” Getting his AA from VC made financial sense for
added Sue, who attended Ventura College and Ed and his parents, who always talked about when
received her AA in liberal studies from Oxnard College. you go to college, not if. It enabled him to graduate
debt-free from California State University, Long
The couple, who’ve been married 34 years, have a Beach with majors of finance, financial investments
long relationship with the Ventura College Foundation, and marketing. He later pursued his MBA from the
helping students achieve their educational goals University of La Verne.
through the Ed and Sue Stile Scholarship for returning
students. This year they joined the Ventura College
Promise Taskforce, too.

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When Ed owned his convenience store in PIRATE
Oxnard, he would pay for his employees to
attend a community college, but they had ATHLETICS
to be serious about their studies. After each
semester, Ed sat down with the employee, HOME OF
who told him one thing they learned in class
and showed him their report card with a C or CHAMPIONS
better. Ed estimated that at least 20 employees
received their AA degrees, about five pursued 16 STATE TITLES
their master’s degrees and two became 33 STATE SCHOLAR TEAMS
dentists, thanks to this program. 218 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When Ed sold the store in 1994, he returned 19 SPORTS
to VC as a volunteer assistant golf coach under 8 CONFERENCE TITLES
his mentor Brian Marshall. He volunteered STUDENT ATHLETE OVERALL GPA OF 3.12
until 2003. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL #7 ON NATIONAL HONOR ROLL
FOOTBALL #1 SCHOLAR ATHLETES IN CA
A highlight for Ed and Sue is interacting with 130+ TRANSFER TO FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES
the students at the Foundation’s scholarship 3 BASEBALL ALUMNI DRAFTED TO MAJOR LEAGUES
award ceremonies. “It’s so inspiring to see the
young people at the luncheons getting their WE LOVE SEEING
scholarships,” Sue said.
GOOD
“I’ve received a lot more over the years than KIDS
I’ve ever given,” said Ed. “I want the young
people to know that we believe in them, WORK HARD
sometimes they don’t have anyone to do that AND DO WELL
in their lives.”

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PHOENIX
SCHOLARSHIP

AURELIO MANZANAREZ

THE TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE WAS WHEN I SAW
MY DAUGHTER FOR THE FIRST TIME

Aurelio Manzanarez was born in Santa Barbara, “The turning point in my life was when I saw my
which is “a nice place if you have money,” he says. daughter for the first time,” he says. Although he
But his mother was only 15 when she had him, and admits he didn’t know how to raise himself, let alone
money was in short supply. a child, he moved to Ventura County with nothing
more than the clothes on his back, just so he could be
When he was nine years old, his parents divorced with his little girl.
and he was sent to live with an aunt who also had
financial difficulties and was, as he puts it, “too Once settled, he enrolled in Oxnard Adult School to
occupied with drugs to raise a child.” He turned to earn his high school diploma and a medical assisting
the streets and, he admits, made poor choices certificate. His proudest moment was having his
because he lacked the guidance of an adult, and the daughter at his graduation ceremony to watch her
comfort and safety of a stable home environment. dad reach his goal.

On the streets, he became involved in the criminal Emboldened and empowered, Aurelio sought a
life, which he says he, “caught on to real quick.” As a position as a medical assistant and was hired by Dr.
result, he spent most of his childhood incarcerated. Armin Alavi, a specialized ENT (ear, nose and throat)
Then, at age 16, he became a father. The event physician, whom Aurelio says inspired him to become
was pivotal. a physician.

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Awarded a scholarship through the Ventura College For Aurelio, it’s all about having the resolve to make
Foundation Phoenix Scholarship Program, Aurelio the changes he knew he needed to make.
has been able to take the next steps toward his goal.
He is now a full-time student at Ventura College, “It’s about having heart, not where you come from,”
working toward his ultimate objective of becoming a he says. “People resist change because they focus
doctor specializing in helping the needy. on what they have to give up instead of what they
have to gain.”
Aurelio credits Dr. Alavi and others who have helped
him through difficult times, including Professors Jaclyn Aurelio has a laser focus on what he has to gain,
Walker and Janine Bundy. He is also very grateful along with the determination that enables him to
to the donors who make the scholarships available move forward regardless of what’s in front of him.
through the Ventura College Foundation, possible. But he also acknowledges that he can’t do it alone.

Even with the help of others, he says, the ultimate “No matter how difficult life seems, you can always
responsibility rests with the individual. accomplish your dreams,” he says. “Sometimes we
just need a little help from others to help us achieve
“Strive to succeed as badly as you want to breathe,” those dreams.”
he says. “It takes persistence, it takes determination,
it takes facing your fears which is hard and
necessary instead of what is quick and easy.”

NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT

LIFE SEEMS,

YOU CAN ALWAYS ACCOMPLISH

YOUR DREAMS

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LEGACY
GIVING PROFILE

CARL BOGGS

WORDS OF LOVE FOR VC newspaper and had great instructors, like Charlie
Plummer who was the paper’s advisor. “To this day,
To say Carl Boggs, Ph.D., is a prolific writer is an I remember my instructors at Ventura College,” he
understatement. The National University social said, naming a handful of instructors off the top of his
sciences professor has written 22 nonfiction books head. “They all inspired you. That was crucial to me.”
on critical social and political theory, politics, U.S.
foreign and military policy, social movements and Boggs enrolled at VC after graduating from Oxnard
film studies. He has authored hundreds of articles, High School in 1955. Though he had been accepted
scores of book and film reviews and is on the to four-year universities, his family didn’t really have
editorial board of several journals, including Theory the financial resources to send him.
and Society, where he is book-review editor, and
New Political Science. “When I was going to school, I could have really used
a program like the Promise,” he said of the program
He has always been a writer, he said, but it was that covers recent high school graduates’ cost of
during his time as a student at Ventura College enrollment, health and student center fees for the
when his interest blossomed and he honed his skill. first year. While at VC, Boggs worked full-time on the
night shift at the Camarillo State Mental Hospital and
“I think I have accomplished a lot and Ventura was a stringer for the Oxnard Press-Courier covering
College was really crucial in that,” he said. “I would VC sports. Oh, and he was also the top-ranked golf
go so far as to say that Ventura College was player on the college’s team.
responsible for my success.”
“I didn’t get much sleep. I put all my free time into
“Ventura College was the place where I learned to my classes.”
write,” he added. During his two years at VC, he
had a sports column in the Pirate Press student

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I WOULD GO SO FAR AS TO SAY THAT

VENTURA COLLEGE
WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY
SUCCESS

Boggs went on to the University of California,
Berkeley, where he majored in political science and
journalism. He also received his master’s degree and
doctorate from Cal Berkeley.

