VRC team

Our Veterans Resource Center team is composed of several student-workers through the VA's Work Study Program. This program allows for our workers to earn money while they're enrolled in classes and help out fellow veterans and military families! 

Check out our student workers below. They can help you kick start your journey here at Ventura College! 

VRC Staff (2022-23)

Matthew Sanchez

I served 2 years in the United States Army as a MIA1 Abrams main battle tank crewman. I first began taking art classes at Ventura College and eventually sculpting with clay, wood, and stone became a hobby. Working in art was therapeutic for me because I sustained a severe head injury while in the Army. It took some time to adjust and live with these conditions, I now want to help others with disabilities.

Besides working at VRC, in assisting veterans, I am also involved with activities at the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County. I am currently taking classes to not only get an Associate’s degree in Arts but also in Sociology and Psychology. I currently attend Cal State University Channel Islands and I am working on a Bachelors degree in Sociology. I would like to have a job where I can help service-connected veterans.

Justine Castillo

I am a Marine Corps veteran, a current student at Ventura College, and mother to a handsome 3 year old son. My hobbies include painting, cooking, outdoor activities, spending time with my friends & family, and most importantly making memories with my son. I am currently majoring in Sociology in hopes to continue my career in social work for other military veterans. I have always had the drive to help others and will continue to do so. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a student worker here at the Veterans Resource Center where I have the ability to continue helping others in the transition process. Along with this, I have also acquired a sense of belonging, like I did while being in the military.

Jose Garcia

My name is Jose Garcia, I served in the United States Marine as a 0311 rifleman. My goal is to get my associates degree in criminal justice with the intention of becoming a Ventura county sheriff. My hobbies are hiking, swimming, shooting and archery. While in the veteran center I would like to help out as many veterans involving accessing their benefits or just be a friend to talk to just like how I was treated the first time I came to the veteran center

Allan Campbell

Hi, my name is Allan Campbell. I'm a veteran of the United States Army and a student of Ventura College, where I am working towards a degree in nursing as well as working at the veterans resource center as a student worker. Outside of school I spend my off time going to the beach, working out, and getting out and enjoying the California weather. I enjoy working at the VRC because it gives me the opportunity to help fellow veterans the same way they helped me.

Alyssa Gray

My name is Alyssa Gray. I’m 26 years old. I was in the Navy for 5 years and my job was a builder(BU). I'm married and I have 2 kids, a 2 year old girl and a 1 year old boy. I’ve been attending Ventura college since fall 2022 and my major is nursing.