In 1990, Venessa came to Ventura College after an outstanding prep career at Hueneme High, where she was a three-sport star: basketball, volleyball and softball. In her two years at Ventura College, she narrowed her focus to volleyball and basketball and achieved incredible individual success while leading her teams to unparalleled heights.
In her freshman year, Venessa earned 1st Team All-WSC honors while leading the volleyball team to a 20-3 season record, 16-2 in the WSC. The Pirates tied for the conference title that season with L.A. Pierce and Cuesta, and advanced to the Regional Finals of the state playoffs.
When volleyball finished, Venessa joined the basketball team with its season already in progress. She made an instant impact, leading the team in scoring and rebounding despite missing the Pirates first eight games. With a late-season defeat of Moorpark, the Pirates tied for the conference title, the first of 18 consecutive WSC championships through the 2008 season. Venessa earned her second 1st-Team All-WSC award for her efforts, and once again led VC to the Regional Finals in the state playoffs.
As a sophomore, Venessa led the most productive Pirate volleyball team in school history. The Pirates were a perfect 18-0 in WSC play, and posted a 24-2 season record. Venessa was named the MVP of the Western State Conference and was a 1st Team All-State honoree. She also earned JC All-American status from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She led the team into the State Tournament for the first time ever, helping VC to a record-setting 3rd Place finish.
When she returned from the state volleyball tournament, Venessa headed to the basketball court, where she earned her fourth 1st-Team all-conference nod. She led the team in rebounding and was second on the team in scoring as VC posted a perfect 8-0 WSC record en route to a 25-7 season. The Pirates won their second straight conference title. Venessa is one of 13 players to appear in the team's top 20 in both the career scoring and rebounding lists, despite playing in at least 15 fewer games than any of the other 12 players.
Venessa earned a volleyball scholarship to Louisiana State University, where she was a star for the Tigers. She was named 2nd Team All-Southeastern Conference her junior year in leading the Tigers to a 26-9 record and a second place SEC finish. The Tigers had a final national ranking of no. 12 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. As a senior, Venessa earned 1st Team All-SEC honors in leading the team to a 21-16 mark. Although the Tigers did not make the NCAA Tournament, they did win the 1993 National Invitation Volleyball Tournament with a six-match winning streak to end the season. For good measure, Venessa played on the basketball team at LSU in the 1994-95 season, leading the Tigers in field goal percentage, shooting 46.9 percent (75-160) in 27 games.
Venessa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1996 with a major in general studies and minors in sociology, psychology, and physical education. She is currently the Assistant General Manager of Human Resources and Operations at Macy's in the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. She and her husband Chad live in Baton Rouge, and have been married for 12 years. They have two sons, Darrion (12 yrs.) and Demontrey (9 yrs.).