Over the last 10 years, Boggs has supported the
Ventura College Foundation’s Promise Program.
“I can see myself in these students,” he said.

Boggs enjoys attending Foundation events and
touring the campus. For about the past 30 years,
he has followed the college’s basketball team and
attends games when he can.

“I want to give and keep giving,” he said. “If I give
to the Ventura College Foundation, I can really
see the results and see students benefiting from
the resources. You see the difference. You see
the impact.”

I CAN SEE MYSELF

IN THESE STUDENTS

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ABOUT
VCF

FACILITATING STUDENT SUCCESS

The Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura
College. Through this support, the Ventura College Foundation assists the College in facilitating student
success and grows the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. Established in 1983,
the Foundation is one of the most successful community college foundations in California, having raised more
than $26 million dollars for the Ventura College and its students.

VCF PROGRAMS The Ventura College Foundation is
seeking individuals, corporations
VENTURA COLLEGE PROMISE
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS and foundations who wish to
TEXTBOOK SUPPORT invest in education. By improving
PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIPS education, together we can enhance
COMMUNITY CAMPUS TOURS the quality of life and commerce in
ALUMNI & DONOR NEWSLETTERS
FOSTER YOUTH SUPPORT our community.
WEEKEND MARKETPLACE
WILLIAM & HELEN SCARPINO VETERANS PROMISE

ANNE PAUL KING 4667 TELEGRAPH RD.
VENTURA, CA 93003
Executive Director
805.289.6503 VCGIVING.ORG
aking@vcccd.edu 805-289-6461

 VCFoundation
 VC_Foundation
 vcfoundation

YOU CAN TEXT TO GIVE:
Text: VCGiving
To: 41444

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VCF 2017/18
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ROB VAN NIEUWBURG RUTH HEMMING, ED.D NICOLE KREUTZ MICHAEL MONTOYA ROBERT BEILIN, ELENA BROKAW
BOARD CHAIR VICE-CHAIR TREASURER SECRETARY PH.D, MFT

BOOMER BUTLER AMY CHEROT KEN COLLIN AURORA DE LA SELVA ELLYN DEMBOWSKI LESLIE HERRERA

KIM HOFFMANS, ED.D DAVID KEEBLER ANNE PAUL KING STEPHEN J. KIPP, MATT LAVERE, ESQ. MICHAEL ORMAN
MBA, PFP

RENE RODRIGUEZ DONNA SANTO, ESQ. ELEANOR TILLQUIST GEORGE TILLQUIST PATRICIA WENDT HELEN YUNKER

BOARD EMERITUS: FOUNDATION STAFF:

DAVID BIANCO JAIMEE HANNA | Programs and Events Coordinator
DAVID PUGH ESMERALDA JUAREZ | Marketplace Supervisor
LUCIA TEBBE SUZIE O’CONNELL | Administration & Operations Coordinator
HON. COLLEEN TOY WHITE CYNDIE WHITLEY | Finance Manager

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BY THE NUMBERS VENTURA COLLEGE

DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

Associate Degrees 1,082 CERTIFICATES ASSOCIATE DEGREES

Certificates 703 703 1,082

65% 12% 5% 12% 5% TOTAL 1,785

STUDENT STATUS 65% STUDENT GENDER 55%
Continuing Student 12% Female 44%
Returning Student Male
High School Student 5% Unreported 1%
Advanced Placement 12%
First Time Student
First Time Transfer 5%

STUDENT ETHNICITY 58% .5% ENROLLMENT STATISTICS 12,750
30% 2% Student Count 25
Hispanic Student Average Age
White 5% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 58% 5%
Other 2%
Black .5% 30% STUDENT COUNT 12,750
American Indian/Alaskan AVERAGE AGE 25

FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM NUMBER OF AWARDS FUNDING AMOUNT TOTAL BUDGET $47,404,580
Academic Payroll $22,336,984
Board of Governors 19,184 $7,487,006 Classified Payroll
Fee Waiver Management Payroll $7,922,448
Employee Benefits $1,923,385
PELL Grant 6,480 $13,001,401 Operating/Capital Supplies $14,144,368
$1,077,395
Federal Work Study 85 $244,403
1,318 $197,550 FOUNDATION # STUDENTS AMOUNT
Federal Supplemental 1,893 $1,430,368 PROGRAM SERVED $393,062
Education Opportunity 1,414 $424,200 Promise Grant
Grant $130,950 946
489
Cal Grant B&C 41 $56,900 Scholarships 258 $692,048

Full-Time Student Textbook Support 6,000 $42,670
Success Grant
Extended Opportunity
Programs & Services

Care Grant

Chafee 23 $92,500 Accreditation: Ventura College is accredited by the
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior
Loans 840 $1,812,738 Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and
TOTALS 31,767 $24,878,016 Colleges, 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato,
CA 94949, 415-506-0234, an institutional accrediting
body recognized by the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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VCF FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

ASSETS $778,128 VCCCD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Cash & Cash Equivalents $4,884
Accounts Receivable Mr. Stephen P. Blum, Esq, Trustee
Pledges Receivable $295,000 Mr. Arturo D. Hernandez, Vice Chair
Long-Term Investments $7,867,251 Mr. Larry Kennedy, Trustee
Net Property & Equipment Ms. Dianne McKay, Trustee
Long-Term Pledges Receivable $36,950 Mr. Bernardo M. Perez, Chair
FCCC Osher Scholarship Endowment $842,121 Ms. Kimberly Ramos, Student Trustee
Beneficial Interest $1,397,933
Other Assets $179,559 VCCCD ADMINISTRATION

