Highlighting the amazing Administration, Faculty, Classified Professionals, and Students that make up our pirate family. 

This month's highlights include:

Isabella Coronado (student), Maria Magaña (classified), Christian Johns (administrator), Alex Kolesnik (faculty)

Isabella Coronado, Student

Isabella Coronado

Name: Isabella Coronado

Role at VC: ASVC Director of Equity and Inclusion, SACNAS Secretary, Women in STEM club Vice President, STEM Navigator, MESA member

Major: Biomedical Engineering Major

Years at VC: 1

Family life: Youngest of 4 and only girl

Hobbies: Hiking, lifting, going to the beach

Favorite Food: Baskin Robbins Mint and Chip ice cream

Favorite Movie: Lilo & Stitch

Favorite Song: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

Something Fun, interesting, and/ or unique about you: I danced and played volleyball for 9 years, and played soccer for 10. I love my friends like family and spend more time at school than I do at home. I enjoy painting landscapes and reading on the beach or the top of a mountain. I’m native American, Mexican, Spanish, Venezuelan, Colombian, and Argentinian. I identify closely with my Native roots and feel close to the Earth so I enjoy being outdoors more than anything.

Maria Magaña, Administrative Assistant at VCEC
maria magana

Primary role at the college: Administrative Assistant at the East Campus

Years of Service: 7 months

Family: Married, 2 children

Hobbies: My hobbies are exercising and spending time with my kids. 

Favorite Food: Enchiladas

Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans 

Something fun, interesting, and/or unique about you: I am an identical twin. My mother, who I love, had the brilliant idea to name us both Maria. Luckily we both have middle names.

Christian Johns, Bursar

Family: My wife Becca and our 2 dogs Rebel and Rogue (Pomeranian and Mini Australian Shepherd)

Hobbies: Hiking around Ventura County and Santa Barbara. Watching movies. And going on trips to Disneyland.  

Favorite food: PIZZA! Like almost everyone. 

Favorite Movie or book: Anything Star Wars!

Favorite Song: Too many to name one. 

Something unique or interesting about you: I grew up in a family of pilots so as a result I’ve visited almost every state in the United States. 

Alex Kolesnik, Professor of Math
Alex Kolesnik

Name: Alex Kolesnik

Role: Professor of Math (current); Academic Senate President (Past and Future)

Years at VC: 16

Family: Wife (Sharon Beynon, Professor of English), Daughter (Emma, 24, Project Manager at Microsoft), Son (Finn, 18, Bridge Professional)

Hobbies: Bridge, Music, Movies, Tennis, Travel, Hiking

Favorite food: Ethiopian

Favorite Movie: Paris, Texas

Favorite Song: Loving Cup by Howe Gelb

Something unique or interesting about you: US Junior Bridge Training Program Coordinator

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