On December 7, the WVCBA celebrated the sixth and largest graduating class of the Oxnard Leadership Program since it began in 2016. The ceremony took place at Heritage Square Chapel with alumni, friends, family and employers cheering on the 15 graduates who completed the 10-session program in just nine months (condensed due to the COVID surge in early 2022).
Joseph Cabral, Clean Power Alliance
Armando Casillas, Montecito Bank & Trust
Arturo Garcia, Bayer Crop Sciences
Margaret Heath-Schoep, Gold Coast Transit District
Brenda Heredia, City of Oxnard & Nyeland Promise
Tina Knight, Oxnard College
Patty Lau-Cho, BRITE
Teo Lopez, Oxnard Union High School District
Jenna Perkovich, Stacy Miller Public Affairs
Carolyn Mullin, Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Pete Parker, Oxnard College Foundation
Sylvia Reyes, Community Action of Ventura County
Samantha Shapiro, City of Oxnard
Dave Wellik, Citizens Community Bank
Christopher Wells, Chase Bank
Many graduates have gone on to serve their communities, as board members, commissioners, neighborhood council members, etc. Some examples include:
The Oxnard Leadership Program is an initiative of the Oxnard Foundation For Education And Economic Development (OFEED) a 501(c)(3) organization. Formed in 2014 by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce (now WVCBA), OFEED's mission is to support the interaction with and advancement of education and development of our future workforce, and to assure the Oxnard community has an adequate supply of quality jobs.
Oxnard Leadership alumni connected at the 2022 graduation (L-R): Susy Lopez-Garcia, Community Action of Ventura County ('20-'21); Yvonne R. Gutierrez, El Concilio Family Services ('19); Kathy Gray, Guild Mortgage Company ('17); Anna Zielsdorf, Lexus of Oxnard ('19); Daniel Chavez, Jr., Oxnard School District ('19); Joshua Beck, Zuviam ('20-'21); Taylor Penny, City of Port of Hueneme ('19); and Justin Campbell, Catalyst Environmental Solutions ('18).