$76,060 Dr. Greg Gillespie, Chancellor
Mr. Rick Post, JD, Vice Chancellor, Educational
TOTAL ASSETS $11,477,886
Services and Institutional Effectiveness
LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS $86,927 Dr. David El Fattal, Vice Chancellor, Business
Accounts Payable & Benefits $178,108
Scholarships Payable $726,533 and Administrative Services
Grants Payable $241,638 Mr. Michael Shanahan, Vice Chancellor,
Other Liabilities
Human Resources
TOTAL LIABILITIES $1,233,206 Mr. Dave Fuhrmann, Associate Vice Chancellor,
TOTAL NET ASSETS $10,244,680
Information Technology
TOTAL LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS $11,477,886
VCCCD

Moorpark College
Oxnard College
Ventura College
District Administrative Offices
761 E. Daily Drive, Suite 200
Camarillo, CA 93010
805.652.5500
vcccd.edu

Ventura College and the Ventura County Community
College District do not discriminate on the basis
of color, creed, religion, disability, marital status,
veteran status, national origin, race or gender.

PUBLICATION CREDITS

Design & Production Concepts,
Principal Photography: Searle Creative

Editorial Support: Mayerson Marketing
& Public Relations

Production Support: VISIONALITY
VCF Staff: Jaimee Hanna, Anne Paul King,

Suzie O’Connell

Special thanks to students, donors, alumni and VC
faculty and staff who contributed to this project.

The Ventura College Foundation is committed to maintaining the highest standards in transparency, accountability and stewardship of all funds,
including grants, contracts and donor-directed contributions. Our finances are thoroughly reviewed at regular intervals by our finance committee,
executive committee, investment committee, audit committee, and our full board of directors. VCF undergoes an annual audit by an independent
audit firm specializing in nonprofit organizations, and the VCF audit committee assesses this vendor relationship at regular intervals. All of this is
to ensure our organization’s prudent use of resources in achieving our mission to serve Ventura College and its students.

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2016 | 2017

GEORGE MCNEELY LEGACY SOCIETY Mr. Robert Martin
George McNeely Legacy Society members have committed to Mr. Alex Olsen
leaving a legacy at Ventura College through an estate gift. Dr. Henry A. Oster
Anonymous Donor Mrs. Deborah U. Pollack and Dr. Ronald D. Pollack
Dr. Carl E. Boggs Ms. Donna C. Santo Esq.
Ms. Jean M. Bennett Mr. Bill Scarpino
Ms. Vella Buchanan Ms. Karen D. Sedlacek
Mrs. Bessie M. Carter† and Mr. Paul Carter† Mr. Edward Summers
Mrs. Barbara Caufield Mr. Norbert Tan and Ms. Tracy Takahashi
Mr. Frank Cavola Mrs. Kristen M. Taylor and Mr. Richard L. Taylor, Esq.
Ms. Amy T. Cherot Mr. Lester Tong and Ms. Mae Wan Tong
Ms. Edith Conn† Mr. Peter Tshing
Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski Mr. Stephen H. Wagner
The Estate of Stephen Don Cummings Mrs. Sharon Watts Woolley
Mr. Mike Ewens & Mrs. Lydia Martinez-Collins Dr. John L. Woolley
Mr. Garold Faber†
Mrs. Joyce Faber PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE
Mr. Jeff Ferguson and Mrs. Theresa Ferguson President’s Circle members have made an investment in the mission
Ms. Abra Flores of the Ventura College Foundation through an unrestricted annual
Mr. Mark L. Goldenson and Mrs. Janet Goldenson gift of $1,000 or more.
Mrs. Janet Goldenson and Mr. Mark L. Goldenson Anonymous Donor
Mr. Jack Halbert Mr. Thomas Anthony and Mrs. Mary Anthony
Mr. Don Hatala Dr. Robert Beilin and Mrs. Catherine Beilin
Heizer Family Foundation Ms. Elena Brokaw
Dr. Ruth Hemming Ms. Amy T. Cherot
Ms. Irene V. Henry J.D. Mrs. Mary J. Coe
Ms. Aurora Loss Mr. Ken S. Collin and Mrs. Doris K. Collin
Mr. John Lupton Ms. Aurora de la Selva
Mr. Alan Mannason Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski
Mr. George McNeely† Dr. Greg Gillespie and Mrs. Kristin Ockert-Gillespie
Mrs. Barbara Meister Mr. Myron G. Harrison and Mrs. Sharon J. Harrison
Stanley J. Miller Estate Dr. Ruth Hemming
Robert Milton Estate Trust Dr. Kim D. Hoffmans Ed.D.
Mrs. Micheline Sakharoff† Mrs. Elise O. Kearney and Mr. William Kearney
Dr. Kathleen Schrader Mr. Stephen J. Kipp and Mrs. Lynn Kipp
Mrs. Miriam Schwab Mr. Alexander G. Kolesnik and Ms. Sharon J. Beynon
Ms. Isabel B. Shepherd† Mr. Matthew W. LaVere and Mrs. Alicia LaVere
Ms. Linda Seaman Mr. Mike Montoya
Ms. Talle Stanton† Mr. Rene G. Rodriguez and Mrs. Angela Rodriguez
Mr. Edward D. Stile and Mrs. Susan M. Stile Ms. Donna C. Santo Esq.
Mrs. Virginia Stout Mr. Norbert Tan and Ms. Tracy Takahashi
Ms. Marcia Sumliner† Mrs. Eleanor Tillquist and Mr. George E. Tillquist
Mr. Norbert Tan and Ms. Tracy Takahashi Mr. Lester Tong and Ms. Mae Wan Tong
Mr. David W. Townsend and Dr. Sheila M. Pallas Mr. Rob van Nieuwburg
Mr. Romain Van De Genachte† Dr. Rosalind Warner and Dr. Michael Hogan
Ms. Barbara Wise Mr. Corey J. Wendt and Mrs. Patricia Wendt
Dr. John L. Woolley Mr. Jack Wood
Miss Helen M. Yunker Miss Helen M. Yunker

