Coordinator / Counselors
Patty Wendt: Patty has been a counselor in the EAC since 1996. She now serves as half time counselor and half time EAC Coordinator. Patty has expertise in rehabilitation counseling as well as academic counseling. Patty is an advocate for determining appropriate support services and community resources for students with disabilities, while encouraging each student to be an advocate for his/her self. Patty developed and teaches our EAC V01 class, “Strategies for Success in College and Life.”
Maria Reyes-Sanchez: Maria joined the EAC Counseling TEAM in March, 2014 after working as a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for 16-years. She has a Masters in Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation Administration Certificate from SDSU. She earned a BA at UCSB were she was a student-athlete. She has worked as a Disability Specialist and Workers Compensation Specialist for the State of CA, and coached Volleyball at CSUN. She is bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural. She believes in the power of education and takes pride in assisting each student to achieve his or her vocational, academic, and career goals.
Mario Rivera Cebollero: Mario joined the EAC as a full time counselor, April 2015. Mario has many years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, advocacy, support, and community services, including 29 years with the California Department of Rehabilitation assisting individuals with disabilities reach their potential. Mario has a BA in Political Science and MPA from Cal State Long Beach, and a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. He and his family have been residents of the City of Ventura for the past 23 years. Mario is excited to be part of the EAC and VC community and is looking forward to assisting our students obtain and realize their academic and vocational goals, and aspirations.
Nancy Coleman: Nancy joined the EAC as a part- time counselor, March of 2011. She brings 30 plus years of experience working in various disability related fields. Having worked for the Department of Rehabilitation has given her the additional background and knowledge to assist students to achieve both academically and vocationally. Nancy feels honored to be a part of Ventura College’s counseling team and looks forward to helping students realize and accomplish their academic goals.
Learning Disability Specialists
Thomas Dalton: Dr. Tom Dalton is a specialist in a wide variety of assessment instruments and is an expert in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr. Dalton was a consultant to the EAC for 16 years prior to joining our faculty as a full time Learning Disabilities Specialist in 2004. He views the full time position as an opportunity to focus more comprehensively on not just verifying learning disabilities, but also on developing interventions and plans that would truly help students develop their educational potential and achieve personal goals that have been frustrated by their learning disability. He teaches several Learning Skills classes.
Leah Silverman: Leah joined the team at the EAC as a Learning Disabilities Specialist in February, 2016. Leah was a Learning Disabilities Specialist at UCLA’s Office for Students with Disabilities for 5 years. She has her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Leah has experience working with various disability groups including students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, psychological disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and students on the Autism spectrum. Through learning disability assessments and Learning Skills Classes Leah helps students identify their strengths and challenges in the academic environment and she develops strategies to help her students be successful.
Erin Braam: Erin Braam is a part time Learning Skills instructor and has been a member of the EAC staff in various capacities for over fifteen years.
Assistive Computer Technology Specialist
Steve Turner: Steve Turner has been on the EAC faculty team working in the Assistive Computer area. Mr. Turner's background with the Department of Rehabilitation compliments his expertise in assistive technology in his work teaching students with disabilities to use assistive technology to reduce barriers to instructional materials, computers, the internet, and technology mediated instruction. He has been a leader on the campus of applying principles of universal design to the Ventura College Basic Skills program. Steve has also pioneered our classes for students with intellectual disabilities.
Adaptive P.E. Instructors
John Bundy: John was born in Ventura, raised in Camarillo and presently resides in Ventura with his wife Yolanda and 3 dogs. John graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Physical Education, from California State University Northridge with a credential in both Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education and Azusa Pacific University with a Masters in Physical Education. Prior to teaching at Ventura Jr. College, John has taught Physical Education and Special Education within the public and private schools for most of his professional career.
Lori Annala: Lori Annala coordinates support services, including testing accommodations, mobility assistance, adaptive furniture, note takers, and specialized equipment. Her other responsibilities include managing the disability verification process and assisting students in the office.
John Elmer: John Elmer began work for the EAC in July, 2001 as the Access Media Specialist. He works to ensure that all technology and instructional media are accessible to students with disabilities at VC.
Cathy Mundy: Cathy Mundy coordinates all registration and data tracking functions for the Educational Assistance Center. She provides comprehensive services for students in the office.