Team VRC Staff (2020-21)
My name is Matthew Sanchez, and 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 plan transfer to Cal State University Channel Islands for a Bachelors degree in Sociology. I would like to have a job where I can help service-connected veterans.
My name is Michael Lopez and I am currently a Veteran Student pursuing my Associates Degree in Psychology at Ventura College. My intent after earning my AA-T is to transfer into the Cal State program to complete my Undergraduate degree in Psychology. Upon completion of that program I intend on applying to law school to earn my Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited program. Some history about me is that I was born and raised in nearby Santa Barbara County. I spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan 2010-2011. Prior to exiting the Armed Forces, I wanted to repay the Marine Corps and chose to serve as a Drill Instructor Aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Those experiences went far in preparing me for the next chapter of my life when I became a Correctional Officer at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary. My professional career was tremendous but felt incomplete without my formal education and after careful consideration I chose to relocate to Ventura County to begin my new venture. I spend most of my spare time reading books, playing guitar and seeking out experiences that complement my personal development and growth. This semester I was fortunate enough to begin working at the campus Veterans Resource Center and spend my time here supporting Veteran, Active-Duty and dependent family members in the process and pursuit of advancing their academic careers. I am grateful to serve alongside the caring staff here while encouraging students to utilize the many resources provided by the Veterans Affairs and Ventura College. It is immensely rewarding seeing Veteran students thrive alongside all VC students in pursuing endeavors of their choice and I hope to contribute in expanding the Veteran footprint on campus. My mission has evolved over the years and I am exceedingly grateful to continue my service here at Ventura College. I look forward to serving at this capacity and am proud to be a member of the Veterans Resource Center, and Ventura College team.
Greetings, my name is Elizabeth Billiot. A little about me, I am a student worker at the VRC on campus, a marketing major, and I have been attending Ventura college for three semesters. In the Spring I will be graduating with my Associates degree in business, and I am looking forward to achieving receiving my degree. In my spare time I participate in yoga and I lead a women's group focusing on mental health and healing. One of my main hobbies is reading, and I enjoy spending my spare time helping others. The reason I chose to work for the Veteran’s Resource Center is my Dad served 20 years in the Air Force, therefore I was interested in helping other veterans learn and grow.
Past Team VRC Staff (2019-20)
Lisette Weatherby (provisional Office Assistant) is a U.S. Navy Seabee Veteran who served on active duty from 2004 to 2009. She obtained her Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Laverne in 2014 and has experience and passion for helping the veteran community. Lisette is the Office Assistant at Ventura College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) continuing to serve those who served.
Jeramie G. Jackson ("JJ"), VRC Social Worker Intern. JJ graduated from Ventura High School in 1997 and attended Ventura College from 1997 to 2000 where he received his Associates of Arts degree. After V.C., JJ attended California State University, Long Beach where he received his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice degree. Upon graduation, JJ enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served 12 and a half years. During his 12 and a half years of service, JJ deployed 4 times in defense of our country (Iraq 2005 and 2011, Africa 2013 and Kuwait 2015) and achieved the ranks of Sergeant ( 4 years Enlisted) and Captain (8 and a half years Commissioned). Currently JJ is in his final year at the University of Southern California where is in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work working towards his Master’s Degree in Military Social Work.
J. Jackman, VRC Student Worker - former Air Force aircraft mechanic (primarily F-16s) turned aspiring aerospace engineer. Literally experienced in and learning more about rocket science.
Kyle Phillips, VRC Student Worker and former 0621 Field Radio Operator in the U.S. Marine Corps. I'm currently finishing my general education at Ventura College, and I really enjoy working on and driving cars or spending time with my Wife.
Hello everyone I'm Shipley. I'm a full time student at VC and work at the VRC at Ventura College. I was in the Army for 11 years and my MOS was 68W Combat Medic. I'm getting an associates in Fire Technology and EMS Paramedic to hopefully become a fire medic. Stop by the VRC some time to say hi.