CHAIRPERSON’S CIRCLE FOUNDER: $25,000 & UP
Chairperson’s Circle members have made an investment to the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation
sustainable growth of Ventura College student support through a Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
multi-year gift. Edison International
Mr. Thomas Anthony and Mrs. Mary Anthony Gibbs Truck Centers
Ms. Katherine Armstrong Gene Haas Foundation
Mrs. Mary B. Beck and Mr. Robert Beck Mr. Bill Scarpino
Dr. Robert Beilin and Mrs. Catherine Beilin Mr. Lester Tong and Ms. Mae Wan Tong
Mrs. Anna M. Benscoter and Mr. John Benscoter Ventura County Ballet Company
Mr. Ken S. Collin and Mrs. Doris K. Collin
Dr. David H. Culton and Mrs. Janet C. Culton BENEFACTOR: $10,000-$24,999
Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski Anonymous Donor
Dr. Greg Gillespie and Mrs. Kristin Ockert-Gillespie Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Mrs. Diana Gleason and Mr. Michael Gleason Ms. Amy T. Cherot
Mr. Doug Halter Mr. Ken S. Collin and Mrs. Doris K. Collin
Ms. Staci Johnson and Mr. Doug Ingram Dr. Gigi Fiumerodo
Mr. Richard C. Jones and Mrs. Cynthia L. Jones Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation
Mrs. Elise O. Kearney and Mr. William Kearney Dr. Charles Holmes and Mrs. Susan Holmes
Mrs. Anne King and Mr. Brewster King Ms. Aurora Loss
Ms. Rene M. Lawler Dr. Henry A. Oster
Mrs. June W. Lovell SAGE Publications

†Deceased

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Mrs. Miriam Schwab Mr. Donald S. Greenberg and Mrs. Sandra K. Greenberg
Miss Helen M. Yunker Mr. Myron G. Harrison and Mrs. Sharon J. Harrison
Mr. Peter Hockenmaier and Mrs. Susan Hockenmaier
PATRON: $5,000- $9,999 Dr. Kim D. Hoffmans Ed.D.
Dr. Robin J. Calote and Mr. Gary Calote Ms. Staci Johnson and Mr. Doug Ingram
CoastHills Credit Union Mr. Richard C. Jones and Mrs. Cynthia L. Jones
Dr. David H. Culton and Mrs. Janet C. Culton Ms. Lynne Kada
Mrs. Diana Gleason and Mr. Michael Gleason Mrs. Anne King and Mr. Brewster King
Mr. Alfonso B. Gonzalez Mr. Don King and Mrs. Mona King
Mr. Doug Halter Mr. Alexander G. Kolesnik and Ms. Sharon J. Beynon
Dr. Ruth Hemming Dr. Fran S. Larsen and Mrs. Kathrine T. Larsen
Mrs. Elise O. Kearney and Mr. William Kearney Mr. Matthew W. LaVere and Mrs. Alicia LaVere
Mr. Stephen J. Kipp and Mrs. Lynn Kipp Mrs. J. Patricia Lopez-Watts and Mr. William G. Watts
Mr. Jordan Laby Mrs. June W. Lovell
Ms. Rene M. Lawler Luners Production Services
Mrs. Susan Nelson and Mr. Wayne Nelson Mrs. Norma Magaña and Mr. Israel Magaña
Parkeway Buick GMC Mrs. Lydia Martinez-Collins
Mr. Salvatore J. Saputo and Mrs. Mary E. Saputo Mrs. Gerda McDonough and Mr. RA McDonough
Swift Memorial Healthcare Foundation Mr. Jeffrey Miller and Mrs. Margie Borjon-Miller
Mr. Mike Montoya
PARTNER: $2,500- $4,999 Mr. Draza Mrvichin and Mrs. Terry Mrvichin
Mr. Thomas Anthony and Mrs. Mary Anthony Ojai Valley Directory
BASC Foundation Play It Again Sports
Ms. Denise Baylor Mrs. Elmerina Pugh
Dr. Robert Beilin and Mrs. Catherine Beilin Dr. Alex Pulido and Mrs. Anita Pulido
Mrs. Anna M. Benscoter and Mr. John Benscoter Ms. Ruth A. Rink
Citizens Business Bank Mr. Rene G. Rodriguez and Mrs. Angela Rodriguez
Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski Gordon Ross Medical Foundation
Mr. Matthew Ellison Ms. Donna C. Santo Esq.
Dr. Greg Gillespie and Mrs. Kristin Ockert-Gillespie Ms. Karen D. Sedlacek
Mr. Mark L. Goldenson and Mrs. Janet Goldenson Mr. Edward D. Stile and Mrs. Susan M. Stile
Limoneira Company Mrs. Virginia Stout
Mr. Alex Olsen Mr. Norbert Tan and Ms. Tracy Takahashi
Mr. William N. Palladini and Mrs. Carol A. Palladini Mrs. Kristin W. Taylor and Mr. Richard L. Taylor, Esq.
Mr. Phillip Passno Mrs. Eileen L. Taylor
Payden & Rygel Mrs. Eleanor Tillquist and Mr. George E. Tillquist
Mrs. Lupe Piros and Mr. Robert Piros Mr. Rob van Nieuwburg
Mrs. Deborah U. Pollack and Dr. Ronald D. Pollack Ventura County Homecare Association
Ms. Judith Salazar Mr. Stephen H. Wagner
Mr. Steve Tallman Dr. Rosalind Warner and Dr. Michael Hogan
Mr. Peter Tshing Mrs. Sharon Watts Woolley
We Play Hard Basketball Camps Mr. Corey J. Wendt and Mrs. Patricia Wendt
Mr. Stan Weisel Mr. Jack Wood
Westlake Village Garden Club Dr. John L. Woolley
Mrs. Anne E. Zane and Mr. Harold L. Zane
SPONSOR: $1,000-$2,499
Anonymous Donors SUPPORTER: $500- $999
Altrusa International Foundation of San Buenaventura, Inc. Mr. Gary J. Amar
Mrs. Shirley A. Anderson Apollo Enterprises
Mr. and Mrs. Garry T. Barker Art’s Corner Cafe
Barnes & Noble Ms. Melisa C. Blackmoore
Mrs. Mary B. Beck and Mr. Robert Beck Dr. Carl E. Boggs
Stephen A. Beluris Foundation Mrs. Marilyn P. Bundy
Ms. Gail B. Bird Camarillo Aircraft Interiors
Ms. Charlene Blalock-Carlson Mrs. Karen M. De La Peña
Ms. Elena Brokaw Diamond D’s Concrete Cutting & Coring
Bryan Brother’s Foundation Diego & Foldes
California Resources Corporation Mrs. Julianna C. Dimento and Mr. Nicholas J. Dimento
Dr. Marian Carrasco Nungaray and Mr. Marco Nungaray Mr. Ronald D’Incau and Mrs. Barbara D’Incau
The Charitable Foundation Disneyland Resort Community Relations
Mrs. Mary J. Coe Mr. Mark Dufresne
Mr. Al Contarino and Mrs. Freddie Contarino Dr. Ann Ehringer, Ph.D.
Janet McNeely Curtis and Charles M. Curtis Fred Evans Team - RE/Max Gold Coast Realtors
Dr. John Davidson Mr. Matthew Gee and Mrs. Alana Gee
Ms. Aurora de la Selva George Thompson Diamond Company
Mr. Donald L. Degner and Mrs. Gladys M. Degner Ms. Rose Gorrell
Mr. Mike Ewens and Mrs. Lydia Martinez-Collins Mrs. Barbara M. Harison and Mr. Richard Harison
Mr. Stephen J. Garcia and Mrs. Gloria G. Garcia Mr. Christopher J. Harradine and Mrs. Susie J. Harradine
Mr. Manuel A. Garcia and Mrs. Jennie G. Garcia Dr. Tim J. Harrison and Mrs. Ellen M. Harrison
Mr. Kenneth C. Green Mr. Doug Ingram and Ms. Staci Johnson

