Educational Assistance Center (EAC)

 

Coordinator

Patty Wendt:  Patty has been a counselor in the EAC since 1996 and now serves as the 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. She serves as a Mentor for new Coordinators through the Chancellors Office CAPED Mentoring Program and assists with Title V committees.

 

Counselors

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. 

 

LD Specialist

Leah Quiroz: 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.

 

Assistive Computer Technology Specialist

Steve Turner:  Steve Turner is an integral part of the EAC faculty team working in the Assistive Computer area. Steve's background with the Department of Rehabilitation & Other Human Service Agencies compliments his expertise in assistive technology which makes him a leader on the campus of applying principles of universal design to the Ventura College Basic Skills program. He also instructs assistive technology, cognitive diverse learning and our EAC job seeking skills courses. So, whether it's office skills, social and personal skills or finding a job pathway through a pass/no pass class, check the evolving schedule. Steve also heads up the innovative cognitive achievement network ICAN Certificate of Completion that helps students with intellectual disabilities develop foundational skills towards work.

 

Staff

Brittany Ballance:  Brittany joined the EAC Team June 2020. She is the Interpreter Specialist and coordinator for the EAC office. Originally from San Diego, she transferred to Los Angeles to continue her education at CSU Northridge graduating in 2016 with a BA in Deaf Studies with a focus on interpreting. She has been working for various colleges and interpreting agencies since graduating and has experience working different settings such as college, K-12, businesses, films and parades. She decided to continue growing in her field by joining the EAC Team as the Interpreter Specialist, coordinator and office assistant. She empowers Deaf students to advocate for themselves and to have the confidence to believe in and achieve their dreams.

Sara Frazier:  Sara is the office assistant for the EAC. She proctors alternative testing and assists with daily inclusive amenities for the EAC.  

Cathy Mundy:  Cathy Mundy coordinates all registration and data tracking functions for the EAC. She provides comprehensive services for students in the office.

Shirley RuizShirley Ruiz joined the EAC at Ventura College in May 2020 as the Alternate Media Specialist. Prior to joining the EAC, Shirley was the Assistive Technology Specialist for UCLA's Center for Accessible Education (CAE) and the Alternative Media Coordinator for the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) department at California State University Northridge (CSUN) prior to that. Shirley is passionate about accessibility and ensuring access for all students and committed to promoting student success especially students with disabilities. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, sight seeing, hosting game night and spending quality time with loved ones.