Meet the staff

Meet Our Staff

At the heart of Ventura College's commitment to supporting students is our Basic Needs Center. We focus on helping every student with every need. By embracing a holistic approach, Ventura College sets an example for educational institutions committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment. The Basic Needs Center is a hub for resources and assistance, providing a safe and welcoming environment for students facing basic need challenges.

Maria Crisosto Calderon | Basic Needs Specialist
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Alina Leos | Basic Needs Staff
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Alma Rodriguez | Basic Needs Center Supervisor / Financial Aid Officer
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Jada Yarnall | Administrative Assistant
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Student Workers

Victor Vazquez
Victor Vazquez, a returning student at Ventura College, decided to pursue his degree in construction management after working in construction. Upon returning to school in 2022, Victor joined Basic Needs as a student worker. In this role, he found a meaningful opportunity to assist other students through the Basic Needs center.
Joselin Martinez
Joselin Martinez made the courageous decision to leave her family in another country to pursue her education. The Basic Needs Director opened doors for her by providing a student worker position at the Basic Needs center, enabling her to support herself financially throughout her education. Currently, Joselin is in her second year at Ventura College and is set to graduate this upcoming May with an associate degree in Sociology. Afterward, she plans to transfer to a four-year university.
Johnny Rodriguez
Johnny Rodriguez is a relatively new student at VC pursuing a Mechanical Engineering Degree. When presented with the opportunity to assist students and their needs, he gladly accepted. Johnny is willing and happy to jump at any opportunity to help his community.
Jenna started her education journey in Fall 2022 at Ventura College. She then started to work for the Basic Needs department in the spring semester of 2024. Jenna enjoys working with kids and has a side job working with the After School Programs in the Hueneme School district.
Jordan Sandoval
Jordan Sandoval works with us as a dedicated Basic Needs Student Ambassador while simultaneously being a full-time student focusing on Mechanical Engineering. He discovered our center during the Covid Era through our monthly campus grocery drive-thru. Inspired to contribute, he joined Basic Needs in the fall of 2022 and has been working there since. He willingly extends a helping hand to whoever he can.
Frankie Anastasia graduated from VC in the spring of 2023, while working with Ventura College Basic Needs she transferred to ASU online in the Fall of 2023 to obtain her bachelor's in criminal justice.
Natalia Vega
Natalia Vega is in her second semester at Ventura College, majoring in Kinesiology. Despite it being her second semester, she feels like she has been here for a while because she was a dual-enrolled student while in high school. Natalia's goal is to graduate from VC in 2025 and then transfer to a CSU, majoring in Kinesiology. Currently, Natalia is the Basic Needs Student Worker at East Campus in Santa Paula. She describes that being a student worker at Basic Needs makes her feel honored to serve the community.