†Deceased

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2016 | 2017

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Kraus and Mr. David Kraus Andrea Horigan
Mr. Daniel P. Kumpf and Mrs. Laurie Kumpf Ms. Honeybee V. Hyatt
Mr. Ken Leandro In-N-Out Burger
Ms. Julie Leonard Mrs. Carol L. Jablonicky and Mr. Louis Jablonicky
Ms. Judith H. Martin Ms. Ruth O. Johnson
Mr. Robert Martin Laura Jordan
Mr. Lowman McCarley Mrs. Janet Jubas and Mr. Marvin Jubas
Mr. Vincent Mujica and Mrs. Sally Mujica Mrs. Anne LaBruzzo and Mr. Vince A. LaBruzzo
Mr. James M. Newton Ms. Geri LeVine Loe
PlanMember Services Corporation Mr. Timothy Linman and Mrs. Kathy K. Linman
Mr. Millard G. Reed Mr. John Mac Dougall
Mr. Charles Rockwood Mrs. Blanca Magana and Mr. Jaime Magana
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Sandford Mr. Eric Martinsen
Mr. Peter H. Sezzi Ms. Diane McKay
Mr. Peter Sheehy Mr. Ned Mircetic
Dr. Evan D. Slater and Mrs. Fran Slater Mission Linen Supply
Mr. Ryan N. Slaton Mr. Steven R. Mooshagian and Mrs. Jill Mooshagian
Mr. Michael Soccio Ms. Thea Nesis
Standard Industries Mr. Steve Palladino
Mrs. Rebecca Tennison and Mr. Gary Tennison Mrs. Patricia Perrine and Mr. Bruce Perrine
The Thomas Jude Group Mr. Scott Peters and Mrs. Cindy Peters
Mr. Rod Tuazon Mr. Ryan L. Petitfils
Ventura Buccaneers Ms. Geraldine Pielaet and Ms. Amy Jones
Ventura Downtown Lions Club Ms. Nicole Reed
Ms. Eliza Viera Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Robboy
Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council (EAC) Dr. Joseph A. Robinson
Dr. Kathleen Schrader
ASSOCIATE: $250- $499 Mr. Alan L. Shampine and Mrs. Sally E. Shampine
Ms. Kamelia Algiers Spencer’s Ventura Mattress
American Mattress Man Studio One Pilates
Lisa and Peter Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Edward Tennen
Ms. Katherine Armstrong Thrivent Financial
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baratte uBreakiFix
Mr. Scott J. Brewer and Mrs. Lucy Capuano-Brewer Valley View Farms
Mr. Jeb Brody Ventura County Potters Guild
Mrs. Laura Brower Ventura Harbor Comedy Club
Ms. Janine P. Bundy Mr. Brett Viera
Ms. Faye Campbell Ms. Cynthia Whitley
Mrs. Sabrina Canola-Sanchez Mr. Mark Zavala
Mrs. Becky A. Cantu and Mr. John J. Cantu ZestNet
Ms. Lyn Cech
Chipotle SUSTAINER: $100 - $249
Mrs. Kelly L. Clanton and Mr. Ray Clanton A & A Concrete
Sina A. Conley and Eugene Aucoin Ms. Sheryl Abeloe
Ms. Monica Conway Mr. Biruk Abraham
Mr. Earl J. Cookson Ms. Nichole M. Abraham
Custom Awards and Engraving Ms. Jill Adams and Mr. Donald M. Adams
Danny’s Deli & Grill Dr. Jeanne P. Adams, Ph.D.
Mrs. Adriana De Haan and Mr. Peter De Haan Clifford and Beverly Aggen
Mr. Albert de la Rocha Allen and Roberta Crosby Living Trust
Mr. Michael de la Rocha Andria’s Seafood
Mr. Marcelino Decierdo Mr. and Mrs. Richard Anguiano
Mr. John Dennis and Mrs. Susan Dennis Mr. Simon Arambula
Dougan’s Collision Mrs. Clara R. Arbizu and Mr. Frank T. Arbizu
Mrs. Yasmin Dunn and Mr. Jason Dunn Mr. Gabriel Arquilevich and Mrs. Jaymie Arquilevich
Mr. James R. Dunn Ms. Eleanor E. Austin
Mrs. Maureen V. Eliot and Mr. John W. Eliot Ms. Cornelia G. Baer
Mr. Jon N. Everhart and Mrs. Stacy Patterson Mrs. Alison Bailey and Mr. Michael Bailey
Mr. Jeff Ferguson and Mrs. Theresa Ferguson Mr. Alan Barr
Mr. Mordechai Fishman Ms. Armine Bartle
Mr. and Mrs. John K. Flynn Mr. and Mrs. James F. Bauer
Ms. Leticia C. Garcia Mrs. Nancy E. Beamer
Dr. Joel Goldenberg D.D.S. Ms. Michelle Beard
Ms. Angelica Gonzales Mr. Paul D. Becker and Mrs. Eileen Becker
Ms. Carol M. Greeby Ms. Lindsay Bellamy
Mrs. Sandra M. Hajas and Mr. Richard H. Hajas Mr. Jack Bennett
Mr. William D. Hart and Mrs. Connie Hart Mr. George E. Berger and Mrs. Joy P. Berger
Mrs. Dora H. Hartman and Mr. Roger A. Hartman Ms. Noreen A. Berrington
Mr. Robin Hester and Mrs. Fabiana F. Hester Ms. Sharon J. Beynon and Mr. Alexander G. Kolesnik
Ms. Linda J. Hitt Ms. Patti Blair

