mary jones


Mary Jones, RN, MN
Health Center Coordinator


-BS in Nursing Salve Regina University 1970
-Nurse Practitioner Program Emory University 1975
-MN in Nursing from UCLA 1981

This is Mary's 19th year as a Community College Health Center Coordinator. She really enjoys working with students.


 photograph of Brenda Be, Student Health Assistant II

Brenda Be


-Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy certificate (1997), Golden State College
-Certified location counselor


Brenda has worked as a medical assistant since 1999 in a variety of medical settings. She started working for the Student Health and Psychological Services in November 2007.

 Photograph of Irma Lopez
Irma Lopez
Student Health Center Assistant II

- Medical Assistant Program (1998), Golden State College
- Certified Phlebotomist (1998), Golden State College

Irma has been a medical assistant since 1999, working in a variety of medical settings. She started working for the Student Health and Psychological Services February 2006.

Beverly Saastamoinen
Beverly Saastamoinen

Student Health Assistant II

-Medical Assistant (1975), Valley College
-Practical Nursing Certificate (1978), Los Angeles Unified School District
-Phlebotomy Certificate (2000), C&S Education Center in Granada Hills

Beverly has been a Medical Assistant for 30 years and worked in a variety of medical clinics and hospital settings. She started working for Ventura College Student Health Center January 2007.

Amy Balchum, LCSW
Mental Health Advisor

-Bacherlor of Arts in Sociology (1976), University of California, Santa Barbara
-Masters Degree in Social Work (1980), San Diego State University
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker (1982), State of California

Amy Balchum has worked in the field of Social Work in Ventura County since 1980. She worked on an admitting unit at Camarillo State Hospital, supervised children's programs in clinics and schools for Ventura County Behavorial Health and is currently the Executive Director of a non-profit counseling center. Her expertise ranges from mild adjustment problems to serious mental illness, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and crisis intervention.  She has extensive experience with both adults, adolescents and children.  She began working for  Student Health and Psychological Services in September, 2008 as the Mental Health Advisor and Intern Supervisor. Her responsibilities include recruiting and supervising mental health interns and assisting with the campus crisis intervention team.

Cheryl Lambing, M.D.
Director of the Student Health Center, Specializing in Family Practice

- Bachelor of Science (1985), University of California, Davis, Genetics
- Master of Science (1986), University of California, Davis, Human Genetics
- Medical School (1990), University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
- Residency in Family Medicine (1990-1993), Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura
- Fellowship in Faculty Development (1993-1994), Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura
- Board Certified (1993), American Board of Family Practice

Dr. Lambing has been serving as a Ventura County Medical Center faculty member since 1994.  Her special interests include rheumatology, osteoporosis and women's health.  Dr. Lambing speaks nationally on these topics and lectures for the American Academy of Family Physicians and serves on national education panels.  Dr. Lambing serves as the Director of the Family Care Center at Ventura County Medical Center, Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, Los Angeles, in addition to, serving as  Medical Director, specializing in Family Practice, for the Student Health Center at Ventura College.