†Deceased

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Mr. Bartley S. Bleuel and Mrs. Michelle Bleuel Dr. Paul F. Hannah and Mrs. Carol J. Hannah
Mr. Stephen Blum Esq. Ms. Betty M. Harris
Mr. Jerry L. Bowman and Mrs. Nadine Bowman Ms. Karen Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Boyd Mr. James Haverland and Mrs. Susan M. Haverland
Mr. David Bransky and Mrs. Amy Bransky Mr. James C. Heckman
Mr. Phillip Briggs Ms. Karen Hickman
Mr. Robert L. Brooks and Mrs. Kathleen B. Brooks Mrs. Carol A. Hicks and Mr. Robert L. Hicks
Dr. Donn R. Browne, M.D. Mr. Thomas M. Hicks and Mrs. Juliet L. Hicks
Ms. Diana Buckhantz Ms. Constance Hood
Mrs. Kamlyn Burnett and Mr. Robert Burnett Mr. Douglas E. Horwith and Mrs. Melinda F. Horwith
Ishmael H. and Noemi Buyco Mr. Weldon U. Howell and Mrs. Barbara M. Howell
Mrs. Deborah Bylo Becky and Leonard Hull
Mr. Wallace F. Caldwell and Mrs. Ruth H. Caldwell Mrs. Kumiko Irion and Mr. William Irion
Mr. Michael D. Caldwell and Mrs. Joanne H. Caldwell Mr. Frank C. Jackson and Mrs. Debra R. Jackson
Ms. Cindi Campos Ms. Maureen K. Jacobs
Mr. Brandon Canterbury Jewish World Watch
Ms. Teresa Caver Ms. Julia A. Kinstlinger
Mr. Frank Cavola Ms. Karen Kittrell
Dr. Robert Chandler Ms. Joy Kobayashi
Ms. Maria C. Chavez Ms. Raeann Koerner
Ms. Kimberly Chiaramonte Ms. Lori Kramer
Mrs. Devon E. Cichoski and Mr. Vincent Cichoski Ms. Laura A. Kriese and Ms. Kathryn Stephenson
Mrs. Donna J. Clark and Mr. Gerald M. Clark Howard Levine
Cohen & Burge LLP KaiFeng Liang
Ms. Carol Cole Ms. Carol Lindberg
Ms. Megan Colligan Mr. Darrell Lindgren
Mr. and Mrs. Scott P. Colman Mrs. Guadalupe M. Lopez and Mr. Lawrence J. Lopez
Mr. Tom Connors and Mrs. Ellen Connors Mr. Robert Lopez and Mrs. Maria E. Lopez
Mrs. Lisa Corbett and Mr. Kevin Corbett Mr. Gilbert Lovio
Ms. Lydia Cosentino Mr. Marcos Loya
Mr. Derek R. Cosner and Mrs. Peggy Cosner Mr. and Mrs. Steve H. Luna
Mr. Matthew Coulthard and Mrs. Jessica Coulthard Mr. Thomas Luna
Mr. Dean A. Courter and Mrs. Linda L. Courter Ms. Kim S. Mahr-Reale and Mr. Peter S. Reale
Ms. Margot Davis Mrs. Carol G. Marshall
Mrs. Jeanine P. Day and Mr. Mike B. Day Mrs. Cynthia Maude and Mr. George Maude
Ms. Maria de la luz Flores Mrs. Ann P. Mazakas and Mr. Raymond G. Mazakas
Mr. David Denton and Ms. Cathleen Garnand McDonald’s Franchise Operations
Ms. Katherine Dickson-Lew Ms. Mary McDonough-Giles
Mrs. Annemarie T. Doucette Mr. Terry R. McGuire and Mrs. Janice J. McGuire
Ms. Hope Dougan Mr. Joshua D. McKean and Mrs. K A. McKean
Drapery Affair Mr. Raymond L. McLean and Mrs. Katharine McLean
Ms. Barbara G. Driscoll Mr. Timothy J. Meathrell and Mrs. Kris M. Meathrell
Mr. David N. Duckwitz and Mrs. Amy Duckwitz Mr. Ernie Melonas and Mrs. Suzy J. Melonas
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Duran Ms. Michelle Millea
Ms. Pamela G. Duty Mrs. Celia Mireles
Mr. Ben Edwards Mr. Jose R. Montano
Mr. Steve Ehret Mrs. Guadalupe Moriel-Guillen and Mr. Anthony Guillen
Mr. Willard D. Eidson and Mrs. Joanne Eidson Mr. William Moritz
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Emery Mr. Arnold J. Moser and Mrs. Karen G. Moser
Mrs. Linda J. Erickson and Mr. Allen F. Erickson Mr. Robert Moskowitz and Mrs. Marjorie Moskowitz
Excido Escape Room Ms. Catherine A. Mundy
Ms. Franceen Fallett Mr. Ray E. Myers and Mrs. Virginia L. Myers
Mrs. Karen A. Farr Mrs. Caroline H. Nakajima and Mr. Stephen H. Nakajima
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant Dr. Farzeen Nasri
Ms. Linda Kay Fisher Mrs. Deborah Newcomb and Mr. Leonard Newcomb
Mr. John M. Fleener Mr. Peder Nielsen
Ms. Abra Flores Mr. Bob Nunn and Mrs. Renee Nunn
Nancy and Robert Fredrickson Ms. Victoria Oganyan
Ms. Samantha Freitag Ms. Elvia Padilla
Mr. and Mrs. David Frost Ms. Matty Park
Mr. David Fuhrmann and Mrs. Kim Fuhrmann Ms. and Mr. Jodi Parker
Ms. Clara Galvez Paschen Management Corporation
Ms. Melanie C. Garcia Mrs. Kellye Patterson and Mr. Scott Patterson
Evelynn Glynn Mr. Eric M. Paulsen and Mrs. Kristin K. Paulsen
Mr. John J. Gobbell and Mrs. Allison B. Gobbell Mr. Fletcher T. Pavin
Mr. Richard Goff Mrs. Kelly D. Peinado
Mr. Mike E. Gomez Ms. Hildeliza C. Peinado
Gabriel Gonzales Mr. Peter Percy and Mrs. Rebecca Percy
Mr. Ralph Gonzales Mr. Henry Perez
Mr. Jesse Gonzalez The Honorable Steven Z. Perren and Mrs. Diane L. Perren

†Deceased

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2016 | 2017

Mr. Greg W. Peters Custom Awards and Engraving
Mr. Robert L. Phipps and Mrs. Beatriz Phipps Disneyland Resort Community Relations
Preferred Auto Centre El Pollo Loco
Mr. Andy Prokopow Excido Escape Room
Ms. Patricia Raguse George Thompson Diamond Company
Mr. David Ramirez Gibbs Truck Centers
Ms. Amy Rangel Green Thumb International
Ms. Judith E. Refsland Dr. Charles Holmes and Mrs. Susan Holmes
Ms. Linda Resendiz Ms. Lynne Kada
Ms. Margery A. Ricards Lazy Dog Cafe
Mrs. Maria Richards and Mr. Michael Richards Luners Production Services
Maiya Rodriguez Lure Fish House and Oyster Bar
Dr. Richard M. Rojo O.D. Ms. Stephanie McCarthy
Ronco Industries Mission Linen Supply
Ms. Linda Rovai Nothing Bundt Cakes
Mr. Lawrence A. Ryan and Mrs. Cheryl R. Ryan Ojai Valley Directory
Mrs. Tanya Sagendorf and Mr. Ron Sagendorf Parkeway Buick GMC
Ms. Patricia A. Salem Paschen Management Corp.
Mrs. Lamia Samir Batshoun and Mr. Issam N. Batshoun Ms. Judith Salazar
San Buenaventura Women’s Club Santa Barbara Zoo
Ms. Maria L. Santana Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santino’s Pizza Parlor Sprinkles Cupcakes
Mr. Jerry Schiess and Ms. DeAnna McCarty Trader Joe’s
Mr. Joe Selzler Ventura Harbor Comedy Club
Dr. Saliha Sha Ed.D. Ventura Wine Company
Mr. and Mrs. James Shirley Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
Mr. Mathew Shoemaker
Six Flags Magic Mountain ENDOWED PROGRAM AND ENDOWED
Ms. Stacy Sloan Graham SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
Mrs. Niamah D. Smart-Adams and Mr. Robert Adams A.B. Gonzalez Environmental Scholarship
Snapper Jack’s Taco Shack AAUW Ventura Countybranch Bevans/Klein Scholarship
Ms. Anita C. Speer Alexis Dember Scholarship
Ms. Marjorie E. Staley Alfred Howe Davis Memorial Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Staniland Alice M. Bartlett Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Gordon K. Stater Arlene Goldberg Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Jeffrey Stauffer Arthur Sumliner Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Albert W. Stott and Mrs. Kara E. Stott Associated Students of Ventura College Scholarship
Mr. Aaron Suel Barbara Meister Teaching Scholarship
T. E. Hoctor & Company Barbara R. Burton Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Ayelech Taffese Benjamin Tanner Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Matthew Taylor and Mrs. Shannon Taylor Bernice Beilin Memorial Phoenix Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Anson B. Thacher Bess Pinkstaff Scholarship
Ms. Shirley Thayer Betsy Slover Phoenix, RN, Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Gary E. Thomas and Mrs. Betty J. Thomas Bill & Elise Kearney Phoenix Scholarship
Ms. Caroline T. Tupper Bill Miller Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Scott Urquhart Blalock Family Scholarship
Valencia High School Bob Gowder Family Scholarship
Mr. Francisco Valles Brian Marshall Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Ignacio M. Vega and Mrs. Rose S. Vega California Environmental Education Scholarship
Ms. Margarita C. Velazquez California Resources Corporation Veteran Students Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Wakelee Carl Stehle, Jr. Physical Science Scholarship
Ms. Angelika White Cars 4 Causes Automotive Textbooks Endowment
Mr. John G. Widdifield Cavola Family Scholarship
Mr. Justin D. Wilson and Mrs. Ann Marie V. Wilson Cherot Promise Endowment
Ms. Gail I. Wohlenberg Cheuvront Family Scholarship
Ms. Carolyn E. Wood Collin Family Scholarship
Mr. Thomas F. Wuesthoff Creative Arts Foundation Trust Scholarship
Ms. Pamela Yeagley Damian De La Pena Memorial Scholarship
Mrs. Kimberly Zambri and Mr. Christopher Zambri David P. Bianco Scholarship
Mr. Fred Ziegler Delta Theta Tau Sorority - Zeta Epsilon Chapter Business

GIFT-IN-KIND DONORS Memorial Scholarship
Aquarium of the Pacific Diana Lillie Seely Memorial Scholarship
Blenders in the Grass Don & Sandy Greenberg Scholarship
Brent’s Deli Don L. Carlton Family Scholarship
Ms. Janine P. Bundy Donna Santo Family Scholarship
Mrs. Marilyn P. Bundy Dr. Morris & Judith Leventhal Art Scholarship
Camarillo Aircraft Interiors Dr. Thomas B. O’Neill Nursing Scholarship
Cheesecake Factory E. Elaine Daniels Memorial Scholarship
Allen and Roberta Crosby Living Trust Ed & Sue Stile Scholarship
Edith H. French Scholarship
†Deceased

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Elaine G. Tennen Endowed Nursing Scholarship Nicholas Joel Haverland Memorial Scholarship
Eleanor Tillquist Phoenix Scholarship Noah Charles Kriese Memorial Scholarship
Ellyn & Jim Dembowski Scholarship Ojai Family Podiatry Clinic, Dr. James Todd Beaty, DPM Scholarship
Employer Advisory Council Scholarship Orfalea Child Development Center Operating Endowment
Eric Nicolet LRC Endowment Osher Foundation Scholarship
Eric William Borchard Memorial Scholarship Pamela Oster Memorial Scholarship
Evelyn & Howard Boroughs Library Endowment Patricia Sanchez Ehret Scholarship
Fattarelli Family Trust Scholarship Paul & Jan Gannatal Athletic Endowment
Foster Our Future Scholarship Phoenix Endowed Scholarship
Frank & Ardella J. Watts Memorial Scholarship Pier Angela Fiumerodo Memorial Scholarship
Frank N. Nolan Memorial Scholarship Pirate Theatre Scholarship
Garet & Stanley Miller Music Endowment Prison Hospital Action Committee Nursing Scholarship
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship Professor Ismael “Mayo” De La Rocha Memorial Scholarship
George & Eleanor Tillquist Scholarship Rebecca Singer-Beilin Memorial Scholarship
George & Harriet Arita Tai Boy Arita Biology Scholarship Rohan Zen Scholarship
George & Jean Woolley Memorial Scholarship Rotary Club of Oxnard Sunrise Scholarship
Gerald Jones Memorial Scholarship Rotary Club of Ventura Scholarship
Gerald R. Curtis Engineering Scholarship Sam & Mary Saputo Scholarship
Goldman Metalworking Scholarship San Buenaventura Women’s Club Scholarship
Golf Program Endowment Sandra Hope Thomas Art Scholarship
Gordon & Dorothy King Memorial Scholarship Santa Clara Valley Health Care Scholarship
Guadalupe Lopez Nursing Scholarship I Saticoy Community Club Scholarship
Guadalupe Lopez Nursing Scholarship II SEIU Local 99 Classified Senate Scholarship
Guthrie Operating Endowment Southern California Edison Community College Scholarship
Harry J. & Lucille E. Earl Scholarship Southern California Edison Green Jobs Initiative - I Scholarship
Heizer Family Phoenix Scholarship Southern California Edison Green Jobs Initiative - II Scholarship
Heizer Women’s Legal Fund Endowment Stan Weisel Phoenix Scholarship
Helen Yunker Music Scholarship Stanley Prescott Business Scholarship
Helen Yunker Music Program Endowment Taimi Chauveau Nursing Memorial Scholarship
Hemming Family Scholarship Talle E. Stanton Scholarship
Hickerson Family Scholarship Tan Family Scholarship
I-Da-Ka Scholarship Taylor Family Scholarship
Jacqueline D. Walker Memorial Scholarship Terence P. O’Neill Memorial Scholarship
James Doyle Memorial Scholarship Tony & Ruth Garcia Scholarship
Janet & Mark L. Goldenson Nursing Scholarship Totten J. & Francis M. Anderson Scholarship
Jessica Prescott Art Scholarship Toyota T-TEN Operating Endowment
Jessica Prescott Library Scholarship V.C. Women’s Basketball Endowment
Jessica Prescott Nursing Scholarship Ventura College Promise Endowment
Joe Hernandez Memorial Art Scholarship VCSNA Peer Assistance Scholarship
John & Glenda Hammer Science Scholarship Venoco Phoenix Scholarship
John & Cherie Brant Ventura Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Ventura College Academic Senate Scholarship
John & Glenda Hammer Education Scholarship Ventura College Foundation Phoenix Scholarship
John & Glenda Hammer Engineering Scholarship Ventura College Holistic Studies Scholarship
John Tallman Memorial Scholarship Ventura Downtown Lions Club - Fred W. Smith Scholarship
Judith Leventhal Two-Dimensional Art Scholarship Wendy Dunn Memorial Scholarship
Julius Gius Library Endowment Western States Petroleum Association Scholarship
Julius Gius Memorial Scholarship Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council –
Kada Family Scholarship
Kenneth D. Helms Memorial Choral Scholarship Avelina Villalobos Scholarship
Kenneth D. Helms Memorial Organ Scholarship Westside Scholarship
Larry Meister Memorial Business Scholarship
Lester Tong Family Promise Grant Endowment The Ventura College Foundation would like to extend our sincere
Lillian Dember Scholarship gratitude to the hundreds of donors who offer sustainable funding
Linda McSherry-Roos Environmental Studies Scholarship through gifts under $100. Your loyal gifts totaled nearly $10,400
Lucia Tebbe Memorial Phoenix Scholarship in direct support for Ventura College students. These funds allow
Lupton Child Development Textbook Scholarship us to continue working toward our mission of facilitating student
Martin Hansen Family Scholarship success, and growing the impact and legacy of Ventura College as
Martin P. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship a vital community asset. Thank you.
Mary A. Sandoval Scholarship
Mary Guthrie Teaching Scholarship Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list.
Mary J. Gloisten Nursing Scholarship If we made an error, please contact the VC Foundation at
Maude A. Broughton Scholarship 805-289-6461 so that we may correct our records. This list only
McNeely Family Scholarship includes donations made from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Michael Kirkpatrick Seely Creative Writing Scholarship
Micheline & Albert Sakharoff Nursing Scholarship 31
Micheline & Albert Sakharoff Theatre Arts Scholarship
Micheline & Albert Sakharoff Music Scholarship
Micheline Sakharoff Nursing Scholarship
Micheline Sakharoff Phoenix Scholarship
Nancy Steward Memorial Nursing Scholarship

†Deceased


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